How To Become A Better Freelancer

If you’re a freelancer, then ensuring you’re as efficient as possible is a must. This is the only way you can ensure that the work you’re doing is worthwhile. If you procrastinate too much, then you’ll never get anything done! These ideas will help you to become a better freelancer in no time.

1.Have Your Own Routine

Create your own routine. A routine that you enjoy will help you to get things done each and every day. For example, you could get up, meditate, go to the gym, and then start your work. In general, the earlier you start your work the better, as the brain is firing on all cylinders. However, it’s definitely worth getting at least a little exercise in beforehand, as this can invigorate you and make you feel great! All of the most successful people have an awesome routine.

2. Dress For Work

Don’t wear your pyjamas. You’ll feel sluggish, and you’ll want to get back into bed. Instead, dress as if you’re really going to work. You’ll feel far more productive.

3. Keep Distractions Away

Keep your phone in another room. Block social media sites on your computer if you have to. Minimize your distractions so you can get as much work done as possible!

4. Do Something You Actually Care About

Doing something you actually care about will make you better at it. Don’t just do something because you want the financial gains! If you need ideas, take a look at the infographic below. You can see how much you could earn, but be sure you’ll enjoy it first!

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Tell me how do you freelance, from home, around the world, how are you doing with distractions?

Love, M.

 

How to: Improve Your Freelance Writing Today

If you’ve managed to get your freelance writing career off the ground, then you’re already a decent writer. After all, business and blog owners aren’t going to pay good money for content if they doubt a freelancer’s skills.

Still, even though you have a way with words, you should always be looking for ways to improve. Every freelance writer can improve their operation in some way. Here are a few tactics for actively doing it…

1. Get out of your comfort zone

Ideally, we all want to be working towards a point where we’re writing on subjects that we have an interest or even a passion in. However, you can help yourself become a better all-round writer by making a point to step out of your comfort zone. This will broaden your vocabulary, open your eyes to new paces, formats and phrasing, and make your portfolio attractive to a wider range of clients.

By pushing yourself in this way, you’ll also learn to drop perfectionism, which can be a major obstacle for any creative professional. Don’t be afraid to take something on that throws you out of your depth. If you usually pitch to health and beauty companies, reach out to a company dealing in digital irrigation flow meters. If you usually write about tech, try pitching to a small fashion label. However you do it, try to stray out of your niche every now and then!

2. Spend more time researching

When doing your research, if you scroll a little further down a page of Google search results, or make several searches to pin down different angles, your writing will improve massively. Far too many freelance writers spend a matter of seconds looking up information before they actually get to work on their piece. Spend more time searching for accredited, legitimate articles that you can draw your information from. That’s how you’ll do a lot for the overall quality of your writing.

It doesn’t matter if it’s obnoxious, subjective blog posts or academic articles from prestigious universities. The more you broaden your horizons when you’re doing research, the more perspectives you’ll be able to draw from. This will help you come up with unique angles on assignments, and stand out from other freelancers.

3. Listen to feedback

We creatives are a sensitive bunch, but remember that criticism is a good thing, and something you’re certain to receive when you’re sending work to an editor or blogger. However, you’ll only benefit from it if you actually listen to it! Sure, the feedback won’t always be correct, and in many instances, it will simply be down to the editor or blogger’s personal preference.

There are going to be instances where it can be a good thing to stick to your guns and trust your instincts, but don’t wave away every bit of criticism you get. Whenever feedback is offered, read it, understand it, and make a note of it for the next job. Remember, it’s nothing personal, it’s strictly business.

Do you have any good tips for freelance writers?

Love, M.