So: I’ve decided to give freelancing a go.
This is something that terrifies me, just ever so slightly; in July, I would have completed my NCTJ course. (Out of education, and into the big wide world! Gah!)
The thing is; competition for jobs is fierce. And, at the time of writing, I am still not NCTJ qualified. So, what can I do? My back up plan was to be a freelancer for a little while-save money, plan for moving out to live independently, and focus on trying to get that staff job. (It’s also likely that meanwhile I’d also have a job-such as stacking shelves, etc.)
(As not to be boring, I left out the admin side of things-such as taxes.)
Pitching and writing for freelancing:
I’m going to pitch for more paid opportunities. (I’ll also be looking for more.) I have been writing for free for a long time now-ever since the age of twelve. (I’m now nineteen.) There’s websites like Medium . I also have a habit of continually creating lists of stories in my jotter.
There’s even places like The Huffington Post. (Oh, and check the paragraph about resources-there’s some crossover.)
There’s also awards, like the Anthony Howard Award; I’ll be entering in if I have any work that’s worthwhile.
Contacts and resources:
Sometimes I go to events; these are the perfect opportunity to network! (Hopefully I’ll have business cards soon..)
Due to the internet, there is also a wealth of resources available. So, there’s the wonderful Journo Resources; they also have a dedicated section to freelancing. (Oh, and there’s also the NUJ website; as soon as my student membership runs out, I’ll be signing on as a freelancer. They also have a freelance rates section.) I also linked to a few resources when writing about how to formulate story ideas.Rebekah also has a Pinterest board relevant to this. And Ann Friedman wrote this essay with plenty of resources.
Developing the blog:
I have fallen out of love with this blog, big time. (It seems so mawkish, constraining, and above all, it has lost its appeal to me.) But I think there is an opportunity for development.
Once my personal plan runs out, I would like to go self hosted; that way, I can use Plugins, download a nicer theme, make it look a bit more professional, develop my portfolio of writing.
With that, I’ll also begin to start pitching for things such as sponsored posts; I would also add affiliate links. If anyone has any advice about how to go self-hosted, I would be very grateful.