The single biggest challenge in freelance writing is your mindset. New freelancers want to treat their new business as a job, but it’s not a job. It’s what you make it. There are no rules.
Let’s contrast two mindsets. A freelance writer who has a “freelancing job” mindset is: where do I find great writing jobs?
On the other hand, the productive freelancer’s mindset needs to be: how can I make money out of this? Or: how can I make MORE money out of this?
You can (and should) apply a monetization concept to everything you do.Freelance writing mindset: “how can I make (more) money out of this?”
Ask the question when:
Whenever you accept a commission, or begin a new project, take five or ten minutes to brainstorm ways you can make more money from what you’re doing.Free money: brainstorm ideas to make more money from what you’re doing right now
It can be simple. One of my students won a gig blogging for a company website. She thought about how she could make more money from that opportunity.