Perhaps it is a dilemma for all part-time freelancers who cling to their day jobs for their health benefits or financial stability: when is it worth it – and when is it a really bad idea – to go freelance full-time?

Here are some tips to help you know whether or when you can and should commit to freelance work as your full-time job.

You Should Be a Full-Time Freelance Writer If…

  1. You are this guy and you can bank 6 figures every year (yes, it is possible as a freelancer but probably not very common!). Proof that not all freelance writers are impoverished and starving. But alas, if we all knew we could make 300k/year writing we would not need an article to tell us to quit our stupid day jobs already.
  2. You have actually found a way to get paid to write before. Unless you have the financial security to up and quit your day job (and spend potentially a considerable amount of time with no income) it is probably unwise to go freelance full-time without any experience. It can take time to learn the ins and outs of making money as a freelance writer – start with sites that provide reliable payment to build an online resume.
  3. You can handle some uncertainty with your income. Even the best freelance writers have to be comfortable with the risk of a less stable income than salaried work provides. When you are out making your own opportunities, you have to be comfortable with the idea that you won’t have a steady or reliable figure of income from time to time.
  4. You can effectively be your own boss. Being a freelancer takes discipline, and unless you can be your own taskmaster – keeping yourself honest and committed about the time you devote to your craft – you may be doomed for freelance failure.
  5. You hate your job and/or traffic and you love working in your pajamas. I must say that the perks of freelance writing from home are quite good…If the day job is driving you insane it may just be time to go for the (freelance) gold.

Freelance Work at Home

You Should NOT Be a Full-Time Freelance Writer If…

  1. Your highest level of productivity when at home involves only popcorn and Oprah.
  2. You get exhausted at the thought of being responsible for finding and even competing for 100% of your work.
  3. You don’t know how to write things people want/need/can’t write themselves.

Not exactly secrets to the universe, perhaps, but hopefully some valuable insight all the same…


Chipping away at Elance

September 9, 2011

So apparently, jumping into the freelance biz is not a quick or easy thing.  I’m on my third job and things are going well…let’s just hope the feedback is positive and the other potential clients start feeling generous!

So far it seems ghostwriting articles is the order of the day.  I’m finding it quite enjoyable.

Now, the challenge of building a clientèle and bringing in a bit of cash!  My husband is equally eager for this step…

A blog with a freelance goal!

September 8, 2011

I recently joined to sell some homemade crafts and re-purposed home decor items, and they send their shop owners weekly tidbits on how to improve sales and boost visibility for your products, etc.

Well, they also have a blog called “Quit Your Day Job” – need I say more? Looking forward to learning lots and lots!