Failure to Launch! The Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make in Transitioning to Full-time Freelancing

Written by Yuwanda Black

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I had the distinct pleasure of doing a guest post this past week for Pen & Prosper, a freelance writing blog published by Jennifer Brown Banks. She asked me to do a post on some of the most frequent mistakes professionals make when they transition from the corporate world to freelancing full-time.

I could have gone on forever! BECAUSE . . .

If there’s a mistake to be made in freelancing, I’ve made it. I’ve been a freelance writer for over two decades now (since 1993 — and no, I can’t believe it’s been that long!) and I’m sure I’m not done yet.

Transitioning from a Full-time, 9-to-5 Job to Freelancing: Can You Do It Mistake-Free?

The thing is, as technology and the needs of clients change, the types of mistakes you make will change. Hence, there’s no way to make the transition without making some kind of mistake. But, they don’t have to be the ones I listed because you can learn from someone who’s “been there and done that.”

Before clicking over to the in-depth post on Jennifer’s blog, there’s one more thing I want to say . . .

Don’t let your fears paralyze you or get in the way of starting a freelance writing business. It’s likely going to be scary at first. This is normal, like any new thing you start. But there is plenty of work out there. Plenty!

There’s Plenty of Freelance Writing Work Out There & Here’s Where It Is

As regular contributor Tiffany so eloquently outlined in this tutorial on how to get corporate writing jobs, much of it is in the B2B sector. Proof?

B2B content marketing is seen as a progressively efficient strategy with a game-high 82% of survey respondents planning to increase their content production over the next 12 months. . . . Some of the top challenges facing B2B Content Marketers include 55% of respondents battling enough time and bandwidth to create content. While the next hurdle is producing engaging content (49%), followed by producing enough content variety to cater for the assorted marketing programs (39%). [Source: Marketing Mag, The end of whitepapers? 2013 B2B content marketing survey results]

These statistics highlight the fact that not only are there tons of opportunities in freelance writing out there, businesses are having to outsource a lot of it because they: (i) don’t have time to produce much of it in-house; and (ii) they have so many outlets they need to feed with constant content.

Your job as a freelance writer? Be proactive in going after the work.

Now, over to my post on Jennifer’s blog — and enjoy your weekend!

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