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Why Start as a Part-time vs. a Full-time Freelance Writer

Updated on July 1, 2011

Taking the plunge from the conventional workplace to a freelance one can be daunting at the best of times. For most people, the best way to start off as a freelance writer is to do so part time. While it may be tempting to cut all ties and bite the bullet, there are many different reasons to start slowly and take on a more limited freelance role. The following tips are intended to help newcomers to the freelance arena have a much better chance at creating a fulfilling and successful career.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

The perks of a freelance lifestyle are many, but generating enough income to replace a full-time salaried position can be difficult. Quitting your full-time position can be risky, and add additional stress to an already challenging situation. Of course, adding freelance work to a busy full-time schedule can be demanding, but it will allow you to try out freelance work and also work on building your business. While many see freelance as the way to go, there are people who will not enjoy working for themselves. By keeping your day job, you can try freelancing without the risk, and if you don’t like it, you haven’t lost anything.

As well as allowing you to try out a freelance role, working part-time will allow you to be a lot more selective about the clients and projects that you choose to work on. As many freelance writers can attest, the initial feeling will be that you have to take any and all jobs that are offered to you. This feeling is even more pronounced if you go directly into a full-time freelance role right from the beginning because the stress of generating income adds that much more pressure. By keeping your full-time job, the pressure to make money is a lot less, so you can take the time to hone your skills and grow your business, as well as work on those projects that you really enjoy.

Finally, by keeping a full-time paid position, you will have the time to focus on yourself and your writing. You can prioritize your growth and development over having to work to make ends meet. You can also take the time to network and learn more about finding the right clients for you. In the end, the slow start can be a lot more beneficial than diving in headfirst.


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      Sandria Green-Stewart 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      blackbv, this is great advise. I'm an aspiring Freelance writer and I'm keeping my daytime job to provide food and shelter. Right now writing is a hobby that I'll like to parlay into a source of income.

      Thanks again for the advise. Rated up!