There are many benefits to being a well-paid, full-time remote writer. Apart from being able to work from any location of your choosing and being in contact with people across the country (in many cases across continents), there is the satisfaction that comes with earning a living doing what you love, while setting your own hours (most of the time). However, it is not all rosy. There are several challenges that are part and parcel of the role. If you are not ready to surmount these challenges, you career is bound to be relatively short lived. This piece takes a look at some of these challenges, with solutions to them.
As a remote writer without the challenge of finding work, you will always feel as though you are in a perpetual race against time. The standard working hours will never be enough. However, the most successful writers have perfected the art of time management. Solution:
- Set out fixed working hours. Do everything else that guzzles your time outside this period and focus solely on work during working hours.
- Reassess your work processes. Are you spending too much time on research before writing content? Do you struggle with building up a head of steam? Reassessing your work processes will help you understand where improvements are needed. With excess research, setting a time limit can help you to gradually start recovering lost time. Creating a quick outline in 2 minutes is usually a solution to going blank mid-task.
You’ve probably seen it happen to you time and again. You accept a barebones writing task where you have to find a topic on your own and on reading the brief, you are at a loss on how to approach. When this happens a few times, it is easy to start wondering if remote content writing is for you. Solution:
- Avoid taking on projects you don’t feel confident about. It could be difficult when there is little work coming your way, but when you can, only take on projects you are absolutely certain about.
- If you have to take on a task that you are unfamiliar with, you can quickly generate ideas by looking at where people congregate in the niche or other high profile sites in the niche. A quick search on Google News will also throw up recent discussions in the niche. A quick look through some of these should throw up sufficient information to work with.
Have you ever been on your work desk and got lost in thoughts about debt, your partner, your children, sick parents, injured pet, damaged car and other similar problems? You are not alone. As humans, problems are inevitable. How you react to these issues determine whether you would end up a success or not. Solution:
- According to Anik Singal, the keys to dealing with the mental and physical difficulties that life throws at us are persistence, strong determination and a positive attitude. Therefore, instead of winding up when the mental strain hits, stand up to them and fight them off.
- Give yourself a reminder of why you are working as a remote-writer. By keeping in mind your goals and objectives, you will be able to treat mental challenges as the distractions they are.
From your partner and your kids, to your TV/PC and your mobile phone, distractions abound. Heck even your bed can be a distraction from time to time. Solution:
- Get a secluded office space if you are working from home. If this is not possible, register a spot at your local café or get an office sharing agreement. When you are in a strictly work environment, you can cut down on 3rd party distractions.
- With distractions you indulge in on your own like social media or movies, there are tons of productivity tools that can help you focus. Most importantly, train yourself to mentally tune off distractions.
The remote-writer career is one that has a lot of potential. Tackling these challenges increases your chances of success.