If you follow this blog you know I love freelance writing. I talk about the freedom of how I spend my time, the joy of no commute, and on and on. But the truth is there are some good reasons why you might not want to become a full time freelance writer, working in your home office.
Reasons to so ‘no’ to freelance writing include:
- You don’t like working alone – although it’s possible to form coops with other creatives, or to do your writing in a wired coffee shop, most freelancing writing tends to happen when you’re by yourself.
- Uncertain income drives you crazy. If you’re lucky you can land a client or two who will either put you on retainer or pay you a predictable fee monthly, but either is rare. The truth is uncertain income and freelance writing go hand in hand.
- You can’t afford your own health insurance. If you’re in the United States you’ll have to get your own health insurance. Sure, you can get some breaks by joining an association of one sort or another, but you won’t have the advantage of an employer paid/shared plan.
- You don’t yet have sufficient writing credits. If you want to freelance you’ll probably have to build at least some writing credits.
- You don’t have enough money saved to make the leap. (Okay, I made the leap before I had savings, but I don’t recommend it.)
I’m sure there are more reasons, but I”m beginning to reach now.
What reasons do you have for not wanting to freelance?