Considering a career as a freelance writer, but not quite sure if it’s for you?
This post will highlight the various benefits of freelance writing for a living – by someone who’s actually doing it!
Granted, I’ve only been a full-time freelance writer for a little over a month, but I already never want to go back to a standard 9-5 job!
If you’re meant to be freelance writing, and I’m sure others will agree with me here, it just feels… right. The gigs will come in faster than you think, the majority of your working days will be busy, and you’ll never ever question your choice to give up your office job and embrace a work-from-home life again.
Here are 10 reasons why being a freelance writer is the best job in the world – but I might just be a little biased 😉
You are your own boss.
Gone are the days where you have a manager breathing down your neck because an important deadline is coming up thick and fast and you haven’t yet completed the work due to the sheer volume of it all.
You can also kiss goodbye to bosses or colleagues who have belittled you, or misunderstood you, or were trying to put you down just because it made them feel that little bit better about themselves. You are now in charge of your own work schedule and, believe me, the power feels incredible.
You set your own hours.
In the words of Spiderman: ‘with great power comes great responsibility.’
Sure, it’s awesome being your own boss, but if you don’t work – or choose to slack off – the reality is that you might not be able to pay your bills next month. You’re now in charge of how much work you take on and, while it’s important not to snow yourself under, you need to make sure you work hard (especially in the beginning) to make sure your freelance writing business stays afloat.
This might mean long hours at first but, with sheer hard work and determination, you might just find that you achieve the goal we’re all striving for: a six figure annual salary for part-time work. Yeehaw!
You get to unleash your creativity.
If you’re already working as a freelance writer, or if you’re thinking about heading down this career path, then you must be a creative person – right?
After all, you are creating pieces of content from scratch based on your own innovative ideas and knowledge. So, the beauty of being a freelance writer is you get to tap into this creativity every single day.
I don’t know about you, but I get a strange sense of satisfaction when I complete an article. I’m like, yay, I managed to turn this chaotic jumble of words and thoughts that are scrambling around in my brain into a piece of writing that actually makes sense to other humans! Go, me!
You get to decide when you have time off.
I don’t know about you, but I always used to feel guilty about taking time off from my past office jobs.
Co-workers would always make a big song and dance out of it, like “oh, that client can’t come in that week because Katie is on holiday” or “Katie must absolutely do a handover the day before she’s going on holiday otherwise we won’t know where we’re at”.
Then you’d just get this overwhelming crippling sense of anxiety in the run up to your week off, where you just had to make sure you got everything done, as well as inform the team of every little thing going on in your working life before you could actually go on your holiday and relax.
And what about that crippling sense of anxiety when it was time for you to return to the office? I would panic about what I’d missed while I’d been gone, and then spend the first couple of days I got back working extra hard to catch up. It was tough, man.
The beauty of having your own freelance writing business is that you can have time off whenever you damn well feel like it.
Of course, if you’re having time off all of the time, then it’s likely you’ll be unable to sustain a successful business. It’s up to you to put in the hours.
However, it’s nice to have the flexibility – stress-free!
You get to do what you love for a living.
Lots of successful people are working in 9-5 jobs and they love what they do. They’re perfectly happy and that’s great – I’m pleased for them!
But, if you’ve always had a secret desire buried deep down inside of you to write, then there’s no better career for you than to be a freelance writer.
If you’ve read my personal fashion and travel blog KatieKat, you’ll know that I was harbouring my dream to write for a living ever since I was at school.
My Year Two teacher told my parents, when I was about eight years old, that I just had to be a writer for a living. I apparently had a talent for writing from a young age, but I buried it, because I got preoccupied with other subjects that I also loved such as Art, I.T and Textiles. This led me to studying Fashion Marketing at university, which I really enjoyed, but my writing had to take a backseat.
It was only this year, when I was travelling around Thailand almost five years on from university, that I had an epiphany on the back of a hot, sweaty bus going from Donsak to Krabi. I realised that I was born to write, as well as share my stories and help others through my writing. You can read all about said epiphany HERE. And not only did I want to write, but I wanted the freedom involved with being a freelance writer, so that’s exactly what I decided to pursue.
There’s always demand for content.
Freelancing beginners always worry that they’re never going to get any gigs.
There’ll be so much competition for each job, they’ll think, top freelance writers will pip them to the post, and they’ll end up sat alone with their laptop in a dark room sobbing and wondering why on God’s green earth they ever chose to give up the stability of a 9-5 job.
I, too, had this fear. In fact it was the fear. But, I’ve had a fair few clients in the month and a bit that I’ve been doing this. You want to know why? Because there’s always so much freakin’ work available.The internet is always evolving, people are always building new websites, and consumers always want fresh content to read. Click To Tweet
There’s basically no way you ain’t going to get a gig sooner or later, freelance writer!
It’s well paid.
Of course, when you’re starting out, you have to expect that you won’t be paid too much for your work.
Like with any job, you have to start from the bottom (cue Drake’s song) to get to the place where you want to be. Don’t devalue yourself but, at the same time, accept that you might have to take on gigs that might only pay for a dinner or two out.
It’s not ideal, but the experience is invaluable, especially if the client is prepared to give you an amazing testimonial at the end of it all. As you become more and more experienced, you’ll be able to increase your rate and – before you know it – you’ll be racking in the moolah! Dollar dollar bills, y’all.
I know of a lot of Freelance Writers who are already on six figures so, if they can do it, why can’t we?
The variety of gigs means that you’ll never get bored.
I have to admit, I have a teensy, tiny weakness in life… Okay, I get bored easily. I’ll hold my hands up.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m good at occupying myself (mainly because I hate to sit still), but I always like to be doing something. If that somethin’ somethin’ ain’t stimulating – then it’s goodbye old task, hello new task.
However, with freelance writing, it’s practically impossible to get bored. Things are constantly changing all the time; new clients are coming on board, new topics are being assigned, new emails are coming in from potential leads – and this only scratches the surface!
I love freelance writing not just because I love to write, but because the opportunities are endless.
You get to pick and choose who you work with.
Another thing I love about freelance writing is the fact that you get to choose the clients, as well as them choosing you.
I’ve had some lovely clients that I’ve collaborated with so far – and we’ve both liked each other so much that we’re continuing to work with each other!
Admittedly, this is not always the case.
Sometimes you’ll get a stubborn client, a demanding client or a client that you simply don’t click with. This is common in every job you could possibly work in, therefore don’t be disheartened.If you don’t want to work with a specific client for whatever reason - then don’t. You’re not in a 9-5 job anymore where you're unable to choose who you work with.Click To Tweet
You have a choice, fellow freelance writer, so use it wisely.
You’re location independent!
Being a massive travel junkie, this is my favourite reason why being a freelance writer is the best job in the whole wide world!
FREEEEEEEEEEEEEDOMMMMMMMM – William Wallace style!
There aren’t any boundaries when it comes to where you work, fellow freelance writer. If you’re happy working from home, as you have two kids and a mortgage, then be my guest.
However if, like me, you can’t sit still FOR TWO DARN MINUTES – then feel free to head off to your local café, visit your friend across the country, or go jetsetting halfway around the world.
The sky’s the limit, freelancer writer – so why not make the most of this opportunity while you have it?
Not saying that this opportunity will ever disappear, but there might be circumstances in the future that lock you down to one place – I’m thinking along the lines of kids and mortgages – so exercise the benefits of being a freelance writer while you can.
I can’t stress enough how fabulous freelance writing is as a career! If I haven’t convinced you that it’s the right thing for you throughout this post, then that’s fair enough. Each to their own.
But it’s definitely for me – I’m in love… *Heart-eyed emoji*
…And I think it’s a love affair that will last a lifetime.