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What Is It Like Being a Freelance Writer During a Pandemic?

Julia Tucker

Posted on August 18, 2020 18:47

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Freelance writing is already a difficult profession, but no one prepared us for a pandemic.

It is no secret that we have all been living through a pandemic for the last six months. I personally would describe these months as a trying experience. Being a freelance writer is already not an easy job, but it has proven to be even harder during a pandemic. I am not saying that other professions are not having a difficult time; I know that we are all suffering through this right now. I am only writing about my personal experience with freelance writing.

I began freelance writing full-time almost two years ago. I wholeheartedly love it, which makes it so worth it! Pitching to potential clients as well as being "ghosted" have been the most difficult parts of this profession so far (I thought). The money is not steady like staff positions, and sometimes you have to hound clients about the money they owe you for an article. Therefore, you must really love what you do to enjoy the freelance writing occupation.

My writing niche is higher education. So, I focus on writing about colleges, degree programs and trade/vocational programs. I have spent the past year building my clientele with no knowledge of predicting a pandemic may occur.

With colleges choosing not to open this fall, my workload has started to dry up. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. My tasks have now shifted into writing about online colleges and online degrees, which is interesting to research and learn about. I am also starting to branch out into other niches to keep the workflow steady. It is typically not recommended by senior freelance writers to have many niches, but I doubt anyone gave that advice while going through a pandemic.

My advice, during a pandemic, to other freelance writers would be to talk to other freelance writers and be supportive; we can get each other through these strange and uncharted times. If you think about an idea that you would like to write about that does not necessarily fit your niche, go for it! If you have always wanted to write a book and never had time for it, here is your chance!

We are all just surviving during these times filled with anxiety, grief, stress and loneliness. We can all share our experiences and get through the uncertainty together!

Julia Tucker

Posted on August 18, 2020 18:47

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Ruth Thone, 86, former first lady of Nebraska, freelance writer and community activist, died Thursday.

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