When you work as a freelance writer, people often think you are sitting at your computer or typewriter pondering life and working on “the great novel.” This may be true sometimes, but that’s more often on your personal time. As a freelance writer, you are usually working on something, finishing something up, or preparing to start an assignment. Typically though, you might be doing all three things at once. After all, the work never stops, and projects are often in different stages of completion. Let’s take a peek!
A freelance writer will usually start their day by checking their schedule to see what’s due soonest and what’s left to bring those assignments to completion. This usually involves research, refining, editing and then submission. If the writer has a website they will likely update it and respond to comments or queries.
The second part of the day may include return phone calls, responding to emails, and planning research and work on the next assignment. Most freelance writers write several different things, such as blog posts, case studies, white papers, articles, etc. They may even ghostwrite, it really depends; no two days are exactly alike.
And usually as the last item of business for the day, they will wrap up any loose ends; try to get clarification on any pending work if necessary, and then shut down for the day. If you are lucky, you may end your freelance day earlier than your typical 9-5 and you can look forward to enjoying the rest of the day. After all, besides loving the work, most freelance writers enjoy the freedom the lifestyle provides for them. And for most of us, it’s what keeps us coming back for more!