If you’re a freelance writer, you undoubtedly spend a lot of time at your computer typing away. Between the time you spend marketing your business, writing, researching and all the other tasks required for success, it is easy to neglect relationship building. Of course, having friends and family in ‘real life’ is critical, but when it comes to building your business, it is also essential to build professional relationships.
When working in a traditional office environment, everyone knows that ‘networking’ and getting to know people throughout your company, and even in other businesses is important. The same holds true for freelance writers, and anyone who makes their living online. The big problem is that it doesn’t come as naturally because you are more isolated at your computer.
How to Build Relationships with Other Writers
At first, it can seem difficult to interact with other writers. Most writers are quite busy with a variety of different projects, so spending too much time socializing can be bad. The trick is to find where writers hang out, and build relationships through beneficial activities. One of the places where I’ve met some truly excellent writers (who have also helped me improve my business immensely) has been on the Warrior Forum. This site is all about Internet Marketing, but a lot of writers hang out here as well.
I initially met some great writers through a 30 day writing challenge, held in August of 2013. This challenge was sponsored by a user named “TipTopCat” who is an excellent writer, and runs a phenomenal blog located at MyDailyCuppa.com. The challenge was simple, write one new article per day, every day, for the month of August. During that challenge I met a number of other great writers, and produced a lot of excellent content. I was so inspired by the contest that I decided to accept the baton from TipTopCat and run a 30 day article writing challenge in September.
As of this writing, the challenge is still going on, and can be found on the warrior forum HERE. Feel free to swing by and join the challenge. Better late than never! These challenges have helped me to stay motivated and get a lot of writing done, while also meeting some incredible people.
One of the great writers who participated in both the August and September challenge is Bonnie, who blogs at BonnieGene.com. She is going to be running a 30 day article writing challenge for October, but has really taken the idea to a whole new level. Her challenge will be based on Facebook. If you’re interested in joining a great challenge, learning a lot, and meeting some great people, I highly recommend you join the Article Writing Challenge Community. You can request to join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArticleWritingChallenge/
The Benefits of Relationship Building
As a writer, building relationships with other writers has a lot of excellent benefits. The following are some of the most significant benefits which will help you become more successful as a writer (and remain sane as well!)
- Supportive Community – I don’t know that I’ve ever met a more supportive community of people online. I’ve ‘met’ many writers over the past several years, and the vast majority of them are kind, friendly and very supportive. Even though we are often competing for the same clients, people are willing to help with advice and support whenever they can.
- Constantly Learning – I’ve never met a writer who thought they were as good as they could possibly get in their business. Whether it is improving your writing, getting better at marketing, or any other area of running a writing business, it is always possible to learn something from your fellow writers.
- Build Confidence – When you’re just starting out, writing online for money can often seem like just another online scam. When you build relationships with other successful writers, however, you can see that the income potential is real, which will build your confidence.
- New Opportunities – There are dozens of different places you can make money online as a writer, and new opportunities are opening all the time. By interacting with other writers, you’ll hear of new opportunities much more quickly. You can also benefit from the experience of other writers who have already tried some of these sites and found that they aren’t worth the effort.
There are other benefits of building relationships with other writers online, but these are the few that I’ve experienced the most. Post about your favorite part of building relationships with other writers online in the comments below.