At the end of 2018, I found myself in a job that was hell on Earth. I won’t say anything other than that as it simply wasn’t the job for me. But it did leave me in a precarious situation; what do I do now?
I have always wanted a job in the library; that has never changed. But finding one is a lot tougher than you’d think with the amount of experience I have. It’s just not enough. So then I got to thinking about what I’d want to do. I know I wouldn’t be happy in retail, and it’s high time I look forward to getting up and doing work.
So I decided to try freelance writing.
At first, it was simple. My boyfriend’s cousin’s wife ran a blog for a company about books so I made contact. Then I subscribed to a website called Writers Work. They compile all kinds of writing jobs in one place and they have a forum for you to write in that acts somewhat like Grammarly – where they will analyze your writing and correct mistakes and suggest improvements. Through them, I found thousands of jobs, yet only a small handful seemed to interest me.
My time was running out. Bills need to be paid, food needs to be bought, and I was burning through my savings. I’m still not exactly in the best of situations, but I have picked up some tips and tricks for those who want to get into the freelance position.
- Have a back-up – If you think you can just quit your 9-5 and jump into freelancing full time, you are in for a rude awakening. Even keeping a part-time job while you do your writing will at least secure some kind of stable income. Writing jobs, especially freelance, can fall through at any moment. There are always more writers out there.
- Be confident – Have faith in your writing skills. No one else on this planet can write the same articles, novels, or papers you do. Make sure you value your work.
- Deal with rejection – For as many jobs as you pick up, you’re bound to be rejected five times more. But don’t give up! You will find your niche, your home, your kinds of people. Just be ready to deal with the rejection that’s bound to come.
- Manage your time – Working from home sounds like a dream come true to many people. But what they don’t realize is how much pressure it can put on you. Sure, you can sleep until 2pm and work all night, but I’d recommend still trying to maintain that 9-5. Trust me, your sleep schedule will thank you.
- Have fun – The whole point for me going freelance was to find work that I really enjoyed. I want to prove that I can make money, have fun, and sleep in all at the same time! Kidding, but it’s an added benefit. If you’re breaking that 9-5 mold, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons; whether it be to spend more time with your kids, to write that novel you’ve been dreaming about (*raises hand*), just make sure you’re having fun and making it worth it.
If you’re looking for sites to find decent freelance work on here are a few to get you started: Upwork, Freelance Writing Jobs, and Writers Work (however Writers Work you need to pay to use it. If you’re serious about freelance, I would recommend it.)
Good luck and stay creative, my friends.