Becoming A Freelance Writer? 4 Things You Need To Know


Freelance writing is all the rage these days.  Are you looking into doing it yourself?

There are a hundred reasons why you should get into freelance writing if you’re able.  People can make entire careers out of this, and many do.  However, it isn’t something you can just jump into and hope to get the hang of it right away.  Like anything, it takes time, effort, and hard work.  There are also several things you should keep in mind before making a career swap.

1)  Taxes are way different.

Taxes vary entirely when you get paid as a freelance writer than when you are paid as a “regular” employee.  It’s good to recognize this right away.  According to Forbes, the best way to go about it is to have a professional help you look things over.  It’s expensive, sure, but it’s going to keep you from headaches.  Also — keep your receipts, and figure out what would be included in business expenses for your freelance writing.  (I don’t think your Starbucks Latte counts, though.)

2)  If you’re starting out …it’s going to be a long time before you get a place to take you.

I think I sent out thirty to forty applications before I got someone to actually respond to me.  Even then, after someone told me they wanted to give me a test article …they never did.  It’s just like trying to apply for jobs in the real world.  You need experience to get the job, but you need the job to get experience.  It’s going to be a while before someone picks you up.  In the meantime, write your own WordPress blog or something along those lines!  Most employers want you to have WordPress experience, and a year of writing experience that nearly everyone requires.

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3)  A lot of employers want a college degree.

This one kills me.  It’s true, though.  A lot of places want you to major in English for a couple of years before applying to them.  In my case, I’m twenty years old and I don’t have a form of higher education.  A lot of people might not have a college degree for one reason or another.  Don’t let this get you too down, though.  There are places that don’t require a degree.  They just take a little digging to find them.

4) If you try once and don’t succeed …try, try again.

It’s heartbreaking to be rejected, or to never be responded to.  It really is.  However, it will be okay.  Eventually, you’re bound to find something that works for you, and someone to take a chance on you.  So take things easy, take one step at a time, and keep sending in applications.  Easier said than done, but it can be done. is always looking for intern writers.  It could be the open door you are looking for.  Just send a cover email and your writing sample to the editor-in-chief…

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