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Start a Part-time Freelance Writing Career

Many people wonder how they can start a freelance writing career if they have a full-time, 9-5 job. This is a great question, and one that can scare the heck out of you if you are not careful. When I decided to become a freelance writer I never thought too much about the drawbacks. Sure, I was a bit scared, but that did not hold me back from leaving my day job. Of course, this is not something that I suggest; especially if you have major responsibilities such as a family, bills to pay, etc.

So what do I advise? If you want to become a freelance writer but are afraid to jump “all in” you should consider doing so on a part-time basis. This is something that I have discussed before, but I feel that it is important to do so again. After all, many people never chase their dream because they use their current job as an excuse. By becoming a part-time freelance writer you can avoid this excuse and instead get moving towards your real career.

Believe it or not, you can find time to work as a part-time freelance writer even when working another job. Most people I know in this position work in the morning, at night, and of course, on the weekends. But since you are only working part-time for now, there is no reason to kill yourself. Instead, start slow and see how much work you can get. As you begin to obtain more and more clients you will get a good feel for how much time you need to spend on your writing.

If you are lucky, you will come to a crossroads where you can no longer keep up with both positions because your freelance writing workload has become too much. In this case, you need to make a decision on whether or not it is time to move into a career as a full-time writer.

A part-time freelance writing career is a great way to get your feet wet without having to leave your current position.  

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