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The 9 Challenges of a Freelance Writer

challenges of writingI’ve been a freelance writer for 8 months now and I’ve been loving every moment of it. That’s not to say being a freelance writer doesn’t have its own challenges.

When a lot of people read my income reports and see me making 4 figures from writing every month they start sending me emails asking every possible question about making money from writing – the reality is that they only see the good aspect of it and are failing to see the challenges that come with it.

Before trying to be a full-time freelance writer it is very important to be prepared for the challenges that comes with it. Below are the 9 major challenges you will face as a freelance writer – the more prepared you are for them, the easier your journey becomes.

I’d also try to include a solution to all these challenges below them.

#1 – Finding Clients

The number one challenge any freelance writer faces is finding clients.

When many people hear about freelance writing the first set of people they think about are those struggling to get jobs on freelancing portals like Elance.com and Guru.com.

The reality is that 1% of freelance writers make 99% of the income that comes from freelance writing. For example, I know of several great freelance writers like Sean Platt and Carol Tice who are making thousands upon thousands of dollars every single month. Some of them are even on their way to build a million dollar freelance writing business.

The thing about finding clients as a freelancer is the competition, and I’m starting to see that there really is no competition if you follow the right approach.

Solution: Instead of trying to find clients on Elance and other freelancing portals that are full of competition, why not focus your efforts on being independent? You can easily do this by creating your own professional blog, writing consistently well-written articles on it, putting up a page promoting your services and then marketing the heck out of yourself by guest blogging on other blogs.

This strategy alone has netted me six figures in freelance writing income, and I outline my process – which has been tested with others and is proven to work – in Stop Pitching Clients: How to Get Clients to Come to You – by Blogging.

#2 – Time

Time can be one of the worst nightmares of a freelance writer, and it seems you just can’t ever get enough of it.

As a freelance writer you are paid based on your time and you also have other responsibilities fighting for your time. The problem becomes compounded if you’re an independent freelancer doing a lot of tasks outside your field such as coding your website, tweaking your themes, designing your graphics and things of that sort.

Solution: One great secret about successful freelancers is that they value their time. You can make a lot of money, but you will never get your time again. Instead of trying to get every offer that comes your way why not focus on selecting the “best offers” for you and committing all your efforts to it? It is also very important to use every opportunity you can get to bring about a raise in your income – the more money you are paid for your time, the better it is for you.

Another solution is that you should also learn to outsource some of your tasks. Don’t withhold that $100 if using it to outsource a particular service you need will give you enough time to make thousands of dollars. One thing about me is that I suck at coding and designing and I can spend days trying to figure out what’s wrong with a simple design – the great thing is that I can also make thousands of dollars just by spending my time writing in a single day. As a result of this, instead of wasting my time coding my blog I’ve already spent thousands of dollars on it already – the result, my blog is more beautiful than I can ever make it, and I have made at least 10 times the amount I spent designing my blog.

It’s all about understanding what is most important to you, and then spending your time wisely on it.

#3 – Getting Ideas

When I just started as a freelance writer I was booming with ideas, I was filled with joy and I thought it was only a matter of time before I become very rich – I’ll accept that I’m a good writer (at least that’s what people tell me) who has written hundreds of guest posts before getting my first freelance writing job, but it seems the inevitable just has to happen.

Lack of ideas can be the greatest challenge of any freelancer. The reality is, you are not greater than the ideas you can get. It doesn’t matter if you’re a freelance writer or a freelance designer, the limit to your ideas is the limit to your growth.

Solution: Start spending more time where people congregate in the niche you’re writing about, because you will always find new ideas there. Start spending your time reading books, blogs and any article you can come across. Some people will suggest you only read what is relevant to you, but I personally think creative people read any good thing they can lay their hands on, whether it is immediately relevant or not. Is it from reading The 48 Laws of Power to reading the latest article on Copyblogger? I have discovered that every single article I read improves my writing and creativity – it gives me more experience and ideas on how to expand more on a particular subject.

Another thing that has been known to work for me is spending time reading authority blogs and media sites on the subject I’m writing about. If I’m writing about green energy, then I should be ready to make the top blogs on green energy my friend.

I’ve written in over 6 niches now and I’ve been able to cope with writing for those niches. As long as there are blogs and articles online about a subject, then there really is nothing stopping me from being able to write about that subject.

#4 – Health

After falling sick for a whole week now, and seeing a month I planned to be my best turn to my worst, I am starting to face the reality of the worst nightmare of a freelance writer.

As a freelance writer you can plan as much as you want, you can load yourself with as much knowledge on a subject as you can, but there is one thing that can always stop you, and you must always be prepared for it. That one thing is your health.

Lack of ideas is a problem with a quick solution, if you fall sick you can’t do anything until you get well. Especially when the doctors start giving you their “great”(?) advice that you shouldn’t try to do anything.

Solution: There is always a quick and easy solution to every other freelance writing challenge, but this one doesn’t have an easy fix. The best thing that worked for me is preparing for the worst days.

Any slight problem arising as a result of your health will lead to instant decrease in your income so what better way than to prepare for the worst? Preparing for the worst is even more important if you are a freelance writer who loves doing a particular month’s work at rush hours.

If you have a particular client or clients you’ve been working with for a long time, you can easily start writing your articles for them in advance and then use it when they need it in the future.

Some of us also have advantages as far as this is concerned – for example, with the two major clients I currently work with I’m in control of my income. I can easily double my income in a particular month if I double my work so if I want to increase my income, instead of working towards the end of the month I can easily do the bulk of my work towards the beginning of the month.

You need to proceed with caution in cases like these, though, and it is important to get in touch with clients to ask if that is okay with them. After all, you wouldn’t want to do all that work and not get paid.

Another tip is to be saving as much money as you can. This means you can get as much clients as you can work with, and then be saving a large percentage of your income. The money you save will help prepare you for “the evil days”.

#5 – Distractions

This can be very dangerous, especially if you are someone like me who loves to watch movies a lot and can’t concentrate on anything if people are watching a movie around you.

With a lot of great distractions like Facebook, Twitter, Email, TVs and other flashy new technologies around you, it can be quite easy to get distracted, and if you are not careful, distractions will put a dent on your income. Just take a look at my income, those poor months are as a result of distractions.

My point, while this looks like the most friendly and easiest to overcome of all challenges, it can be very deadly – beware of it!

Solution: Try to get yourself some cool “tools” like a headset, a cool music library and any other thing that can block you from the rest of the world. It is important, though, to realize that the number one thing to prepare is your mindset – I write nowadays with Twitter opened, my email accounts opened, people around me (as long as they are not watching movies) and I’m still able to write for hours without being distracted.

Once you have the right mindset and the tools listed above you should work on blocking yourself from both the “outside” and the “inside” world. The “outside world” are those things happening around you and the “inside world” are those things happening on Twitter, Facebook and on your PC. To block yourself from the outside world you can use your headset and tune in to your favorite music at its loudest volume (if you’re comfortable with that) and to block yourself from the inside world you can get writing software applications like DarkRoom and WriteRoom for Windows and Mac respectively.

Another thing you should also do is to ensure that you don’t have your browser or any other distracting application opened. Do your research first, get your points, open Microsoft Word or your favorite writing tool and then get started with writing.

#6 – Procrastination

You know when you get that job and you keep on saying I will do it and I will do it every day before discovering that the time has gone?

Well, procrastination is a killer, not only in freelancing but in every other aspects of life.

You might not know that you’re procrastinating – but if you’re having fun when you’re supposed to be working, you’re procrastinating! If you have one work and it suddenly starts piling up till you have more work than you can handle, you’re procrastinating!

Solution: The key here is to have one major philosophy. That philosophy is work first, play later.

I usually take the first week of any month off from doing any serious work. I use that moment to have some fun, but after that, it is work on a consistent basis. Your own days off might be the weekends, it might be a few hours everyday or it might be any time convenient for you. Just learn not to mix up work with play – work when you have to, and play when you have to. Don’t play when you have to work and don’t work when you have to play. It might sound ridiculous, but the moment you start working when you are supposed to play is the moment you will start having more excuses to play when you have to work.

#7 – Deadlines

Oh, this funny thing is here to give us some tension. It is here to make us nervous.

I don’t know if this is only me, but it seems to me that freelance writers are 3 times more active when they are on deadlines…lol!

Deadlines are a major challenge of a freelance writer and things start to get worse when the clock starts to tick but your work is yet to be done.

Solution: There are two types of deadlines for a freelance writer. The first one is the real deadline and the second one is the self-imposed deadline.

The solution to overcoming the self-imposed deadline is to ensure you never impose any deadline on yourself. I mean, if you work when you are supposed to work you won’t have any reason to face a deadline.

If you’re always having to deal with the real deadlines then you should either do two things – look for those clients who are making things difficult for you and are always putting you on the deadline, if you are not satisfied with their work then you should tell them to work on improving things for the benefit of you both, if they aren’t ready to change then you should call it quits with them. The other thing you should do is take a look at the jobs you take, how many of them are really contributing to your income and career as a writer? If you see a job that doesn’t pay, stop doing it!

We freelance writers take a lot of job just for the sake of making a few cents, these little-paying jobs then end up preventing us from doing the “real thing”. Better make the right decision by parting with those jobs now before they make a hole in your career.

#8 – Boringness

don't get bored as a freelance writerYou actually started out as a freelance writer with a lot of passion. You used to be so full of that drive but it seems you’re starting to get bored with your work.

Freelancing can be great, but what can we do when we start to get bored? What can you do when you just feel like not doing anything again?

You might not have experienced this before, but if you’re not careful, you soon will!

Solution: Prevention is always better than cure and you will run out and get bored if you are always stressing yourself beyond your limits. Freelance writers are not slaves, and you shouldn’t treat yourself as one. Focus your efforts first on making yourself comfortable, don’t do what you don’t love doing and try to make everything look like heaven for you.

Another way to prevent boringness is by trying to fill yourself with joy no matter what you do. Try to see your work as fun, or better still, don’t do any job you don’t have fun doing.

If the inevitable eventually happens and you are so bored you don’t know what to do. Don’t call it quits yet, don’t tell your clients you no longer need their work. Try to get in touch with another successful freelance writer – spend some quality time with him or her, discuss your problems and concerns, ask for tips and advice. That discussion alone can reinvigorate your fire once again because the major reason why freelance writers get bored is because they always have to work alone. If possible, always surround yourself with people who have the same interest as you.

Sometimes this will cost money, but I think it is worth it if you get back to being yourself. For example, hiring a successful freelance writer for a talk or consultation when you feel the fire dying is worth its price in gold!

#9 – Unavailability

This is another major challenge of a freelance writer. This time, the problem isn’t that you are sick, it isn’t that you lack the ideas or are starting to get bored – it is because you are unavailable. Maybe you decided to take that cool vacation with your spouse, or you have to go visit your family. Every problem has a solution, and the solution to this problem is below.

Solution: I’ll be traveling for a few days next week, but that doesn’t mean my income should experience a halt. My tip for you is that life is too short not to be enjoyed (arghh, well, it all depends on your definition of “enjoy”…lol!). Instead of slaving up with your hours in front of your computer why not focus only on getting jobs that are worth your while? Why not focus on enjoying yourself and getting the best out of life?

The best thing to do is to prepare for situations like this – I always believe in working so hard that you have at least 2-3 months of income should you decide not to work.

Next Step: Kindly take a minute to spread the goodness by sharing this article on Facebook, Twitter and Stumbleupon – I’d be happy to see a lot of freelance writers get solutions to their problems.

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73 Comments on "The 9 Challenges of a Freelance Writer"

  1. Navneet says:

    OMG! You write very big blog posts.As i am your regular visitor am just waiting for your new article from many days and you know i checked your blog today about 100 times and more if u have written new post or not.I like your blog and your writing and i still dont have enough money to spend on my first wordpress blog so i started with blogger platform and with a free domain but i know its not worth to get a free domain.
    I like your concept here, take care of your time but not of money.Oni just want to say you are awesome blogger.

    Regards
    Navneet Arora

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Navneet,

      I just can’t stop myself.

      Whenever I write for this blog I write differently and I try to make each and every post as unique and great as possible.

      Aha, I’m glad you’re such a great fan – I’ll definitely be updating the blog more often πŸ™‚

  2. Oni – Great advice πŸ™‚ As a freelance writer myself, I couldn’t agree with you more!

    Two things I’d add… Regarding #1, I would never, ever recommend a new writer start on Elance, Guru or any of the other freelance portal websites. It’s too much of a “race to the bottom” atmosphere, and good writers never get what they deserve there.

    Instead, figure out what kind of writing you want to do and then find out where the people who will pay you to do it hang out. If you want to write sales copy, connect with internet marketers and companies that do a lot of print advertising. If you want to write blog posts, get yourself in front of bloggers.

    And on #4, one thing that I’ve used as a backup plan before is to have a few other writer contacts who do similar work to me that I can call on if I need help with something. Sure, I’ll have to pay them to help with my projects, but sometimes that beats losing a good client if I can’t deliver for one reason or another.

    Cheers – great stuff as usual!!!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Regarding your point concerning not starting from Elance and the likes but focusing on what you’re best at it seems as if you’ve read my mind – that’s exactly one of the messages I included in my 7 series course on building a successful freelance writing business.

      That’s really a great point, and it can be a substitute to writing your blog posts in advance. I think it all depends on the nature of the job and your trust in your buddies, but ultimately, any form of backup system you can put in place will contribute greatly!

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the post!

    • True that, Sarah.

      You’ve properly differentiated the ways to land a blogging gig and a copy writing gig. People usually confuse both and getting there in front of other bloggers is the best way to get into a lucrative as well as interesting project. πŸ™‚

  3. how to get rid of a hickey says:

    i think u should have written boredom instead of boringness πŸ˜› nevermind i would like to point out boredom is one of the sole reasons i am not into freelance writing..its only good for those who are passionate about writing like u…those who are looking to earn a buck via freelance writing but dont have a real passion wont survive much imho..what do u feel ? πŸ™‚

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha, I write as it comes so after trying to get a better word for boringness but I’m glad you provided that already. You’re right about having passion for writing to get the best from freelance writing, but I also believe writing is what can be learnt.

      I’m really glad you loved the post!

  4. AIDY says:

    I just recently began looking into freelance writing professionally. Not to strictly make money, but to improve my own writing skills and experience. Extremely valuable tips that I will make note of. My worse enemies with writing–my inner critic, and time management. Once these are managed, and employing the tips you have listed here, I should be well on my way!

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m really glad to hear that Aidy!

      Improving your writing skills can be another reason to write for others – ultimately, you can end up getting the best from your skills by charging for your work.

      I’ve learnt to silence my inner critic over time and time can also be a huge problem – everything is all about having the determination to succeed, and giving everything you can to achieve better results.

  5. Thanks for this infocurrency! One thing I’ll keep in my strategically is “You might be of the notion that your work should never be for free, but sometimes, free work will bring you more money than a single paid job on the long run.”

    Delali

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Delali,

      You’re right about that. People need to see your work to know what you’re capable of, but sometimes, the best way to get them to see it is by “releasing” your work to the top blogs in your niche.

      I’m so glad you loved the post!

      BTW Can you spare me a minute to Stumble this article?

  6. Thanks for not only listing the challenges, but also the solutions to them. I’ve always looked to you for all my Guest Blogging info Oni, so I guess it should be no surprise that I can get some great freelance writing info from you, since they are similar.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Jamie,

      I’m glad I could be of help so if you need to learn more about freelance writing, stay tuned, I’ll be covering it more on this blog as time goes on πŸ™‚

      Also, are you on Stumbleupon? It will mean so much to me if you can take a minute to Stumble the article.

      Regards,
      Oni

  7. Onibalusi says:

    Hi Air,

    It’s all about who your clients are.

    I have two clients and I’m not on anyone’s schedule – I can do as much work as I want with my clients’ consent as long as it is done within the month. The downside though is that the more you work, the more you earn – but you can also work on creating some passive income gradually.

    If you’re still interested in freelance writing some of your concerns are addressed in my eCourse linked below the post.

  8. Kristi Hines says:

    I find one of the best ways to prevent freelance writing boredom is to take some jobs outside of your usual area of expertise. I’ve taken some fun jobs that don’t quite pay as much, but they want topics that are off my usual social media, blogging, and SEO path. This means I can write about things that actually excites my brain and leads to easier flow when writing my usual topics. πŸ™‚

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Kristi,

      Thanks so much for sharing your opinion!

      You’re an expert when it comes to freelancing so one definitely must listen to you, and I can totally relate with what you’re saying πŸ™‚

      I also try to work in other niches when I get bored as a result of writing a lot of posts in a particular niche, and as time goes on I find it easy to start working again on the main niche.

      Like you, I also find that it excites my brain and I become super active when I start working outside my usual field.

  9. Karla Campos says:

    I suffer from 5 & 6, OMG FB is my killer…. I also procrastinate naturally so I have to force myself to “just do it”, what helps me is writing a to do list and putting even the little things on it.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Karla,

      You have a point. Having a to do list can also make a huge difference in how much work you’re able to complete. One recent change I made is making it a must to research all the ideas for the article I will be writing first, and then focusing on writing all my articles for a particular day at a stretch before anything else – the end result is that I’ve been able to double how much work I get done on a average day.

  10. Definitely agree with you that having a site that offers out your services and makes it easy for people to find/hire you right off the bat. Make sure all your social media profiles know what you are about and what services you offer.

    Here a phone number (Google Voice) so you don’t have to give out your personal # is ideal for giving a business number for people to call and get a hold of you instantly. Having a phone number also adds credibility as well.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Justin,

      I think you make a great point with having a “business” phone number on your services page. The more clients feel they know you, the more likely they are to hire you.

  11. Seam says:

    “One great secret about successful freelancers is that they value their time.”

    Perfectly said.

    You can always make more money, but you cannot EVER make more time. Value your minutes and the money will follow, and try to leave the freelancing behind as quickly as possible.

    A full stable of clients is great, but passive income is even better. πŸ™‚

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Sean,

      I’m really very happy to have you comment here πŸ™‚

      Time will never be enough for freelance writers, so it is better to get the best from the little time available.

      You’re right about the importance of creating passive income – and I’ve been redefining my blog lately to have an element that allows me the opportunity to create great passive income from it.

      Thanks so much for the awesome support!
      -Onibalusi

  12. Thanks for the mention, Onibalusi!

    While I’m not exactly a $1 million freelancer, it is possible to earn six figures, even in this economy, if you proactively market.

    Great post — my favorite point is “boringness” — a problem for many I guess, but not me. I’m still having a blast every day with the writing challenges I find…maybe one of the secrets of my success.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks so much for the comment πŸ™‚

      I was actually trying to say that you’re on your way to building a million dollar freelance business (you have the fire, so it’s only a matter of time:) )

      Any freelance writer who is starting to get bored should definitely hook up with you, they will surely get back on fire!

  13. Hi Oni:

    Wow, this is really another epic blog post, as usual.

    You touched on some of the biggest challenges Freelance writers face, especially beginners.

    I really liked the solutions you pointed on the issues of finding clients, finding time and finding ideas.

    Now, this post PLUS your eCourse certainly will show exactly your “Making Money From Freelance Writing Blueprint” to those readers that always ask how you make the income you report monthly.

    Good job!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Stella,

      Lol. Thanks so much for the continued support!

      I think most people think freelance writing is a bed of roses, but it has challenges that have solutions πŸ™‚

      I’m really glad this post could be of help!

      Regards,
      Oni

  14. I am a amateur writer for my own blog on personal finance. I do face most of the difficulties you mentioned. I often find myself sort of time and ideas, it’s every day struggle to find time for another blog post.

    very nicely written article

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi SB,

      I really don’t think you’re an amateur writer. It is how you perceive yourself that people will perceive you.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

  15. Atish says:

    Great article. I can see your hard work in this post. Nicely composed, well written. Just fabulous.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m really glad you loved it Atish! Thanks so much for the great comment πŸ™‚

  16. Tina @ wedding favors says:

    Wow that was really a lot to read Oni. I am a regular fan and I was happy that you actually write new post today. Thanks for the post!

  17. Hi Onibalusi,

    You’ve touched here very basic points to be a good freelancing writer. All are important points but always finding new idea to write is very difficult… almost impossible, but you need to be proactive to avoid it like reading some blogs, books, articles and so on. Time management is always essential for all profession. I would say it’s a awesome post with solutions of the problems. Keep it up!!!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Priya,

      You’re right about that – every problem definitely has a solution and spending more time reading will ensure you never run out of ideas.

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post!

  18. Woh…a Very comprehensive post! I especially agree the guest post to promote your service. Exposing yourself on a high traffic site is a smart way to get fresh new traffic!

    Cheers,
    Ming

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Ming,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      Sometimes a few guest posts is the difference between a writer getting a lot of clients and not getting any.

      Thanks a lot and have a great day!
      -Onibalusi

  19. sokun says:

    I hope to get some freelance opportunities soon, this post will surely help.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Definitely. If you follow the tips then you will be ahead of most new freelancers.

  20. This was a great article and very inspiring. even though i am a not writer but inspired me. Thanks for posting i really enjoy while I’m reading your article.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad to hear that πŸ™‚

  21. Helenee says:

    One thing I always wanted to find out is:

    What can a freelance writer do when (s)he has $0 in the bank and (s)he is very new online to land better-paying jobs.
    Do I snub low-paying jobs that eat up my time (remember, I don’t have anything to eat meanwhile)? Do I build my website (all alone, since I don’t have $$ to outsource the work) and blog, while getting $3-4 article writing jobs?
    How on earth can somebody free up time? And, oh, did I mention being a single mom? I mean, ok, I can understand the logic of (and I subscribe to)freeing up time to do more profitable work — but what shall we eat and how do we pay the bills in the meantime?
    Now, that’s a blog post I’d like to read…

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Helenee,

      Thanks so much for the question.

      Let me use myself as an example, I’m not someone who loves exotic cars and I don’t even have a car yet, but I have marked a particular car in my country that is very common. The car is also very cheap and everybody can have access to it. Even though I don’t love exotic cars, I still can’t buy the car because it has no more value in my eyes. The same thing applies to freelancers and clients. When clients see you as someone with a very high value and self-esteem and they see that you don’t just take any jobs for the fun of it, you will have a very high value in their eyes and this will lead to more valuable jobs for you.

      My suggestion in a case like this is to get some offline jobs, or sell some of your old stuff till you get the money to buy these basic things.

      Also concerning not having money to outsource your work. Everything has stages and you can easily have a simple website that only showcases your writing – you can focus on spending more to make it better when you have the money.

      I might also try to cover an article on this in more details soon.

      • Helenee says:

        Thanks, Onibalusi, for your prompt answer.

        Your suggestion about building a simple website in the beginning just to showcase my writing is good.
        Now, as for selling myself offline — well, I’m not really good at it in the first place (writers are not always marketers), and this is why I chose to work online — because I can Write better than I can socialize πŸ˜€
        Thanks anyway.
        Be well.

  22. If you work on something for 7 hours, result will never come worth. Glad to read some of your inspirational points. I tweeted and Stumble for people to get help with it.

    Regards
    RealTimeTricks

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Irfan,

      Thanks so much for tweeting and Stumbling the article.

      I’m also glad you enjoyed reading it!

  23. broccoli soup says:

    It is good idea to have your own blog and to write guest post to get traffic and to market your contents. Brian storming plays a vital role in any aspect of life.Without brain storming creating is not possible.

  24. Can you provide some of the freelancer sites?

    • Onibalusi says:

      I think you can get the answer to your question in the blog post.

  25. vikas says:

    finding clients is the biggest problem.. you need to promote your services.. Anyways I use guest blogging to promote my services.

  26. Well detailed Oni. I’m glad you are enjoying your freelance writing job online. It’s a great time to write for money and I’m beginning to see the potential in it.

  27. Edgar says:

    Someone can really make a living from freelancing, but i still don’t think it’s a good and long term strategy for making money online. The reason for me saying this is that if you’re a freelancer, as soon as your work stops so will your income. I definitely advice freelancing to people who are just starting out as they could learn a lot from it that could help them when they are building their businesses. The other good thing is that they can make some money to start their own projects. But as soon as you start your project and begin seeing some good results, it’s good to shift all your efforts to it. Great advice by the way Onibalusi

  28. Amy butler bedding says:

    Oni! Great post!!!!!! After reading your monthly report almost everyone was expecting such a informative post!!

    Oni for me finding client is one of the major problem. You know most of the people aren’t guest post start. So they don’t have great amount of guest post to get noticed by potential buyer. There are lots of quality people out there just missing just because they can’t find potential buyer.

    And one of the most boring factors for a freelancer is that they don’t have passive income source. They work just like typical day labor if you work you will earn, no work, no money. That is why I always and will hate freelancing……..

    Anyway. a quick question for oni… can you guess who am i?
    Thanks

  29. sibin says:

    Time is the problem.Am a b-tech student and i have more subject to study.There are frequent exams in our college.So i can’t find time for blogging.What should i do ?When i haven’t any post my Alexa ranking start to decreasing….Please tell me how can i manage my time…

  30. Greg says:

    Great post, I completely agree with the distractions being a major challenge. Why does the internet have to be so darn interesting??

  31. fazal mayar says:

    tremendous post, watch out your health Oni. I know you are a really hard worker but you gotta exercise or take breaks and this applies to anyone working online.

  32. ES says:

    I have taken to freelancing to increase the money I get online every month. I do get something from my blog, but it is not enough. I find that most of the freelance jobs pay very less – maybe because I have just started out. What are your suggestions for making more money per freelance gig?

  33. Hi
    I totally agree with your article, i too face the same once upon a time. And many of your friends were referring your site but no time to view today by reading your article,that you are the young blogger with passionate of writing and preaching other blogger, really your are inspiration for upcoming bloggers.

    But from today i will refer your site, by hook or crook .
    Have a Nice Day

    Regards

    Raymond

  34. Mahesh says:

    I agree with your point on elance and freelancer being over crowded. In that case joining forums and offering service is another way to go. For example, joining design related forums and posting service thread is one more way to get clients. It’s not easy getting client no matter where we try – elance or forums. It’s about marketing and portfolio that matters. Anyway, good post Onibalusi. Take care of your health.

  35. Mia says:

    As a freelancer distractions are the biggest problem. It’s harder to focus when you don’t have a real office, and there are other things to do in the house. Of course that a little determination, it will soon become a habit.

  36. splashbacks for kitchen says:

    Hy, oni thanks for nice post on writing….. I saw your most of the money comes form writing alone.

  37. So let me get this straight, you stopped looking for clients on different websites and you just went out there promoting yourself on blogs? Nice and interesting idea. Another challenge article and content writers get in general is how well a specific client will pay you, because let me tell you, there is nothing worse then a client how doesn’t what you worth. I personally need to take this kind of jobs sometimes because I lack in clients. So where can I find those clients who will really pay me for my work, and not some inexperienced greedy clients who are looking to rip me off.

  38. Is it Down says:

    You are not kidding about the health bit! I had a weird type of food poisoning that lasted for almost 2 weeks and really put me behind schedule. My income was definitely affected by my poorly cooked grilled chicken salad. Great article!

  39. sheds says:

    I found this site very interesting.Thank you for taking the time and initiative to post this article.Great job!

  40. I couldn’t disagree anymore because you’ve said it all to the point where I am totally convinced that these things normally happens to me too. Thanks for sharing the information πŸ™‚

  41. Jake Maclovich says:

    Nice article oni.Thanks for the tips.Will be waiting more articles from you.

  42. One of the best ways to find new clients AND get ideas is to be “out and about”. I don’t mean that in a casual way either, but as an intentional, orgainized effort. That means being a regular reader/commentor on a number of active sites. You get a chance to see what’s being written about, how popular it is, and even to form the core of some posts with your comments.

    If you can engage the site owner outside the blog (email and twitter) you may create some writing opportunities too. It’s really killing two birds–big ones–with one stone. I’ve been freelance blog writing for 1.5 years and rarely have difficulty finding ideas or clients.

  43. Sparkle says:

    This is a great article. I have just begun to venture into the freelance world and it is not easy. I did not think I could pull in clients quickly so, I used some of the freelance sites. I am now established and my clientele is picking up but I am not getting as much money as I could if I did it on my own. I think I might invest in a website of my own to promote myself but there are other ventures that I am more interested in so, I am going to weight things out. This is really great info for anyone who is either a writer or wants to write for a living.

  44. Henrick says:

    This is a heart to heart talk with freelancers out there! Glad to chance upon this site.

  45. Kelli says:

    I agree – I have to work within a deadline in order to be successful! I’m an awful procrastinator who does a fantastic job when given a deadline. πŸ™‚

  46. Hi! Oni, I am New to your blog. Your article keeps me motivating and after reading the tips and skills i have improved my writing to what i used to have earlier. thanks again

  47. Natalija says:

    Hello!
    I read with great interest this article! It is impressive and inspiring.
    I am just not certain exactly where to look for these clients and how to do it?
    Thank you very much!

  48. Altair Goh says:

    Freelance writing is hard work, in my opinion. It can be quite a struggle if one needs finances quickly and the pay cheque doesn’t come in quickly enough. And talking of the ‘writer’s block’, it can be quite a nightmare. My respects to those writers who are doing really well and enjoying every moment of it. Cool! πŸ˜€

  49. odeyemi seun says:

    nice work oni, quite encouraging. Is it possible to be a freelancer and earn while using a free blog? Especially for someone who is new. Also, how can one really source for clients?

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