If you want something done, there’s usually a long list of people out there willing to do it for you, offering varied levels of price and personal service.
With over two million freelancers in the UK alone, choice mostly isn’t a problem, particularly in my profession of writing. You can’t move for budding writers in person or online, most of them blogging left, right and centre about the ups and downs of a freelance writer’s life.
As I launched into a new career, I steeled myself to research who was already out there, doing what I wanted to do – making a friend out of one of them in the process! I started out with the philosophy that while there were plenty of other writers to choose
It’s a philosophy that’s served me well as I approach two years (two years!) in
By contrast, my approach has focused simply on doing work that appeals to me, for a reasonable price. This means I could be working on a CV one day, a LinkedIn profile the next, with a holiday property listing or a new ghosted autobiography chapter in between.
If somebody had told me when I first started out that I’d be writing the following sentence, I would have been horrified. But here it is: I turn down work quite often, and I’m turned down for work quite often, too.
The work I turn down is usually because I don’t feel it would be very enjoyable for me (if I’m going to work on things I don’t find enjoyable, I may as well go back to the security of working for someone else). Meanwhile, the reason I’m turned down is usually
Last week, a potential client called me to explain that she’d been trying to decide between me and another writer to help with a project she was working on. She chose
Later that day, another potential client emailed to tell me she’d gone with someone else for her copywriting work. She needed something that would resonate with a very specific audience, and she didn’t feel I was quite the right fit.
It would be easy to feel gutted by that second response, but I wasn’t. My skills and personality aren’t going to be right for every job. Luckily, the jobs I do get tend to be the best ones!
It’s taken me a lot less time than I thought to feel comfortable with turning
If you’re starting out as a freelancer, you could do worse than thinking carefully about your skills and the type of work that best fits them. That way, you can prepare yourself for any rejections…and in some cases, do the rejecting yourself.
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