5 reasons why freelancers fail during their first year of Freelancing

There is no reason why any person shouldn't start their own business if this is what they want to do. There is also no reason why people can't be successful at their new business if they really wanted to.

Most freelance writers start working from home because they either want to spend more time with their families, or because they no longer want to work a 9 to 5 job. Others, simply can't find work outside of the house, and so they decide to find one online.

There are many reasons why most of the writers that invest time, and energy into their own business will most likely fail at it during their first year. Some of the top 5 reasons are mostly worries, and roadblocks that every writer will go through at times, and even some of the best writers have gone through, in their careers.

Examples of reasons why freelancers may fail during their first year of working include: 1) Laziness, 2) not having enough motivation, 3) not having enough time, 4) Worrying about making money, and 5) problems keeping up with their work.

These are some of the top 5 reasons why many freelancers fail during their first year of working from home, but in reality, these reasons shouldn't exist.

How to get over roadblocks.

The freelance business is full of people that love to write for a living, do it because writing comes easy to them, and finally write because they can make ends meet with the extra cash they get from their work. This in turn can make it even harder for those writers that want to make this a career for them because they think they have too much competition.

The writing business is constantly growing because people are constantly trying to earn a living from home. This has become the latest vision for many writers, and upcoming writers, since the economy has forced many people to look towards other outlets to earn a living. However, this shouldn't mean that upcoming writers should be shy, and not try their hand at their dream just because there are "Too many" writers out there already.

One of the biggest misconceptions about the freelance business, is that only the well-established writers can make a good living from home. in reality, this is one of the biggest lies that there is. Any writer can make a descent living writing online, because everyone gets the same opportunity to succeed. It is up to the writer to make the most out of their work, and attract readers by marketing their writing.

How to finance your Writing dream.

Finances are one of the biggest reasons why so many freelance writers give up after merely a few months of working from home, and decided to "try and get a good job" when they fail to make any money writing from home. This is a big problem, but there are ways to get over this hurdle without going broke through the process.

1. Think before you act. Many writers begin working from home, because they "hear" that their friends or other people are making up to 5 grand writing articles, or working on their own blogs. Before you decide to do this, make sure you have a plan set up for your first three months of writing. Why three months? Well, in reality it does take a while to get the amount of traffic that people need in order to make money from their blogs, but this can easily be achieved through a lot of hard work! So, during the first three months writers take their time, and figure out what they want to work on, and how they can make money from their work.

2. Have a bit of a "financial" cushion before you start working. Once again, think ahead, and don't think "I'm going to make 3 grand a month, because someone else is", this is not you, so think ahead, and if necessary, start writing part time, and then move up to full time. Many writers do this when they first start working, including me, and it works. The extra money is not so bad either!

3. Start making money before you quit your day job. Lets be smart for one minute! Don't get your hopes up, and think that you are going to make money on your first month. Is it possible, Yes! But in reality few writers do, and the reasons why are above! Before you start taking your writing career full time, make sure you can afford it. Also make sure you save some of your freelance money, or maybe pay some bills while you work, to give you a preview of what it's going to be like when you work full time!

Don't be afraid to take a chance on making your writing dream come true. You can work full time as a writer, and continue working on another job full time. There is nothing wrong with making extra money from writing!


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punamdharkar 4 years ago from India

Nice Hub. Very encouraging.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

That's true, you do have to have a cash cushion to pay your bills until whatever self-employment you choose starts paying off.


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

Thank you both.

Yes, having financial help can help when starting your freelance career!


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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH

Very encouraging. I can relate to this. I think that this hub would be my bible since I am planning to do freelance work after six months. Now I know what to do! thank you! :)


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad this hub helped you!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Very good, Jessi. i've been freelancing for a year and still trying to figure out how to make a decent living at it. To this point, I've used it primarily to get my name out and build my resume and create an audience for my books. good hub.


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

Thank you for reading! It does take time, but you can make it happen! I did!


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ChinaDoll32BX 4 years ago from Bronx, New York

Thank you I new to the industry but have a passion for writing so your tips have been helpful.


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

Thank you for reading! I'm glad it can help you!


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

Thank you for reading!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

thanks Jessi, for the encouragement. There's not really a lot of jobs out there, so, writing might be my meal ticket


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

No Problem. I hope that you find what you are looking for in your writing career. It takes time, but its worth it.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I think not quitting the day job is the most important aspect here. You can always save the freelance money for the day you do quite. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

Thank you for the vote! Oh, yes! That is an important aspect. Many freelancers do not know what they are fully getting themselves into. The job may seem easy, BUT it is still a JOB. Which means work has to be done, for it to be results.

Thanks for reading!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Jessi, I rearranged and moved my office today. Now it's more like a work area. Should help with time management


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Edgar Arkham 4 years ago from Modesto, CA

This is a great informative hub. Thank you for sharing!


Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

This was exactly what I needed to see. It is encouraging and the suggestions make sense. I am hoping to make a living by working from home but I am certainly going to make sure I am making money first before I quit my day job. Thank you for this info. Voted up!


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

Pdxkaraokeguy: Thank you very much for your comment. I hope that all of your hard work pays off!

Edgar Arkham: Thank you for reading! I'm glad you found my hub interesting

Kathleen Kerswig: Thank you for reading my work! I'm glad you found it useful! Yes, it can be hard to make money by writing- at first! But it is not difficult. Set goals, and work hard to meet them. There is a lot of competition out there, but that just makes you work harder.


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thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

I agree with all your insights here Jessi. Voted up and sharing...:D


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

Thesingernurse: Thank you for reading my Hub!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

You definitely need a 3 month buffer to keep you while you try to earn some money. make that 6 months.


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Linda Bliss 4 years ago from San Francisco

Great hub - shared and voted up!


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editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

Sound advice for the writer just starting out. voted up!


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

Rasta1: That can happen, however, if you put some thought into it, that time can actually be less. I know a few freelancers that worked non-stop for a month, and were able to make a profit right away. I know others that took them almost the entire year, and had a little luck. Its all about how you see your business.

Linda Bliss: Thank you for reading, and sharing!

Editorsupremo: Thank you for reading! I hope you find success!


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

exactly what I needed to read today, as I am behind schedule! You keep me motivated, thanks for another great hub!


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Hally Z. 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Great article about freelancing! I'd also add in that's it's important to set up a weekly schedule of what you plan to do each day, and then stick to that schedule. Otherwise, you'll find yourself playing on Facebook all day or doing housework. Also, before you quit your "real" job, find out just how much your freelance work is getting you per month. I did this myself before quitting my day job, just to make sure that this line of work could sustain me long-term.


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

Ruby h Rose: Thank you for reading! I'm so glad that this hub has helped you, and that you are encouraged to work on your business!

Hally Z: You make great points when it comes to freelancing, and money management. Its true. In my case, I started out making great money writing for private clients, and then I branched out to content mills. Even though the money is still there, I have a hard time keeping the money coming in like it used to.

Thank you for your comment!


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Hally Z. 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Hi Jessi, Thanks for responding to my comment! Interestingly, I started my writing career with content mills and then branched out to private clients (who found me through these content mills). I do admit, it's hard making money through content mills: I've seen my earnings go down on Examiner and on Associated Content. Infobarrel and Helium never did anything for me. My big money-maker right now is HubPages; I am making the payout every month. I plan on writing a Hub about that process very soon. Thank you again for your reply.


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

hally Z: Every freelance writer will have different experiences when they first start out with their careers. I still work for Helium, and associated content, for some reason, these two websites have been very good to me. I'm writing more on Hubpages because I do love it, and mostly because I can publish more articles on here, than anywhere else. I also love to share my Hubs, with my blog. Its a great money maker!

I am truly glad i'm able to help you out on your business. keep working hard, and i'm VERY much looking forward to reading your Hubs!


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Excellent advice here - start earning money before quitting your day job, I agree 100%. :)


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

MelChi: Thank you for commenting! I'm glad you liked my article, and that you were able to take something from it! Thank you for stopping by!


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iefox5 4 years ago

Start making money before you quit your day job is vital, so many people resigned before they earn regular income.


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA Author

iefox5: That is a very important thing to remember, many people start out writing thinking that they will break even right away. This does not always happen. Writers should start making money, and then see where it goes from there.


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teresaedmond 4 years ago

I love this quote!: "Any writer can make a descent living writing online, because everyone gets the same opportunity to succeed. It is up to the writer to make the most out of their work, and attract readers by marketing their writing."


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Once in the water, keep on swimming. Float for awhile, if you must, but keep the distant shore in view.


reader87 4 years ago

Great tips!! As a freelancer I feel that, to make your client satisfied is one of the best things to make money as a freelancer. Don't go for profit always, if your clients are satisfied, then profit will come automatically.

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