Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Excitement of Having a Freelance Writing Job

Regardless of the condition of today's economy, there will always be a demand for the written word and opting for a freelance writing job can lead to experiences that are both rewarding and exciting. While there are a few barriers to entry in the freelance writing world, the excitement of it makes writers persist once they are in it. Probably the most significant hurdle to overcome are income inconsistencies in the early days but they will pass if you market yourself effectively and never forget what makes a freelance writing job so exciting. What makes it exciting? Let's look at a few areas that keep writers persisting day after day.

A freelance writer saves a significant amount of money by not having to work outside. You don't have to spend money on commuting expenses like gasoline, train fare, and expressway tolls. Also, you save time which can be better spent at writing and making a profit. You'll no longer be stuck in rush-hour traffic jams. You don't have a dress code to follow so money does not get spent on business attire. Another significant money saver is the fact that you no longer have to buy your lunch at fast food restaurants or cafeterias.

You no longer have those burdensome time-wasters. Imagine not having to interrupt your busy day by having to go the weekly staff meeting. You'll no longer be visible to a boss who can call you in to a meeting and waste your time at moment's notice. There are still potential time-wasters in freelancing and you'll meet challenges in learning how to have self-discipline and resist them but now you are the one in control. For example, you will still have to learn how to deal with the neighbor who drops in unexpectedly thinking you have all the free time you want.

There is always something new on the horizon. Freelance writers love their jobs because there is always something new to discover and write about. There is always a new challenge. But there is another advantage to working in this type of fluid environment. As a freelance writer, you will occasionally get involved with a client you would rather not work with. Occasionally, there are clients who pay slowly, have overwhelming demands, or don't even pay at all. Wise freelance writers learn how to shake off these clients and continue to pursue opportunities because there will be plenty of them.

A person doing a freelance writing job is an employed person. One of the reasons why people get into freelance writing is because they are having difficulty finding full-time work after an adverse event like a layoff. But a freelancer never has to worry about layoffs, downsizing, rightsizing, and all those other buzzwords that mean unemployment. If the freelance writer takes the time to market properly, there should be a consistent work flow.

You get to make and be responsible for your own decisions. You will find out that in business you will be constantly analyzing which strategies are working and which ones are not. Those who work for full-time employers do the same analysis of their company yet are usually powerless to change it. As a freelancer, you can shift direction in your business strategy quickly so that you minimize losses and maximize profits. You can do this because you have the freedom to.

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