Freelancing and expertise

By Michael Bodley

When it comes to freelancing, there’s a lot of business behind the bylines.

Two longtime freelance journalists, Andy Dehnart and Michael Ray Taylor, candidly discussed the realities of freelancing for publications with budgets that leave room to be desired. Taylor pinned the start of the freelancing industry’s decline to October 2008, on the cusp of the global economic crisis.

It’s harder now to freelance than it was then, both said. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get started. Establishing a network of editors requires a few things: picking up any assignments possible, completing stories by deadline and developing a subject of expertise. The good freelancer is one who comes to mind to write about a specific topic, whatever that is.

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