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Basic Building Blocks of a Successful Freelance Writing Career

So many aspiring freelance writers want to make big money that they forget to take care of the basics first. Before you can reach a high level of success, you need to make sure that you have put the proper building blocks in place. This may sound time consuming and boring, but in the long run it will help you to make the most of your career.

Here are three building blocks that you must put in place before attempting to advance your career:

1. Simply put, you need basic writing skills. This includes the ability to compose with flow and structure, as well as other details such as spelling and grammar. No, you do not have to be perfect in this area, but it will definitely help. Time after time I receive emails from aspiring writers asking me to read over their latest work. After the first line, it is obvious that they did not take this building block seriously.

2. To be a successful freelance writer, you need to have communication skills. Depending on your past experience, this is something that you may already have. Since I worked in sales before becoming a full-time freelance writer, I was already comfortable communicating with others via phone and email. To go along with this, my sales past makes it easy for me to cold call potential clients. Of course, you can develop your communication skills over time regardless of your past.

3. The way that you market your services will effect how much work you receive. This building block needs to be solid, and remember, it can and will change from time to time. When I first started working as a freelance writer, my marketing plan was not nearly as advanced as it is today. But guess what? The plan that I put in place during my first week on the job is one that I still fall back on every so often.

These three building blocks will give you the best possible chance of growing a successful freelance writing career. Before you jump ahead of yourself and begin to dream about hitting it big, make sure that you have these details lined up.

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