What do you think is one of the biggest challenges for a freelance medical writer?
The biggest challenge that most freelance writers seem to have (judging by what most of them come to me as a coach, asking for help with) is finding clients and knowing what to charge. For me, this is the easiest part of the job, by far, and I love to help others implement lead generation strategies and learn their value with Prospology.
For me, I’d say it’s juggling the huge fluctuations in my workload (I go from busy to exceptionally busy, all the time!) and knowing when to ask for an extension, on occasion, to prevent burnout whilst still keeping my clients happy.
What advice would you give to other writers thinking about going freelance?
Invest in a coach who has successfully followed the exact career path that you want for yourself. There’s a lot of information out there, in the form of courses, webinars, and so on, but if you can’t actually apply it (and know what applies to you and what doesn’t), it’s not the best use of your time, energy, and (potentially) money. Find someone who’s already proven they have what it takes to succeed who can hold your hand throughout the process. Not only will you be much more likely to get great results, the whole process will be easier, faster, and much more enjoyable.