Freelance Writing for the Long-Term

Where are you in your writing career? Is freelance writing just a hobby or a part-time gig for you, or are you doing it on a full-time basis? Knowing where you are in your writing career is the first step to moving forward. What will you be doing in ten years? Your freelance writing career should evolve over time, and it is a good idea to have a long-term plan. Setting goals for the future can help you manage your time now and influence your decisions about what projects to take and what to reject.

It is almost impossible to know for sure where we will end up in five, ten, or twenty years from now, but there is nothing wrong with hoping to be in a certain place. Do you want to remain solo and independent as a freelance writer? Would you like to manage a writing team one day? How about running your own magazine or publishing company? Some experienced freelance writers coach beginning writers and mentor budding freelancers. What do you want to be doing in ten years?

Once you develop a set of long term goals, access what you are doing now and determine whether or not you are set on the path to the appropriate destination. Make sure that each project you take will bring you one step closer to you ultimate goal. Working towards your future with several milestones to celebrate along the way will become an effective motivator for you as a freelance writer.

Rather than writing aimlessly and just struggling to survive in your writing career, focus on the bigger picture. Be ambitious and set your sights high. In a few years, you will be able to look back and be proud of how far you have come. Stay in the game for the long-term, and enjoy the journey of a rewarding freelance writing career.

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