Advice for New Freelance Writers: How I’m Growing My Writing Biz with Patience & Perseverance

The following is a guest post by Julia Hali

Ever get discouraged and want to quit building your freelance writing business? I have — on more than one occasion.

Getting started as a freelancer takes work. Building a business from scratch is no easy task. Sometimes, I fast-forward to the end of my life and think wow, when my time is up, I don’t want to have any regrets. I don’t want to regret not giving freelancing my all. So, this is how I’ve been building my freelance writing business with a never-give up attitude.


This is why I start my day off by focusing on my business; doing something to propel me to the next level.

As I love writing down goals, I post the goal of growing my freelance business on my nightstand. My goal is the first thing I see when I get up in the morning and it’s the last thing I see when I go to bed. Seeing my written goal gives me direction to start my day and keeps me focused.

FACT: You Earn More If You Write Down Your Goals

FYI, did you know that people who write down their goals have a much better success rate achieving them — and earn more. A lot more! Proof?

There was a fascinating study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program where graduate students were asked “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”  The result, only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the result was absolutely mind-blowing.

The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined! [Source: Forbes.com, Why You Should Be Writing Down Your Goals]

So while this may seem like an unimp0rtant step, it’s not. Far from it.

I Remember Why I Started My Business In the First Place

Do you have the patience it takes to build a successful freelance writing career?I just wasn’t satisfied with my career. Either I was having a difficult time securing a job or the administrators at my job didn’t realize my worth and weren’t paying me a livable wage.

As soon as I think of giving up on freelancing, I remind myself of the pain I’ve experienced in the past. I never want to experience that pain again and I keep moving.

Visualize: I See Myself At The End

I’m a firm believer that imagination plays a huge part in the success of my business. That’s why I visualize my success.

I picture myself writing and working hard. When I close my eyes, I see my business growing and thriving. I see myself fighting my way through the valley. I see myself at the foot of the mountain and then I see myself at the top of the mountain.

I Think About Who Will Benefit From My Business

I love helping others. I often think about who will benefit from the success of my business. This could be family, friends and even the world. I also think about how I will be able to help others on their freelance journey because I’ve been through the experience and am still on the journey.

I Regularly Play “Fight” Songs

Once I did many cold calls. I received so much rejection and I was really in a funk. I realized that playing “fight” songs pull me out of this funk. A fight song is a song that encourages you to fight through that feeling that is threatening to steal your dream. “Fight” songs inspire you to keep going.

How have you been growing your freelance writing business with patience and perseverance? Leave a comment and let us know.

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    1. Pamelia Iron says:

      I need to to thank you for this fantastic read!! I absolutely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have got you book-marked to look at new things you post…

    2. Wow! I wrote down my goals recently (a week ago), which were always in my head so I guess I am going to be in the 3% percentile. I visualize off and on but I will now make a concerted effort to try and do it regularly. Loved this post! Thank you!
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    3. I’ve been in a funk lately. I’ve been demotivated and demoralised. I feel that all the effort I have put out there has not yielded much results.

      But I totally relate to your comment about having gone through the unpleasantness and pain of working for a boss. For someone or some company that uses you, doesn’t acknowledge or recognize your worth and leaves you feeling miserable. Been there, and I too, can’t stomach the thought of going back. So I guess I need to pull myself out of this funk and get back on the horse.

      And that statistic about writing down goals, hmmmmm… that’s interesting! Thanks for the great post!
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      • Wasn’t that a great stat! I was like … wow!

        As for your funk, been there, done that. It happens, even to experienced freelancers — especially when it’s slow and it seems like all the effort you’re putting out is garnering no results. I’ve found that that’s when you need to either: (I) take a break for a day or so just to give yourself a mental break; and/or (ii) Dig in and work harder (especially if you know you haven’t been doing ALL that you could be doing). You’ll feel the enthusiasm again.

        See this post for some insight on how to stay motivated as a freelancer.

        Good luck, and hope you’re having a great summer. 🙂


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