Be honest. Are any of these stopping you from becoming a freelance writer online?
- You haven’t started a blog on your website because you think nobody will want to read it.
- You have no social media presence as you think building a healthy following will take forever.
- You haven’t pitched to guest blog on any popular blogs because you think they’re out of your league.
- You’ve failed to pitch to clients yet as you think they won’t respond to your emails or just outright reject you.
- You listen to everyone when they tell you that becoming a freelance writer as your full-time job is difficult/risky/just a pipe dream (delete where applicable).
- You can’t discipline yourself to work due to years of being conditioned to respond to being told what to do and when to do it.
- You think managing your own invoices, taxes and expenses is beyond a mind as creative as your own.
- You think when you should be doing instead.
- You live beyond your means; you buy more things you don’t need (nor truly want), keeping you trapped in a financial situation you assume you need a salaried job to pay for.
- You compare yourself to everyone else.
- You don’t take the time to read up on your new profession, to study your craft and strive to be better.
- You don’t read very much at all.
- You don’t write every day.
- You see writing as a chore now.
- Deep down you don’t really want to realise this dream of becoming a freelance writer; you just want a way out of your current situation.
- You’re not prepared to sacrifice a little or compromise a lot.
- You don’t charge enough for your writing because you don’t take yourself seriously as a writer yet.
- You don’t write down your goals – whether it’s daily to do lists or bigger, grander plans.
- You don’t make your own rules as you’re so used to somebody else making them for you. As a result, you never consider there could be a different, perhaps unorthodox way to succeed.
- You don’t have supportive friends and family (although not essential, this one always helps).
- You have no idea that becoming a freelance writer will take a lot of time and a good dose of effort, and you’re too impatient to keep working so hard when you can’t see what’s around the next corner.
- You have no faith in yourself – either personally, professionally or both.
- You refuse to step outside your comfort zone, no matter what the reward might be if you do.
- When you read about somebody else successfully becoming a freelance writer you assume it’s because they have special help/amazing confidence/skills you don’t have, etc.
- You’re not nurturing contacts – a tribe – to support you and cheer you on.
- You haven’t got an email list of potential readers and/or clients.
- You don’t look for other possible revenue streams to help you out while you’re building your new career, e.g. advertising and affiliate programs on your website.
- If you’re honest, becoming a freelance writer actually scares you; you secretly can’t live without the security of a steady, salaried job.
- You think you have to live your life like everyone else expects you to, instead of how you want to live it.
So there it is – 30 things that could be stopping you from becoming a freelance writer. I bet most of you have experienced at least ten of these at some point in your heroic quest to become a freelance writer.
I know I have.
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