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5 things i learned after 5 months of freelancing

Even though I have a regular 9-5 job working at a magazine I’ve always admired, my side hustle has been especially lucrative lately. I’ve been doing a lot of freelance writing, simultaneously bulking up my portfolio as a writer and making some extra spending money. There’s something wonderfully appealing about freelancing…you can work from home (or anywhere in the world with an Internet connection), have flexibility with deadlines, and get to write about things that interest you.

I know some people do this full time–I’m not sure I ever could, since the money varies month to month, but so far it’s been a great way for me to profit from something I’m passionate about–and something I’d literally be doing for free, anyway (cue: this blog). Here are five things I’ve learned since stepping up my freelance game in June.

1. It will take forever to get paid.

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Between waiting for invoices to be approved and checks to go in the mail, expect to wait a month until you see payment for your story.

2. Keep track of EVERYTHING.

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I write for multiple sites, and it quickly became difficult to keep track of who had paid me and who I still needed to send invoices to. I use Google Sheets to keep track of every story I sell, and note within this document which pieces have been invoiced and paid.

3. Follow up.

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Editors are busy–you’re probably one of many writers they deal with, so if you don’t hear back for a few days, don’t take it personally. Don’t be afraid to follow up…especially if they owe you money.

4. Use a dedicated workspace.

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Some people are good at working from home, and while I like the idea very much, I’m not one of them–though that may change once it gets colder and I don’t want to leave my apartment. If I have an overwhelming amount of work to do, I take my laptop to a local coffee shop and stay there until the battery dies.

5. Pitch as many ideas as you have.

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I send dozens of pitches a week, knowing that only a handful will get picked up. I’ve learned that I have a better chance of getting more stories picked up if I pitch more in the first place!

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NYC must don’ts

While there’s plenty of great things in NYC to do, there’s also plenty of things in NYC not to do. If you’re planning a visit to the greatest city in the world, you should definitely avoid these hyped-up attractions that will 100% peg you as a tourist.

1. Don’t take taxis everywhere. “Real” New Yorkers rarely indulge in a cab ride, and use apps like Uber almost exclusively for those 2am rides home. Use CityMapper to get MTA directions, and spend just $2.75 to get anywhere you want in the city.

2. Avoid tour buses. Like, honestly, if you come to NYC you’re in for a lot of walking. If you want to take a scenic ride, take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry (free) for killer views of the Statue of Liberty. Tram rides to Roosevelt Island cost the same as subway fare, and from the island’s waterfront park you’ll get amazing views of the Manhattan skyline.

3. “Little Italy” and “Chinatown,” two areas located close to each other in Manhattan, are NOT where to go for authentic food. All of the restaurants are overpriced, and that area is always teeming with tourists and people hawking knock-off handbags. If you’re looking for a fake LV bag, this is the place to go. If you’re in search of authentic cuisine, you’re gonna have to travel to the other boroughs. Take a trip to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx for quality Italian food (skip the zoo, take a walk in the nearby New York Botanical Garden).

4. There are plenty of free things to do in New York–don’t pay for a wax museum. Check out the endless amount of art galleries in Chelsea, and take a stroll on the High Line. (Bonus tip: many of these galleries have openings on Thursday nights with free drinks + snacks).

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5. If you have a weekend morning to kill, do enjoy a leisurely brunch–and make a reservation. Brunch is an integral part of the modern New Yorker, and it’s a boozy way to start the day.

What are your favorite (and least favorite) things to do in the big apple? (Also, never refer to NYC as “the big apple”).

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