I work full-time from home as a freelance writer. I work with SEO content firms, I get paid to write independent music and book reviews, I write blog posts for businesses and individuals, I do editing for a board game company, and the list goes on.
I’ve you’ve ever worked in this industry you know that most of these jobs have sporadic assignments. Even though I work full-time from home, sometimes I only have part-time work (and part-time pay, of course).
I love what I do. I get to do what I love for a living. It’s not easy. There are days when I want to pull my hair out. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. The stress just pushes me to work harder. I love a challenge.
I have been a full-time freelance writer since 2010. Before that, I was doing it part-time for about five years, while still punching the clock elsewhere. I knew better than to drop everything to chase a dream without having a plan in place.
I’ve been able to support three people on my income for a few years at a time. Then, there are the times where I didn’t even think I was going to be able to support myself. It’s part of the life, and you get used to it. You learn as you go.
My best advice, if you’re thinking about writing full-time for others, is to test the waters before you dive in. You have to continually be on the lookout for work. You don’t get insurance or days off. I didn’t get these things working in retail either.
You also have to continue learning. The styles of online writing are continually changing. You have to be a GREAT writer to make a living at this. If your writing is mediocre, you won’t make it for long.
You do get to help people. You get the satisfaction of seeing your words on the web and in print. And, you get to do something fun for a living.
This is my job. I am not unemployed, I am self-employed. There’s a difference.