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Thinking About Freelancing? One Way to Leave Your Job to Freelance

leave your job to freelanceWant to leave your job job and freelance?

If even part of your job is writing it may be quite easy to get your employer to hire you as a freelance writer. It’s one of the very best ways to leave your job to freelance.

Here is an overview of the process, with advantages to both you and your about to be former boss when you leave your job to freelance.

The advantages to you are obvious, including:

  • You walk away with income flowing in – how much depends on what you negotiate
  • You’re already familiar with the kind of writing you’ll be doing from (probably) your home office – and what you need to do to keep them satisfied.
  • In theory you control your own client base and time as well as your income which as a freelancer isn’t limited
  • Chances are you’ll be able to get more writing done than ever before once you get in the swing of things – working in offices often means constant interruption.

The disadvantages to you are worth thinking about

  • Uncertain pay days
  • Varied amounts of pay
  • No benefits if you have some
  • No pension or retirement plan if you have one where you work
  • The lack of structure may cause you some problems

Benefits to your soon-to-be former company

  • You’re a known quantity – which makes their life easier
  • If they use you as a freelancer they may not have to hire your replacement, saving them money
  • You’ll cost them less – no benefits, including health insurance, paid sick and vacation leave, etc. That is assuming you’ve got these
  • Also, no office space, or parking space. No computer equipment, unless they want you on site part of the time – which may  be a disadvantage for you

Thinking about how to leave your job to freelance

When you’re thinking about if and how to leave your job to freelance you need to consider all these points, plus whatever else you want to add. Much depends on your situation.

You can use the above as a list for negotiating the best price to charge your soon to be former company for your writing. You want to cover the cost of any missing benefits if at all possible. On the other hand, you may not be able to get that much and it can still make sense to make the move. Just be sure you understand exactly what to expect.The article, How Should I Charge For Writing? Is Hourly or a Flat Fee Best? may be of real help.

Asking for a retainer is another approach. If you do this be sure you put a limit on how much writing the retainer fee covers.

There are other things to consider

When you are deciding to leave your job to freelance or not, all sorts of things come into play. Your age, your family situation, where you live, how you live – the list goes on.

Consider carefully, but don’t get bogged down in self-doubt or listen to any naysayers. You and your still small voice will know if you should make the leap or not.

Got questions? Want to tell your story? Tell us in comments or join our forum.

Write well and often,

Anne Wayman, freelance writer



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  • Hi Anne,
    I can see, benefits are much much bigger than that of disadvantages as I love my work.
    All I want is to think freely and need some space of my own so that I can focus on work.
    Also if company can have benefits due to my this step then why not they accept my proposal.
    Actually companies need their benefits from employees. I will definitely talk to my manager regarding this.
    Thanks for this news. It can help my people. I’ll definitely share this article in my circle.
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  • The only problem with Freelancing is that you are not protected by any sort of law and client can withdraw their contract as an when needed. May leave you without any sort of income. That’s not the case with typical 9to5 job, where you get at least a month of notice.

    Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Freelancing is typically for skills that are hard to find. Something like blockchain engineers. While writers are available in plenty, but great writers are scarce. Clients don’t look at that, sadly.


    • Interesting, in the US we’re lucky to get two weeks notice of the end of a job and that’s not required, but custom. On the other hand, we do have some legal recourse if a client doesn’t pay. It’s not easy, but we can go to court.

  • Elizabeth West

    Hmm….well I still need a job with healthcare right now but I’ll bookmark this for future reference. You never know!

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