My First Freelance Piece + Tips for Writing Your First Piece! | Seersucker Sass

Monday, December 7, 2015

My First Freelance Piece + Tips for Writing Your First Piece!

A few weeks ago, I had a really important meeting, and I left my yellow pad at work.  I was frantic, and I ended up finding my comp notebook from my sophomore year of college in my car with a box of books I was planning to donate.  I was required to write in the notebook for comp class, and it ended up chronicling my battle with cancer.  After reading through it, I felt so passionate to write.  Not just on my blog, but to do exercises, journal my thoughts, etc.  I recently had this really overwhelming experience where I felt God speak to me and give me inspiration for a writing project.  It was so beautiful, and I can't wait to share more about that with y'all.

In the meantime, I'm continuing to hone my writing skills here on the blog and through freelance writing pieces.  I learned a lot through my first piece, and I hope that y'all will take a second, check it out, and comment on it if you feel inclined!

Helpful Hints for Beginner Freelance Writers

My first freelance writing experience was definitely a learning experience, so I've compiled a list of five tips that you may find helpful when working on your first piece.

 Really read the guidelines.  Is there a word count?  Are there specifications on photo sizes?  Read through the guidelines, chart them out, and then review them again when your piece is finished.  And if you have questions, ask them!  

Create a calendar.  It's amazing how things will creep up on you!  Looking back, I wish I would have created a more defined schedule of what I was going to do on each day.  Be realistic with your scheduling, and also realize that things happen, so cutting it close or leaving a huge chunk or work to be done the day of the deadline is dangerous.  When I was working on my piece, it was that weird week where I came down with a cold, stomach bug, and allergic reaction.  Get started early.  You'll thank yourself later!

Do your research.  My piece was on vlogs, and while I watch vlogs, I knew that I really needed to watch a lot more of them before I was "qualified" to write my piece.  What made the vlogs I was watching appealing?  So I did my research and watched a ton of them.  (And it was the most fun research I've ever done!)

Don't be afraid to "warm up."  One thing I loved about my comp class was that we did warm ups.  I could go into class with major writers block, but then we would be given a topic to write thoughts on or an exercise to do, and I would leave class feeling so inspired and thankful that I didn't have any other classes that day so that I could just go pour into my notebook about things I actually wanted to write about!

Source appropriately.  As bloggers, we should always do this.  If you want to use a photo from someone else's blog, check out what their guidelines are.  Or utilize sites like these that provide gorgeous photos that you can use without breaking copyright or licensing laws.  Avoid using Pinterest as the source.

Do you have any tips for beginning freelance writers?

Happy Monday, y'all!


  1. Yay! So exciting! These are really great tips!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  2. Congratulations on your first piece love! These are really great tips!

  3. These are great tips for freelancing. I think you did an amazing job on your first piece!

  4. What wonderful tips!!
    I think that using a calendar for all blog/freelance work is SO useful! I got my first blog planner this fall, and it's been a necessity as I've been doing a lot more sponsored posts!

    xoxo A

  5. So awesome that you're devoting time to expressing yourself and journaling! I've been really interested in freelancing, so this post was super helpful. Love it!


  6. These are great tips, I'd love to write a freelance piece one day. Yours was wonderful girl! I can't wait to see your writing project!

  7. Such great tips!
    I am currently looking into some freelance opportunities so this will definitely be helpful throughout my journey.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  8. I just read your piece and it's AWESOME!! So excited for you! Please keep sharing your pieces!

    xo Ashley

  9. This is perfect! Love the part about crediting your source!

    Sara Kate Styling

  10. Great tips and great round up of vloggers!

  11. THESE ARE AMAZING TIPS! Thanks for sharing :)

    Sugar & Something

  12. All great tips, awesome work! I checked out your piece as well, good job :) I love watching YouTube videos!

    Sweet Spontaneity

  13. Congratulations! Your tips are all spot on. I loved learning more YouTubers to follow :)

  14. These are great tips! I loved your piece, by the way :) Bentley Blonde has been one of my faves for forever... I also seriously love SarahBelle and Alexandrea Garza!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  15. Congrats on your first piece. Freelancing is great and these tips are awesome!

    xo Alexis

  16. Great tips! I freelance also (I actually make a decent amount of money a week so I don't have to get a job off campus and I can focus on studying). I loved your piece! I'm going to check out these vloggers!

  17. Congrats girl, such a great first piece, you should be proud! :)

  18. This is awesome! Love the create a calendar tip. It would def help ADD people like me stay organized ;)


  19. First of all thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment! I truly enjoy reading your heartwarming notes.

    All tips are very valuable. I think that research sometimes is one of the biggest issues I am noticing. There is so many various informations available that it's really hard to distinct from legitimate info to paid opinion or just not as correct due to lack of facts. I am always very happy to read, even if it's long, posts with good background knowledge.

    I would love to connect with you on Twitter and Instagram, drop me a line so I can follow back. Have a lovely day, Iga xxx &

  20. So exciting - congrats!! Thanks for sharing these helpful tips!