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  1. Working as a freelance writer is a very enjoyable position to be in, and can be incredibly fulfilling creatively. However, while working freelance for a number of clients, one unforeseen challenge can be that of managing one’s time. In my own situation, I have to balance writing alongside blogging and creating podcast episodes. Another thing writers can often struggle with is how to stay motivated, and how to make connections in this ever-growing industry. Let’s take a look at each aspect of being a freelance writer and how you can learn to keep all of the plates spinning. Many people wonder about how to break into freelance writing and struggle to find a place to start. In my position, I was looking for a way to accumulate experience and learn to hone my craft as a writer, and started out by blogging about world history. After plenty of research, all sources seemed to say the same thing: Just start writing! Creating a portfolio for oneself is of utmost importance when it comes to being a writer. The more you write, the better your portfolio will become. A better portfolio will impress clients more and give you an increasingly higher chance of landing a high-paying client. So how does one go about this? Establishing a portfolio is a fine target, but what sort of work can I do that isn’t intrusive into any of my existing responsibilities? If you were in a similar position to me, as a normal, busy guy, find somewhere to post your content and get it out into the world. This will not only keep you writing a variety of topics, adding to your versatility as a writer, but it will also serve to place you within a community of other online writers who will help you to improve your writing through constructive criticism and feedback. What will save time when introducing your work to clients is having a space on the web that you can call your own. This could be as simple as a Wordpress or Wix website, or even just your own author page at an online newspaper. Hosting some samples of your work can save time as there is no fiddling around with files and folders. Simply drop your client a link and they can get a taste of your work. This also saves time when advertising for your work, as having an easily accessible contact email is essential when showing off your work. Regarding writing itself, much of the process for freelance writing is the same as creative writing. Many often worry about motivation coming and going, and this affecting one’s income. A wise man once said not to believe in motivation. This may be intimidating and initially quite negative. All this means, however, is that motivation is fickle, and relying on it will not cut it when one is writing every day. What is much more important when it comes to creativity is cultivating discipline. Even if it is barely a hundred words, try to write something every day. Disciplining oneself to continue writing even when not motivated will prove far more valuable in the long run than any passing spell of motivation. Mastering this is not easy, however it will save you hours of time in the creative process overall. Another challenge when managing one’s time as a freelance writer is understanding the importance of taking breaks. Nothing can ruin workflow more than burning oneself out. When balancing this with a job that has me on my feet all day, not taking regular short breaks can exhaust me mentally while I am already physically drained. An additional boost to productivity that many writers may overlook is drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep. It stands to reason that a dehydrated and tired writer will make far more mistakes than one who is energised. Yet way in which time management can be a hurdle is when work feels as if it is piling up all at once. I try to stay calm in these situations and break up the task. What this means in practice is setting a number of smaller goals throughout the day. Taking multiple projects at once becomes much less daunting when one learns to use this method effectively. Break up articles, for example, into notes and planning and then writing. The notes and planning of a couple of articles can be done in the morning, and then one can be written and edited in the afternoon, and so on. Once you have finished writing an article, the time comes to edit it. Depending on the article this can take as much (or more!) time than writing it. The time taken to finish off a piece of work like this is therefore just as important. Efficiency is key here, as a long editing process can quickly fill up a day or two for a very meagre result. More simple articles may only require one or two passes of editing, correcting spelling and grammatical errors. Some, however, require more time to thoroughly pick through. One must reconsider choice of vocabulary, how one has structured the piece, and cut anything unnecessary. Planning ahead is important here as it can often be helpful to not see the article for a short while before picking it up for editing. Looking over it with fresh eyes can often reveal glaring mistakes that weren’t obvious before, as one is now reading not from the position of an author, but a reader. In the end, after all, it is the reader’s experience we are trying to enhance in every way we can. These are just some of the challenges one may run into while trying to manage one’s own time whilst writing freelance, and just some of the ways I have used to overcome them. While there may be many more, what is written here, I hope, will be an encouraging a short, simplified starting point for other budding writers to try their hand at the harsh freelance world. “With more than three years of experience writing about STEM and history, Joshua Potts is a professional writer praised for his work on YouTube video scripts, blog posts and podcast research. He’s featured in Real Engineering, History Is Now, Mustard and more. You can discover the services he offers at www.joshwriter.com.”
  2. @Remo Those would be great ideas. I think we can split up the marketing into a number of topics.
  3. Currently offering 25% off all work in the popular science niche for the next 30 days. Please view my official site if you are interested:



  4. @Cyrus Yes, I already have a near-completed blog post about managing your time as a freelancer.
  5. Hey, I'm Joshua Potts, a professional educational writer. I've been featured in Real Engineering, Mustard, Vimes, Medieval Magazine and Invicta. I specialize in STEM and history. www.joshwriter.com
  6. Lotus gave me the opportunity to write a few of the first articles for Hyperlance’s new blog. I aim to make them helpful, guiding and interesting to read. Are there any specific topics you freelancers out there want to read, or do you have a question you’d like to have answered? Many thanks, Josh www.joshwriter.com
  7. Freelancing gives you the ability to work when you want, take on job which you want, and directly speak to your clients and get to know a great deal of amazing people. Most of the time. However, finding clients is a horrible pain point for nearly every freelancer. Sometimes I just want to give up, but you have to be on the client hunt 24/7. It can also be extremely hard to stay motivated when you’re being constantly rejected and low-pay projects are building up. This is why it’s so important to take breaks and sometimes hire beginner freelancers to outsource work to when it all becomes a little too much.
  8. Not a client, but congratulations on your portfolio! It looks super nice.
  9. This posting is copy itself! Well done, you’re very persuasive.
  10. Hey, is there a specific forum you can post this in? I think you’d find more clients if you put it in the Art section or whatever it is called. Edit: Regardless, your art is great!
  11. Hey, I’m Josh. ABOUT ME I’m an established freelance writer specialising in history, aviation, engineering, space exploration and some aspects of popular science. I have more than three years of experience writing scripts for some of the most popular YouTube channels and podcasts, including Invicta, Real Engineering and Mustard. I’ve featured in numerous publications including Medieval Magazine and History Is Now. WHAT I DO I write crisp and compelling content to teach, inspire and engage your audience. My writing breathes life into the tales of the past, present and future. Here is some of the work I do: • YouTube educational scripts, typically from 500 to 3,000 words. I am known for being able to workshop the styles of individual channels and matching their tone. • Blog posts at any word length. I’ve handled commissioned blog posts for stores selling history-themed products and e-commerce in a few other categories. • Podcast scripts, typically from 1,000 to 10,000 words. This is content that usually requires a lot of research and a very long word count but I am highly professional and reliable and always love to please podcasters’ listeners. • Ebooks. I rarely take on these projects but I’ve written short ebooks of a length of about 20,000 words. I **always** act as a ghostwriter in these circumstances, so you retain full authorship of the book. EXAMPLES OF MY WORK Feel free to view a few samples on my website! www.joshwriter.com/work PRICING My typical rates are 10-20 cents per word and reflect my skills and abilities as a writer, and guarantee you the absolute best quality of writing. An enormous amount of research and rigorous editing goes into every project, each of which is usually delivered within 3-7 days. WHAT NEXT? I would strongly recommend you take a look at my portfolio (www.joshwriter.com) and decide whether I’m a good fit for your project. If so, feel free to use the contact form or email me at the following address: [email protected] **Remember, you get the content you pay for, so hire a specialist!**
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