I often hear people say that they want to be writers or that they wish they could do what I do for a living. Some people ask whether I can “get them into writing.” I tell them where they can look for work and give them suggestions about preparing a resume and samples for prospective clients. Most of them decide that’s too much “like work” and abandon the idea of being a writer at that point.
It is work. Not only do you have the work of doing your writing assignments, but you are your own Marketing, Customer Service, and Accounting Departments. As one of my clients pointed out, when you are self-employed, you only work half days, as in 12 hours each.
There are definite advantages, though, to being your own boss. You get to make decisions about who you will work with and what assignments you will take. When I used to work in an office, my income was decided by someone else and I got paid the same amount no matter how hard I worked. Now I get to decide what income level I want to achieve and how much work I need to take on to get it.
If this is something you really want to do, you will be prepared to do the leg work involved in finding out about markets and how to get started. There are many people who are willing to share what they know to help someone who has questions. Just don’t ask them to do the work for you. If this is something you really want to do, it won’t feel like work anyway.