The Writing Food Chain – Sink or Swim?
As the world of freelance copywriters continues to grow, the opportunities for finding good, steady work are steadily shrinking. New writers may feel as if they’ve entered an ocean filled with writing sharks. Depending on where you’re looking to get work, that could possibly be true. For those that have made a decent living as a writer, they may also be feeling the pressure as more people turn to freelance writing as a career choice.
With all these challenges becoming part of the playing field, what can you do as a professional writer to keep your writing fresh? In these writing waters, getting to and staying at the top of the food chain can be difficult. Here are a few tips:
It’s good to have a few things going on at one time. That way you can nurture different income streams to make sure you will always have some compensation coming in. Freelance copywriters should never get too comfortable, because things can change at any time.
Think of yourself as a business. Even if you have a steady writing gig, there’s always room for additional opportunities. Take the time to connect with others through forums, associations or other organizations. You never know when someone you have met needs your services, or can recommend you to someone else.
- Be visible
Update your profiles across your online platforms. Add samples to showcase your writing skills. Interact and engage with your audience, even if it’s once a week. Write a whitepaper or eBook. Some of the best writing jobs have been acquired through someone reading a blog or article that was well-written.
- Hone your skills
Professional development is essential in any career. Doing research to become familiar with different industries, honing your writing skills and going the extra mile in enhancing your writing styles can assist in increasing your exposure and opportunities.
These are just a few things you can do to keep moving up the food chain. Making the decision to be a professional writer is a calculated decision, not to be taken lightly. As writers, we all know it’s not as easy as it looks, and it IS a real job. Preparing yourself with a sturdy boat and life preserver can keep you afloat when you really need it. Always staying ready can help you continue to swim, even when the boat seems to capsize. Put your best foot forward and look toward the future. When you’re really serious about your craft, sinking is not an option!
Writer Bio: Allaire W is a professional writer with a love for the written word and a sweet tooth that turned a hobby into a business. You can find her “cooking” up assignments while covered in cake batter.