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Three Reasons for Freelance Writing Failure

Starting a freelance writing career can be full of fun and optimism. But unfortunately, a lot of people who start a career in freelance writing give it up sooner rather than later. While some people are not cut out for this industry from the start, others make too many bad decisions to stay on track until they reach success.

Here are three of the most common reasons for freelance writing failure. Avoid these situations, and you will better your chance of making it with this career.

1. Not knowing what you are getting into is a huge mistake. Guess what? There is more to freelance writing than actually producing content. Many aspiring writers think that they will simply secure some clients at national publications, write a few feature articles a month, and live the work at home dream. Could this happen? Yes, but only after you put time into building your career. When these goals do not come to fruition within a month or so, these misguided freelance writers often times hang up their boots.

2. They forget that marketing is a huge part of success for any business. You may have great writing skills, but to use them you need to let others know that you are available. Just as you will have a plan for starting your writing career, have a marketing plan in place as well.

3. Simply put, giving up too early will lead to failure every time. If you are going to be a full-time freelance writer you need to stick with your dreams through the rough times. I have said time after time that I only made $50-some my first month. Giving up would have been easy, but heading back to a 9-5 corporate job would have been a nightmare. If you truly want a career in freelance writing, do not give up. Continue to work at your writing and marketing until you breakthrough to the other side.

Do you have what it takes to avoid these common reasons for freelance writing failure?

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