One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “Who would suit a career in freelance writing?” And today I was asked it by David Standing via a Facebook live video that you can watch here.
As the ‘gigging economy’ is growing, and freelancing has become an exceptionally desirable way of working, it’s important that anyone considering joining this workforce movement has a good idea of what they’re getting themselves into!
So, let’s break down what it means to be a freelance writer and consider who might benefit from making the career swap.
Let’s begin with the obvious: when you freelance, you work for yourself. You don’t answer to a manager or a supervisor and you certainly don’t need to worry about being fired or redundancy. But freelancing does come with its own set of risks. For example, should you become ill, you won’t be entitled to sick pay – and that’s a really important consideration! With this in mind, freelance writing is suited to someone who can plan ahead, budget wisely and keep themselves motivated without a manager.
Here’s another core feature of freelance writing: You can choose your own hours! For people who need flexibility in their lives, this aspect is bound to be appealing. Imagine getting up at a time you want (providing you don’t have young children), setting your own schedule and taking the days off that you prefer, rather than the ones handed to you by an employer. For this reason, freelance writing is very much suited to parents, carers, or those who prefer to live in a less rigid way.
To be a successful freelance writer, you also need passion. You need to love writing so much that it doesn’t feel like a job. For me, sitting down and writing a blog post while drinking a hot chocolate in a warm cosy house is FUN. It doesn’t feel like work and it certainly isn’t something I dread doing. Freelance writing is suited to the type of person that writes for pleasure in their spare time and becomes bored or stressed at their regular day job.
Finally, becoming a freelancer takes courage. It can be daunting putting yourself out there (I know this all too well), especially when there’s so much competition. A successful freelancer will take failures in their stride, keep their chin up and have confidence in their writing abilities.
So, to summarise, who is freelance writing most suited to?
- Parents, carers or women on maternity leave who require greater flexibility to be around their children
- Anyone who dreads Monday morning and finds themselves bored, dissatisfied or stressed at work
- Those with a personal passion for writing, and who write for pleasure in their spare time
- Anyone who prefers to manage themselves, or find it difficult to work under management.
- Students or graduates struggling to find employment or who require flexibility around college or university
Today I talked about this with a business expert David Standing on Facebook Live. So, if you’d like to learn more about who freelance writing is for, or how Learn Freelance Writing can help you, head over to our live video and hear what I have to say!