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What are Your Biggest Challenges as a Freelance Writer?

I’m currently in talks with my designers and a new WritersinCharge design will be out soon (in the next 2 weeks I presume) that better showcases this blog and its community.

I have timed a lot of my activities to be after the new design is live and as a result I’ve been planning and brainstorming to ensure you all are awed with what you will be seeing on this blog as soon as the design is live.

I’m also experiencing great growths in my freelance writing career, I’m learning new things and interacting with clients and at over 4 clients now and a lot of interactions with various clients and knowing what they want I’ve been learning a lot about freelance writing lately.

Over the coming weeks and months I want to make this blog the ultimate resource for everyone who plans to create an income from writing and as a result I need to ensure I address your major concerns.

What is your major challenges as a freelance writer? If you only need to know one thing as a freelance writer, what will it be?

I’ll be taking every single comment I get seriously, and I’ll do everything within my power to ensure you don’t only get theory, but practical and real life examples of what I will be teaching. This might be one of the few opportunities you will have to get a detailed future response to your freelance writing questions.

Fire up your questions now, it will help shape up what you will read on this blog!

Category: freelance writing

26 Comments on "What are Your Biggest Challenges as a Freelance Writer?"

  1. Wade Balsdon says:

    Finding enough clients that are prepared to pay what my writing is worth. I really believe that we writers are not paid enough and we are forced to lose work due to competition charging too low prices.

    • Onibalusi says:

      That’s on spot Wade and a really great point!

      I have learned quite a lot about getting high paying clients with enough work for you – I’ll be sharing my tips very soon.

      Thanks a ton for letting me know your challenges. I really appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Overcoming procrastination and hence keeping up to the deadlines is what I hear as an issue from a lot of my writing friends ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Onibalusi says:

      Thanks a lot for the comment Jane! I’ve added that to my list of topics ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. How freelance writing is effective from earning point of view I try make outsourcing site but unfortunately I can’t get any good response.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Zarah,

      That is a really smart question!

      I’ve noted it and will be writing something on it in the near future ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Without a doubt, the biggest challenge for me is managing multiple priorities (ie – multiple clients, multiple deadlines, etc). It’s especially tough to balance starting a freelance writing career with having a day job, although I’m hoping that’s something I won’t have to do for much longer!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha, it seems time management is a priority. I used to have problem with lately but I’ve been able to reduce my work for most days to 2-3 hours and I now only work a few days a week. I definitely have a lot of tips to share on that so stay tuned!

  5. Tom says:

    Looking forward to the tips you mentioned. I just started blogging this year but probably got overwhelmed along the way. Now I’m just taking it easy until the season starts up again.

  6. Finding enough writing gigs to get a jumpstart and also be able to pay the bills.

  7. Aadil Ennia says:

    Hi Onibalusi, English is not my first language, i would love if you teach us easy steps on how to start writing simple articles, what to do to improve our writing and more writing tips

  8. sam @ goa carnival says:

    Nice way to try something new for earn faith of visitors on site but for this we need to aware also with this question ‘will it work? for us.

  9. googler says:

    Hi Oni,

    1. How do you come up with new and interesting topics/subjects to write daily?
    2. How do you improve your writing skills?

  10. Michael @Blast4Trafficnow says:

    Great announcement Oni and I’m proud of you. Well, for the past 3 weeks, I have gotten 3 high paying clients. My major concern now is on building relationship with them, so that after this project which lasts 6months, 8 months and 2 years respectively, I won’t lose them.

    How do you keep your clients and make them repeated clients? That’s my concern. Please address relationship building and how it works. Make it simple as usual, let your write-ups speak.

    9ja is proud of you. Good works!

  11. Albert says:

    My greatest challenge is getting to find these clients…and another that really amazes me is how you get paid in Nigeria, since most online payment site do not list Nigeria

  12. best catfish bait says:

    Here are my biggest challenges:

    1- Productivity
    2- Getting interesting ideas
    3- Can’t find high paying employers through freelance platforms.

  13. Bankole says:

    How do i get clients to pay me. Pls i need a good link.

  14. Getting my readers coming back to my website is one of my greatest challenges and I can say that is no more my problems since I have started following your tips. Thanks for sharing this post ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Alex says:

    Getting off the ground.

    I have no samples to show other than school essays. I’m a good writer, but without real-world samples I’m having trouble getting work. I’ve tried Elance to get bottom-of-the-barrel jobs for samples, and 9/10 clients there don’t hire anyone for the jobs they post, and the 1 out of 10 that does isn’t hiring me.

    I feel like I’m wasting my time but I would love to make money with my writing.

  16. Towel racks for bathrooms says:

    FOr me the biggest challenge is finding potential clients

  17. My major challenges are: staying focused and finding good paying clients.

  18. Timothy says:

    My problem is something basic. It seems all clients are looking for a great writer who can write about hard topics. And I’m not confident with my ability to write on those topics.

    How can I improve my ability to write in topics that are not my expertise?

  19. Procrastination is always a big issue for me as well, as Jane mentioned. For me though I find that I sometimes have to really dig for motivation or inspiration, I really have to be in the mood to bang out a bunch of articles for my own site and if I am just not in the “writing mood” then I know my work won’t be the best. Music really helps set a groove with me sometimes.

  20. Fileinspect says:

    Dear Onibalusi, can you tell us what is the most profitable niche in freelance writing?

  21. Vert Studios says:

    I think the hardest thing to do as a freelancer is not be lazy. It is so easy to procrastinate work, but if you honestly take the time to do it and meet your deadlines I think you can truly succeed.

  22. Kelli says:

    How do you stay focused and inspired? I’ve already read that you sit down for multi-hour stints at a time (with no breaks, no internet distractions), but what are some other methods?


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