I don’t know a single writer who isn’t tempted to quit freelance writing at least once in a while.
While there are all sorts of reasons people quit freelance writing my hunch is the two biggest are:
(1) consistently not making enough money and
(2) boredom with the business and the writing they are doing now.
Not consistently making enough money
The big problem is writers tend to be creative types and (including myself here) we don’t really like marketing much. The other part of this is we’re not particularly good at consistency in business – writing is our strength and what we love to do. The other stuff not so much.
This is usually curable. Assuming you write reasonably well and can follow most of the advice you find here and elsewhere, you too can learn to run your business and do your marketing well enough to survive quite nicely, bringing in not a fortune usually, but a decent living.
There is absolutely no shame in discovering that you can’t keep all the balls in the air that are required to make your business a success. In fact, if this is you the quicker you discover it and accept it the less agony you’ll go through.
Boredom with your business and your writing
Writing and creating and running a business can get old. It’s a lot of work. And much of that work is fairly repetitive. In fact, a good deal of the business side is rinse and repeat over and over again. Which means we do have a chance to really master it, but we also can get bored out of our skulls with it.
Our writing can get boring too… if we’re not writing about things we care about. The cure for that is often a change in topic or niche. Over my career I’ve covered everything from addiction, through sports to writing about freelance writing. I’ve branched off in all sorts of directions.
Another way I’ve brought life to my writing is to become willing to tell more and more of my own, personal truth.
Feel free to experiment with your writing and see where that takes you.
If you decide to quit freelance writing
There may come a point when you discover you really don’t want to earn your living writing anymore, at least while you’re working for yourself. Maybe a regular 9-5 job would suit you better, at least at this time of your life. Maybe you want to throw it all over and cruise the south Pacific. I did that once for five months equipped with only paper and ink. It was lovely and I highly recommend it. Today, with computers, you can take your business with you if you choose.
The decision to quit freelance writing is yours to make. Quit or continue, change up what you’re doing or the way you’re doing it. Experiment, try new things or bringing new energy to old things or something in between. Life is to be lived and some tell us our real job is to be love and be happy.
Write well, and often, if that’s your choice.