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Weekend Quick Tip: Just get started!

One of the most common questions that I receive via email is “how do I get started as a freelance writer?” This is a basic question, but for one reason or the next many people want to know the answer. While there is no set way to take the leap, my best advice is that you simply have to do it. In other words, just get started. The more you think about becoming a freelance writer the less chance there is that you will actually go for it. This does not mean that you should change careers without thinking long and hard, but it does mean that you can think entirely too much.

When you think too much there is a chance that you will let too many negative thoughts creep into your head. Although I researched the freelance writing industry for a few weeks before taking the leap I knew that getting started was going to be the most difficult part. There is no denying that a new career, especially one without a guaranteed paycheck, can be scary. But remember, if you let this fear take over your professional life you are going to be stuck in the rat race until the day you retire.

If you are still a bit scared, set a timeline for “getting started.” For instance, give yourself two weeks to research and setup your career. When this time is up force yourself to take the leap no matter what it means. If you are truly convinced that a freelance writing career is what you want the only thing holding you back is you. 

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