Greetings, Dear Writerpreneur,
I pray that you are well.
Welcome to another Empowering Post, where I teach you valuable lessons that will impact your Christian authorship.
Today, I want to take another look at the topic on freelance writing. In another article, I expressed many of the benefits of starting an online writing business, one that also entails freelance work.
This is something that I have done since 2011, and I really enjoy this aspect of my business.
But while this stream of income works for me, it may not be the best option for you if you're just beginning on this journey.
In this article, you will learn why there are cons to freelance writing. And while I don't want to discourage you from adding this venture to your business, I want you to be well-informed so that you make a wise choice.
So, let's get into this discussion.
Freelance Writing Is Not Just About Writing
One of the challenges in working full-time as a writerpreneur is that you will spend a great deal of time doing other things besides writing.
Unlike a traditional job in which the work is provided to you and you complete it, with freelancing, you have to market yourself as well as conduct the work.
You have to generate the clientele before you can complete the work. That can take away from the joy of simply writing, but it is necessary if you want to make this business profitable.
One of the advantages that I have over other Christian freelance writers is my blog and the valuable content that it provides.
Just recently, a prospective client contacted me via Upwork to discuss his project. In sharing more about his manuscript, he mentioned that although he had received several bids from other editors, he was most impressed with my work because he visited my website.
As you may know, it has taken me many months to develop what you now partake of. It didn't happen overnight.
But because I took the time not just to design a great website and blog, but especially to provide empowering content for Christian Author, then this draws more clients to my work.
If you're just beginning this journey as a Christian Author, you may not have the time to create the content marketing resources that will help you generate clientele. Your focus might be just to write your first book.
Although freelance writing can help you generate a substantial income, it requires additional time to build this venture. And for this reason, this may not be the best time to start.
There are Risks to This Venture
Consider another challenge: the inconsistent income.
Each month will have its own income based on the clients you receive. For me, it is impossible to project what I will make each month unless I have a long-term contract.
For example, in 2015, I provided full-time writing services to an online educational company. Because I knew that the contract was long-term, I was able to project my income for each month.
But when that contract ended, my monthly income fluctuated because I could only obtain short-term clients.
What I've decided to do at this point is to shift my focus from working with smaller contract to working with clients who want to be aggressive with their writing ministry.
In other words, I only intend to work with those who want to publish multiple books in a year.
If you are not used to this type of inconsistent income, then freelance writing is not for you. This is especially important to consider if you have high standards of living.
I certainly could not perform freelance work if my bills were consistently expensive. For me, adopting minimalism enabled me to enjoy this aspect of my writing ministry. But if you're accustomed to living a certain way, and you absolutely need the same monthly income, then this work is not for you.
The Most Successful Freelancers are the Ones Who Commit to It Entirely
Freelance work is non-stop. If you want to make real money from this business, you have to commit to it longer than the traditional job. No more 9-5. Try 5:00 am to 9:00 pm, if not later.
As far as vacation or sick leave goes, just know that the time you take away from your business is money that is going to another freelancer. (This, of course, does not negate you from taking time to rest during the week.)
With freelance work, it is also very difficult to separate work life from home life. While working from home is truly a benefit for most people, it can also be a challenge and obstacle for others.
At times, it becomes impossible to set aside the work because you literally live where it lives. It’s not like the traditional job in which you can leave your assignments at the office and return to them later.
Instead, as a freelancer, you are constantly confronted by the many assignments that need to be created so that your business can thrive.
Of course, this may work well with some individuals; but I have read and even experienced in my own life that balancing work and home life can be difficult.
Therefore, if you are not willing to fight through this type of frustration, then freelancing is the not the route for you. But you must decide.
Now It's Your Turn to Share
Now that you have read the cons to freelance work, let me know your thoughts about this venture. Is this something that you would consider adding to your writing ministry? Leave your comments for me in the section below.
Whether you decide to employ this work into your writing business, there is a way that you can experience it all...that is as long as you are willing to receive the support and guidance that's necessary.
Having worked with Christian Authors since 2011, I know what it takes to thrive in this industry and to make it profitable for years to come. I would love to assist you in this journey, and here's how you can get started.
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