Priceless Writing Tips4 Things to Consider If You Want to Start Freelancing

Freelancing TipsPeople hold different beliefs about the real nature of freelance writing. For some people, freelance writers are professionals who were not adequately treated in their full-time position. For other people, freelancers are those who could not find a decent full-time job.
 
There is nothing wrong with either opinion, because to a certain extent, both of these statements hold true for thousands of freelance writers around the world. However, one of the most important things that separate freelance professionals from the rest of the world is that they were able to take a critical step. This step takes them towards uncertainty, and towards more professional and personal freedom.
 
Are YOU ready to start being a freelance writer? Do you have the expertise, knowledge, and personal qualities required to survive as a freelancer? There are four reasons, at least, which might offer clues as to why you should start a freelancing career.

Your job. Often, people pursue a specific educational path because they hope to work in a specific field, perhaps even a specific job. They build up ideas and plans for their future, and thereby attribute an aura to their future, desired, occupation. This aura is completely destroyed, for many folks, as soon as they begin to actually work. The gap between reality and their dream becomes even greater the longer they work in their full-time position.
 
People begin to wonder, “why do I need to fill out these trivial reports?”, “why must I take orders from this idiot? He or she would not have their job if their uncle did not own the company”, and even, “why don’t they have my favorite beverage in the vending machine?” The list goes on endlessly. If this is true for you, perhaps this is the moment to start your freelancing career. Independent from anyone, whether boss or colleague, you work only for yourself.
 
This sounds like a sweet deal, right? Hold your horses, though, there are several other important points to consider:
 
Independence. Are you ready for it? This is a major issue that scares people off. When you have a full-time job, your boss assigns you tasks for the day or the week. You know exactly what to do, and you may have some freedom to plan how to do your own work. Of course, you have to follow directions from your boss. When, however, you freelance, a main concern in the availability of gigs. To get a sense of whether this is going to be an issue for you, analyze your experience in your full-time job. Were you able to perform it properly?
 
Were there people who asked your assistance professionally, implying that you had already acquired a certain degree of expertise and competence? Consider your market, as well. Are there clients requesting assistance from specialists in your field? The Internet might offer the best indication of such demand. This suggests that some preliminary research would be wise before making any occupational moves.
 
Self-sufficiency. It’s pretty straightforward – do you have an independent personality? Can you keep up with life and all of its chores? You should keep in mind that if you work as a freelancer, the benefits, taxation, and many other elements of work life, are different from what you have experienced in a full-time job. Your company takes care of many of these necessities for you. Are you sure that you are savvy enough to handle all those items yourself?
 
Family. Many freelancers face personal challenges stemming from many sources. This especially concerns those with families. The most cost-effective place to start a freelancing career is at home. Especially if their spouse has a job as well, this naturally places the freelancer in the position of being expected to take on some portion of household tasks.
 
Because they are around the home a great deal, freelancers are often incorrectly perceived as having a great deal of ‘free’ time. This misconception can cause a great deal of frustration and conflict with the rest of the household, whether the freelancer is male or female. Are you prepared for this sort of disruption in the way things work in your family?
 
The issues involved are even more complex than they may seem, and covering all the important factors involved would take ages. If you are still not sure about this, keep watching this space, and we will shed further light on this complicated topic. If you are really committed to becoming a freelancer, we wish you all the best!

2 Comments

  • Irene Akinyi
    April 20th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I would like to be a freelance writer, how do I register? Thereafter, what is expected of me?

    • April 20th, 2011 at 9:09 am

      You can start your registration process here:
      http://researchwritingcenter.com/regform

      After that you will be contacted with a request to complete a test task and afterwards one of our representatives will call you to conduct a phone interview.

      What we seek in candidates is: language skills, good vocabulary, research skills, education, responsibility and commitment.

      Good luck with your application! :)

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