Spoiler alert: freelance writing is not for everyone, and it is not a get rich quick scheme. Like anything realistic in life, you have to put in work in order to get the payout. You aren’t going to start out making $100 an hour, but it is completely within reach if you put in the hard work. I did it in less than 2 months, so it is definitely doable! This career looks different for everyone, and your success totally depends on you.
If you read my article, What is Freelance Writing, Exactly, now I can help you determine if freelance writing is for you. Whether you want to make a little extra cash on the side, match your full-time income, or even double your full-time income, it’s totally possible. There are a few different ways to decide if freelance writing is for you.
Do You Like to Write?
I truly believe that there is a writer in each and every one of us. Some people are more in tuned to it than others, however. Writing can be one of the greatest forms of therapy for some people, including myself. If you like to write, and think you could do it for hours everyday, this career may be for you.
How’s Your Grammar?
I will be the first to tell you that perfect grammar is not necessary. In fact, I’m sure I make grammatical errors a good chunk of the time. I won’t lie and tell you it’s not somewhat important, however. Depending on what kind of clients you land, perfect grammar might be required. If you are writing more “storytelling” posts, where your client wants your tone to shine through, grammar might not be all that important. If you don’t know the basics, and can’t tell the difference between there, their, and they’re, this job might not be for you.
Are You A Go-Getter?
I’ve never considered myself a go-getter, until recently. My mom complimented me on being “such a go-getter” in my freelance business, and it got me thinking. You do have to be a go-getter in order to succeed. You are in complete control of your success, and you have to grab it by the horns. You can’t be afraid to put in the work, send cold pitches, and go after what you want- no matter how much it scares you. It might be intimidating at first, but the rewards are so great that you won’t regret it.
Now that we have covered the basics, lets go over the ups and downs. Just like with any other job, it is not perfect all of the time. There will probably be times that you want to give up, and there will be times that you can’t believe this is real life. I have narrowed it down to the top advantages and disadvantages to this career, in my opinion.
I’m sure other freelancers would agree, or maybe even disagree with some of these. In my personal experience, these are the top 3 advantages and disadvantages. I’m sure by this point you have some sort of an idea of whether or not you think this is a good option for you. Like I said before, I never even knew freelance writing was an option until a year and a half ago. This whole experience has opened my eyes to a new world, and I have a much better vision for my future. Don’t ever be afraid to follow your dreams, even if it is a “side job” at the beginning. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the only way to go is up.
What part of this industry scares you the most? What is keeping you from taking the leap? If you have been writing for a while already, what advantages and disadvantages are at the top of your lists?
Gabrielle is a mother, student, and freelance writer. She has been writing her whole life, and she has been doing it professionally on and off for a year and a half. She is passionate about health and wellness, and her favorite kind of writing to do is storytelling. She has grown her writing business to a full-time income and wants to help others do the same.
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