I’ve been a blogger for 2 years now and freelance copywriter for about a year now. When I switched niches, I had questions about the literary niche that I couldn’t answer.
I set out to answer these questions for both you and me. I wanted to make sure this switch of niches wasn’t going to be daunting to either one of us.
My love for reading and writing isn’t going to get me by when it comes to finding clients, after all. That can’t be the only things I need to survive and pay the bills.
My questions about the literary niche may be pressing so I wanted to set about answering them. They are questions we all fear at some point or another. Answering them can put our minds at ease as well.
Let’s get started answering these questions. I want to delve deep into the world of the literary industry for your sake as well as my own.
“Is the niche profitable?”
What am I going to find when I enter the industry as a new freelance writer? This question is often exacerbated by anxiety disorder. My anxiety likes to warp this kind of question until it keeps me up at night, sweating bullets.
I often wonder, when I enter a new niche, if the prospects value the kind of work that freelancers like me delve into. Have they worked with a freelance writer before? What was their experience like with that previous freelancers if so?
I want each client to enjoy working with me but I refuse to force the prospect into working with me. If they are not comfortable with the idea, then I will not push it.
How many clients will I get if I cold e-mail people in this new industry? This is a question that also keeps me awake at night with anxiety attacks. I know it will take time to get an answer but I still wonder in the back of my mind.
“How am I going to pay my bills?”
I’m sure this is a fear a lot of freelancers have these days. The marketplace can be quite competitive at times, especially in certain niches. It made me nervous at first since I was afraid that I would contact someone who already had a freelance writer.
This concern made me wonder how I was going to pay my bills if this kept happening to me. See…this is what anxiety does to your mind. It warps your mind until your mind doesn’t know what to think anymore.
What I’ve noticed about this niche is that there isn’t as much competition as there is in the B2B marketing niche. That makes my anxiety lessen to an extent as I work to make a decent living as a freelance literary copywriter.
This fear will always be in the back of my mind because of my anxiety disorder. I will always be working hard to make sure I can pay my bills each month. All freelancers do this on a weekly basis.
“How long is it going to take before clients come to me?”
This question makes me smile now as I wonder about an answer to it. I do take this question seriously, though, as I wonder what the best course of action is to take. I want to make sure dream clients find me but I wonder how I can make that happen.
My plan of action is going to be work on SEO (search engine optimization) and social media marketing. I will make sure that I am present on each social media platform prospects are active on the most.
Social media campaigns are difficult when you are a freelance writer. It is even harder for someone who may not know what they are doing. The best thing you can do is to research your options when it comes to social media platforms.
Having the right plan of attack can ensure success when it comes to getting on your dream clients’ radar. The platforms you use to reach your ideal client are different, as it depends on your industry of choice.
“Is my love for reading going to be enough?”
My anxiety tells me that the answer to this question will always be negative. My love of reading is not something you would want to hear as a prospective client. You’d want to hear more about my experience in the industry.
For that, I can’t blame you in the least. That’s what I’d want to hear if I were in your shoes at any point. If I hear a virtual assistant, I might be in your place at some point in the future.
Having a love of reading helps with the goal I have of gaining clients but you wouldn’t want to hear about that alone. You would also want to hear about my volunteer experience at my local public library. You know, something like that.
I’ve been friends with the young adult (YA) librarian at my local public library for years now. I’ve known her for as long as I can remember and have introduced her to new authors.
I’ve introduced hundreds of books to the YA section because of my close friendship. I am glad to see other young adults like me enjoying the books I have introduced to the librarian.
“What if I end up with more clients than I can handle?”
This is a question freelancers have upon getting clients when they’re starting out. It is a question I often worry about, though I’ve never had this “problem” myself.
If this “problem” occurs to you, there are several things you can do to reduce your stress levels. The first thing you can do is find another freelancer to outsource the project to. Another thing you can do is have a wait list for prospects to sign up for.
There is also something else you can do to reduce your stress. It may not be something you want to do but it may have to happen anyway. You may end up having to tell the person you cannot help them.
The best thing you can do in this situation is to give them the information of another freelancer. This freelancer would need to be able to do the project in question as well as the prospect believes you can.
If you do not know anyone who can help them, you can tell them that you are not available until a certain time. If they do not want to wait, you can point them to a certain website like UpWork or Freelancer.
According to Forbes, freelancers make up 35 percent of the workforce in the United States. That is a total of 55 million people, in case you’re wondering.
That’s a lot of people, right? We are a part of that 35% of the workforce and we can make freelancing work with the right plan of attack.
Remember all that time you’ve spent worrying about paying the bills? Use that time to create a powerful blog post or write a cold pitch to a new prospect.
Be productive with the time you have as a freelancer, whether you’re doing it full-time or part-time. Don’t let this career be a dream alone!
Do you have any other questions you’d like answered? Leave them in the comments below so I can answer them for you!