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My issue with many freelance writing jobs

I have been a freelancer for a couple of years now and this life definitely has its ups and downs. But the ups outweigh the downs massively for my current life, which is why I am still freelance. I truly enjoy the freedom being my own boss brings but sometimes it can get really frustrating. It is getting harder and harder to find good paying freelance writing jobs these days. Many of the writing job opportunities I find online are offering to pay the writers peanuts and some of these websites were the jobs are posted want a commission from the fees as well, which makes it even more frustrating.

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My issue with many freelance writing jobs

I don’t bother applying for low paying freelance jobs. The money has to be worth my time, effort and experience, or I wouldn’t apply for it. There is no point accepting low paying freelance writing jobs just to survive. I rather focus on other streams of income than do that.  At the end of the day, I am offering well written and researched articles. So if you want them, you would need to pay a fee I am happy to accept. I see a lot of ridiculous offers online, like $5 for a 500 word article or £10 for a 500 word article. That is just mad. I can’t imagine working for such low fees. I won’t be able to survive in the United Kingdom earning even £20 for a 500 word article. That is just way too low but I know that amount may be good money in other parts of the world, which is why these low paying freelance writing jobs exist in the first place.

These days I don’t bother applying for freelance writing jobs. Many of the jobs come to me through Fashion and Style Police and my social media platforms, and that works great for me. I rather have a few clients that pay good money than many low paying clients paying peanuts. The fact that I have other streams of income helps massively. I am not under so much stress because I know I have other avenues to make money. This may not be the case if I was a full time freelance writer. Which is why I always advise people to have as many streams of income when they are self employed. Relying on just one way of making money may be dangerous long term.

Do you freelance?  How are you finding it?

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So You Want To Be A Reputable Journalist?

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When you want to become a journalist, it’s safe to say that you’re never really going to want to be any old writer. You want to be successful, well-known, and great at your job too. And more importantly, you want to be reputable. A reputable journalist is famous for being good at their job. Here’s how you can do it.

 

Learn The Ropes

 To start with, you’re going to want to learn the ropes as much as you can – and as quickly as you can. When you graduate from college, get an internship – or even while you’re at college. A summer job would be great too. Even when you get your first job, learning the ropes is important, so that you can begin to establish yourself in the right ways.

 

Practice Your Craft

But then also, you need to dedicate yourself to this. It’s really not just enough for you to learn in college and then never look at a piece or writing education ever again. The best writers are those that are constantly learning. So make sure that you’re reading leading work, and that you’re practicing your craft constantly too. Practice makes perfect! Never forget that. 

 

Avoid Fake News

Finally, as tempting as it can be to get suckered in by different news articles and sensationalism. But if you know that you want to be a reputable journalist, then you just cannot get sucked in by it all. Instead, you have to make sure that you’re picking out fake news, as seen in the infographic below, and aiming to make your work a lot better. This will make sure that your career is not only successful but rewarding too. Reporting fake news never ends well. Don’t be tempted no matter what. 

 


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How to Cope as a Freelancer by Ageing your Money

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I left traditional employment after having my twins, and I have been freelancing ever since. The decision of not going back to my old job after pregnancy was kind of made for me. Going back to my old job was not going to be worthwhile so I created jobs I could do from anywhere for myself. Being a freelancer/self-employed is not easy but it is worth it. I always weigh all options in life, and the pros of working for myself from home massively outweighs the cons, which is why I am still doing what I know how to do best.

 

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How to cope as a freelancer by ageing your money

Coping financially as a freelancer has been a learning curve. I have had to learn how to ask for the right amount of money for what the job I do. I have also had to learn how to manage my money so it covers all my living expenses and a bit more. Having some kind of savings is important for every one of us, regardless of the work we do. But it is really important when you are working for yourself, as you really have no guaranteed income. The only income that is guaranteed is what you currently have in your bank account. It is very possible to not make £1 for a whole week, only to make as much as £1000 the next week. Which is why you have to learn how to age your money.

 

Ageing your money

Ageing your money is something I have always known about and I have put into practice for as long as I have been earning money. However, I became more aware of this after reading the Wall Street Journal Bestseller – You Need a Budget by Jesse Mecham, earlier in January. The book really resonated with me. It was so good, I couldn’t stop reading it. I finished reading the entire book on my Amazon Kindle within 3 days.

I picked up a lot of tips from this book and I recommend it to all business owners, freelancers, self-employed, and even those doing traditional jobs. The book opened my eyes to ways of really making my money work longer for me, and I picked up many vital tips that I have now implemented in my life.

The whole idea behind ageing your money is you not spending your income as soon as it hits your bank account. It can feel like a delaying tactic but it really works. All you need to do is to try it for a month and see the difference in your bank balance and your mental health. Ageing your money stops you from living pay check to pay check. It helps you get out of debt and stay out of debt.

 

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Having a budget helps age your money

Having a budget helps you stay on top of your income and expenses. Your outgoings are all planned and you are in control of your finances. Being a freelancer means you never really know how much you would make from month to month, so having a realistic budget is important because it gives you that peace of mind.

My income varies from month to month. I have been freelancing for a few years, so I know on average the minimum I would make, so I plan my bills with that in mind. Also, I make sure I keep any extras I get for months when I am short. I age my money by spreading my bills so they all don’t go out in the same week. That way I am never short of cash, and I can keep aside payment for each bill weekly.

 

Ageing my money is how I am smashing my freelancing/self-employed world. It works great for me.

Are you working for yourself from home? How do you stay on top of your finances?

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