Freelance work has been an amazing, important part of my life, and there is never a moment when I regret doing it. But, as is the case with any other line of work, there are things that you need to be prepared for, as well as hard lessons that will have to learned along the way.
With the current COVID-19 situation affecting the entire planet, there seems to be no better time than now to write about this very important part of my freelance work in the past. Once I became more comfortable with my freelance job and I was able to write more and more words in a single day, the topics that I received for work started to expand. A lot. Initially, most of it was expanding to topics such as food, pets, fashion, green living, music, etc. I did my best to complete all the necessary research beforehand and to make sure that the article that I completed would be true to the topic.
There is no better way to understand the internet than to work for it.
The first writing job that I ever got was to write 40 100-word articles... for $5.
The first job that I had in my life was as an English teacher.
I was first a private English tutor, then worked in many language schools, as an online tutor, and in a high school.
At the time when I was finishing my high school education and thinking about which university I should go to, I also began to think of the possibility of being paid to write. Writers get paid, right? I just had no idea how.
Considering that I write screenplays, you would think that I was a huge movie fan as a child. However, this is not the case for me. I was obsessed with cartoons as a child, but movies never really interested me. In fact, although I had seen some movies by the time I reached my teenage years, I discovered that their number was much smaller than that of the people around me.
When it comes to the Internet, I grew up in the time of dial up internet connections and a speed of 56 kbit/s. Oh yeah. Patience was certainly a virtue back then. If you wanted to get anything done on the Internet, you needed to prepare yourself for long periods of just starting at the screen, waiting for something to load.
It was about the same period when I obsessively read Stephen King and also obsessively watched Cartoon Network. Other than family, nothing was more important to me than cartoons. Nothing.