Perhaps you imagine that you are so successful, you have been able to quit your full-time job and started writing for a living. Perhaps you imagine your articles getting hundreds of thousands of hits on a blog where you guest-write from time to time. Perhaps you imagine that you have the talent and the background to land that journalism job you've always wanted, but never had the experience for. All of things can be labelled as success, which is one of the best parts of freelance writing.
Success is not defined by a boss or a board room. It's not defined by a raise or a promotion. Our success as freelancer writers is what we want from our careers and is not constrained or designated by anyone else. So what is success to you?
It's making what you want: Success in freelance writing is being able to charge what you feel you deserve for your writing. It's about making your services in demand enough to have customers pay more to know that you wrote it.
It's about working the hours you want: Another benchmark success in freelance writing is keeping writing to a specific amount of hours. Perhaps you only want to write for eight hours a day. Perhaps you only want to write on weekends. Your hours are no longer defined by clients and their deadlines, because you can turn down projects that no longer fit into your timeline.
It's about writing what you want: In the beginning, you may take some less than savory jobs, trying to find your niche. It's not easy to know right from the beginning if you prefer writing novels or short stories. You may have to take a few low-paying article jobs, or write articles on some subjects that just aren't that interesting at first. In that stage of your career, you'll be building up your reputation and learning a lot about your own talents. But once you are established, you'll have no end of work in the niche you favor.
There is a lot of freedom in freelancing. It's a pile of work and a lot of heartache and mistakes. Freelancing is changeful, challenging, but engaging. But one of the biggest freedoms is being able to decide for yourself what your successes, and failures, will look like.