Is Freelance Writing a Good Job For You?

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.

Advantages

  • Be your own boss. This is a no-brainer. Who doesn’t want to have complete control over how much they work, when, and where? I am still employed outside of the home, but once my son goes to sleep I am my own boss, and I have complete control over when I work, and even how much I make.
  • Set your own rates. This one goes hand-in-hand with the first point. Have you ever worked for someone, and felt like you deserved higher pay? No one likes having to ask for a raise. The best part about being a freelance writer is that the more experienced I get, the higher I can charge for my work. It is scary raising your rates, but your ideal clients will see the value and pay it.
  • The opportunities are endless. It might start out as freelance writing, but it can grow to be much more. I started my blog, My Life on a Whim, long ago to document my weight loss. It was meant for nothing other than to share recipes, motivation, and random thoughts. It gained momentum and traffic started consistently coming in, and now it’s way more than a journal for my weight loss. I have had companies reach out to me to send me free products to review, and I have had companies ask me to write for them. Because of my freelance writing I have multiple directions I will be taking my career, and each one is so exciting.

Disadvantages

  • You are your own boss. Notice how this is both an advantage and disadvantage? That wasn’t done by mistake, it’s completely true. When you are your own boss, you don’t have anyone telling you what to do. This can often lead to slacking off and wasting valuable time. You have to have laser focus when you are working, because it is so easy to get distracted and waste your precious hours.
  • The pay is not stable. Depending on where you are in your career, your pay is somewhat “unstable.” There will be a time where you will have steady work, and the unstable factor won’t be an issue. At the beginning, it can be unpredictable, depending on the terms you have with your clients.
  • You don’t get employer benefits. This can be a huge issue for some people. When you are working solely for yourself, you don’t get the perks that you get when you are employed by a company. There is no health insurance, retirement plan, or life insurance. If you want any of these you have to get them yourself, on your own dollar. It might be worth it, though, if you are making 9 times the pay you would at a “real” job.

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?

About The Author

Gabrielle

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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