Having More Than One Iron in the Fire
by Joanne Troppello
The life of the freelance copywriter is not for the faint of heart. You need to have a dogged determination to pursue your writing dreams no matter what obstacles come your way. Speaking from personal experience as a freelance copywriter for the last twenty years, I can share some of those obstacles that might hinder your career goals:
Your current full-time job
Unexpected life events
Losing work when projects end
Self-doubt stopping your progress
Those are just some of the hinderances that might come your way and negatively affect your progress as a freelance copywriter. I like solutions. I don’t like wasting time complaining about problems. So, I’d like to share some advice that has gotten me through the difficult times and ups and downs of life as a freelance copywriter.
Have More Than One Iron in the Fire
I did some work for a PR Consultant and he said to me one time that it was good that I had more than one iron in the fire. Basically, he was encouraging me that it was great I’d taken steps to find more than one client to work with at the same time.
There was a time when I had not done that. I focused only on working with one copywriting company at a time. I learned my lesson the hard way. After a six-month project which ended unexpectedly two weeks before Christmas, I was left without any work for two months. Thankfully, I am married, and my husband still had his job. However, losing my income for two months meant things got really tight in our budget.
When I secured more projects, I had to work for one month before getting paid—which is usually how it goes with freelance copywriting projects. Now, that I learned my lesson, I work for several different copywriting companies on a few different projects simultaneously.
This can sometimes get tricky managing how I schedule my workday, but I feel more secure knowing that if one project ends unexpectedly, at least I have others to fall back on. I am currently looking for two – three more companies to freelance for. This may seem like a lot, but it’s much better to have to say no to a project than to go a few months without any work.
Currently, I work for one company located in Connecticut that does content writing for automotive dealerships. I cannot share the name of the company due to the confidentiality agreement I signed. I also work as a freelancer for Constant Content and Content Writers. I enjoy the projects I am working on for all three companies.
If you are just starting out as a freelance copywriter, there are so many opportunities for you. Just be prepared that you may not make the big bucks right away. For example, you will make under $10 per article for companies like iWriter and Blogdash. Don’t be afraid to work hard and build up your experience as a freelance copywriter so you can get higher paying jobs.
Companies like Content Writers work with freelancers that have some experience in content writing. You may have to take writing tests and submit writing samples when applying to various content writing companies. However, after you build your experience in the field, you can make approximately $40 – $150 per blog post or article, depending on the company and what they pay for a specific word length.
If you are new to the field or are a seasoned professional, feel free to share your writing experiences. I’d love to hear from you.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Pandora's Box Gazette.
She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, app recommendations, and content for blogs.