Why multipotentialites make great freelance writers
It’s only fitting that those with multiple interests don’t agree on a single name to call themselves. We defy categorization; we don’t have a single answer to “what do you do?” and we live for learning opportunities in various fields. Multipotentialites have great personalities to excel in a variety of fields, and in a variety of niches within a field.
We do well in today’s workspace: we understand intersactionality and adapt well to any environment, and unlike most, we’re perfectly comfortable as beginners, which, perhaps surprisingly, makes us fast learners.
I started this website over two years ago because I got so tired of the advice I saw everywhere online: “to be successful as a freelance writer, you must pick a niche.” Let’s call this what it is: It’s BS.
Even the people handing out this advice are multi-nice writers and don’t know it. They might have picked one type of writing, say, blog posts, but they write them for multiple industries. Or they might have picked one industry, say, automobile sales, but they write copy for the industry in various formats. And if they’re a true entrepreneur, they’re diversifying their income streams, which is in itself a multi-niche endeavour.
If you’re a freelance blogger who also writes courses to reach other people how to blog, sell eBooks for your chosen industry on your website, and are doing affiliate marketing on your blog, guess what? You’re a multi-niche writer.
The weird disdain people have for the MultiTalented person and the way we put specialists on pedestals is completely unfounded. Some of our best thinkers and innovators, not just in the renaissance period, but right now, are people with multiple interests. And some of the most successful freelancers don’t stick with just one topic. As a matter of fact, people with multiple interests make the best freelancers. Here’s why.
As a creative entrepreneur, you have to “keep the pipeline full” if you want to earn a living with your work. As MultiTalented people, we are comfortable in various fields, and therefore, we learn how to change our voice to suit different publications and clients. This means that as freelance writers, we automatically have an advantage over other freelancers, because mastering voice is the easisest way to ensure publication. The hardest part of writing isn’t writing; it’s writing in different voices. MultiTalented Writers, however, often find this easy.
I’ve written for several different industries and several different publications. If you read my articles for The Talko, then read my articles for the Good Men Project, then read the blog posts I wrote for Meal Garden, you might think they were written by different people. This is why I blog. Here on the blog, I can be myself and write in the voice that feels most comfortable to me, because payment isn’t on the line. But when I write for clients or publications, I write in their voice—this ensures I get published more often and can make an income from my words.
Freelance writing requires flexibility, a creative mind, and a willingness to adapt quickly to different thought processes and environments. All things multipotentialites excel at doing.
If you’ve ever felt like you have “too many interests,” and you’re good at writing, it’s worth checking into whether freelance writing would suit you. It allows for a lot of creativity, and because multi-niche writing, contrary to popular belief, is a great way to have a successful writing career, you’ll be able to not only earn a living doing it, but you won’t get bored and feel like abandoning yet another career.
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