Freelancing is one of the most exciting ways for writers to make money.
As a freelancer, you have the ability to set your own hours, create your own prices, and manage your own clients. You aren’t tied down to a specific schedule.
If you want to take a week off of work for vacation, you can. If you need to spend an afternoon running errands instead of working, you can. If you prefer to work at night, you can.
Unfortunately, despite the freedom that comes with freelance writing, many writers find that they struggle to make time to write.
Whether you want to become a full-time freelance writer or you simply want a few extra hours each day to spend writing, there are a few things that you can to do increase your productivity and to find more time for writing:
1. Creating a schedule
First off, create a schedule. Don’t just think up a schedule: write it down. Get a calendar or planner and take note of the times when you’ll be at your office job, when you’ll be taking your child to activities, and when you’ll be at appointments. Once your calendar is filled out, take a look at it. When will you have time to write?
Remember that you don’t have to block out an entire chunk of time. Maybe you’ll have an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. Maybe you’ll have 30 minutes on your lunch break or two hours after dinner.
Once you’ve figured out when you’ll be able to squeeze in some writing time, schedule it. Never just leave your free time up to chance. Actually noting the time when you plan to write will prevent you from scheduling something else during those time periods.
2. Creating a sense of understanding
Next, make sure that your family, friends, and neighbors understand and respect your writing schedule. If you find it helpful, you can even create a sign or email response to use during business hours.
You don’t need to be rude with the people in your life, but you do need to be firm. Let the people you interact with know that you don’t answer the door or the phone when you’re writing.
Remember that your writing is your livelihood. You need to take it seriously if you want other people to take it seriously.
3. Streamlining the writing process
Finally, look for ways to streamline your writing process. This will enable you to write more articles in less time.
Consider writing a set of articles on a similar topic so that you aren’t doing lots of different research. For example, you could write five articles on health instead of writing two on divorce, one on counseling, and two on parenting. This will enable you to do research just once instead of five different times.
Another option would be to outline each of your articles the night before you plan to write them. This will save you time during the day when you want to be writing.