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A Typical Day of a Freelance Web Copywriter: a Guide for Beginners

The first mistake of any beginning freelance writer is the so-called ‘freedom’. No doubt, you are not working a typical office job with a fixed schedule, which gives you some time for yourself. Yet, it does not mean that your working hours should be chaotic, as such an approach often results in time wasting, emotional burning out, and missed deadlines.

The majority of experienced freelance copywriters come up with a routine that helps them stay organized and focused. There are two major things you have to remember: plan in advance and do not linger in the morning! The rest can go like this:

  • 8.00-8.30: Wake up.
  • Not all of us are early birds, but for your day to be productive, you have to wake up at 8-8.30 – not nine, not ten.

  • 8.30-9.30: Eat breakfast, take a shower, get ready to work.
  • It’s not recommended to miss this part of the day because your brain gets ready to work. No matter what you do, make sure that by 9.30 you are already in front of the computer.

  • 9.30-11.30: Write 2 articles.
  • Morning is the most productive part of the day, even for the late owls. If you wake up on time and eat your breakfast quickly, writing two articles in two hours will not be a problem.

  • 11.30-12.00: Have a second cup of coffee and some lunch.
  • Take a little break to reset your brain – coffee is very helpful in this matter.

  • 12.00-13.00: Organize your mail and talk to clients.
  • Separate writing from business communication; otherwise, you will get distracted and will end up wasting your time. Use this hour to discuss new tasks, reply to emails, negotiate the terms, etc. Do not take up any unplanned tasks for the day unless it is a matter of life and death.

  • 13.00-14.00: Write another article or make some research.
  • Write one more article or find some info for the next one – the choice is yours.

  • 14.00-15.00: Take care of your chores or go for a walk.
  • You can take another short break to grab some food, do your household chores, some shopping, or go for a quick walk. You can even use this hour to watch your favorite show or spend some time on Facebook.

  • 15.00-17.00: Write 2 articles and end your day.
  • By 5 o’clock you should write two more articles and call it a day.

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