Freelance writing has many benefits, but it’s not for everyone. If you’ve been thinking about moving from a full-time job to freelance writing, there are a few factors to consider.
Get ready? Then let’s start. First the pro version:
The most important point of being a freelance writer is a flexible schedule. You can work whenever you want as long as you can meet the deadline. Writing online is great for night owls, early risers, and everyone in between.
Your second anchor is being your own boss. No one will look over your shoulder and tell you to work harder, longer or more often – you can only please yourself.
The third benefit is making money doing what you love. If you’re already a writer, you’ll love freelancing. Since you can choose the topics to write about, you will be passionate about your topics.
The fourth point of being a freelance writer is working from home. You can roll out of bed, brush your teeth (or not!), and sit down at your laptop to work all day. You can work in your pajamas, eat lunch while chatting with clients, or even do some overviews while watching TV.
Finally, point 5 support works wherever you want. A freelance writer can hide in a Starbucks for a few hours before moving to the middle of a sunny park. As long as you have a laptop, you can go anywhere.
For balance, let’s hear the opposite, those who are against, the “Con” side:
First, the objection is procrastination. If you’re a procrastinator, you may miss deadlines and lose customers writing online.
The second negative is getting started. It can be overwhelming without understanding the freelance industry. You first need to know where to start looking to find customers and make money.
A third major objection is overtime. Deadlines usually fall on the same Friday, so you’ll have to work extra hard on the Wednesday and Thursday before. Freelance writing requires flexibility.
The opposite fourth point is payday. In a freelance writing career, you don’t get a set biweekly payday, so you need to be able to budget.
Fifth, and finally, opposition is competition. Freelancing is a hot profession right now, so better prepare to stand out.
So we have all the arguments from each side.
So, at the end of the day, is being a freelance writer a good thing? Or just a bad thing?
Both questions seem to have a “yes” answer! Being a freelance writer can seem both good and bad! It is left to the reader to decide which aspect, good or bad, is more important than the other.