When it comes to being a freelance writer, it can be an adventure in itself. Learning how to navigate your own business and being self employed is exciting and can be daunting. I’ve learned a lot since I’ve started my freelance writing career and I’m going to share with you some of my failures. While most times it’s a great career, there are some things I’ve learned that can help you avoid these failures as I have had to learn the hard way.

I put all my “eggs in one basket”
When it comes to freelance writing, you do need a variety of clients to work for at one time. Unfortunately, some companies either stop using freelance writers, lose business, or just go different routes for their websites. When that happens, you lose your income. It’s not always a guaranteed job as if you were out working. I have learned that when I depend on one client, I end up getting burned when they stop the writing process. Spread out your client so you’re not depending on one person to pay the bills.

Not getting money up front
Unfortunately, not all the sites or clients who you work with will pay you as they have promised. I have made the mistake before of turning in work and not seeing payment as they never responded or paid me for work finished. Be careful of this and discuss payment up front for a portion of your assignments or for the project. Even if all they pay up front is half of what you are owed, it is a sign of good faith that they intend on paying the rest. I advise you to talk with them up front before you start on how payment is processed and when it should be expected.

I did not ask questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I’ve learned the hard way that you should always ask first, then write. This can cause you to do a lot of work and then turn it in only to find out that it’s not what the client was wanting. Save yourself a lot of time and hard work wasted by asking questions up front. Don’t wait until you’re finished with the project to get clarification. Ask your questions right away as they pop up.

I didn’t always read what I wrote
While you may think it’s silly to do, you need to reread what you wrote before turning it in. You need to do it a day or so after you’ve written it. When you just finish a piece and try to reread it, you may miss any errors or left out words. That’s because you just wrote the article or post and your mind will put in what you think should be there. Give yourself some extra time so that you can edit your work before sending it in.

These are just a few things I have failed at over the years and have learned by doing that you should avoid them. Be sure to take in this information before you start on your freelance writing career. You’ll be glad you did when you avoid these failures.