Well, freelance writing has a host of benefits, especially when compared to a regular 9-5 job.
If you’re thinking about making the leap into full time freelance writing, then this list may give you a gentle push.
Internet Only Business (A Real Option)
Yes, you really can run your entire freelance writing operation from the Internet, if you want to.
So, if prefer not to travel, or would rather deal with people via email, phone and Skype, now you can.
As the Internet has ignited the “work from home revolution”, the opportunities for writers are greater than at any other period in history. You can have remarkable exposure to clients and projects with just a laptop and an internet connection.
Of course, you can combine this advantage with face to face meetings and networking – but it’s not essential for getting clients.
Work From Home (Or Anywhere Else)
I have worked from dozens of countries (including UK, America, Australia, Thailand, China, Japan, France, Spain) with very few problems. You will need to plan ahead, but it’s certainly feasible.
As recently as the 1990’s, quitting a job to work from home was not a realistic possibility.
However, this is now a very profitable career path (it’s what I, and many other freelance writers do).
You can work from home, writing blog posts, articles, reports, ebooks, whitepapers, guides, tutorials and sales pages. Then you simply upload or email the work to your client.
Most professions require you to be in a specific location – but not freelance writing or blogging.
Work As Much (Or As Little) As You Want
Set your own hours.
You can work as much or as little as you choose – depending on your financial and lifestyle goals.
It’s based on your cost of living and your lifestyle. Some writers earn 6 figures. Some writers earn just enough to travel and see the world. There are those who want to build a publishing empire.
Whatever your goals and reasons for writing, you can choose how much, and how often you work. The more you work, the more money you earn (to a certain degree).
Low Cost Start-up And Expenses
Other than a laptop and a connection to the internet, there are very few costs involved.
This is why freelance writing is one of the few genuine online businesses (unlike the many scams), and it’s easy to get started.
Once you decide to go full time, you will increase your expenses on things such as computer costs, paper, ink for a printer, long distance phone costs and software. However, these things are usually tax deductible.
You will save money on travel costs, lunches, clothing and gifts that are all associated with conventional work life.
Get A Pay Raise On Your Terms
Generally, employees must wait at least one year for a pay raise (or longer).
As a freelance writer, you can choose to give yourself a pay raise when you want to. You simply need to increase your rates of pay, add another client to your roster, or get extra work from your current clients.
This is the financial control that you wield as a freelance writer.
There is no limit to your earnings, as long as you provide value to your clients, and think in an innovative way (to generate new sources of income).
If freelance writing sounds appealing to you, or is something that you have thought about, then you can get started today (part time).
Start marketing your writing services.
Getting started is simple: send out one email, setup one online profile, contact one local business. And then double your efforts.