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5 Tips to Improve Your Performance as a Freelance Writer

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You have started the career of a freelance writer and now you notice that nothing is like you thought it would be. When starting to write for money from home, you think that you should do almost nothing to remain effective and productive.

You just need to write and find clients. However, over time you notice that the writing process becomes more and more complicated. You may have several clients and all of them are ready to give you many orders so that you can earn more money but you understand that you cannot cope with these tasks. You have no time and sometimes even no passion for that.

Why does this happen? The reasons are multiple. But we know how to help you deal with them! In this article, we have collected 5 effective tips to improve your performance as a freelance writer. Just try them and you will see how they change the way you work!

1. Take one order at a time

Many freelance writers, especially those who have no experience in this field, try to take many orders at once. They find more and more clients, promise them to cope with the tasks in the soonest time but as a result they have no time to do them in a good way or to do them at all.

If you want to improve your performance in freelance writing, we recommend that you forget about taking many orders at least for some time. It is better to take one order at a time and devote all the time that you have to it. Thus, you will be able to learn to perform more tasks, to feel more confident with deadlines, and to have more time for other work.

“Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” – Proverb

2. Create a schedule for your work

If you always miss some orders or just forget about something that should be done (especially if you take small orders that take a couple of hours to work on), you need to create a schedule for your work. Besides, if you are a freelance writer, perhaps you face a problem of getting distracted by family, phone calls, and house work. If you notice that, we recommend that you include these points to your schedule as well. When your day is scheduled properly, you have enough time for everything including doing your job and having rest.

3. Become a boss for yourself

A boss is a person who controls you and tells you what exactly you need to do right now and how to get the desired results. Besides, a boss will tell you when you have free time and when you have to work harder. So, make sure that you have done your best to become a real boss to yourself and control and organize your work properly.

4. Become a mentor

If you want to increase your performance as a freelance writer, you need to become a mentor. Find several young freelance writers who need someone who will tell them how to organize and structure their work, where to find clients, and what to do to reach better results. It is a well-known fact that if you want to understand something better, you need to start to teach that. So, if you have noticed that you have problems with organization, you need to become a mentor and explain to other writers how to deal with this problem. By doing this, you will be able to get rid of your own problem!

“My mentor said, ‘Let’s go do it,’ not ‘You go do it.’ How powerful when someone says, ‘Let’s!’” – Jim Rohn

5. Set proper priorities

Prioritizing is a crucial skill for any freelance worker. The matter is that when you take freelance writing orders, you choose the time to perform them depending on your preferences and rarely think of what is more important and what tasks need your urgent attention. However, if you have several orders, you need to understand how to work with them to present the best results. Estimate your deadlines and check whether you have the resources for all your tasks. These will be the determining points for your prioritizing.

Being a freelance writer is a challenging but rewarding job. So, if you want to achieve success here, you just need to do your best to improve your skills and start to perform better. This will help you organize your work, get more orders, and find more clients. Invest into your work and you will enjoy these benefits in future!

What are your freelance writing experiences? Leave your thoughts below!

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Christina Battons is a web content writer and blogger from LA. I am a graduate of the University of Southern California. Currently, I write for various blogs like ProWritersCenter or similar. I am interested in topics about education, writing, blogging, motivation, etc. My writing I use as a tool to further the education of others. My free time I spend with my family, friends, or riding my bicycle. You can connect with me through Twitter or Facebook. I’ll be happy to hear you, just drop me a line!

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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