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The top 5 traits of a successful freelance writer

The top 5 traits of a successful freelance writer

The sound of the word “success” brings smiles to the faces of people all over the globe. We want to be really successful in all that we do. There are a lot of people who have thought of taking up careers at freelancing and wonder what it takes to become to become outstanding and successful at it. No one starts a career with the intention of faring poorly. To do excellently well as a freelancer there are several prices to pay for such a feat to be achieved. Here are the top five characteristics of successful freelancers.

There is no end to learning and no one person knows it all; write daily, have a small group of like-minded friends you learn and observe from. Writing styles vary and you will gain more insight when you write and have others constructively critique your style, learn what you can add or subtract, learn how to tweak your writing into an appealing read for your audience. One great way to go is to have a mentor – someone far ahead of you in skill and expertise to guide you on your journey.

2. Don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone as a writer

I get the fact that you’re familiar and interested in some topics more than others. This doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with all you know only, adapt your style to extend out of uncharted territories. You don’t really know what you can do as long as you don’t try it out. At first, it’s going to feel stiff and cranky and just like rusty machine parts – just add oil and it’s ready to run smoothly. Apply your creative genius and begin to ease the tension and friction. You get better at it by the day.

3. Know your niche!

Finding your niche is just as important as writing itself, and I encourage you to find your voice as a writer because it stands you out. The way to find your niche is to explore a wide array of options. I always say – keep an open mind. It gives room for being dynamic about what you are passionate about. Passion usually stems from a deep desire to have an issue or a problem solved for the good of humanity. Ask yourself, what problem do I see myself solving? Your answer(s) points toward your niche.

4. Work on your communication skills

A clear cut communication skill enables you to pass information across to your client in simple and effective terms. All freelancers need this skill to excel, you will dialog with clients from all walks of life and perhaps halfway across the world. The chance you have of creating a connection with them is the ability to communicate unambiguously.

5. Be professional

Professionalism is at the heart of freelancing while handling gigs; you have to be accountable and reliable. Your ability to organize and present your work in logical successive steps give an air of competence and speaks volumes about you.

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