I have interviewed CEOs, inventors, life-saving surgeons, a Heisman Trophy winner, and many other fascinating people.
I’ve attended open houses for new companies, private receptions, intimate political gatherings, and other exciting events.
I’ve written about leading-edge new software programs, the latest developments in healthcare, and other business breakthroughs in a wide range of industries.
I’ve seen my name in print hundreds of times.
I’ve supported myself financially through both the lean and fat years, including three recessions.
I’ve lived life on my terms, with the freedom to choose clients and projects, and to control my schedule.
I’ve done all of this over the past three decades as a thriving freelance writer.
Freelancing has been an interesting and rewarding career for me — and one I would highly recommend to any writer with the desire to freelance, rather than be employed at one single company.
However, writers should enter freelancing with their eyes wide open and with a complete understanding of the realities of this profession.
While freelancing can be exciting and energizing, it can also be exhausting, frustrating, and nerve-wracking. The primary secret for keeping a freelancing career on the reward end of the scale lies in learning the ins and outs of this unique profession. Not everyone understands the often cold, hard realities of freelancing before they dive in.
I entered the world of freelance writing in 1983 with only my writing samples from college in my portfolio — and one nice suit on my back. I got lucky. I found my first freelance writing assignment with a single cold call. I parlayed that experience into finding my next client. And then I used that work to find the next client. And so on.
By now, I’ve written for more than one hundred companies and publications.
Over the years, I’ve learned many important lessons about freelancing, most of which I wish I’d known way back at the beginning for my career. If I had, it would have saved me a lot of heartache and hair pulling. But thanks to my unbridled determination, an inquisitive mind, and trial and error, I eventually learned the systems, processes, and habits that shaped me into the professional, respected, and well-paid freelance writer I am today.
Until recently, I kept my hard-won secrets for being a prosperous long-term freelancer to myself. After all, freelancing is a very competitive business. I needed every advantage while building my career.
Now that I’m settled in my career, it’s time to share what I know with other writers who want to freelance, or who are struggling as freelancers. After all, what’s the use of brilliant success strategies if you don’t share them and help other writers live their dream?
That’s why I am now sharing the secrets of my successful 30-year career in two courses and a book for writers including:
- The Content Marketing Masterclass for Freelancers
- Content Marketing Writer Skill Builder Workshop
- Blog Smarter Course for Freelancers (Free)
- Secrets of Being a Successful Freelance Writer
I would love to help you enjoy the many rewards of being a successful freelance writer.
All my best,
Freelance Writer. Blogger. Coach.
paige (at) mylifeasafreelancer (dot) com