Is This The End of Freelance Writers Online? (Hint: It’s Not)

Freelance writers onlineI try not to read or watch the news too much.

I have a limited intake of current affairs after a week-long experiment (inspired by Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Work Week) gradually turned into my normal way of life.

I try not to be consumed by social media either, but some days, when I’m attending to it for “work” reasons, the news seeps into my consciousness.

It seems there’s a lot going on in the world at the moment.

But it’s not all bad news.

Bad news

There’s actually only a very small percentage of things we would perceive as “negative” going on in this world. But that seems like a strange (if not altogether false) concept to us. Why does it seem as though the opposite is true?

As an extract from this article explains:

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“Studies show that bad news far outweighs good news by as much as seventeen negative news reports for every one good news report. Why? The answer may lie in the work of evolutionary psychologists and neuroscientists.  Humans seek out news of dramatic, negative events. These experts say that our brains evolved in a hunter-gatherer environment where anything novel or dramatic had to be attended to immediately for survival. So while we no longer defend ourselves against saber-toothed tigers, our brains have not caught up.”

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This suggests that the mass media is responding to, and taking advantage of, the way in which our brains are wired in order to sell newspapers and the like.

I’ve never explicitly stated this, but one of the reasons I began Freelance Writers Online was to offer a sense of perspective on the concept of making real money from writing online.

When I first started out, I read a lot on blogs and media reports about how hard it was to make a living in this way. I wanted to chart my progress, offer a more positive approach and share what I learned along the way.

I wanted to offer the other side of the story. The (quite often) more realistic slant that actually, if you do things well and stick with it, it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s not all rejection letters and struggling to quit the content mills.

It’s not a case of constantly looking up at the ones who seem like they’ve “made it”, while all the while looking down at your own meagre earnings.

And now this:

I have accepted a full-time writing job

What does this mean? Am I still a freelance writer?

Yes. That will always be my first priority. I’ll just be writing for a company full-time too.

But what about all those posts where I encourage readers of this blog to quit the day jobs they’ve come to loathe and make a go of this freelance thing?”

Have I sold out?

Who can say? All I know is that it feels like the right thing for me to do right now.

I still believe that self-employed workers can do better for themselves than any one employer can ever do for them. My mindset and philosophy hasn’t changed on this, but perhaps my strategy has evolved somewhat.

Justifications:

It’s still writing online. It’s still doing what I love. It’s still doing what I’ve always wanted to do, and it’s still something I would never, ever have had the opportunity to do if I hadn’t quit my mediocre admin job years ago.

I’m a completely different person to who I was back then; mentally, economically and spiritually.

I don’t have to travel far to do this job and the main difference is that I’ll have to be at a certain place at a certain time to do it. I’m treating it as one huge client! I’ve had projects in the past where I’ve had to fit in all my other work around one client’s workload and I’m treating this in a similar way.

And my very last justification for taking on a full-time role is this: I’m human. I need something new, something fresh, something different right now.

Negatives vs positives

One door opens, it seems, and another 10 or so fly open too. My loss of time in the day is a gain in experience, money and other things I have no way of knowing about yet.

Should I be mourning this loss of time then? I don’t think so. The time is going to pass anyway. It always does. What I do with that time is my own choice.

What this means for Freelance Writers Online… and YOU

Nothing around here will change. I’ll still be here, blogging, connecting, offering tips and advice and sharing my experiences and mistakes. There will still be weekly blog posts about how to be a better and high-earning freelance writer online.

I’ll still be a freelance writer online. I’m not dropping any of my regular clients.

I just might need some help is all.

If you’ve read this far and are looking for some freelance writing work, I would love to hear from you. If you’re a good writer, honest and hardworking, and have an interest in travel, I would love to hear from you even more.**

Please get in touch if you think you could write a series of short blog posts in the travel niche in September. I will then email you the details for you to consider.**

**(Update: I have the help I need with my September work now. Thank you to everybody who showed an interest.)

Above all else, thanks for your support, your help, and for just being here. Even if this is the first post you’ve ever read of mine:

I appreciate it and I’m grateful.

And, unlike the mainstream media, I’m much more positive than I am negative about this unexpected fork in the road. 🙂

Image courtesy of duncan c via Flickr.

Kirsty

27 thoughts on “Is This The End of Freelance Writers Online? (Hint: It’s Not)

  1. Congratulations are in order, Kirsty! You are absolutely correct in thinking this is just one big client you have now. I did the exact same thing at one point in my career. I had four freelance clients and then took a full-time job at an ad agency (Young & Rubicam) as editorial manager. I did it for two reasons: the salary was handsome and I wanted experience managing others. I still kept my freelance clients on the side. Since I had this great sum of money every month, I could be extremely picky taking on other work. I only freelanced at a rate that matched my full-time gig. Your decision to go full-time just gave you more power as a freelancer. I never stopped freelancing — in fact, Young & Rubicam even wrote about me in their newsletter telling everyone in the office that my “real” job started as soon as I left their office. I’ll send you the link! I am thrilled for you. You are not a sell out — you have made a decision that will help give you even more financial freedom. Yay!

  2. Congratulations Fellow Kirsty!

    Your blog was a huge source of reassurance when I too quit my day job to write freelance. There really is so much gatekeeping on the internet regarding expertise and putting off rookies that to see someone go from a standing start to really doing the work they enjoyed for a living was such a boost.

    Good luck in the full-time gig!
    K

  3. Best to you, Kirsty! I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and have always felt encouraged by your posts. Will continue reading! This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you, one, as you mentioned, you might not have had if you hadn’t taken the leap to freelance. I’m in my last year of my three-year goal to be freelancing full time. I would love to move into more travel writing at some point, but for now, writing for corporations and socking away the money while I also keep my regular full-time job in higher ed marketing. It’s a lot of work, but, yes, it can be done!

    Blessings! Looking forward to hearing more…

  4. Hey Kirsty!

    I hope you’ve been well!

    Sounds like a terrific opportunity has come your way and I think after 2 years of full-time freelancing you owe no explanation to anybody – just take that next step that feels right, heck even enjoy that little bit of security it may offer and grow as a writer!

    All the best in your new venture and I may just email you about the travel blogging opp!

    Cheers,

    Jax

  5. Hi Kirsty, I’ve been following your blog and advice since beginning my freelance journey 18 months ago. Thanks for all the advice you’ve shared so far and for promising to continue doing so going forward – I’m very grateful!

    Good luck with your new project. Although you don’t have to justify your decisions to anyone, your honesty and explanations are appreciated!

    J

  6. Congratulations, Kirsty!

    I could see that coming as I started to read the post. I really don’t know how that would impact Freelance Writer Online – only time will tell – but I wish you well anyway.

    That’s the sort of break that I need too, although I prefer to work part-time, and devote quality time to other important pursuits. I’ve got a lot of responsibilities that I’m handling at the moment, but should hopefully get started properly at the end of the month.

    Meanwhile, I do enjoy reading your articles, and I hope they still continue.

  7. Good evening:

    I would like further details of the freelance writing opportunity in September.

    Thanks in advance.

    Lori Wall

  8. Hi Kirsty Many congratulations on your new role. Your help and advice has inspired many to continue writing – even an old hack like me! Please keep me in the loop if there is another travel niche.

    John

    1. Thanks so much John! That’s so great to hear. I’ll keep you informed of any future opportunities that may arise.

  9. I so appreciate your keeping this blog up- I love following you here and getting your blogs, posts. I, for one, think it’s an extraordinary move. You’re managing an even larger client load in this way,and honestly, I’m betting this is a stop, not a stay, on your freelancing path. All the best and so glad you’ll still be maintaining FWO- woot 🙂

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