Let me guess: You’ve been working as a part-time freelance writer for a while now and you’re yearning for that full-time freelance writing life.
Perhaps you’ve been hustling nonstop alongside a full-time job with an employer. Or maybe you decided to pursue a life-long ambition of being your own boss and setting your own hours after having a baby.
Either way, times have changed and you’ve grown tired of your current situation.
I mean, I don’t blame you. I was once in your position.
However, let me tell you, it can be difficult to make the jump from freelance writing side-hustle to sole-income. It’s like dream is within reach but you can’t quite get there – and it’s usually because of fear, low finances and/or not enough hours in the day.
That why I’m here to tell you: if I can become a full-timer, so can you! Read on to find out how.
1. Change Your Mindset
Advancing to full-time freelance writing 101: if you really want to put an end to part-time freelance writing, you have to stop thinking of yourself as a part-timer.
You have to put measures in place to successfully be able to make the transition. And to do that, you need to change your attitude.
It sounds cliche, but believing in yourself and your abilities is everything. If you’re not going to have that trust and faith in yourself, then what makes you think that potential clients are going to trust you?
Exactly – they’re not. CYA, money.Sure, having a support system helps - but we often have to be our own cheerleaders in life.Click To Tweet
Love yourself first, believe you can achieve anything that you set your sights on and the rest will follow.
Also, if Sonny Jim from Canada can quit his 9-5 full-time job and go into full-time freelance writing after several months of hard graft, there’s no reason why you can’t do it either. Confidence is the key to success!
2. Build a Pot of Money
Now, let’s talk about logistics.
I’m going to be completely honest with you here: there’s no way that you’re going to be able to make the jump from part-time to full-time freelance writing unless you’ve prepared accordingly.
Hear me out. It doesn’t have to be a lot of coin, but you need some kind of a safety net just in case things go south and you require a bit of a helping hand.
It’s rare that you’ll need to dip into your savings if you do all the necessary planning. That said, it’s always better to be safe than sorry – right?
The exact amount that you decide to save is entirely up to you, but I made sure that I had a couple of months’ worth of rent and bills in the bank before taking the plunge just to cover my back.
And so I could sleep at night because, you know, your gal’s a natural worrier.
3. Distance Yourself From Content Mills
I know it’s easier said than done. However, realistically, it’s going to be difficult to catapult yourself to success if you’re still picking up work for $10 per article on Freelancer. Sorry, not sorry.
Sure, those marketplaces are great as a starting point to get your freelance writing business off the ground and build an extensive portfolio. Having said that, they’re just not sustainable if you choose them as your sole source of income.
Let’s face it, nobody can live comfortably on those low rates. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not super against Upwork or anything. In fact, Upwork has been a useful platform for me to find and connect with potential clients – and sometimes still is.
But it’s difficult to reach the next level of your business by relying solely on content mills.
Many fellow freelance writers say that they’re a “race to the bottom” because low-paying clients hang around there in excess. But I think that it’s okay to have sites like Upwork on the back-burner.
You just need to make sure that your main focus is obtaining high-paying clients from other, more reliable sources like freelance writing job boards, LinkedIn or through cold pitching. Otherwise, you may find that you’re stuck on freelance marketplaces forever.
Sigh, not cool.
4. Line Up Some High-Paying Clients
Speaking of high-paying clients…To help you transition from part-time to full-time freelance writing, it’s a smart idea to line up a couple of high-paying clients before you make the jump.Click To Tweet
No matter how you do it, be sure to get a client or two onboard who are prepared to pay you what you’re worth on an ongoing basis. And if you could arrange a start date in the near future to work towards then that’s even better!
This will make the whole transition process a lot smoother as you’re likely to be fully booked with projects for the foreseeable future. Goodbye part-timer, hello full-timer!
5. Raise Your Rates With Current Clients
Don’t feel the need to go out and get yourself new clients because you’re already enjoying writing for the ones you’ve got? Fair enough.
That said, you should consider raising your rates with these existing clients to increase your monthly income in preparation for entering the full-time freelance writing life.
Needless to say, raising your rates with clients who you’ve only just started working with can come across as a bit cheeky. But if you’ve been working with them for over a year, it doesn’t hurt to pop them an email and let them know there will be a price increase in a month’s time.
Obviously, don’t fleece current clients by raising your rates too high. But raising them a little here and there throughout your career is how the experts make six figures. Just saying.
6. Cut Down Your Expenses
Now that you’ve got a solid plan in place, it’s a good idea to take a quick look at your finances.
Why not make a list of all your expenses and try to work out what you can and can’t live without?
For example, do you have a gym subscription that you never use? Cancel it. Do you spend hundreds of pounds on new clothes every month (yes, I’m that girl)? Cut down. Are you splashing out and stocking up on groceries at the weekly food shop that you don’t necessarily need in the near future? Give yourself a stricter budget.
Either way, try saving yourself some money every month before you make the leap to full-time freelance writing. And then hopefully this habit will stick around even when you’re making a consistent living.
After all, the world of freelancing can be uncertain and your paycheque varies substantially from one month to the next. You have to learn to be extra savvy with your pennies.
7. Just Do It
Finally, always remember that those people at Nike really know what they’re talking about.
Confused? Let me break it down for you – sometimes in life, you just have to do the things that scare you.
Sure, it’s good to have a plan and prepare accordingly for the unknown, but there’s only so much that you can do before you’re just going to have to do it to find out what’s going to happen.
It’s the only way.
So, put on your big girl pants (or big boy pants) and simply give it a go.
After all, what’s the worst that could happen? You could lose all your clients? And you might not make enough money? Well, perhaps. But in this case, you’d just have to pitch like crazy until you found some new clients, rely on your partner or family member’s income or find a part-time job to cover your bills.
Either way, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. And did you know that practically all successful entrepreneurs failed repeatedly before they finally hit the jackpot?The trick is to persevere, have faith in yourself and your abilities and never give up.Click To Tweet
Biding Your Time to Achieve Your Dreams
Even though it might take a while to transition from part-time to full-time freelance writing, if you keep going, there’s no reason why you can’t achieve your goal eventually.
(I mean, you can do anything that you set your mind to.)
And trust me, it’s so worth it in the end when you’re doing something that you love for a living every day. Dream it and you can achieve it.
How did you transition from part-time to full-time freelance writing? Got any tips for us all? Let me know in the comments!
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