All in full time freelancing
The other day I suddenly realised that there's something important I haven't shared with you. I know it may seem that my transition to becoming a full time freelance writer was relatively seamless and easy, but actually, I had a false start, years before I went full time in 2017.
2017 has been a huge year for me. I started in January not knowing how I would go trying to earn a full time living from freelance writing for magazines, newspapers and corporate organisations. I’m so glad to say that it’s been a success. I’ve never felt more motivated, more productive or more engaged in the work I’m doing. The year hasn’t been without challenges, though.
I know. It’s a big call. Everywhere you look you’ll read blog posts about finding profitable niches, podcasts about finding a lucrative specialisations and Facebook groups crammed with writers trying to pick a niche. I get it. Over the past two years it’s been my main concern. But I’ve come to one conclusion: freelance writers don’t need a niche. And this is why.
Last week I was having dinner with a friend and she asked how my work was going. “It’s really good,” I replied. “But I’m slammed with work. I’m working flat out during the day and I’m having to do work in the evenings too.” She looked at me, put her fork down and said something that seemed so obvious, but it hadn’t occurred to me before she said it.
Around this time last year I started thinking about going full time as a freelance writer. It was a scary thought – would I be able to earn enough money, would I be able to maintain the energy required to run a small business (which is effectively what you’re doing when you’re a freelance writer), was I still going to love writing if it became my full time job and was I going to be successful?
There are certain realities you need to prepare yourself for if you’re a freelance writer, or want to be one. This is not about working from home and finding yourself in your pyjamas at 3pm (although trust me, that may well happen), or about friends who think you are permanently available for coffee because you are freelancing.
In 2016, I started to get serious about full time freelancing. I knew I wanted to be full time by the beginning of 2017, and figured I needed at least a two or three month run up to hit the new year at full speed.