WordCount – Freelancing in the Digital Age

By Michelle Vranizan Rafter

How to build the freelance writing career you want

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When you’re just starting out as a freelancer, it’s easy to fall into the habit of taking every assignment that comes your way. But if you stay in the business long enough, you realize that to be really happy in your work you’ve got to take control over what you do. Different writers will pursue different paths. But no matter the path, choosing it requires mapping out goals for yourself and a long-term plan for your career.

Long-time freelance writer Gwen Moran offers some great insights into this process in a Q&A that’s up on The Renegade Writer blog.

Moran is a columnist for Entrepreneur, and has written for publications such as Woman’s Day, On Wall Street and Newsweek.com. She’s the co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Plans.

According to Moran, the first step in career planning is picturing your ideal end result. In the Q&A she says:

Do you want to work for a certain type of publication? Earn a certain amount of money? Break into a specific niche? Once you’ve defined where you want your business to go, then you can back out the steps you need to get you there. You can begin honing topics and pitches for a specific publication or start targeting clients who understand the value that you provide in exchange for a healthy rate.

If you’re interested in learning more, Moran will be teaching an online course called Build the Freelance Writing Business You Want, at The Renegade Writer. The six-week course begins Oct. 7 and costs $250 for the premium version with six weeks of e-mail support or $150 for the basic version with no e-mail support. Find out more details on the Website.

Written by Michelle Rafter

September 5, 2008 at 11:16 am

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  1. […] How to build the freelance writing career that you want – Words of wisdom for newcomers from long-time freelancer Gwen Moran. […]

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