I’m a retiree and I’m a freelance writer. I’ve been freelancing for about five years now, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. I thought I’d share some of the things that have worked for me.
Note: If you’re a freelancer and you’re reading this, I hope you’ll share your own tips and experiences in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!
## How I Got Started
When I retired, I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. I knew I wanted to write, but I didn’t know how to get started. I had a lot of experience as a journalist, but that wasn’t the kind of writing I was interested in. I wasn’t looking for a full-time job. I was looking for something that I could do on a part-time or freelance basis, and that’s when I decided to try freelancing as a way to make a little extra money. I also wanted to see if I could make a living as a writer, which is something I’d always wanted to do. So, I started looking for freelance writing jobs. I found a couple of them, but they weren’t what I wanted. I wanted something that would allow me to write about what I’m interested in, and so I decided that I needed to find my own freelance writing gigs. I started freelancing, and before long, I was making enough money to pay my bills and put a little bit of money in my savings account. It was at that point that I realized that I really liked freelancing. I liked being my own boss, I liked the flexibility of working when and where I wanted, and it was a great way for me to make some extra money while still doing what I really wanted to be doing—writing. So that’s how I got started.
1. Find Your Niche
The first thing you need to do when you start freelancing is to figure out what you’re interested in writing about. You don’t have to be an expert in your niche, but you do need to be passionate about what you write about. If you’re not passionate about your topic, it’s going to be hard for you to write well about it, and you won’t be able to charge as much for your work as you could if you were passionate about it. I’m not saying that you have to love your topic to be a good writer, but if you don’t love it, you’re going to have a hard time doing a good job of writing about it—and you’re probably not going to make as much money doing it as you would if you did love it. So the first step is to find something that you’re passionate about, and then figure out how you can write about it in a way that will help you make money.
2. Figure Out How Much You Can Charge
Once you’ve figured out what kind of freelance writing you want to do, the next step is figuring out how much you can charge for it. You can charge more or less than you think you can, depending on the type of work you’re doing. For example, if you’re writing about a topic that you know a lot about, then you can probably charge a lot more than you can for writing about something you know very little about. The more you know about your subject, the more you can command a higher price for your writing. On the other hand, if the topic is something you’re just starting to learn about, you’ll probably have a harder time charging as much as you’d like to. The good news is that you can always charge more later, once you’ve learned more about the topic. So it’s a good idea to start out by charging as little as you can while you’re learning the basics. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can start charging more and more, until you’ve reached the point where you’re charging what you think is a fair price for the quality of your work. The other thing to keep in mind is that there’s no hard and fast rule about how much to charge. It’s up to you to decide what’s fair for you and your clients, but there are some things you can do to help you figure that out:
– You can look at what other freelancers are charging for similar work, and see how much they’re charging and how long it took them to get to that level of income. This will give you an idea of what you should be charging, and how much time it will take you to get there.
– You can ask your clients what they would be willing to pay for your services, and use that as a starting point for your own pricing. This is a good way to get a feel for what your clients are willing to spend on your work, but it’s also important to remember that your clients may not be telling you the whole truth.