People start freelance writing for all sorts of reasons. In every case it’s fair to say they start with one or more expectations. Here is a rundown of the reasons I run into here on this blog and in my writing life in general.
It looks like an easy way to make some money. Believe it or not a fair number of people take a stab at at freelance writing because it looks easy to them. These folks let the idea of becoming freelance writers fall away quickly unless they also fall into another category or two.
Driven to write. Freelance writers who claim to be driven always confuse me a bit. I can’t imagine not writing yet I don’t feel driven by it. Of course, I’m a pretty upbeat person and don’t feel driven by much. Maybe someone can explain this to me in comments.
By accident. Although I seem to have always wanted to write and actually had gotten a job editing a magazine, I fell into ghostwriting by accident as it were. Others have told me they too started writing professionally by accident. I think the message here is to say yes when writing opportunities occur. They can happen almost anywhere actually.
Make some money. I can’t count the number of people who write to make some money – small money or what my mother called pin money. Many wives have found they can supplement their husband’s income writing and I suppose at least some men have found writing can supplement their partner’s income. Or their partner’s. It is actually fairly easy to earn small amounts of money writing.
Make a living. Earning enough to live on, and even to support a family is the goal of many who begin freelance writing. Some actually succeed.
Work from home. This has been a huge one for me. I’ve had a few writing jobs where I had to show up in an office. Those are better than other things I might get paid for working in someone else’s space, but not much. The freedom of working at home is a big driver for me.
Work anywhere you want. I have to chuckle at this one because I did some writing from Fiji and Tonga years ago long before wireless. In fact I didn’t even take a computer with me, but used pen and paper. Today, of course, it’s pretty easy to write from anywhere and there are a significant number of freelancers who write on the go as it were. I might even try some of this myself.
Become recognized as an authority. Writing a book is a great way to enhance a career – books still say the author knows their stuff. The same thing can be true with blogging. Bloggers often become recognized experts provided the niche is specific. But a book is done once its written and many people don’t want to write beyond that, which is fine.
Why do you write?