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Freelance Writing Success, Issue #008 -- setting up business
September 15, 2012
Setting Up Business
Setting Up Your Writing Business
You have wanted to start a freelance writing business, but even after taking classes, and reading every book on the subject, you are still not sure what steps to take to make it a reality. I know, I hear about it all the time.
Most of the time, the problem has to do with the fear of the unknown. Anytime you start a new venture, it can be scary but should you let that stop you? No, of course not.
Think about all the times you have started something new. How about going to a new school or asking someone out for the first time? You were successful with those things so why wouldn’t you also be successful in your new business venture?
I think, if you are like most of us, it’s may be because it’s important to you and when you feel like your life depends on it, you can make it bigger than what it really is.
So the first thing you need to do is let that go. Okay, now let’s talk about how to make this dream a reality.
1. Do you have an office or a dedicated space where you can write? If not, get one. You need a space that is for writing.
2. Plan a writing schedule. It’s important to treat your writing like a career, not a hobby. It’s all about your mind set. Having a regular writing time will help you to make it a reality.
3. Get your business in order. Create a filing system; get business cards, a business address book for contacts, etc.
4. Get a Pay pal account so clients can pay easily.
5. Start tracking contacts and set up a contact management system.
6. Write out a schedule and plan tasks in fifteen to thirty minute increments.
7. Create a to do list to help you stay on task each day.
8. You’ll want high speed internet access and an email address.
9. Create an email signature with all your contact information including your phone number.
10. You need a business website. Create it and write the content yourself, or hire someone to do it for you.
11. Learn about how to track your expenses for tax time and keep good records.
12. Stay in contact with clients through a newsletter or blog.
13. Market your business regularly even when you are busy.
14. Offer more to your clients than they expect.
Staying focused on your goals is the most important thing you can do besides writing everyday. And remember to enjoy the process. Time is something you can get back, so use it wisely and have fun!
My new book is with my editor! I will keep you posted on the publishing date! But you can still read more about my first book, Malicious Intent.
Maria Pease is a freelance writer, author and owner/publisher of http://www.freelance-writing-success.com
For step by step instruction on how you can write and publish your own ebook, take a look at Writing e-books for Fun & Profit so you will see how easy it is!
Have any questions? You can feel free to
contact me here.
Talk with you soon,
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