This article is written by Quin Hoskins. Having studied law and several science-related subjects at degree level, this has provided him with the perfect foundation to cover an eclectic range of topics in his freelance writing career. From the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs to countless travel sites, he is proud to be associated with companies and organizations that are definitely at the top of their game. The flexibility of his freelance writing business allows him to devote a significant proportion of his time to study and is finishing his last course – out of 6 – towards his LLB (Hons) this year. He is also an avid traveler and has proudly visited 40 other countries to date, with much more planned for the future.
Do you wake up each and every morning with a feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach? Do you find that weekends absolutely race by and before you know it, it’s a depressing Monday morning again? Do you yearn to leave the Rat Race far behind you and attempt to go it alone as a freelancer? If you have answered most of the questions above affirmatively, you will be the first to appreciate the fact that the grass can indeed be greener on the other side of the fence and that true freedom and flexibility to work as a freelancer could one day be yours.
However, before you type out that resignation letter and slip it onto your boss’ desk, there are a few things you need to set straight in your mind about the benefits of freelancing.
Do you have the requisite skills?
Are you 100% certain you have the requisite level of skills to leave your current job and go it alone? Is there a large enough demand for your skills in the freelance market? This is where you really ought to do your homework and check out the online venues from which you intend to earn a living. If they exist and you feel you will be able to work on them easily, perfect; you at least know how you are to survive in the future.
If you are struggling to work out exactly where your future revenue will be coming from, you should definitely not give up your full time job until things have become much clearer and you have been able to identify a lucrative income stream.
Are You Financially Ready?
In addition to the skills that are needed, you must make sure you are financially stable enough to start working as a freelance provider. In my experience, I have encountered numerous freelancers who have started this type of work with huge financial debts hanging over their heads. They were never able to relax and make the most of the fact that their income is bound to start off low and gradually increase over the months.
My Own Personal Experience
Having always been a very keen writer and the type of person who works best by way of my own initiative, it really was second nature for me to give a job up in law and go it my own way as a freelancer. Although I had actually found a job that I enjoyed more than any other at that particular time, I knew it wouldn’t be the type of thing I would like to do for the rest of my working life.
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I left my employment quite abruptly and entered the world of a freelancer writer. To say I felt a little overwhelmed to start is an understatement! I immediately realised that there are literally tens-of-millions of other writers out there and that I would be competing against them for every project I was to secure in the future. Yet, even fully contemplating this scary statistic, it still didn’t put me off: I had come home and this industry was mine to be conquered.
I researched like you wouldn’t believe to start – after all, as they say, knowledge is power and this is especially the case where the freelance market is concerned. I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing; to help give me an edge when it comes to bidding for writing projects.
So Much Freedom and Fexibility
Immediately, I appreciated the move I had made – I absolutely knew I had made the right decision for me. I was calling all the shots from now on. No-one was telling me what to do anymore. If I had an idea for my freelance business, I could try it out straight away and put it to the test. I cannot tell you how liberated I felt by becoming a freelance writer. Work didn’t always exactly pour in, especially in the earliest days, but any money I was earning was mine alone and this always led to a real sense of achievement whenever someone trusted in my service.
Having been a freelancer for more than eight years now, nothing has changed: I still fully appreciate the freedom and flexibility that comes with the job. There have been a few times where I have felt just a tiny bit lonely working on my own all the time, however, this soon passes. Once I meet up with friends and family and hear the dreadful horror stories of the office politics they are forced to endure in order to earn their living, a discreet and some might say slightly smug smile stretches across my face and I immediately dismiss the possibility of returning to the Rat Race.
If you are absolutely sure you would be happy to work for yourself for the years to come and don’t feel you will be too lonely, there is nothing stopping you from striving for a freelance career that offers plenty of freedom and flexibility. Working for yourself really is a tremendous perk and it should never wear off if this truly is what you are meant to do.
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