On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Rule number one: Time management!
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Rule Number two: Get your work out there for success.
On the third day of Christmas…..
Well, you get the point!
Technically speaking the 12 days of Christmas run from the 25th of December to the 5th of January. I changed my days a bit as no one should be working/reading over the Christmas period! It is time to celebrate and relax with family and friends.
The “12 rules of freelance writing as a WAHM” (12 days of Christmas) is a series of blog posts I will be posting. One per day for 12 days to set out the “rules” of freelance writing with a WAHM focus.
Now, these rules are not hard and fast. You DO NOT have to abide by them. However, they are a great guide to help you on your way to a successful freelance writing business when juggling being a mum too. Or a dad!
Why 12 rules of freelance writing?
They are tidbits to help guide you on your journey to being a freelance writer. They aim to improve your freelance writing business whilst juggling parenthood. Most importantly, each post of this series is to let you know that YOU CAN DO THIS!
I am a working mum, a freelance writer, a blogger. I have several novels on the go, 2 more websites/businesses in the works and still have time for my family. If I can do this, you can too. WE CAN DO THIS. I have got you. Together we will thrive. Together we will achieve our dreams!
What are the 12 rules of freelance writing?
RULE ONE: Time management and organisation.
This is the million dollar ticket! How to manage your time.
As a WAHM it is difficult to balance your schedule. There is no easy answer. It is not a case of one glove fits all. You need to find the processes and tools that work for you!
RULE TWO: Develop your portfolio.
As a freelance writer, you NEED a portfolio. It is an essential marketing tool and one that showcases your skills as a writer.
When you are first starting out how do you build a portfolio?
RULE THREE: Maintain your ethics.
The English language defines ethics as a set of rules of behaviours based on ideas about what is morally good and bad. What does this have to do with freelance writing? Everything!
We all love seeing our bank accounts grow, right? As freelance writers, we need to ensure we have the right tools to provide quotes and invoices, as well as track our income and expenses!
RULE FIVE: Keep your knowledge up to date.
Just like with any job, continuous learning is a MUST. You need to stay up to date with the latest trends and skills.
RULE SIX: Balance is everything.
As a WAHM/WAHD balance is VITAL to ensuring our mental and physical well-being, as well as that of those around us! We all know balance is essential, but HOW do we do this?
RULE SEVEN: Contracts are your friend.
Simple. Contracts protect you and they protect your client. They are your friend and an essential business tool.
RULE EIGHT: Why should freelancers learn SEO?
This is a little controversial. Some bloggers/freelancers don’t pay attention to SEO. They believe that writing great content that appeals to your target audience they will attract numbers. Others believe that you have to abide by the algorithms of SEO. So which is best?
RULE NINE: Why you NEED to KNOW your client.
How can you write great content that your client will love if you do not know them? You must understand the wants and needs of your client and their target audience.
Why do you WANT to be a freelance writer? WHAT is your WHY?
Why do you need boundaries in your freelance writing business? What boundaries should you be setting?
This is a biggie! BE PROUD. Being a WAHM is not easy. It takes dedication, determination and patience.
Follow on over the next 12 days as we explore “The 12 Rules of Freelance Writing” in depth.