- Did you gauge your interest level neutrally? I am sure you must have found the right ways to bag a content assignment or a content design stint with some organization. No tips here on how to find one though (that could take up an entire post). However, the easiest way to know if you can turn your freelance writing stint into a full time profession is introspecting. Decide on the reason why you forayed into our world. Is it for some quick cash? Or is it because you found that such jobs bring in the moolah and kills your time too? Trust me; these reasons will never get you any far, professionally. Only if you have the passion to write and adapt to ever changing needs of clients, jump into the writing boat. There could be days when you end up Skype-ing for signing a deal and end up not writing at all! That clearly means, you have not earned for the day. In case, you need too much monetary security, the early days could be scary and off putting. Think you can sail through these? You are welcome into the world of full-time writing pros.
- Are you prepared for setbacks, rejections, harsh emails? Trust me; you will only be able to transit from being a freelancer to a full-timer when you develop slightly thicker skin. Of course, your brain cells will have to get sharper. In the freshman year of my ongoing writing career, I have heard it all—from being labeled un-creative to being tagged dull! Be prepared for burning the midnight oil to key down something you call your masterpiece and then see it being rejected. Some editors even get harsh and question if you have any idea about writing at all. The silver lining here is the consolation that we all make mistakes don’t we? In case you can bear such a brunt at the beginning of your career, you are ready to make it big as a full-time writer. Of course, you need to learn positively from the criticism heaped on you.
- Do you know the craft of quoting it right? Here comes the biggest goofy of all! With dreams to make it big in the bad bad world of writing, it was tough for me to set my rates for assignments. Very often, freelancers either over-quote or mostly, under-quote for their services. Now, certainly the mistake is not all ours.
About Satarupa: Dreamer, writer and foodie: Satarupa is split into three distinct personalities that find satisfaction in myriad things. A literature grad with a penchant for words and books, she has managed to convert her passion for writing into a profession. From advert copies to video scripts, from corp communications to exciting content, Satarupa has dabbled in all genres of writing. Having “just” landed onto the writing territory in 2010, she has made it home now. She is also a chatterbox in love with quirky things. While Amritsar is one place she is somehow connected with, she aspires to visit any place that can be romantic! A word-monger, addicted to all things that involves travel, movies and awesome food. Check her out here.