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Why I Chose Freelance

Updated on March 1, 2016

Freelance work, especially when it comes to online writing, is a fairly new concept for most people. Heck, it was a fairly new concept for me too not too long ago. There are many pros when it comes to freelance work - for one, it's not a 9 to 5. Secondly, it doesn't require a specific amount of hours; you get what you put in.

Freelance work is (mostly) uncharted territory, and I don't blame people who are hesitant to begin with it. It just happened to work for my particular situation.

A little about my situation

Currently, I am a Double major taking a break from college. My last position, working at a clothing store, was taken from me shortly after I started. You can probably guess why this was the case.

When I heard about freelance writing, a place where I get paid and choose my own hours, I thought sign me up! And that's what I did, no hesitation or research required for me. Well there was actually a little research put into it, but not enough to weigh the pros and cons.

So, here I am, a consistent freelance writer doing what she loves. But it hasn't all been sunshine and roses.

You will probably go broke

This is just the fact of the matter. Starting out with freelance, it took me a while to get use to the ropes of things. Sometimes your article that you stayed up all night to write won't get any recognition at all. Sometimes, your new article will blow up in all its great web blogging glory! Maybe.

I can say, in all my years of blogging, I still haven't had that one blow up article. And that's okay, but know this job is not as easy as it seems. You definitely get what you put into it, so be prepared to work.

There will be days where you're counting quarters just to be able to ride the subway to your destination. There will be other days where you go shopping and spend over 100 dollars on some random clothing. Both have been true for me, and it hasn't been fun.

Basically, saving is key.

It is important to plan for those days where your work doesn't do as well as you expected. It will take a while before you get a steady following as well. Be prepared to put your heart and soul into your work and get little in return. That's just the nature of freelance, it can be cruel.

In the end, remember that this is what you want to do. I do freelance because I need money to sustain myself, but I would do it for free if I had to. That's the nature of loving what you're doing and dedicating yourself everyday.

It will be hard work, but it will be worth it. I chose freelance because I decided not to settle for a life I would not be happy with. I wouldn't have it any other way.

© 2016 Tatiana Ho

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      Ramona Jar 17 months ago from Romania

      1. Save money, so that you can handle the feast/famine cycle.

      2. Promote well and try to look as professional as possible (this helps you get better clients, who are willing to pay more).

      3. Be productive.

      4. Be consistent in your efforts.

      Freelancing is pretty straightforward, it's a little difficult at first, but it get better.