- Choose your own path. What works for another writer won't work for you, and vice versa.
- Use your experience (even if it's not writing-related) and knowledge to get assignments.
- Educate yourself about what you can expect to be paid.
- Market yourself all the time. Especially when you're new to the business.
- Write about the same subjects more than once.
- Think of your client's needs instead of your own.
- Follow up on every pitch and LOI.
- Connect with other writers.
- Improve your chances of pitching success.
- Use templates for your freelance biz.
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