Five years ago, in September 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur.
It probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear that most authors don’t make a living off their writing. According to a 2014 survey, 54 percent of traditionally published authors and almost 80 percent of self-published authors make less than $1,000 per year, says The Guardian.
That’s the response I usually got from family and friends when I talked about leaving my day job to become a full-time freelancer. So I put it off. But after thee years as a smoking cessation counselor and researcher at Harvard Medical Center, I knew I needed to leave academia.
Recently, one of my freelance writing clients told me they’d be cutting my workload — which meant less income for me. Crisis? Nope.
During college, I wrote for free. I didn’t realize I could be compensated so early on in my writing career. Once I graduated last summer, I committed to getting paid for my writing. That’s when I officially started my career as a freelance writer.
Have you been toying with the idea of becoming a full-time freelance writer? If so, I’ve got some tips for you. It’s time to change your thinking.
You have to be a change junkie to be successful as an indie author, because the self-publishing and entrepreneurial space moves so fast. Every book we write changes us, and every year that passes, we alter the way we do things. This makes it an exciting time to be an author, and I love it
Going into an interview can be terrifying, whether you’re dialing a phone or walking into the room where you’re meeting in person. But interviewing sources doesn’t have to be intimidating.
Want to learn more about breaking into B2B writing? Join the Five Figure Writer community to watch a free webinar and get started. If you’re like many new writers, you’re hesitant to write for the B2B audience because you’re not quite sure what it means to be a B2B writer.
Sometimes it seems like your emails to editors go into a black hole, never to be seen or heard from again. When you finally do finally catch an editor’s ear, it’s so important to make the right moves to develop a good rapport.
Is the life of a digital nomad even possible? Is it real? Yes. No.
Everyone always says to write about what you know. What could you know better than your own backyard? Regional magazines are a great way to break into magazine writing.
The first time I went freelance, I was 22. I jumped in with both feet, quitting my job and starting a location-independent life. I couldn’t be more grateful. Without freelancing, I never would have been able to travel the world. I learned more in those two years than I ever did at school.
Hey, will you write this blog post for free? As writers and creatives, we’re often advised against working for free — to know our worth and not accept anything less. And believe me, here at The Write Life, we agree.
Writing short can be refreshing — like ice in your underwear. It’s also a practical way to build a writing career.
The strongest magazine articles usually include data from a reliable source to back up the points you’re making. Without solid information, your article doesn’t come off as credible.
The Internet has brought us many gifts, as writers. But it also brings with it a lot of misinformation and confused notions as to how to go about building a successful freelance writing career.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Benjamin Hardy. Benjamin is the author of Slipstream Time Hacking and is currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Design. You can find more Benjamin on his blog and on Twitter. I started blogging seriously in May of 2015.