When you first start a writing career, you will have high hopes, a lot of drive and a whole lot of gumption. (Man, I love that word). The world of freelance writing is an alluring one. You will hear all of the “promises” up front.
You can work from anywhere! Travel the world and write from a laptop on the beach! Look at this lady who quit her job at the big name retail chain! Like her, you can make 50 bazillion dollars a year working form home!
Get Rich or Die Trying
The truth of the matter is ( I have said this many times, and will again) writing is hard. The work is hard, the skill set needed is hard, getting results, clients and a portfolio built: all hard.
Are you going to log into your laptop one day, post on social media that you are now a work from home copywriter, land a gig, get paid and be able to quit your job?
It will all happen in time, but your delusions of grandeur need to be squashed a bit.
I don’t say this to dissuade your goals or ambition. In fact, it should bolster them. You all know that starting your own business is hard work.
As a small business owner, you will have to work twice as hard for yourself as you will working for someone else.
You Are The Boss
Writing is the same thing. Not only will you need to plan time to work on your writing projects, but you will also have to plan for other time-consuming ventures.
- Website upkeep
- Client calls and emails
- Social media presence
- Blogging and Article writing
- Portfolio building
- Chasing leads
- Not to mention the actual work when you do land a gig.
As you can see, there are many aspects of working for yourself. You will need to allow plenty of time to handle each portion of the process.
You may not be versed in budgets and accounting, but you will have to learn.
Taxes? All on you now. You will have to have a new way of filing; no more 1040-EZ forms for you. Maintaining receipts, curbing excess spending, keeping your office updated; it is all yours to deal with and handle.
Can You Get Rich With a Writing Career?
It is possible to live a comfortable lifestyle while writing and working from home.
I won’t lie, it is pretty nice.
For example, I did not do it the “right” way and ended up being able to move from a one-horse town to the beach in less than a month and maintain over $4000 a month income (on average, though some months are a lot better).
I have also been at the point where I barely bring in a few hundred. How well you do and how long you maintain clients will be determined by your abilities, dedication and work ethic.
It will also depend on the type of writing you choose to do.
Wait, There are Different Types of Writing?
The list is near exhaustive, to be honest. There are writing types (and writers who write them) for almost everything you can think of.
Consider Internet Rule #34, except for writing. (If you don’t know… don’t Google it. I warned you.)
Copywriting, for example, is an umbrella term. There are hundreds of sub-categories, many of which have their own sub-sub-categories.
You are a copywriter if you write advertisements. You are also under the Marketing sub-category. Plus, you are under the Advertorial sub-sub category.
Eventually, you will find yourself under several umbrellas for virtually all types of writing: creative, marketing, blog posts, travel logs, commercials, fiction, non-fiction, tech articles, white papers, and on and on and Scooby Dooby Doo.
What Does it All Mean?
In a nutshell, if you want to be a freelance writer, then go for it!
In fact, this site will soon host a course on how to get started all on your own, from nothing, and following tips, guides and lessons I have learned over the years.
Will you get rich? I won’t make promises. What I will tell you is that so far I have sent off ZERO cold call emails, every client I have had has been organic.
I started with nothing and built a nice little life for myself.
Will it work for you? The real question, is will YOU work for it?
You have made it this far, and I do apologize, but I don’t have a course for you to sign up for just yet (it is coming though!). For now, I suggest you follow along with the blog posts here to learn more.
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