Last Updated on: July 15th, 2017
Is the freelance life for you?
If you are unsure of whether or not the freelance life is for you, you should ask yourself these 2 questions, analyze your answers, and then decide. You may be surprised at your responses!
The 2 Questions to Ask Yourself to Know if the Freelance Life is Right For YOU
The questions you should be asking yourself are:
- Why do I want to freelance?
- How much time can I devote to freelancing?
Potential Answers to Freelance Life Question 1
Your answers to the question “Why do I want to freelance?” may include:
- I want to have flexibility and freedom.
- I want to earn money whenever I need it.
- I want to be my own boss.
The problems with these answers is that, while simplistic on the surface, they are not clearly defined. You may actually be disappointed with the freelance lifestyle if you think that you can simply do whatever you want, whenever you want!
Analysis of Answers to Freelance Life Question 1
If you want to have flexibility and freedom as a freelancer, you must realize that you still have to put in the hours and work.
The thing most people fail to realize is that being a freelancer is actually work. Do not get it in your head that you can earn money for doing nothing. You can’t. However, what you can do is choose to work during hours that are non-conventional, like during the middle of the night, perhaps, if that is when you work best. (I know that I like working when it is quiet and there are not too many outside noises – like traffic – to distract me.)
Another thing you must realize is that you cannot simply earn money whenever you feel like it. You have to be willing to take the jobs that are available when they are available!
If you constantly turn down work because you don’t feel like working at that particular time, then you may not get asked to work again by that client. You will have built up a negative reputation for yourself, and branded yourself as someone who is unreliable. No one wants to work with an unreliable client!
Picking and choosing work may be an option for a freelancer who has built up a clientele and a positive name for him/herself, but it takes a while to get to that point. For freelancers who are just starting out, these things need to be considered.
Being your own boss entails having writing discipline, keeping your own books (records), and demonstrating professionalism in all facets of your freelance life.
Responsibilities abound when you run your own business. Maintaining your website, connecting with the right people, and writing (or editing, or marketing, or whatever you happen to be doing) all take time. Of course, you can outsource some of your technological maintenance tasks to others (if you can afford it), but for the newbie freelancer, often the burden of these tasks are yours and yours alone.
Running a freelance business is a job in itself! Not everyone can handle these responsibilities.
Potential Answers to Freelance Life Question 2
Your answers to the question “How much time do you want to devote to freelancing?” may include:
- Two days per week.
- Three days per week.
- I want to work full-time at freelancing!
Analysis of Answers to Freelance Life Question 2
How much time you can devote to freelancing is going to be an individual preference. However, if you want to earn money, you have to spend time looking for gigs, networking, and doing the actual work for your clients! This takes time, so if you are looking for an “easy” job, the freelance life may not be for you, but if you are willing to put forth the effort, you will be rewarded with success!
A Final Word on the Freelance Life
The freelance life is not always roses or peaches-and-cream, like many believe it is. It involves a lot of work, so if you are not prepared to do this work, the freelance life may not be for you!
Freelance Writing Resources
If you want some truly excellent resources to refer to, I would highly suggest starting with these posts:
How Starting a Freelance Writing Career Changed My Life by Harleena Singh
I’d also suggest picking up a free copy of Sophie Lizard’s guide, after reading Get The Be a Freelance Blogger Rate Guide and Find Out How Much Other Bloggers Charge.
The article, Warm Applause for Writers Who Give Generously, by Tom Bentley, lists many writers and freelancers whose blogs you should read. It lists more of the people in the writing field whom I have learned from, too.
Is the freelance life for you?
Is the freelance life for you? Share your thoughts in the comments.