How I Can Instantly Tell Who’s Going to Be a Successful Freelance Writer

I teach a lot of people how to become freelance writers. Some of them want me to reassure them they’re good enough writers. Some ask me questions about every tiny detail to make sure they’re doing it right. Some do their homework on the first day and some (*cough*most*cough*) leave it till the last minute. Some have relevant degrees, some don’t. Some have experience writing, some are coming from completely unrelated careers. Some want to do it out of a passion for writing, others out of a passion of working for themselves or from home or from anywhere in the world.

Lots of different types of people take my course. Sometimes they make it work and sometimes they don’t, but none of the characteristics above give me any indication either way.

But there’s a particular type of person I just know is going to succeed. They are the people who say things like this to me:

This job is way over my head (they require 6+ years of experience writing) but I still wanted to give it a shot. What have I got to lose, right? :)

That’s Alicia. At the start of the year she was working a job she hated, desperate to break away from it and make her living from writing. Here’s a conversation we had yesterday:

I had zero doubt Alicia was going to make this work. In fact, I created this blog post draft as soon as Alicia sent me that first email above. Because I just knew.

Here’s what else I know: You don’t need a blog. You don’t need the perfect copy on your about page. You don’t need the perfect business name or the perfect headshot. You don’t need the perfect rates or the perfect website design.

None of those things matter without this: the right attitude.