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What is holding you back from becoming a Freelance Writer?

So many people want to become a freelance writer, but for whatever reason many of them never take the leap. Instead, they talk about how great this would be and continually think about all the benefits. While some people just aren’t cut out to be a freelance writer, others should really think about getting past their fears and moving forward.

Here are three common reasons why some people never seem to take the next step:

1. They really aren’t interested. Simply put, some people toy with the idea of becoming a freelance writer but are not really interested in this career path. While there is nothing wrong with this, you may want to think about why you are not quite ready to move forward – there may be a good explanation for the way you feel.

2. They don’t know what step to take next. This is perhaps the most common reason for not becoming a freelance writer. The person in question is 100 percent ready to move forward, but a lack of knowledge is holding them back. If you don’t know what to do next, your best bet is slowing down and figuring out a timeline that suits you. In some cases, you may be able to do this on your own. On the other hand, don’t be opposed to asking other freelancers for help, reading up online (like you are doing now), or purchasing a book.

3. Fear. Let’s face it: it can be scary to become a freelance writer. This is particularly true if you are going to make this your full-time career. You have to decide if your fear is enough to hold you back for good, or if you are capable of overcoming this.

You may or may not be able to identify with one of the reasons above. If something is holding you back, now is the time to pinpoint the problem and decide how to best move forward.

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