Disadvantages of being a content writer and choosing content writing as your career
Content writer, or Content writing has its advantages and disadvantages like any other profession and career choice Content writing is a full time career and the entire online industry survives on the work of skilled content writers who write content for websites, articles and blogs. Surely, you've come across many articles about How to earn money from writing online and becoming a content writer. For a change, take a look at the disadvantages of being a content writer.
Content writing is not a glamorous job.
You will not become a star or become a celebrity. If you are fond of being in the limelight, being a content writer is not your cup of tea.
Content writing is not easy.
If you think you can simply start earning money by typing away on the keyboard, I suggest you reconsider you chances of becoming a successful content writer. Writing quality content requires tedious effort of making sure that you content is free of errors. You will have to check and re-check the content that you write for your clients. Mistakes will make you look like an amateur. I have not even started telling you about the intricacies of the content requirements of unique clients. I don't want to make content writing look like rocket science. Well, at not here.
Content writing will not make you rich overnight.
Becoming a content writer or a publisher even on websites like HubPages, Squidoo or Wizzley is not going to spin your Google Adsense account overnight. Although publishing on these websites is not exactly what you call content writing, but you often see many content writers trying a hand at writing and publishing just about anything under the sun day in and out on these platforms. From firsthand experience, allow me to be the party spoiler, you will not become rich overnight.
Content writing is not a profession that will pay you to travel.
It is a different thing if you choose to travel on your own and work as a content writer while travelling, but no one will reimburse your expenses. Unlike the job of an executive banker or a sales person who is paid to travel across the country, or even the world to make business deals, you are confined to your sweet home.
Content writing is not equal to being an entrepreneur.
Many people mistake the profession of being a content writer to that of being an entrepreneur. Nope, not true folks. Okay, it's a different scenario if you have your own website or blog and start publishing articles for your own profit, like I'm right now. Or if you have your own content writing services where you hire content writers to work for you. That's a different story. But if you think you've become a businessman or a business woman by simply giving page after page of content to random websites, I advise you splash some water on your face to wake up and smell the coffee.
A good content writing contract is not easy to get.
Unfortunately, because online community is awash with not-so-good content writers who bring down the quality of content published on the internet. So the competition is tough and you'll need to stand out from the crowd by patiently hanging in there until someone notices the high quality of your content and your writing skills.
There are no magical results when it comes to content writing.
Yes, Search Result Optimization helps. I am not going to deny that. Yes, use of appropriate keywords helps. I am not going to deny that either. But believe me folks, if you are a content writer and are promising your client overnight magical traffic by your SEO or keyword skills, stop. You and I both know that's not true.
Content writing can be a monotonous job.
I'm sorry to burst the bubble, ladies and gentlemen, but content writing can sometimes be a very dull and boring job. Can you imagine being asked to write 3 pages about a dull topic? You'd need some seriously strong coffee to survive through the ordeal.
Content writing confines you to a desk and a computer.
If you become a content writer, your work life will revolve around your office desk and your computer. All the interaction that you have with your clients will be over email and phone. I guess most businesses work like that these days. But content writing does really take this to another level.
You are a what?
Is what most people will ask you when you tell them that you are a content writer. Content writing as a profession has not, yet, entered the mainstream. Be prepared to cop some flak from friends and foes about your job as a content writer. The only way to shut them up is to show them the money! So better be armed to the teeth, prepared to work like a horse and make some serious money.