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Actionable Tips for Balancing a Freelance Writing Career and Your Education

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By Derek Goodman



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Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever began freelancing. And out of all the freelancing careers, writing remains a profitable and in-demand option among the many possible freelance sectors.

One of the best aspects of freelance writing is the ability to work anywhere, on your schedule. This flexibility is undoubtedly one of the biggest attractors for students. If you're trying to balance your education with a budding freelance writing career, here are a few things you should know. 

Invest in Editing Software and Services

As a writer, you're not an editor, but you do need to self-edit your work. Some of the most profitable freelance writing gigs will require you to send in polished work that needs little to no editing. Thus, editing software will become your best friend.

You should consider using two types of editing software together. Begin with the HemingwayApp, which is free. This will check for passive voice, adverb use, and reading level. Then, copy and paste your work into Grammarly. If you want to write professionally, you should splurge on Grammarly Premium. This will check for a comprehensive (and ever-evolving) range of writing errors.

Remember, you still need to read your work after using your editing software. While powerful tools, artificial intelligence (AI) doesn't always get human speech correct. Also, pay attention to the mistakes you make and actively work on addressing them.

Last but not least, consider working with professionals who help you edit and polish your work. For example, MarketingNewAuthors.com offers proofreading and editing services that can strengthen your work and polish it to a shine. 

Schedule Your Freelancing Time

Being in charge of your schedule doesn't only mean you can work whenever or wherever you want. It also means you're solely in control of your deadlines. Consider using a physical studentplanner or scheduling app. You can feel free to change your freelancing schedule from week to week, but it's essential to stick to it. Make notes on project deadlines and ensure you've scheduled enough time to complete them. You'll also find it helpful to check your schedule before taking on new projects so you don't overwhelm yourself and end up suffering from burnout. 

Learn Basic Digital Marketing

Learning the basics of digital marketing can significantly increase your chances of attracting clients. HubSpot Academy offers free digital marketing certification courses you can take advantage of. Besides the general digital marketing course, you may also want to take SEO, inbound marketing, and content marketing courses.

Consider Forming an LLC

Consider forming a limited liability company (LLC) to protect yourself and your new business. There are numerous advantages of forming an LLC. Rocket Lawyer notes that the most important benefit is it limits your personal liability for the company, meaning your business going into debt won't affect your personal finances or credit score. Additional benefits include more flexibility, tax advantages, and less paperwork to fill out.

Each state has its own rules and regulations around forming an LLC, so be sure to do your research on what's required in your state before moving forward. Skip the hefty lawyer fees and file your paperwork yourself. If you don't feel confident in filing this paperwork, consider a formation service instead. 

Prioritize Getting Paid

To ensure your efforts aren’t all for naught, it’s imperative that you receive timely payments for completed work. Ideally, this should be squared away at the onset of taking on a client’s project; however, it’s also wise to get into the habit of running invoices on a set schedule. If you’re not ready to shell out for accounting software, start with an invoice maker that offers free online templates and generation. You can customize your invoices as needed, and then promptly send them on to customers.

Find a Balance Between Your Writing Career and Education

More people than ever are turning to freelancing as their career of choice. It can be challenging to balance your writing career and education, but the above tips—from investing in editing software to having an invoicing system—can help. 

Derek Goodman is an entrepreneur. He'd always wanted to make his own future, and he knew growing his own business was the only way to do that. He created his site, "Inbizability," (www.inbizability.com) to offer you tips, tricks, and resources so that you realize your business ability and potential now, not later. 

MarketingNewAuthors.com provides publishing services ranging from book cover design, to marketing, and even private tutoring. Contact us today for more info! (734) 975-0028 


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