I have had many people ask me, why freelance writing? And my answer to them is, why not freelance writing?

It is a great career choice for a work-at-home-mum (WAHM), that allows me to choose where, when and who I work with. It is also a whole lot of fun!

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I love to write and I wanted a source of income that is flexible, mobile and relatively easy to work around my family. Freelance writing allows me to be a stay at home mum, whilst still earning money. I have the freedom to set my own hours and workload so that I can structure my week to fit in family, friends and other commitments. What is not to like about that?

Of course it is not all that easy. I am still building up a client base and income that will provide enough so that I can drop a few of my regular nursing shifts. Life is crazy busy at the moment, but with that end goal in sight it is all worth it.

Pros for Freelance Writing:

When asked, most freelance writers will state the same reasons for becoming a freelancer:

  • Flexibility to work to your own (or your families) schedule.
  • You can work from home, the park, a coffee shop, the library, the beach…the list goes on!
  • You are your own boss, set your own hours, and decide your own workload.
  • Little to no start-up costs, unless you count computer and internet connection.

Cons for Freelance Writing:

There are many positives to being a freelancer, however there are some negative aspects to it as well.

  • Takes time and effort to build up a client base and steady income.
  • It is hard to compete against sites like freelancer.com where people charge a pittance for their work.

Ways to be a Freelance Writer:

What I especially love about freelance writing is that there are several different ways to conduct your freelance writing business. You are in control of how much you work, you can tailor your business to what level of income you want to achieve and whether or not you want to do it full time, part time or just casually.

Side-Project Freelancers:

You maintain your full-time or part-time job and supplement that income with freelancing work.

This is a great way to start and grow your business until you are earning enough to leave your day job. However, some freelancers maintain their day job and simply use freelancing as a hobby that earns some money. I have a friend who works a regular 9-5 job, and writes stories about things he is passionate about that are regularly published in a magazine. He uses this little bit of extra income as “fun money” for he and his family.

Single-contract Freelancers:

This is where a client hires you for a fixed term contract.

This is fantastic for if you only want to work specific months and times with set breaks. However you only have one income source, so cash flow can become an issue.

Full-time Freelancers:

This is what many freelancers aspire to achieve with their freelance writing. To be able to give up their regular 9-5 jobs and support themself solely with freelance writing.

You can work for several different clients, or one big-paying client, however it usually takes juggling a number of different projects and clients in order to earn enough to live off.

Be sure to pick a way of running your business that works for you. Ask yourself, why am I doing this? How can I do this? How much time and energy can I devote to this? This will help guide you in choosing how to conduct your business to begin with.

Just remember, nothing is set in concrete! If you start off as a full-time freelancer, however you are not making enough money from it to live off then you can swap to a side hustle. And vice versa.

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Why Freelance Writing?

The answer is clear to me. [clickToTweet tweet=”Freelance writing. It is not just a job, but also a way of life. #freelancewriter #WAHM #freelancelife” quote=”It is not just a job, but also a way of life.” theme=”style1″]

I can pick and choose how, when and where I work. I love to write, so it taps into something I am passionate about and enjoy doing. It fits around my family so I can balance work and family time. It doesn’t have to cost any money to start-up, unless you want to spend on courses, building a website, a new computer etcetera. And I get to be my own boss.

I am not saying it is easy; trying to build up a client base and income so that I can leave my day job is hard. However I focus on that end goal and it helps me to push through this rough patch.

I would love to hear about your journey in freelancing, or writing, and why you love it.

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