If you’re new to Freelance Flyer and aren’t sure where to start, you’re in the right place.
I started this blog to help writers treat their freelance writing as a business (and not a hobby). The blog’s content focuses on:
- treating your freelance writing as a business,
- setting it up as one, and
- taking your writing (and business) to the next level.
There will be no mollycoddling here. It’s all about actionable advice, step-by-step guides, and tough love.
So if your sensibilities are easily hurt, this blog might not be the place for you.
Now that my little disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get down to business.
Freelance Writing Isn’t a Hobby – It’s a Business!
In fact, it’s the new black.
Gone are the days when you had to start with low paying jobs. There’s no need to struggle to make ends meet.
You can find well-paying clients with the help of my report “10 Unexpected Places to Find Freelance Writing Clients” (which you can get by signing up below). #5 is my biggest source of client work.
Warning! This blog might not be for you if you believe:
- Writing for low pay is a good gig as long as there’s plenty of work.
- There aren’t any better-paying writing jobs out there.
- Investing in your business and writing skills is not important.
- Writers for whom English is a second language can never make good money.
(On a side note, if it isn’t clear already, this blog isn’t about improving your English. So if you’re an ESL writer looking to improve your English, you’re at the wrong place. Please take a class or a course.)
About Samar Owais
Who Am I And What Makes Me Such An Expert On Freelance Writing?
My name is Samar (pronounced “Summer”), and I’ve been freelancing as a writer and blogger since 2008.
I’m one of that rare breed of freelancers who started freelancing straight out of college. The decision was part choice and part circumstance.
My first job as a writer netted me a grand total of $5 for 500 words. My next job got me $10.
It took me two years of hard knocks, stupid mistakes, and finger breaking hard work before I realized that my freelancing wasn’t a hobby—it was a business! [notice a recurring theme here?]
Once I realized I needed to treat my freelancing as a business, I made the mental shift from “Oh, it’s just this thing I do.” to “Holy crap, I run my own business!”
Things started to fall into place from there. I began to value the hard work I was doing and was no longer embarrassed by charging more money.
It still took me a long time and some pretty serious investment in my education as a writer and business owner (check out my freelance business resources page to find out which ebooks I read and what courses I took) before I reached a point where I was happy with my rates.
In case you’re wondering, I now charge in triple digits for a single blog post – which forms a bulk of my writing work. Want to see my rates? Check them out on my writer site.
If you’re wondering where I find my well-paying clients, don’t forget to sign up below to receive your copy of my free report “10 Unexpected Places to Find Freelance Writing Clients”. You’ll get the answer you’re looking for.
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You already know my name and my work history. If you’ve managed to make it all the way down here, you’re probably interested in a few personal details about me.
- I live in Dubai, UAE—have since 2008. Before that, I used to live in Pakistan which is where I grew up.
- In case you’re thinking “Wait. Pakistan? That means English is your second language!” let me assure you, it’s not.
- To make sure there isn’t any confusion (because I get asked this a lot): English is NOT my second language. It’s my first. I learned to speak, read, and write English at the same time as my mother tongue. It’s the language I think in.
- I have two daughters; a six-year-old and a one-year-old I lovingly (and sometimes not-so-lovingly) call The Spawn and The Terror.
- In case it wasn’t obvious from the picture above, I observe hijab. For you, this basically means I wear a head scarf. So if we ever have a Skype consultation or interview, you’ll see me rocking a bright colored Pashmina – much like the one in the picture above.
- I travel a lot—mostly road trips all over the UAE and sometimes neighboring Oman. Then there’s the yearly trip to Pakistan and the odd trip to anywhere else we can afford when we can get away.
- My taste in music ranges from John Denver, Frank & Nancy Sinatra toThe Black Eyed Peas and Bollywood songs.
- I can look at pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch all day long. (Thanks to Pinterest, I often do.)
That’s about it I think. If you want to dig deeper, you’ll just have to sign up below and get to know me. I definitely want to know you!