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Be Smart when deciding on Full-time Freelance Writing

Many members of my freelance writing course share the same goal: to become a full-time freelancer. While this is a great goal to have, it is one that you need to chase with caution. You want to be smart when deciding on a full-time freelance writing career. In my opinion, this is much different than working in a part-time capacity.

If you are thinking about going full-time the following advice should help you make up your mind:

1. Is now the time to make your move? This is based on many factors including your current career. If you are unemployed you have nothing holding you back from chasing this dream. After all, it is better to work on your freelance writing career than to do nothing at all and hope another job comes around.
On the other side, you may have a steady job. In this case you need to decide if you are willing to give up a “traditional income” to chase a career as a freelance writer. This is a big risk; there is no doubt about that. Weigh the pros and cons of making this move.

2. Do you have the money? It is a very good idea to have enough money in the bank to cover your bills as your freelance writing career gets up and running. By having backup reserves you do not have to stress as much if your career is slow getting off the ground. Of course, the more bills you have the more money you need in the bank. And if you have a family, this number could get quite large.

3. Be honest with yourself. Do you have the skills to become a full-time freelance writer? Have you had past success that points you towards this career path? It is better to be honest right now than to lie to yourself and hope that things work out.

It is important to consider all details including the pros and cons of becoming a full-time freelance writer. If you feel that now is the time to chase your dream and you are being smart about your decision, go for it!

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