Writing is a viable source of income. In the modern day and age, you don’t just have to knock out a book and hope it reaches a bestseller list – there are multiple types of businesses you can put together to make use of your writing talents. And it’s that freedom that’s got you thinking…
If you’re someone who loves to write, and you know you’ve got it in you to make an income off of it, this is your chance to go full time with the best setup possible! So, without further ado, here are the three things you’ll need to know ahead of time in order to become a full time writer.
You’ll Need a Network
First thing you’re going to need is a real network of writers like you, who are both new to the profession and have been in the business for a while. A network is particularly essential for getting started, as being able to stick together to share tips from the business, and pass on potential client offers, could be the break into the writing world that you’re looking for.
But how do you build such a network? Well, you can start with the usual sites, such as LinkedIn, but don’t discount more niche groups as well. Facebook can be a trove of knowledge for finding the projects you’d like to work on, and simply searching up ‘writer groups’ could be your ticket to success.
You’ll Need a Professional Inbox
If you’re going to go full time as a writer, and you don’t have an assistant or a publishing house to help you out with this (which you definitely don’t quite yet!), you’re going to need to get a professional inbox.
It’ll help you to stay safe when people are getting in touch with you, and it’ll be a very professional sounding place for people to contact you through. You’ll also want a place that’ll let you collect all of your professional mail, both physical and online, and that’s why a virtual address could be of such use to you.
You’ll Need More Than One Way to Make Money
Unless you immediately write the next bestseller, you’re not going to make as much money as you need to in the beginning. And that’s why you need to diversify your portfolio – you need to be able to work on as many different projects as possible, in a variety of sectors, to build your rep as a writer, and to make as much money as possible.
Only take on what you can here, and don’t be afraid to say no. If you think the client you’re currently writing for likes what you do, and could have work in the future, focus on that relationship!
Going full time as a writer is going to be hard, make no mistake. But it’s something you can turn your mind to, as long as you know what to look for and who to connect with for success.
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