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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

Melissa Shultz



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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

# 1 Establish A Plan.

  • All good plans are inspired by a goal. What is yours?

  • Plant a seed.

  • Generate a concept


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

# 1 Establish A Plan.

  • Determine the types of writing you will focus on and the minimum income you can survive on.

  • Save money before you begin.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

# 1 Establish A Plan.

  • Set up an office.

  • Open a business checking account.

  • Get a business credit card.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

# 1 Establish A Plan.

  • Print business cards.

  • Get insurance.

  • Dance around the new office.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

# 1 Establish A Plan.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#2 Get Help.

  • Employ the help of groups that represent writers

    • National Writer’s Union www.nwu.org

    • American Society of Journalists and Authorshttp://www.asja.org

    • www.authorlink.com

  • www.writersgarret.org


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#2 Get Help.

  • Trade Associations

    • www.asaecenter.org

    • www.consumeraction.gov/trade.shtml


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#2 Get Help.

  • Careerbuilder.com

  • JOBcentral.com

  • Monster.com

  • FederalGovernmentJobs.us

  • Jobs.com

  • Flipdog.com

  • Indeed.com


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#3 Be Prepared.

  • Offer different rate options.

30 Hours Total

22 Hours Total

Creative Director - 8 hours @ $100 / hour

Copywriter - 14 hours @ $ 50 / hour _____________________________

$1,500

$1,500 / month

for 3 months


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#3 Be Prepared.

  • Offer different rate options.

  • Keep track of your hours.

  • Determine payment stages.

  • Review types of rights.

  • Include a cancellation clause.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#3 Be Prepared.

  • Be prepared to make quarterly payments to Uncle Sam.

  • Get an accountant for at least one round of taxes.

  • Stay on top of what the IRS permits and doesn’t.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#3 Be Prepared.

  • Set up an accounting system.

  • Save for a rainy day.

  • Get health and disability insurance.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#3 Be Prepared.

  • Hire your own freelancers.

  • Send out written agreements.

  • Send out 1099’s.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#4 Learn How to Market Yourself.

  • Check out other writer’s websites.

  • Create your own website?


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#4 Learn How to Market Yourself.

  • Experiment with queries.

  • Create a business card.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#4 Learn How to Market Yourself.

  • Consider your appearance


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#4 Learn How to Market Yourself.

  • Create a bio

  • Get a photo of yourself


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#4 Learn How to Market Yourself.

Network


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#4 Learn How to Market Yourself.

  • Create a list of editors and executives and their contact info.

  • Check out mastheads and websites.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#4 Learn How to Market Yourself.

  • Don’t flaunt your degrees


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#4 Learn How to Market Yourself.

  • List your services.

    • www.MediaBistro.com

    • www.FreelanceWriting.com

    • www.ASJA.org


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#5 Be an Armadillo.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#6 Be Curious.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#7 Read.

  • Focus on your area of expertise.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#8 Be Flexible.

  • Be willing to take jobs that help pay the bills or get you published.

  • Check out local publishing houses that hire ghostwriters.

  • www.brownbooks.com

  • www.benbellabooks.com

  • Use your client’s voice.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#9 Create a “Projects-In-The-Making” File.

  • Write your ideas as they occur to you.

  • Have more than one project going.

  • Always have at least one pitch ready to go out.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#10 Get Published.

  • Start small and work your way up.

  • Show only relevant material.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#1 Establish A Plan.

#2 Get Help.

#3 Be Prepared.

#4 Learn How to Market Yourself.

#5 Be an Armadillo.

#6 Be Curious.

#7 Read.

#8 Be Flexible.

#9 Create a “Projects-In-The-Making” File.


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Navigating a Career In Freelance Writing:

Ten Keys to Success

#1 Establish A Plan.

#2 Get Help.

#3 Be Prepared.

#4 Learn How to Market Yourself.

#10 Get Published.

#5 Be an Armadillo.

#6 Be Curious.

#7 Read.

#8 Be Flexible.

#9 Create a “Projects-In-The-Making” File.


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