Question:

Should I be a freelance writer?

15 October, 2021 Jeremy Damron 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: ZACHARY FETZER
    17 October, 2021

    The first thing you must do is to investigate the niche you hope to dive into. Expertise dictates qualifications, so if you are confident that you would be able to distinguish yourself as an expert in that particular subject matter then go for it. If this isn't the case, I would advise against being a freelancer. Freelancing can be lucrative, but there are too many risks because today's work market is notoriously tough to navigate with contracts and client expectations varying across industries and disciplines. Additionally, many employers have begun demanding past projects as requirements before giving freelance work consideration which places added pressure on freelance writers.

  • AUTHOR: MARGHERITA BURESH
    17 October, 2021

    Absolutely! First, I'd advise you to go through the process of getting certified so that if freelance writing doesn't work out for you, you'll at least have some credentials. There are three primary aspects to success in freelancing--knowledge in your field (such as law or medicine), experience (a recent graduate would not want to take on cases with clients who pay hourly rates mainly ranges), and temperament (must take rejection like the rest of us). The combination of these factors varies among people; do not be afraid to ask other writers about their experiences. And remember--not everyone finds consistent work, but it may be much easier when there is consistent work available than having no income whatsoever. So how much can someone make?

  • AUTHOR: HAROLD HASLETT
    17 October, 2021

    Freelance writers are usually self-employed. As a freelancer, you are in charge of marketing--finding clients, negotiating work agreements with clients, and setting your rates. Freelancers have different needs than someone who is quitting their day job to freelance full time. For example, most freelance writers have blogs or webpages where they post samples of previous work in order to show prospective employers their skill level. Market research is part of the process too--the more aware you are about your field before you start soliciting gigs, the easier it will be when contacting companies on behalf of yourself for assignments.

  • AUTHOR: ELIDA MISCHKE
    17 October, 2021

    It looks from the questions that you have been thinking a lot about this. If I were to ask you, "are you a skilled writer?" I would think by reading through your answers, all of which seemed to make sense and illustrated good grammar skills, that the answer is yes. So my advice for you is probably going to be biased based on what it looks like from your answers! Is there anything specific in particular about freelance writing that interests you? In terms of hobbies or career aspirations? Take care!

  • AUTHOR: JUSTIN BYRON
    17 October, 2021

    There are general misconceptions about freelance writing that keep people from pursuing it, like the idea that freelance writers must be novelists or journalists. I've found this to not be true. Freelance writing is becoming one of the most lucrative professions for those with specialty skills in demand by businesses who want content but which they do not wish to staff full-time or can't run their own business because of staffing needs. This article explains how anyone can do it and earn an income by writing articles for purchase on websites, blogs, magazines and newspapers.

  • AUTHOR: BRANDON MENJIVAR
    17 October, 2021

    In my opinion, if you want to be a freelance writer, then no. Being a freelance writer is not for everyone. It takes a lot of time and patience to make it in this industry. The pay will vary depending on your level of skill and the work you'll take on, which again may vary by employer's expectations and requirements--and there's the catch-22 with working on two things simultaneously: fitting in time for both while also sustaining consistent productivity levels on each ongoing project/request that requires such attention. You're required to invest heavily into learning marketing skills that can't just be taught or learned overnight.