A couple days ago, writer and film critic Noah Gittel started a twitter thread saying, "Hey writers, quote this tweet and give one piece of advice for freelancers." The advice poured in, and most of it was pretty solid. Here's the best of the bunch.
Know when to stop pitching
Sometimes you have to follow the money
Be true to yourself… and make sure your citations are solid
The deadline is not the deadline
Don’t give away rights until you get paid
Ask for more
Don’t be deterred by the success of others
Deliver what you promise and protect yourself with a contract
Write what interests you and don't wait for permission
Steady gigs help pay the bills
When you add all these tips together, they equal an average day in the life of a successful freelancer; just add hustle.