Motivation in your freelance career is one of the key things when you are a freelance writer. As a freelancer, you are essentially your own boss. You set your own hours, can essentially pick your own clients, and have a wonderful freedom that cannot be given at a traditional office job.
This is where the motivation part of freelancing comes in. I am going to give you all a scenario. I am working with my first paying client and she is fantastic! I enjoy collaborating with her and sharing my passion for the subject of Essential Oils and Alternative Medicine. All that being said, there are times when things are insane at my office job (yes, I am only doing my freelance work part time right now but I hope that will change) so I am not always up for working on my articles every night. Sometimes I am mentally exhausted all week and trying to write when you are exhausted just does not happen. Could you say it was a lack of motivation? The simple answer is, yes.
The key is to sit and write! Once I sit down with my laptop, open it up and begin writing. It makes doing the research that I need to do all the more enjoyable. Why? Because I have the motivation to do the work that I have a passion for. It is truly amazing what can happen when you want to do the work you are assigned or pitching as a freelance writer. I find the best motivation comes when I want to share my passion and knowledge with others.
Another huge motivation for me is my roommate. He is also a freelance writer (full time) and is extremely talented at what he does. We have different niches, but we support each other every day. I always like hearing what he is doing and what his next piece is going to be about. He understands how tough it is and has been so encouraging to me. He does not do virtual assisting at this time, but he works very hard. This has given me, even more, motivation to succeed.
Motivation is a key ingredient to the freelancing profession. If you are not motivated to write or be a virtual assistant, you will not be successful. In fact, if you are not motivated to succeed you will not. I know that sounds a bit harsh, but that is one of the many things I have learned since I have begun my career as a freelance writer and virtual assistant.
I hope this is helpful to my fellow freelancers to find the motivation in your freelance career.
To your/our success!