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Turning Your Part-Time Textbroker Hobby into a Full-Time Profession

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Many of us have harboured the dream of becoming a full-time writer. The ability to choose our own hours, the potential of establishing long-term client relationships and the undeniable allure of financial freedom are three motivating factors. If you have contemplated this future, you might very well be able to earn thousands of pounds each month. However, keep in mind that exact wages will vary depending upon your workload, your willingness to take on unique challenges and your efficiency. Now that we have tempered this dream with a dose of reality, let’s take a look at how you can begin to develop a full-time career.

The Universal Mindset of a Full-Time Writer

The potential downfall of a would-be successful writer is that he or she only chooses to tackle specific subjects. The output is obviously limited and therefore, work opportunities have been dramatically reduced due to self-imposed boundaries. The hallmark of a successful full-time writer is the ability to take on a milieu of different subjects. While there will obviously be times when a specific topic is well beyond your knowledge base, the fact of the matter is that flexibility breeds client recognition (and a wider range of work to choose from).

All About (Realistic) Endurance

One of the most pervasive myths associated with full-time writers is that they toil in front of a keyboard eight hours per day. A sharp knife will quickly dull if not cared for properly. Work at your own pace and never “force” any content. Set daily targets and calculate how much you wish to make each hour. Assuming that you hope to earn a full-time salary, hourly wages should range between €20 euros and €30 euros (this will also depend upon your living situation and expenses). With this formula, you will need to write between four and five hours a day to accrue a handsome income.

Focus and Discipline

Distractions are the worst enemy of any writer. It is all too easy to migrate back to a YouTube channel or to take a nap only to awake and realise that an order has expired. Once you find your writing “zone”, develop a zen-like attitude during the creative process. Some have termed this The Art of Flow and it is perfectly suited for self-employed freelancers. Success or failure depends more upon your mental attitude than it involves coincidence or a “lucky break”.

About our author

Ron first arrived in Barcelona, Spain in 2007. Although initially pursuing a career in wealth management and finance, he learned that the content writing community provided the highest level of personal satisfaction while still being able to personally help clients. He has been a full-time professional writer since 2011. Some of his other interests include martial arts and bodybuilding.

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Maria 16. May 2018 - 16:36

This is an interesting article. I enjoyed reading it. But I have a question. I too would have thought that it is a great idea to develop a knowledge of a wide range of subjects in order to get more work. But a lot of the common advice to freelancers goes against this. Many articles on the Internet advise freelancers to ‘niche down’ and ‘specialise’. Because apparently ‘the riches are in the niches’. So as you can see, there’s a conflict between different types of advice given to freelancers. If a writing assignment comes my way on a subject with which I’m unfamiliar, I research the subject. It may take some time to research on a new subject for a single writing assignment, but if another assignment on that topic comes my way, I already have some familiarity. So it’s worth the time to research an unfamiliar subject. At least in the long term.

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