Think 2x before becoming a freelance writer. Well, you can if you are irresistibly drawn to writing and are looking for a part-time (or full-time) career in writing!
“Many aspiring writers with post-graduation degree are choosing to freelance as a career. The perks include flexible working hours, diverse writing gigs, work from any location, and a decent payout.”
- Content Manager, Henry Harvin Education
The career is certainly enjoyable as it gives you an opportunity to self-inspect real-world topics but not without some backbreaking research.
If you know what “No gain, without pain” means, brace yourself for the flipside of this absolutely rewarding career. Read on as we describe some truths from the daily life of a freelance writer:
Truth#1: You have a non-glamorous, sedentary job that involves self-thinking and seclusion.
Contrary to the fallacious picture painted by movies, a freelance writer doesn’t live the life of a carefree person, enjoying materialistic pleasures and spilling any thoughts that come to mind on paper.
In fact, freelance writing is a constant battle against plagiarism, deadline, poor internet connectivity, and shrinking pay structures.
“You have to spend a lot of time thinking in silence, assimilating your thoughts, checking the facts, and crafting a piece that catches attention instantly. That’s definitely a lot of work.”
- Content Analyst, Henry Harvin Education
Truth#2: Your client’s interest determines what you write.
If you are just starting out as a writer, you might not have the luxury of choosing the assignments.
“You have to take up whatever is offered to you and do your best to compose an engaging, convincing, and errorless piece right on the deadline.”
- Freelance Writer.
The topics could be anything like -
- The things to eat before exam
- A destination wedding on a shoestring budget
- Gold jewellery trends
- Airport shuttle service
- Wine tasting events
Truth#3: You have to work really hard to make a living.
As a beginner, you might find it really hard to make ends meet without some other job on hand. You will have to look for other reliable income sources to supplement your writing pay before you land well-paying writing jobs.
“It is unrealistic to expect freelance writing to take care of all your expenses right from the start. At least there is no beginners luck in this career. The fresher you are the, harder you have to work.”
You can start with writing your own blog and work your way up by making connections and dabbling in online writing gigs.
Truth#4: You have to be vigilant about your health and work.
As tempting as it may sound, working from home has its own downsides.
Since you spent a lot of time thinking, writing and starting at the computer, you have to self-discipline yourself. Take short breaks, rest your eyes, look out of the window (yes, that’s one lovely break), and eat well.
In the absence of a real boss and support team, you have to take care of your accounting, taxes, and insurance. Keep yourself informed of your legal rights.
“Looking up about how you can protect yourself in issues related to the payment, legal liability and plagiarism will help you get your writing career off the ground.”
- Content Writer, Henry Harvin Education
Freelancing can be an exciting and satisfying career provided that you keep your eyes open to the truths and roadblocks in the life of a freelancer.