I am certainly not the most prolific writer, but I do publish with several different websites and enjoy it very much. I am frequently contacted by new writers who want to know if I enjoy freelance writing, and if it is worth the ‘trouble’ of submitting work. I guess I’d have to answer that question by saying, “If you look at it as trouble, you won’t go very far“.
I want to share my personal story of the little ‘perks’ I have received from my freelance writing. But first, let me make one thing clear. If you write for a living, or even as a source of extra cash, you already know that there is no way to get rich quick from it. You’re not going to start up and immediately see an income. It takes time (and a lot of patience) to build up a base, but once you do….you’ll be surprised at the opportunities that open up for you.
What has your writing done for you?
Freelance writing requires long hours, and a lot of research. On an average day I spend anywhere from 10 – 12 hours in front of the computer, and I know many people that spend much more time than that in front of theirs. To be successful, you have to really enjoy what you do. I look at it as a hobby that I get paid for. Not bad!
Tell us already!!! What are the little ‘perks’ you’re talking about, Jenny?
Well, for one thing, people sometimes send me free stuff. I’ve received everything from feminine hygiene products to in-home dry cleaning systems in exchange for writing about the product. Before I accept ANYTHING, I make it clear that I am not swayed by the freebie. I am completely and totally honest about my thoughts and opinions. It would be irresponsible of me to give a positive review about something that stinks.
Sometimes you get offers for free stuff that you don’t really want. After I wrote my review on the Trojan Vibrating Mini, I was offered some ‘toys’ that I had to turn down. AWKWARD!
And as a freelance writer that specializes in Home Improvement, I am also asked to try out products like outdoor lighting, removable wallpaper, and so on. Once I was even offered a home urinal. What the heck am I going to do with a home urinal? Thanks, but no thanks.
But better than free stuff is when someone approaches me and asks me to write for them. That is THE BEST feeling! It’s confirmation that I don’t suck. It’s also extra money in my pocket. And it’s an opportunity to expand my portfolio so that even more people can find me. Hence, additional ‘perks’.
Am I telling you this to brag? Heck no! I’m sharing this so that it may motivate someone out there to stay with freelance writing, even if it looks like you aren’t going anywhere. It takes time. Don’t loose patience, and don’t slow down on the amount you publish just because you aren’t doing well at first. You’ll never go anywhere by doing that! Publish often and promote the heck out of your work. Be proud of what you do and others will notice.
If you’re new to Associated Content, or to writing for a living in general, I hope this helps. And if you’re a pro, and would like to share what your writing has done for you, please do so!
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