What Does A Freelance Writer Do? Here's A Day In My Life
A freelance writer may seem like a dream job, and honestly, it kind of is. I'm extremely lucky to do what I do, but there seems to be a lot of mystery around what a freelance writer actually does. I'm here to clear that up a bit (at least when it comes to me).
While you may think the life of a writer isn't very structured, that's a common misconception. In fact, my life is scheduled pretty much down to the minute, and I thought I'd take you through a typical day in my life (at least during week days) to show what life's like as a freelance writer.
I am useless without coffee, and I'm sure there are other writers out there who can attest to the same. I rarely eat breakfast (I know, I'm terrible), but I always make time to make coffee. During the week, coffee starts at home, and going to my local Starbucks (which is less than a mile away) is a treat for me, so I'm all about a bag of ground Pike's Place, and my Target-bought coffee maker. Of course, my trusty cat mug that looks like my fur baby doesn't hurt.
Also, it's cream and two sweet-n-lows for me.
E-mail + Social Media Scan
After making coffee, I take time to sit down and check my e-mails from overnight as well as social media. Currently, I'm a freelance writer for three different blogs (two businesses and one traditional blog) as well as a part-time fashion + beauty writer for Bustle. This means, I've got a lot of correspondences coming in to my inbox. I keep different labels for the different sites I write for inside my inbox to stay organized.
Once I've checked my e-mails, I browse social media for news including the political and fashion, beauty, and books news. As a writer, it's my job to stay on top of what's happening in the areas I write about and care about. This is my time to relax, finish my coffee, and read up.
Do I do my hair and makeup every day? Of course not! If you do and you work from home, I'm so impressed. However, when I don't sleep through my alarm or spend too much time on the internet, I try my best to put on a bit of makeup and make my hair look presentable. Why? For me. Sure, I don't see anyone during the day except my husband (and he truly doesn't care in the best way possible), but I feel more productive once I've gotten ready.
Don't worry. I promise I at least brush my teeth and shower every day. Sometimes, there's just more dry shampoo involved.
When it comes to my work schedule, Bustle is the only hard and fast hours I have. Typically, I'm online writing for the site during most companies' business hours. I begin in the morning and end about mid afternoon. However, Bustle isn't my only job. This means that I have to schedule times to write posts and run social media for my other freelancing writing jobs.
Typically, I work in an extra hour before my Bustle shift to update the social medias of the companies I work for and publish any posts I have already written that are ready to go live. If, for some reason, I miss this time before my shift for Bustle, I'll do it right after that shift ends. See? Everything is very scheduled.
After work, I've done a lot of writing. While I may have a blog post to write for Hey Shea Shea or photos to take, recharging is always my priority. My job certainly isn't physically demanding, but it does take a lot of brain power. To unwind, I usually grab my young adult book of the moment and a cup of tea or coffee. This time can last however long I need it to, and once I feel refreshed, it's usually time to start dinner (or head to the grocery for dinner).
While it may appear that working from home gives you tons of flexibility, it's actually a super structured career, at least for me. To stay on top of stuff (because I'm a procrastinator like whoa), I keep a plan. While that plan can go out the window when I turn off my alarm out of frustration, this is what works for me, and hopefully, it gives you a peek into the life of a freelance writer.