Five reasons you should become a freelance writer

The internet has opened up a lot of opportunities for people to earn money writing from home. With more businesses going online with websites, and the search landscape becoming increasingly competitive, the need for good creative writers has never been stronger.

This is great news for people who want to earn money from home as freelance writers. Here are five reasons why you should consider becoming a freelance writer as your next career move.

1. You can work your own hours

Flexibility is one of the most sought after benefits for workers today. The flexibility to work from home when you need to, or to start work at a time that suits you, is something many employees only dream about. As a freelance writer, however, you can work your own hours.

If you have to take your children to school for 9am and pick them up at 3pm, most office jobs won’t allow you to do that. If you need to stay home one day because you’re expecting a plumber to call between 8am and 5pm, you’ll have to take the day off and waste a valuable holiday day.

Not if you’re a freelance writer, though. You can write at a time that suits you, in a location that suits you. Your home, a coffee shop, a friend’s house or even outside on a sunny day can be your place of work. So long as your writing deadlines are met, a freelance writing job offers you the sort of flexibility you can’t get anywhere else.

2. Interesting and varied work

How many people do you know who complain about their ‘boring’ job? They’re fed up with the daily grind, the hard slog, and they dread Monday mornings with a passion. That doesn’t have to be you.

As a freelance writer you can apply for the writing briefs that interest you. The writing work can be as varied as your imagination, and you’ll end up learning new and interesting things as a bonus when you have to research topics.

Freelance writers make excellent quizzers too! Just think of all that knowledge you’ll gather researching subjects.

3. You can be your own boss

This is the dream of most people. Who likes having to answer to their boss and being told what to do? As a freelance writer, you’re your own boss. You decide the hours you work. You decide where you work. You decide what you wear to work. There’s no dress code for a freelance writer. There’s no ‘smart shoes’ or ‘tie’ policy. You can write in your underwear if that’s how you want to work.

As long you meet your deadlines and fulfil the briefs you’re given, you’re the boss. Better get one of those ‘boss’ mugs ordered now!

4. You can do it alongside a fulltime job

One of the biggest worries for people looking for a career change in which they go out on their own is the fear of failure, and whether or not they’ll be able to secure enough work to pay the bills. This is understandable, as everyone needs money to live on. As a freelance writer however, you don’t need to quit your day job straight away. You can continue with your 9-to-5 job while you write from home in your spare time. This allows you to find out if freelance writing is for you. You don’t have to take the risk of quitting your job until you’re satisfied you’re earning enough from freelance writing to take the plunge.

You might find you never want to quit your fulltime job. Perhaps you really do like your job – hey, some people do! If that’s the case, you can just use your freelance writing as a means to top up your regular income, pay for those treats in life or put money away for an emergency. This is very common with freelance writers – many have fulltime jobs as well. The flexibility of hours we mentioned earlier makes this very easy.

5. Increased earnings potential

The final one of our reasons to become a freelance writer is the earnings potential. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a job where you can do a lot of overtime, or a job where you get paid commissions based on performance, your income is most likely fixed each month. To earn more money, you need to ask for a raise. Not with freelance writing!

As a freelance writer, you don’t have a fixed income – the more you work, the more you earn. Different writing jobs can pay more than others too, so it’s not just a question of quantity. The better your writing becomes, the more lucrative freelance writing work you could pick up.

If becoming a freelance writer is something that interests you, whether as a career change or as a part-time supplement to your current job, you’ll find our Freelance Writing Diploma Course very useful. It talks you through everything you’ll need to know to become a freelance writer, including where to find writing jobs online. The course is £295 but, as a reader of our blog, it is available for £29 today when you use discount code WRITER in the checkout.

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