One of the myths of freelance writing is the notion that the writer has total freedom. Sorry to tell you it aint’ exactly so.
Here are the 5 biggest myths of freelancing for writers:
- You can work only on what you want to work on. Jenn Mattern has a great guest post on her AllFreelanceWriting.com. It’s called Doing What You Love or Loving What You Do by Rebecca Garland. As she points out we really can choose to love what we’re doing, and this includes writing that doesn’t quite match our creative dreams.
- You can work a 4 hour week or less. Carol Tice blows this one up with her Tim Ferris and the Myth of the 4-hour workweek. Running your own business well takes time – serious time and unless you’re willing to invest that time you probably won’t make it. That doesn’t mean you can’t be smarter about time than the way many corporate jobs are organized, but…
- A corollary of the myth of the 4 hour work week is the notion that you can sleep as late as you want. Well maybe, if you get up and spend the time you need to spend to build your writing business. You don’t have to get up as early as I do, but then I don’t have to stay up as late as you do.
- Once you get started, the work will keep rolling in. Ha! You’ve got to market. Lori Widmer talks about Mixing Up Your Marketing; and if it’s on or before Dec. 7, 2010, Carol Tice and I are giving a class called 40 Ways To Market Your Writing.
- You’re a creative; you don’t have to pay attention to the business side of things. You don’t have to become a business maven, but you to have to track your income and expenses and do some planning if you want to be successful.
Does this mean freelancing can’t be fun and profitable? No, not at all! It just means you need to pay attention to your business and, if you’re just getting started, have a clear idea of what you’re getting into.
What myth have I left out?
Write well and often,
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