Being a freelance writer is understandably many people’s dream job, and while the stereotype of lazing around at home all day isn’t exactly true (not if you want to be successful anyway) many of the supposed benefits are to be believed, as well as a few you may not even realise.
Striking the right work-life balance is a major stumbling block for many people. Working freelance however often means being self-employed, and as with any other self-controlled career, this means you can choose the hours you work so you can fit your professional commitments around your social ones. It also means you can choose which assignments to accept, selecting jobs that both appeal to your interests and play to your strengths. It’s important to keep your priorities in check of course, ensuring that you take on enough work to meet your financial needs.
Many writers will choose to work within a niche market, writing articles that focus on one main area of interest. This can allow you to constantly increase your knowledge of said field, reducing research time and helping you to establish a solid reputation as an informed and reliable expert on the subject.
These days, most of us already have access to a laptop/computer and Wi-Fi, which if you do, means you already have the basic yet most important equipment you could ever need as a freelance writer. Being self-employed, it also means that should you need to purchase new office related equipment such as a laptop, printer, internet security software and so forth, it can often be listed as an expense, possibly helping to reduce your tax bill.
Mental health benefits
Writing specialists, Pen Heaven, recently highlighted a marked decrease in the number of people keeping a regular diary, with less than 20% now doing so. They cited the rise in distracting technology such as smartphones, tablets and the internet as a possible cause but put forward the important argument that the physical act of writing helps to organise thoughts and ideas, reducing anxiety and stress levels, while improving mood. By using your writing skills both professionally and personally to declutter your mind, you too can keep yourself from getting bogged down by the stresses of everyday life, while keeping you on track to meet your targets.
When you work for yourself, there is often no third party or agency to go through, with potential employers reaching out to your directly. This allows you to build a more personal rapport, establishing a working relationship and thereby increasing the likelihood of securing repeated work orders. This cuts out time and fuss for both parties involved.