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Applying For Online Freelance Writing Jobs: 5 Mistakes To Avoid


With millions of candidates from across the globe all vying for work, the freelance marketplace has never been as crowded or as competitive. However, you can either choose to view this as glass half-full or glass half empty, it is up to you. With the surge in applicants has also come a surge in jobs. Just as potential employers need to carefully sift through the talent pool, then any freelancer worth their salt will also need to carefully sift through the jobs.

Here are 5 common mistakes that many newbies make, by avoiding them you should see your earnings soar:

Don’t put your eggs in one basket

It is very easy when you secure a regular client to take a big sigh of relief and then choose to work exclusively for them. While it is great and desirable to have regular money coming in, you mustn’t fall into the trap of treating them like a regular employer or assuming that the work will always be there. Just as you are free to decline work at any time, then the client is also free to pull the plug at any time which could leave you in a pickle if you have relied too heavily upon them.

Be careful who you prioritize

We are all human and humans sometimes make mistakes and find themselves over committed. Deadlines are really important and you should always try and stick to them. However, sometimes you have to take into consideration the fact that you may have a deadline for a one-off, untested client and a deadline for a client that provides you with regular weekly work. You have to weigh up very carefully which one to give priority to. If it is not possible to move your regular deadline then I would always prioritize that over any less predictable work.

Don’t spread yourself too thinly

It can be tempting to take on more work than you can realistically handle. This is fine, if you have an urgent expense that needs paying or a vacation coming up. However, doing this too frequently will not only stress you out but might also cause you to lose client. Most still prefer quality over quantity.

Don’t under commit

While over committing can be deadly in terms of your credibility. Under committing can leave you with no work. You will probably find when you are first starting out that you will need to apply for dozens of roles before you are awarded one.

Don’t lose sight of why you are doing this

Like everything in life, it is easy to get caught up on the hamster wheel. The trick is to try and find a balance and remember why you wanted to become a freelancer in the first place!

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