Michelle Goodman gives some great tips on what it takes to become a full-time freelance writer, in the Personal Branding Blog. Considered taking the plunge yourself? Her tips include becoming a a time management ninja and learning to run a business, because that’s what you’re doing.
Her “3-5 tips do you have for someone just starting out in the freelance world” are:
- Set up a website touting your experience, work samples, and so on. Send an email and social media blast to everyone you know announcing that youâ€™ve just opened your doors for business. Media layoffs are pretty much the norm these days, which means thereâ€™s more competition than ever before. To ensure youâ€™re as employable as possible, cultivate a couple of specialties and work to diversify your skills and client base. [snip]
- Look for freelance job leads on sites like Sologig.com, FreelanceSwitch.com, and RatRaceRebellion.com. [snip]
- Meet and learn from other indie professionals using social networks such as Biznik, LinkedIn, and the industry-specific mediabistro. [snip]
- If you donâ€™t know the first thing about running a business, itâ€™s time you picked up a book on the topic (ahem) or took a class. [snip]
- If you still have a day job, take advantage of all it has to offer [snip].
Also covered in the article are the importance of choosing your byline and how she got started. Definitely worth a read.