It seems like everyone has a cousin, or a friend, or a friend-of-a-friend’s-wife’s-cousin that is a freelance writer - and they’re all doing better I am. I don’t mind being at the bottom of the totem pole but I get irked when I hear stories about successful self-employed writers. I’m happy for them but they also represent my competition, and when I consider my limited portfolio and lack of technical skill I get a little … tense …
If I’m at a party and an acquaintance asks what I do for a living, I sputter. My nine to five is boring, but it’s better a better option than discussing my work as a freelancer because that usually prompts someone to tell me about their neighbour’s-boyfriend’s-daughter’s-friend who was hired right out of high school as a senior editor for The Economist, with no previous experience.
But enough about that. This article isn’t about the obstacles stacked against us freelancers. It’s about getting started.
One of the most difficult tasks for a new writer is setting his or her rate. Last week I was turned down for a job because I set my price too high (apparently $0.03/word is outlandish)!
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