1. They love what they do.
I know I said this many times, but it is true. If you enjoy your work it shows in your products. Time after time I have seen reports claiming that people who have a genuine like for their work tend to become more successful than those who do not.
2. They read a lot.
Successful writers read blogs, websites, newspapers, magazines, books (mainly non fiction) and anything they find informative. Reading enhances their knowledge in their specialty, and keeps them up to date in their industry.
Being knowledgable positions the writer as an expert within a niche. When people trust an authority they are more likely to hire them as writers for projects that are top priority for the company. Once again, this allows the medical writer to command higher rates for his/her work.
3. They specialize.
Successful medical writers focus on 2-3 subjects of interest the most. For instance, if the medical writer was trained in writing literature reviews, he/she should continue that work. Practice makes a difference.
The more a writer does literature reviews the better they become at it. Clients are delighted to receive a well-researched, well-written article, so they will come back for more.
Repeat customers are much cheaper than new customers.
If you focus on strengthening your experience in a certain niche, you will build your brand and this will allow you to find the right clients more easily. If necessary, you can increase your rates later without any questions asked.
I will write more about this subject matter in the future, however I will say this: if you are looking for long-term success in freelancing, there are many advantages to writing on a single topic.
4. They are active on Social Media sites.
Social Media opens doors: it gives writers networking opportunities and puts them in front of potential clients, allowing them to distribute their business information. Successful medical writers are always starting discussions on topics that are new, or newsworthy, which also sets them apart from the herd.
5. Their online resumes (bios) are impeccable.
First, they include all vital information:
- Educational background
- A brief description about who they are
- What they do
- Years of experience
- Areas of interest
- Their skill sets
- Samples of their writings
- Recent Portrait in Business forums such as LinkedIn and Google+.
Blog and website owners are constantly on the lookout for good writers. If your bio and sample works are attractive, you do not even need to look for clients, the clients will find you.
These clients are mostly corporations flushed with cash and they do not mind paying higher fees for a top quality product.
If you need help creating a quality resume check out these services:
VisualCV is a free service that lets you create professional looking resumes.
Resumebuilder.org is also a free resume service where you can find professional looking template.
About.me is another free service that allows you to place your own profile on their site. You can upload your bio, your photograph, and links to your social media websites, if you have one.
6. They treat freelancing for what it is – a business.
It’s not uncommon to hear writers talking about how they developed effective plans for their projects so that they do not need to work 50 to 60 hours a week. They work “intelligently” with their brain and do not overuse their energy.
Some writers believe that the more hours and harder they work the more money they make.
Successful medical writers throw out this notion, and demonstrate how they make more money with less work.
Working intelligently means they examine what works and what doesn’t; throw out what doesn’t and concentrate on continuously improving what does.
They also reinvest part of their earnings into the business to help it grow. If you treat your freelancing as a hobby you will get hobby results.
7. They plan ahead.
Successful medical writers recognize the importance of having short and long term plans.
Short term plans may include a list of projects to be completed and if there are some gaps, they will try to fill it by direct calls or warm e-mail messages.
Long term plans include how to improve processes, how to get new clients, how to maintain current clients, and how to develop extensions to what they currently do.
8. They are willing to take risks.
Everybody knows that it is comfortable to continue to do what works and stay with it for the long haul. But as Seth Godin says, “Playing safe is very risky.”
Successful writers understand that from time to time one needs to take risks. It may not mean that they change things everyday; it just means that they should not resist trying out new things
They are not afraid of failing either. They believe that failing is a learning experience.
9. They are pro-active.
They know that sometimes they need to work a bit harder become successful. They know that no one is going to hand them projects on a silver platter or knock on their door and beg them to work for them.
So they employ a hands-on approach with most tasks. When self sufficient successful writers encounter a problem they try to fix it by themselves.
The vast majority of writers expect things to done for them. Clients sense this because the writer may come back to the client with excuses like, “We could not complete it because…” or “This not a viable option…” or “Perhaps you could find someone to correct this problem?”
This is not true with successful writers. It is rare to find a successful writer that asks for help, unless they’ve tried everything else. Not because it is anything wrong to ask for heIp, but it will not be their first choice.
Finding out how to do things yourself is to your benefit. You don’t always want to rely on others to do things for you, do you?
10. They have a strong self-belief.
It doesn’t matter how good a writer is, sooner or later their work will be criticized and may suffer rejection. It comes with the territory of writing. I’ve seen many new bloggers lose interest in blogging because they could not handle the criticism.
Successful writers do not lose faith in their own abilities. The most successful bloggers on the Internet suffered rejection and criticism at one point in their careers, yet they continued writing.
Don’t ever listen to someone who says that you’re not good enough to make it as a blogger. If you believe strongly that you can become a success then go for it and prove all the doubters wrong.
Listen to what your inner voice says or you’ll never reach your goals.