How To Freelance (And Actually EARN)

Thursday, May 17, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 2 Comments

If you really want to know how to freelance successfully, you first have to ask yourself if you are ready. Unlike salary-based jobs, freelance writing cannot offer the same income for you month after month. The good news is, you can earn way more than other people who prefer to stick to desk jobs.

Oh, yes, you’re a freelance writer. That’s great, but how much are you earning from it? Are you paying your bills on time? Are you literally a starving artist? Freelancing can be quite rewarding – but only if you know exactly what you’re doing.

How To Freelance And Get The Bills Paid

Earning from freelance writing can be quite fulfilling – or it can be very frustrating. It all depends on how you handle yourself as a freelancer. Of course, it helps to follow a certain direction in terms of where your career is going.

  • If you want to know how to freelance, assess your needs and set a financial goal. Set an income range based on your needs; how much do you usually spend every month on expenses and bills? The income range you set will start with a minimum earning limit which you should meet at all costs. Your higher limit, on the other hand, will serve as the ideal income you want to strive for. This should give you a gauge on how well you are faring as a freelance writer. Based on your rates, will you be able to make ends meet? Oh, and read on to discover why writing nonstop can actually get you less freelance jobs!
  • Avoid the writer’s block at all costs. Always take note of things around you; remember the things you read and see that inspire you to write. Write these ideas and thoughts down. Don’t work too long without going on a break at least every thirty minutes; even if you can work two hours straight, you’ll end up feeling drained faster without frequent breathers.
  • Always look at every freelance job as an opportunity to meet loyal clients. A freelance writing job is not just a business contract; the person at the other end of that transaction just might keep coming back to you if you show him you can meet deadlines, give him his money’s worth, and communicate professionally.
  • Knowing how to freelance effectively means getting the best resources. If you’re a fashion writer, you should have different magazines for your mood board. If you’re a health article writer, you should subscribe to health news and have access to online journals. When you know exactly what to find and where to research, your work is half done.
  • If you want to know how to freelance successfully as a writer, then write everyday. Write at least a paragraph of your thoughts daily. The laws of physics hold true even in writing: an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should write nonstop, as I explained beforehand; however, you shouldn’t stop for too long a period of time. It’s all about gathering momentum.
  • Know this: not everyone will thrive as a freelance writer. If you hate new routines and starting new tasks, you will hate freelance writing jobs. If you hate combing through wanted job ads, you better stick to a ten-hour desk job that offers the security you might prefer.
  • Put yourself out there as a freelance writer. Are you doing this enough? Do clients know your website, your email address, your Facebook page, and your rates? Will potential clients know how to contact you?

Speaking of putting yourself out there, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I am now officially a Mac OS icon. I was baffled when I first saw the app icon – hey, that’s my face right there! And it was an app for my personal blog! To think I’m not even a Mac user, haha! See if you can spot the app with my pic on it:

Life and Fever app for MacSpecial thanks to my friend, Ian on Twitter, for the heads-up and the techie love

Knowing how to freelance as a writer will matter more than knowing where to find high-paying jobs. As a freelance writer, you have to market yourself effectively. Make yourself as close as you can to becoming a household name, if only among those who need writers. Otherwise, you will have to keep finding jobs, instead of freelance writing jobs finding you.

Do you have a success story as a freelance writer? Can you share more insights on how to freelance successfully? Share your blessings and your tips! Get in touch with me on Facebook or Twitter. Everyone is welcome to get in touch with me – especially clients in need of a topnotch freelance writer. I hope I fit the bill. Winking smile

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!


  1. I love the freelance life. It's true, it doesn't pay well, but it pays for what I need, and I have the freedom to do as I want. One thing tho, you better have a hubby who has money to support your freelancing. My money is just the loose change in our house.

  2. Hi, Mon! Freelancing doesn't always pay well, but it does give you the luxury of time. And you can always use that time to look for more gigs! :) In any case, time is something others would spend to have - so freelancers are rich that way. :)