The first, most difficult lesson that aspiring freelancers learn? Most clients do not want you.
To be successful, it is important that you come to terms with the fact that there are clients out there who do not, and will not ever, want any of your work.
Likewise, it is equally important that despite these rejections, you remain confident in yourself and your writing abilities. As long as you continue working to improve your writing, and as long as you do not give up on yourself, then you are bound to find success on your path to publication.
If you are just starting out, and are struggling with either the rejections from clients, or with maintaining confidence in your endeavors despite these rejections, then I strongly encourage you to refer to these 5 backup plans required for success in the field of freelance blogging:
1. Finding a reputable client is far more difficult than you may initially expect.
You set out into the field of freelance blogging, hopeful and eager to land your first paid writing gig, and before long you discover that there are a lot of scammers out there. During this initial “seek-and-find” period, you will also learn that there are a depressingly low number of legitimate writing opportunities to be found.
To ensure that you do not waste your time or fall into the trap of a scammer, you must be sure to research each of your potential clients prior to applying to work with them.
Visit and explore the client’s website. Get a feel for their niche and read a variety of the posts or publications on their site. See if your style and knowledge are compatible with their needs, and that their needs also fit in line with your desires.
Be wary of any opportunities that sound too good to be true; as the saying would have it, those are typically false-leads.
When considering a client, you should always run a Google search on them. Open a handful of the result pages that you get back on your client search, specifically looking for reviews of legitimacy of the client and what it is like to work with them.
Plan B: If you do fall victim to a scammer, getting “played” by a false client, instead of becoming discouraged and beating yourself up, you should opt to use the circumstances of your situation as another area of importance to focus on while researching potential clients. Use the mishap as a lesson learned, and move forward equipped with the new knowledge you have. Be sure to consider this new knowledge before applying to work with a client in the future.
No one is going to look out for your best interest the way that you can, so be sure to utilize every opportunity you have, to verify the validity of each possible client; doing so will ensure that you are working for someone who is reputable: both in the work they produce or provide, and in the ways that they correspond with their contributors (you).
It seems like a good deal of effort spent, to conduct this research on potential clients before beginning any actual work for them, but it is absolutely necessary if you want to save yourself a great deal of strife and frustration down the line.
2. The criticism you will receive is usually quite harsh.
For new writers, this can be extremely discouraging. Editors are receiving countless entries and applications every single day. It is only understandable that they reach a point of knowing exactly what they are [and are not] looking for in a writer; because of this though, their criticisms can often be so cut-and-dry that it is almost insulting.
Even in writer’s forums, and on people’s own personal blogs, there are readers with such negative criticisms that it is a wonder anyone continues to write at all.
The fact is, there are always going to be critics, and if they manage to knock you down– you cannot let them keep you down.
Plan B: When receiving harsh criticism or feedback, instead of shutting down and declaring that ‘your work is too poor to ever be chosen’, use these criticisms and bits of feedback constructively to build on the quality of your writing.
Now, I’m not saying to listen to the insensitive critic who is telling you to throw anything you’ve ever written in the garbage disposal; that is simply absurd.
Instead, I am suggesting that you consider the input of critics who may have a truly valid point [even if it is one we are initially inclined to refuse as a possible truth]. Listen more deeply and open-mindedly to the advice of those critics who are not intending to be hurtful, but who are instead hoping to be helpful in seeing you grow.
Shrug off the hateful words, and otherwise consider the less-than-preferable feedback from your audience. Even the harsh criticisms can help our writings flourish if we accept and address them appropriately.
3. Keep at it.
The field of freelance writing jobs is a fast-paced one, full of harsh criticisms and limited openings for publication. It is most often a first-come-first-served basis, or the opportunities are restricted to writers of a far more matured stature.
It can all become very discouraging at times. Be aware of this sense of discouragement, putting forth conscious effort to not be overcome by it. You should also focus on being realistic with your goals, knowing that they are going to take a good deal of time to achieve; finding a reputable client to work for and generating the income that aspiring freelance bloggers anticipate won’t happen overnight.
Plan B: In the meantime, allow yourself to utilize any and all of the free online tools that are geared toward furthering your writing abilities.
Seek out forums for freelancers and read the countless conversations that usually hold a wealth of information.
Local libraries are a fantastic resource for writers as well: chock full of ideas, lessons, and options.
Use any piece of information or advice you come across that will help you to expand on your current skills as a writer, until you secure a gig that provides promising momentum for the future.
Do not give up on yourself or your work, regardless of how off-putting any part of the “getting published” process may be. Remember: persistence is key.
4. Do not put all your eggs in one basket!
You cannot only submit one application, to one client, and think that’s how simple it is to successfully make it in the field of freelance blogging; because it isn’t.
You are really going to have to spread your work [and efforts] far-and-wide if you want to stand a chance at making something bigger out of your writing.
Plan B: Rather, you should submit samples and applications to as many reputable clients as you can. Doing so will increase your chances of being selected.
Even if you are not selected, some of those clients will still provide you with feedback as to why you were not selected, and these criticisms or bits of feedback can be used to expand on your skills as a writer, moving forward.
5. Be patient.
Using freelance blogging to make a living is not something that will be mastered quickly, even for the most naturally-gifted writers. Be aware that success in this field is not guaranteed; it is achieved through hard work, dedication, and relentless persistence.
You will need to continue to conduct research, dodge scammers, ignore absurd criticisms, and seek out legitimate opportunities. You are going to have to keep doing these things until you are sick and tired of them; and then, you’re going to need to do them all once more for good measure.
Plan B: For the time being, do not become restless and impatient with your desires to flourish as a writer.
Focus your energy and effort toward doing the absolute best that you can to stay calm and have faith in the madness of the publishing process.
Remind yourself that nothing worth having comes easily. Stay patient and do not rush off to quit your day job just yet.
As with any profession, amateur freelance writers and bloggers all have to start somewhere, and starting truly is the hardest part. I challenge you today to start; where ever you are, despite any constraints you inflict upon yourself, make the decision to start- and to stick with it. After that, I hope you will find value in, and assurance from, these 5 Plan B’s that truly are requirements if you wish to succeed in the field of writing or freelance blogging.
Once you’ve made that running leap over the starting line, when you begin to move along diligently in pursuit of your goals, you will then need to muster up all of the tenacity, perseverance, and will required to press forward, no matter how tired you get along the way; no matter how many Plan B’s, or C’s, [or even Plan D’s] that you wind up falling back on, along the way.
Pair these Plan B’s with the ability to remain secure and confident in yourself and in your work, and you will surely see your efforts flourish into achievements in due time.
Until then keep learning, keep growing, keep trying, and do not ever let anyone stifle your passions!
Happy Blogging! :]