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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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