This is an important concept for freelancers. Your writing is your business. Things that I have learned over the last few years, in no particular order:
- Don’t take an editor’s remarks personally. I have run into very few bad editors over the years. There is always something to learn and to improve your work.
- Set office hours and stick to them.
- Get dressed for work, don’t hang in your jammies.
- It is your business, treat it as any other business.
- Learn effective marketing techniques
- Don’t let anyone tell you that you need a real job, this is your real job
- Pimp yourself out. Talk to people, network, tell people what you do for a living. You will be surprised at the opportunities that present themselves.
- Social media, use it, don’t abuse it, but learn how to use it effectively
- Follow Mark Twain’s advice: “Write what you know.” It doesn’t hurt to research and learn new information, but in the beginning it is easier to write about things you are familiar with.
- It is frightening to put yourself out there, get over it. Just do it! (Nike I believe).
- Organize yourself, find a method of time management that works.
- Accountability, make yourself accountable to someone or something!
- Set reasonable goals.
Now that I have given myself a pep talk, time to get back to work.
Light and Love!