When I first came across the idea of Freelance Blogging, my first thought was, “Writing for money? That’s perfect! I love writing anyway.”
I’m sure there are many other budding freelance bloggers who have had similar sentiments regarding the idea of writing for a living.
If you’re looking to become a freelance blogger or you’re new to the game, then please read the next sentence carefully:
Loving to write does not mean that you will be a good freelance blogger.
I hope that doesn’t sound like a harsh statement, but I’m not here to lie to you about what it’s like to be in this field of work. Loving to write is a great first step towards picking this career (and yes, I define Freelance Blogging as a career), however it is not and should not be the platform that you build on. Why?
I’ll tell you right now.
The Truth About Being a Freelance Blogger
Passion For Writing Can Quickly Fade
Now, don’t take that heading to mean that if you become a freelance writer you will end up hating to write—that’s not my point at all. But blogging for others and writing in your spare time as a hobby are different.
Being a real Freelance Blogger means that you will have deadlines to meet, editing and formatting guidelines to follow, and other people will be picking most of the topics that you will be writing about.
If you end up with enough clients and work, then you’re going to doing a lot of writing and editing which can get mentally exhausting.
This is where building your career solely on loving to write will fail you.
With loving to write as your only foundation as a blogger, you will grow tired of your workload faster than think and that passion you had for writing will begin to fade a bit and start to drag you down.
The reason I mention “only” in the sentence above, is because I wanted make a point:
There is nothing wrong with loving to write and being a freelancer (I love to write and write every day!); however, it should not be the only thing that keeps you motivated.
Just like any normal human relationship, once the initial fascination of making money as a writer fades away and you start to see all the hard work you have to put into working for yourself, that is when reality sets in and it’s generally different than what you may have imagined.
You’re Not Just A Freelancer, You’re A Business
It doesn’t matter how you try to define it—being a Freelance Blogger means that you are in the world of business. And you best believe that it ain’t an easy world to be in.
If you want to make money from being a blogger and you want to land good clients that pay really well, then you need brush up on your business skills.
When my husband and I started our first business, we were about as clueless as you could get. Thankfully, my husband is an amazing salesman with a keen eye on how to provide excellent customer service.
If he didn’t have that and we didn’t take ourselves seriously as a business or business owners, our business wouldn’t be where it is today.
Being in business for yourself means a lot of things:
- You’re the main Customer Service Rep
- You’re the Receptionist
- You’re the Boss
- You’re the Employee
- You’re the Bookkeeper
There are a ton of other things that come with working for yourself, and though many of the factors included are not on my list of favorite things to do, I still have to do them—and so do all other bloggers out there.
The weight and responsibility that comes with being self-employed is usually a hard one to bear and bloggers usually have to bear that alone. Therefore, simply loving to write isn’t enough to be a successful blogger.
Top bloggers like Carol Tice and Jon Morrow are business-minded people who happen to have Freelance Writing/Blogging as part of they do for work. If you want to be a successful blogger, then you need to start thinking like a business.
How To Be A Good Freelance Blogger Who Loves To Write
Again, I want to make to point out something:
There is nothing wrong with loving to write and being a freelance blogger. In fact, loving to write will probably help you become one on of the greats! However, it is not the sole foundation to build your business on.
For me, loving to write helps me do my work, but determination to actually finish my work (which can and does get tiring and tedious) is what helps me grow and run my business as a freelance blogger.
So what do you need in order to become a great blogger? Here are a few things that will help you get there:
- Great Customer Service | People come to blogger to provide a service (blogging), so providing a great service will help keep your clients happy and keep them coming back to you.
- Passion Can Get You Started, But Determination Will Help You Pull Through | Being determined and driven to become a great business owner and to excel in the skills of blogging will help you go from good to great!
- View Yourself as a Business | It’s hard to really explain what business mentality is, but one think it isn’t is lazy. You’ve gotta work hard to make money as a blogger and even harder to run a business that people come to for the services your provide.
- Being Easy To Communicate With | This plays into customer service but is worth a mention. Don’t be rough around the edges when communicating with clients. Be polite and cordial in the way you write your email or talk on the phone (if you do phone interviews and the like.) This makes it easier to forge connections with people you will probably never meet in person.
These are just a few things I’ve learned and thought would be worth sharing. But what about you? What tips do you have? What is it that you struggle with?
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