There is a lot to love about freelance writing. So, when you ask, “What do you love the most about freelance writing online,” it is impossible to just come up with one thing. So, here are some of the things I think make freelance writing one of the best options for making a part-time or full-time living.
The 5 Best Things About Freelance Writing
If you can write well and meet deadlines, then freelance writing is one of the best ways to make money.
There are many wonderful aspects of freelance writing, but here are my top 5 in no particular order.
1. Freelance Writing Gives You Freedom
When you’re working from home for yourself, you have freedom. You are in charge and get to make all of the decisions.
Don’t want to work on Friday? You don’t have to. You’d rather start your day at 10 am instead of 8, go right ahead.
You don’t like working with one of your clients because they are a major pain? Then fire them. You get to decide who you work with and who you don’t work with. Isn’t that amazing?
There’s no more having to deal with people that annoy you. And that makes life and work a whole lot less stressful and more enjoyable.
The nice thing about freelance writing is it’s all up for you to decide. That includes:
- The number of clients you take on
- The type of writing you do
- How many hours you work
- When you work
- Where you work
- How much money you make
Now that’s what I call freedom.
2. You Don’t Have a Boss
Some people are lucky and they have a great boss. A lot of other people have difficult and downright horrible bosses.
When you’re a freelance writer, you’re the boss, and for me, that’s just how I like it.
In my mind, the whole boss or supervisor and employee roles become very paternalistic and casts you in the role of a child always having to ask for permission.
You have to ask for a day off or to leave early. They tell you when you have to be at work and when you can leave.
Even the words, boss, supervisor, superior, put you in the position of being less than. As if they are better than you.
Maybe I’m the only one that feels this way, but even with a great boss, you still have to ask for a day off or vacation time off as if you are a teenager asking for the family car to go on a date on Friday night.
When you are a freelance writer, there are no bosses and if one of your clients starts to act as if they are your boss, you just need to politely remind them that you are a business owner and not their employee and then you kick them to the curb.
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3. You Can Write When You Want
The truth is, if you want to make freelance writing a full-time career, then you are going to be working a lot, especially in the beginning.
Even so, you can decide when you want to write. Maybe you’re a night person and you work better at 10 at night, then go for it.
Or you might be a super early bird and feel your best at 5 am that’s okay too.
As long as you get the work done on time, you can do the actual work anytime you like.
There is no set schedule and that’s a great thing.
For me, the vast majority of my contact with clients is through email. I try to answer emails quickly, so I don’t put them off until the middle of the night, but you could.
In fact, if you’re traveling and writing from France and have a client in California, there are time zone issues, but as long as you are prompt and don’t make a client wait days and days to hear from you, it all works out.
4. You Can Write From Anywhere
While I do the majority of my writing from home or sometimes a coffee shop, I have written while on vacation, such as Florida and South Carolina, and even overseas from London.
That’s one of the best things about being a freelance writer. You can write from anywhere.
You’re clients don’t care where you are as long as you get the writing done on time.
For example, none of my clients have ever been local. I have clients all over the United States and Canada, but I have never met any of them and most of them I have never even spoken with on the phone.
I got the clients through email and that is how we communicate.
They don’t care where I am or where I live or where I travel.
It’s really none of their business as long as they can reach me when they need to and I meet the deadline.
This is another great thing about freelance writing. You can travel the world, if you want, and support yourself.
5. Make as Much Money as You Want
Perhaps this is the best part of freelance writing. How much you make is up to you.
It really comes down to how much you want to work, the type of writing you do, and where you get your clients.
You can decide you just want to make a little money on the side and that is okay, or you can go full steam ahead and put in the time to make six figures a year.
You can start out writing articles and web pages and then quickly move on to email series, case studies, and white papers which pay quite a bit more.
When you do that, you can work less and make more money, and what’s not great about that?
Also, depending on where you get your clients you can make more or less. In most cases, finding your clients directly is easier and you will earn more than going to a writing platform such as Writer’s Acess and getting paid pennies per word.
You can make as little or as much as you’d like. No one else is going to tell you what you’re worth. You get to decide that for yourself.
How Hard is it To Be a Freelance Writer?
It really isn’t hard at all. You do need to be motivated and be able to write well and meet deadlines, but if you can do that, then the rest is easy.
To Sum it All Up:
What I love the most about freelance writing online is the freedom it gives me. I can decide how much I want to work, where I want to work, what I want to write, and even how much I want to earn. There are not many other opportunities that give you that much freedom.