You can start a profitable freelance writing career without contacts.
I recently met a writer who had pretty decent writing skills and was making a miserable $12 per blog posts of 300-400 words. I asked him why he wasn’t earning more and he responded with something like, “I don’t have the contacts.”
“Huh,” I thought. “I wonder why he thinks he needs ‘contacts’ to get started?”
The real secret to a profitable freelance writing career
Sure, contacts might make it easier, but you can begin a profitable freelance writing career by starting where you are and, gasp!, writing.
If I were starting today, here’s exactly what I would do, in order:
Start a website
If you’re to have a profitable freelance writing career people have got to be able to find you. Start a website. I’d go to BlueHost, (mention my name in who referred you and I’ll get a commission) and grab a domain name, ideally with my own name. I already have one at www.annewayman.com. Cathy Miller was able to score www.MillerCathy.com. If my name wasn’t available, I’d add writer or something like that to it.
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How do you think about your freelance writing career? What are your dreams for your writing business? Are you fishing or farming?
When you go fishing you by and large grab a pole and head for the nearest body of water. Your plan is to catch a fish for dinner or maybe for dinner and lunch the next day.
When you farm, you spend a great deal of time preparing the soil, scatter as much seed as you possibly can without worrying if some of the seeds fall outside the borders of your land. You then nurture the land until the seeds begin to sprout. You remove weeds, apply fertilizer, make sure the plants get enough water and eventually harvest enough food to last a year of so.
Fishing tends to be one off while farming tends to be long term
Oh sure, there are exceptions – I’ve worked on commercial fishing boats; the investment in both time and energy is certainly long term there. And yes, I’ve occasionally grown a pot or two of tomatoes – hardly farming.
When I first started writing for money I submitted articles over the transom, first to one magazine and then another. It didn’t take me long to realize that even though I was selling, and selling articles made it
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