Even though becoming a full-time freelance writer is a dream that many people are chasing, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a part-time career. In fact, there are several benefits of becoming a part-time freelance writer that may help you decide that this is the right option for you.
1. You donâ€™t have to give up your day job. Believe it or not, some people enjoy the work that they do. That being said, they still want to try their hand at freelance writing. If you work as a part-time freelance writer you can do both. While it may be a lot of hours working, those who enjoy writing find that it can be a lot of fun.
2. More money. When you keep your day job, but start working as a part-time freelance writer, you are going to earn more money. For most people, this is the number one benefit of going the part-time route as opposed to putting everything into their writing.
3. You can measure your skills before going full-time. There is no denying that it can be scary to quit your job and become a full-time writer. Rather than put yourself in this position, become a part-time freelance writer so you can test the water and get a better feel for what you must do to succeed.
Even though your end goal may be to work as a full-time freelance writer, you donâ€™t have to jump straight to this. Instead, consider the many benefits of becoming a part-time freelance writer.
Chris, how can I make more money as a freelance writer? You donâ€™t know how many times I hear this every week. Although there is no â€œformalâ€ answer, I love to hear this question time and time again. It means that you guys and gals are interested in earning more â€“ and that is a good start!
Most people will give this advice: if you want to earn more money you should find more clients. While this is 100 percent true, it is not your only option.
Have you given any thought to asking your existing clients if there is anything else you can do for them? You may be surprised at just how much assistance they need. For instance, you may be focusing purely on web content at this time. But did you ever stop to think that the same client may need help with writing and placing feature articles or creating marketing material?
There is nothing wrong with offering all your services. This may not lead to an immediate increase in responsibility, but if your client ever needs additional writing services you are probably going to be high on their list of people to speak with.
So, rather than spend all your time marketing your services and searching for new clients, think about what you can do for those that you have already established a relationship with.
With a lot going on lately, I havenâ€™t had the chance to update this blog or many of my other sites. While I hate to let a few days go by without any new content, the freedom to do so is a nice benefit of working as a freelance writer. Of course, this just doesnâ€™t hold true for my blog. If I need to take a few days off my clients have no problem with it. I always try to let them know when I will be away from the office, though. Along with this, it is important to me that I still meet any deadlines â€“ no matter my reason for stepping away for a few days.
If you work as a freelance writer, I strongly urge you to take full advantage of the freedom that is available to you. You give up a lot when you leave the corporate world (benefits, steady pay, etc.) but the freedom you gain is a huge benefit. If you are not taking advantage you are missing the boat.
What type of freedom are you talking about? This can be anything from working different hours every day to taking time away from the office without having to get it â€œapprovedâ€ by a boss.
This topic has been discussed, time after time, so there is no point in going any further. I simply wanted to write this post as a reminder of the freedom that you gain when you work as a freelance writer.