Next time you’re in Starbucks and you see the casually dressed guy in the corner typing away on his laptop and you’re wondering what exactly it is that he does for a living, i’m going to let you in on a little insider secret, he just might be a freelance writer.
Freelance writing is one occupation that gives you complete freedom and flexibility in your daily routine, most notably you choose which hours you work and can work from any location that you desire.
Picture this scenario, it’s a beautiful summers day and the sun is blazing, most people can only dream of strolling down the park to work. For a freelance writer this dream is a very real possibility.
Whatever your occupation, you will need certain tools to be able to do your job. For a freelance writer, you’ll need a laptop or netbook armed with word processing software. With netbooks available that weigh as little as just a few pounds, transporting your netbook to a location of your choice to get stuck into some work isn’t a difficult task.
As well as working from any location you want, Freelance writing allows you can also live wherever you want to. All you need is a PC with internet connection and you can connect with clients worldwide.
In the modern age you don’t always have to find clients to write for. You can actually publish written articles to your own blog in your specialist niche. This enables you to look for advertisers rather than clients. Providing your blog can capture peoples interest and you have a steady number of visitors there will always be companies who want to advertise on your blog.
Once you become an established blogger and expert in your niche, clients will be queuing up for you to write for them. There are not many occupations around where you can solely focus on something you enjoy, writing is one occupation where you can.
Freelance writing also enables you to be in control of how much you earn. Firstly you decide your rate, this could depend on many factors, such as the type of writing you do and clients that you write for. Secondly you can decide how many hours you want to work, some writers only have to work for 3-4 hours a day and choose to do so, others may choose to maximise their earnings by working 10+ hours per day. It all depends on your own personal preference.
Don’t think that Freelance writing is easy, it isn’t, particularly at first. You will find yourself working for below your true value to attract clients. As a freelancer you will experience the same worries that every self employed individual faces, such as no guaranteed pay check, no sick pay etc. However once you establish a yourself as an expert and gather a steady clientele, there are fewer occupations that are more rewarding than writing.