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Freelance Success

Picked up my third freelance writing job yesterday. Can you make money from writing? Indeed you can!

If I can establish myself, I may be able to quit my current job. Of course, that may mean a life of poverty and no motorcycle for me…I’ll stay put for now. Want to be a freelancer? Just keep at it. Put yourself out there. The worst people can do is say no, and you’ll be no better off not pushing ahead with what you want to do. When people say yes- let’s just say the feeling of accomplishment is overwhelming.

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About minimalnomad

If you're into MBTI, I'm an ENTP. I enjoy pursuing a more minimal life, and traveling as often as I can. I'd say I spend all of my free money on travelling. I lead a life of great adventure and reflection. I'm involved in marketing and writing, and may go back into professionally editing again. Basically, I just yolo around America and, soon, the world.

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  1. Great article. I am a new writer and I was wondering when do you know you are good enough to start free lance work? When you know, how do you start?

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    • It depends on the kind of writing you do. I’m not “trained” in writing, but I’ve been writing for eight years. I’ve read friends and family some of my work, and got positive feedback. Are you looking into technical writing, like editing? Fiction writing? Non-fiction? Poetry?

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      • More of a column writer. Dream would be to write for a major magazine.

      • Any specific magazine? Are you looking for adventure, blood and glory journalism, or run-of-the mill journalism?

      • I would say run of the mill, I want some freedom. I like all topics as you can see in my blog. Maxim, GQ for my manly side or something in the sociology field for my deep thoughts. Best yet, multiple freelance so I can get a little of everything.

      • Yeah, I’ve been browsing through your articles. How long have you been writing? Freelance is very nice- especially if you can establish yourself. I’ve found myself having success on Elance. If you want to be a content writer, start getting work in content writing. It’ll be pretty hard to do at first, but if you can land at least a few jobs, the motivation should continue to keep you going. Do you have a portfolio?

      • I am new to the scene of writing. A week ago while writing another letter to my wife (when I find myself in arguing with my wife where I can’t get my message across I stop immediately and write her a letter to express my thought) I realized I was really good at expressing my thoughts through words. I gave a shot and a week later I realized that 22 people I don’t know follow me, 500 views from all over the world and a minimum of 20 visitors a day. I feel like a Rock star. I want to continue. I know I have a lot of work to do on my writing but, practice makes perfect.

      • That’s really phenomenal! I, too, write to whoever I am having difficulties with. Much more clarity that way.

        I would definitely say that you should keep putting a lot of work into your writing- if you are a popular writer, you’ll get employment. Sadly, it’ll still be a rough and difficult road; however, it’ll be a fun one. I would advise that you start contacting magazines/newspapers/other news sources you want to write for. Write them a lot. It takes a lot to get through to places like that, but it is very important you are persistent.

      • Also- just read that you have ADD. So do I. In fact, I find that when medicated for it, I am unable to write as eloquent or in as interesting a manner. Having a wide range of knowledge will help you, especially in freelance. I’ve found this to be the case with me, at least.

      • Thanks for your time and advice. I tell you what, hopefully one day I will be able to write back to you about my freelance success. Good luck on your future endeavors and once again thanks.

      • No problem. If things work out, I’d love to hear. Good luck on your own endeavors.

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