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.
The first writing job that I ever got was to write 40 100-word articles... for $5.
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.
As a professional editor I get asked many questions regarding the editing experience, especially by writers who have never used an editor before. There is often a serious misconception regarding editors and what their actual job is, why they charge the way they do, and what their actual contribution is to a writer's project.
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.
When I was about thirteen, I entered my local public library to search for a new book. I did this about twice a month at the time, and I almost always chose a random book from the shelf.