Freelancing is an adventure that can pay massive dividends but also carries many risks. The key, in my opinion, to being a successful freelance writer is to always remember why you’re doing it in the first place.
Most freelancers want to sip from the fountain of life…to enjoy themselves…to not be tied down to the prison of a 9-6 corporate job and long commutes. Most freelancers love expressing themselves….they love to write…to be creative.
So when is the last time you thoroughly enjoyed writing? When is the last time you worked less hours than a corporate employee rather than more? When is the last time you only sat in front of the computer for four hours in a day? When’s the last time you took off the weekend?
Freelancing tempts us all with the potential of freedom, but so easily binds us up with tons of tedious work and the feeling that we’ve never quite done enough. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, it shouldn’t be that way. Freelancers should take the opportunity to carve their own, ideal path seriously. But doing so takes work, and the ability to turn down work.
Here are five things to keep in mind as you continue on the journey that I affectionately call “freelancing towards freedom.”