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Freelance Writing – The Low Down

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Freelance writing is a great way to earn a living from home. It often means that you can work flexible hours, this is especially convenient if you have children at home. I decided that I wanted to become a freelance writer and blogger soon after my eldest daughter was born. I left my old job behind and decided building my own freelance business was the best way to ensure the happiness of my family and I.

Although it looks easy, writing for a living has its challenges. Doing so from home and around a family just amplifies those challenges. If like me, you too want to be your own person outside of being a mother. If you need to work for your own sake, to thrive and to be content then freelance writing could be for you.

There are a few key points to consider before you make any decisions:

Are you familiar with basic grammar?

You don’t need to be an expert but having basic grammatical knowledge is a must. We all make mistakes, that makes us human. However if you know that grammar isn’t your strong point, it might be worth rethinking your next career move or spending some time brushing up on your core skills.

Do you have a good imagination?

Writing requires a lot of imagination. Think about staring at a blank page knowing that you have to fill it, often with only a keyword to start you off. Are you able to think quickly, providing yourself with a clear direction. Research is a big part of this too, but being able to generate quality and engaging content from almost nothing is a required skill.

Can you type quickly and with minimal errors?

Freelance writing can be a great little earner, if you can type quickly enough. When you’re assigned projects, they are often worth a set amount. If typing is not your strong point, making your money as a writer may not be feasible, as taking more time to write than you should immediately devalues your work. For example, a five hundred word article should take around 30 minutes to complete. Any more than this and your hourly rate won’t reflect the amount of work you’ve put in.

Do you have good research skills?

When you’re writing articles it’s not unusual to have to do a little research along the way. Think about how efficiently you’re able to search for facts and to decide whether the source is reliable. A simple google search doesn’t always suffice. We all know that not everything we read on the internet has depth and so it’s important that you’re able to decipher the good from the bad. After all, you don’t want your work to be discredited due to poor research.

 

If you think freelance writing is for you, you can find out more HERE!

 

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40 Comments

  • craftcartwright August 11, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Thanks a a really helpful post, got me thinking #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Thankyou! Xx

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  • passion fruit, paws and peonies August 11, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I have a secret dream about writing a book. I’d love to write a novel but it’s probably more realistic to aim for a child’s book. Thanks for the inspiration x #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      A children’s book, then a novel! Xx

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  • anywaytostayathome August 11, 2017 at 7:43 am

    It’s funny. I love my blog. I don’t think it’s too bad. I get paid to write stuff on it. But I don’t think I’m good enough to be a freelance writer. Explain that one to me?! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Haha, how the mind works! You absolutely are! Xx

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  • kerry August 11, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Good post, I am dyslexic so I don’t think freelance would work for me! lol I struggle with blogging but its MY space and if the grammars not right then its not right. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      The best thing about blogging is that it’s our space to do with as we please! Xx

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  • themummybubbleblog August 11, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Great tips on here, its so great that you were able to carve out a career that works for you and your family. Certainly sounds like you work hard for it though! Fab post x #blogatravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Thankyou! Xx

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  • popcornforlunch August 11, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Zoe I always love your freelance writing tips!! It was because of one of your other articles that I took the plunge and got accepted onto a couple of content writing sites! So thank you! You always have the best tips and advice!xx #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Ah thankyou! Those sites are fab aren’t they?! Xx

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  • Muffintopmummyblog August 11, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I’m just in the process of trying to kick-start a freelance writing career – it’s always been a dream, but now I’m on maternity leave, I’ve had the time (well, a little time anyway) to work on it. I have a couple of clients but nothing too big just yet. So exciting though… writing is something that I’ve always loved to do! I’m always on your blog finding out how you make it happen – so thank you for all the advice! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 12, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      I started exactly like you! When the biggest was born and I gave my company up, I wanted to carve a career out of something I love, instead of something I had to do 🙂 xx

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  • Sarah - Mud, Cakes and Wine August 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Some really good points and I have to work very hard on my grammar. And not to mention spellings hahaha #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      I think it’s gets easier the more you write 🙂 xx

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  • Jo - Pickle & Poppet August 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Some great pointers for anyone looking to start a writing career. It is a lot harder than it looks to produce content, this was a big shock for me when I started blogging. #TriumphantTales

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      Isn’t it just! Xx

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  • Hi, I'm Katie August 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I’m a freelance writer and this is very useful, especially the list in the link of places to find work.

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      Thankyou 🙂 xx

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  • oldhouseintheshires August 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    A great post! I think many bloggers will be interested in this! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 13, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Thankyou! Xx

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  • Nicola Bromley August 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Definitely intend to do some freelance writing other than just my blog…can’t wait until I can eventually make this my full time job! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      It’s only a matter of time 🙂 xx

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  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... August 12, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I admit I haven’t given much thought to freelance writing but it sounds like something that may suit me so I will look into it further, thanks for the advice! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      You’re welcome 🙂 xx

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  • mackenzieglanville August 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    great tips and makes me think. I have thought about it before, but I do seem to lack a lot of confidence in my ability, something I am working on #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 13, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Go for it! xx

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  • Digital Motherhood August 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Good tips. I’ve thought a few times about being a freelance writer! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 14, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Thankyou xx

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  • mummy2twindividuals August 13, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    These are definitely key skills before even considering writing as a career. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 14, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Thanks lovely xx

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  • The Queen of Collage August 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Great points here. #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 17, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Thankyou! xx

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  • Mrs Mummy Harris August 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Come March my office is shutting so I’m using that as an excuse to push my blog to a career, this will help fill the time and your post with the sites is something im gonna look into tonight, thanks lovely! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Ah brill, I hope it helps! XX

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      • wendy August 18, 2017 at 6:58 am

        This is such a useful post! I really want to work from home and your posts on freelance writing are so inspiring xx #blogstravaganza

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        • The Tale of Mummyhood August 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm

          Thankyou, I’m glad you like them! xx

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  • JakiJellz August 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    So looking into this. This is my dream job! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood August 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Ah fab, glad it’s a useful post! xx

      Reply

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