I assume that most of the readers here either are freelance writers or are trying to figure out how they can do their writing from home.
The blunt truth, or at least some of it, is that freelancing isn’t for everyone. There can be lots of reasons for wanting a writing job where you go to an office every weekday.
Here are some of them:
You need predictable income. This is probably the biggest reason writers decide to return, or never leave, regular jobs. Freelance writer’s income is notoriously unpredictable. The regular paycheck makes many things easier.
You need the benefits, particularly health insurance. Health insurance is, I would guess, the second biggest reason writers want to work for someone else. The other benefits are nice too.
An inside job would boost your writing career. Sometimes taking an inside writing job will give your career a boost. It may be that you need to learn new skills either about writing or about the technology we all deal with today. Or maybe the inside job is truly prestigious and well paid. Working inside can work well for many people.
You want the discipline of working for others. It’s not always easy to get up every weekday and start working for yourself. Knowing you have to report elsewhere for work and that you’ll be expected to produce provides the discipline many want. I know I benefited and learned how to discipline myself partly from inside jobs.
You’ve discovered you simply want a more predictable schedule. The freelance writer’s schedule can be as unpredictable as the income, while writing inside tends to be 9-5. It’s easy for freelancers to work through weekends and holidays. That doesn’t happen so often when you’re working in an office for a company.
You miss the interaction with co-workers terribly. Lots of folks who try freelancing find they hate working at home alone. It’s a legitimate reason – being alone just doesn’t make for a good work environment for many. Taking an inside job cures that loneliness.
There’s nothing in the world wrong with deciding the freelancing life isn’t for you, or isn’t for you right now. When you know yourself well enough to sense you want a more normal job, it’s time to go for that. Trust yourself – you’ll be glad you did.
What are some other reasons for not freelancing?