Working as a freelance writer has been challenging and exciting. I’ve worked on interesting projects and some really cut and dry assignments, which weren’t creative at all.  But, I can’t really complain because I’ve gotten the chance to make some really great connections along the way. One of the biggest challenges is taking the different projects and connections to the next level. What I mean by that is, how do I grow my freelance business into a flourishing career? Things are good now. But how do I take something good and make it great, stable and lasting. In order for me to grow my freelance business I have to raise the bar regarding my expectations and goals. Who said you have to wait until January 1 to execute a new plan of action for the year?

I’ve decided to create new plans that will allow my freelance writing career to continue to grow. And that means having a clear idea of the type of writer I want to be. But my writing aspirations shouldn’t just be limited to project-based assignments. Growing as a writer means that I have to push myself even further by identifying my long-term financial goals. Reading the blogs of other successful freelance writers has given me the confidence to realize that I can also take my writing aspirations and grow it into a thriving business, which sustains my livelihood.

As a first step toward taking control and thinking like a businesswoman, I’ve recently asked an editor for a pay increase. I had a bit of nervous energy there at first.  But to my surprise the editor replied to my e-mail on the same day with new rates, which fell right in line with my expectations. And shortly thereafter I received two new assignments from that publication. But does raising the bar stop at just asking for more money? Nope. As part of my business plan, I’m going to reconnect with old clients. Sometimes dropping a line puts you in the forefront of people’s mind. And even though there may not be an opportunity at the time, I may be just the person they think of first when new opportunities arise.  But it’s just not about looking back, I’m also reaching out to create new business for myself. I’d like to build a stronger writing portfolio by writing for different audiences (I’ve been mainly writing for health professionals).

Other things I plan to do to grow my business is to take continuing education classes or e-courses as a way to boost my skill set. So far I’ve been pretty much self-teaching — picking up tips here and there, learning from feedback and mistakes. It makes sense that if I’m able to accomplish all that I have in such a short period of time on my own then signing up for a few online classes from successful freelance writers and organizations such as the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) would only boost my skills up even further.

Also it’s important for me to create works of my own. It’s a vital part of maintaining a successful career as a writer. I’ve written several health and medical articles. But I’m also working on larger bodies of work that I’d like to published.  With so many platforms available to writers the days, I’m looking forward to seeing my books published. As a ghostwriter, I’m able to produce content for other authors.  That in itself is gotten me thinking: Well, if I can write a book for someone else why can I do it for myself and see it through the end.