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Start Freelance Writing even if you are not fully prepared

Are you interested in starting a freelance writing career? Many people answer yes, but for whatever reason they never take the leap. Instead, they blame this on not being fully prepared. Although there is a lot that goes into becoming a freelance writer, you have to realize a few things:

1. You will never know everything. If you are waiting to learn it all before getting started you will find yourself treading water, day after day. I have been a freelance writer for more than four years, but still don’t know everything about the industry. Just like any career, everyday is a learning experience.

2. There is nothing wrong with learning as you go. When I started my freelance writing career I knew a little bit, but was convinced that learning as I moved forward was the way to go. Once you have basic knowledge of the industry and what you want to accomplish, the other details can be picked up as you move forward.

3. Sometimes you have to trust that you are doing the right thing. There is no way of knowing for sure that freelance writing is the right career for you. But if you continually put this off you will never know for sure if you can make it. It can be stressful to start a new career – no matter what it may be. That being said, there is a point when you have to trust yourself and take the leap.

Every month I speak with aspiring freelance writers who want to get started but are lagging behind because they are not fully prepared. Hopefully the above three details will open your eyes and make you realize that you can get started even if you are not as prepared as you think you should be.

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