I’ve never regretted the decision to quit my job and become a freelance writer. Not even when the initial euphoria and smugness of not having to get up early and drag myself into the office wore off.
Not even when it suddenly dawned on me that my working day, my income, my tax bill, my financial future – and everything else – was all down to just one person:
(Wow. That’s a lot of responsibility.)
But I’ve always relished the fact it’s also given me lots of other things; a sense of purpose (finally), courage, confidence and – above all else – freedom.
I like freedom. I really, really like freedom.
So no, I’ve never regretted my decision to become a freelance writer. In fact, I think it’s the best decision I’ve ever made, and I actively encourage you to make the same one.
Here are some simple truths (you probably won’t hear elsewhere) to help you along the way…
1. If you want to become a freelance writer… you can just do it
You don’t have to wait around for anybody to give you a break. You don’t have to get your first masterpiece published on the latest and greatest blog. You become a freelance writer by carving out your own path.
As I wrote in my post Can You Afford to go Freelancing Full-Time?, the world of work is different to how it used to be. The traditional method of going to a designated place each day while being drip-fed a salary is no longer necessary – if you don’t want it to be.
In other words, it isn’t necessary for you.
Does this ring true for you?
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2. It’s hard work… but not all that difficult
I’m not saying it’s not hard work to make a full-time living as a freelance writer online. Depending on your situation, you might need a bit of savings in the early days. Of course it will take a while to build up enough to live on.
It took a while to build up what you live on now didn’t it? And is it enough?
The surprising thing is, when you decide to become a freelance writer and work hard at it, you can build up a healthy living relatively quickly.
You can get paid more than once a month – or more than once a week if you like – and if you need a bit of extra money you can just work a bit harder (or smarter – it’s up to you).
So sure, you have to work hard. Making your own money to meet all your financial commitments isn’t easy. But making your own money on the side and then building it into something bigger and better is definitely achievable.
Sometimes the attainability of this goal is either over-complicated or overlooked, and the temptation is just to give up and be like everybody else.
But where’s the fun in that? Where’s the freedom? Where’s the challenge, and where’s the creative spirit?
3. As a freelancer… the possibilities are endless
So why isn’t everybody doing it? The simple answer is: because some people place other things higher up on their list of priorities. Things like social status, security and predictability to name a few. And that’s fine too. That’s their choice.
All I’m saying is that different people value different things. Which makes sense when you think about it: the world is made up of wildly different individuals so it stands to reason we might not all hold the same values as each other.
For instance, I value above all things, including especially security and social status, something I’ve already mentioned and am grateful for each and every day: freedom.
The trick is to find out what you – that’s you, not everybody you work with, sleep with, and like on Instagram – hold as your most important personal and professional value.
Make that your biggest priority. Then work towards that priority every single day.
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