Successful freelance writers realize that they are running a business. Freelance writing is like any other small business. It requires a set of business management skills that cannot be ignored. Successful freelance writers handle tasks such as bookkeeping, billing, collections, marketing, public relations, sales, and secretarial work. More importantly, they accept that they are the owner and operators of the business. The decisions they make and their consequences are entirely their responsibility.
You don’t have to do everything to run everything
The good news is that you don’t have to be good at every single task in order to freelance; you just have to be good at making sure that they get done. If bookkeeping and accounting are not your strong suits (or you prefer to concentrate on the writing) then you can hire someone to do that work for you. If you need secretarial work such as transcription, typing or filing, all of that work can be contracted for as well. In most cases, once your freelancing business gets rolling, it is a good idea to off-load these tasks and concentrate on the activities that generate income. Whether you do all the work yourself or pay to have it done for you, however, you are still the boss and it is still a business.
The more you learn, the more you earn
If you want to improve your business skills, take a class in small-business management or marketing or whatever other skill you lack. Even better, try writing a series of articles about the tasks that you most want to understand. That way the time you spend on learning these skills will be both instructional and profitable. After all, finding multiple ways to benefit from a single task is good business.
Would I work for me?
Having the right attitude is one of the keys to treating your freelance writing as a business. Ask yourself, if this were a company that I was hired to work for, would I approve of the way they operate? Is this company capable of reaching its goals or is this company dangerously inefficient and poorly run? If the answer is the latter, you have some work to do.