When it comes to freelancing, I believe in a few principles that guide my writing business on a daily basis.
Over the years, I’ve called them many things – guiding principles, golden rules, affirmations, to name just a few.
They’ve helped me keep my head straight during the highs of my career and sustained me through the lows.
Today, I turn these principles into a manifesto and offer them to you.
You can download it, share it, print it – even embed it on your site if you want.
Whatever you do – USE this manifesto. Let it help you make a success of your freelance business.
The Freelance Writer’s Manifesto We All Need.
You’re a writer
Yes, you are. You don’t have to write fiction or attempt NaNoWriMo to consider yourself a writer. If you write for your blog, your business, your clients … you’re a writer.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Not even yourself.
You’re a bloody good writer
There is always room for improvement of course but right now, at this very moment, your writing is the best it has ever been.
Your freelancing isn’t a hobby – it’s a business!
I’ve said this so many times, I sound like a broken record. So many of us treat our writing as just this thing we do.
“Oh, it’s nothing really. It’s just something I like to do.”
If you’re writing for money and you dream about turning it into a full-time income, then you my dear, aren’t indulging a hobby. You’re running a business.
Believe in yourself
Because you’re capable of so much more than you think. And because no one else will.
Don’t work for peanuts
Not for long anyway. My stance on freelance writing rates is simple: You gotta do what you gotta do. But at some point, you have to stop working for peanuts.
Charge per project
If there’s one non-negotiable rule of freelancing, it’s this.
Never charge by the hour. Charge per project. No exceptions.
Take half now, half after
Another rule that may only be broken if you can stake your reputation on your client – or have ways of embarrassing them into paying in case they don’t.
Get it in writing
You’ll thank me one day.
Fly your freelance flag high:
No one will know you’re a writer for hire unless you tell them. So don’t be shy.
Don’t forget to hustle!
Which is just a fancy way of saying you never let anyone know you might not feel like a confident, brilliant, and successful freelance writer.