Want 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.
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