Saturday, May 31, 2008

31 Reasons Being a Freelance Writer ROCKS!

  1. Get to use my God-given talents to earn a living.
  2. Being home for my kids when they get home from school.
  3. Gas costs $3.89 a gallon, and I don't have to commute.
  4. Long before wanting to be a therapist, a veterinarian, an accountant, a lawyer, a baker, a school crossing guard, and a professional pianist, I had the dream of being a writer. Oh, but right before that, I wanted to be a ballerina - or a Rockette. It was a toss-up.
  5. I can go to work in jammies, bunny slippers, a bathing suit, or anything (or nothing!) else I want to. Not that I do, but I could.
  6. Never having to ask for a day off again.
  7. Setting your own hours.
  8. Setting your own fees.
  9. Helping clients who either can't write or don't have the time to write for themselves.
  10. The wonderful clients are... wonderful!
  11. The not-so-wonderful clients are... opportunities for additional learning.
  12. You get to learn about some of the most bizarre and interesting topics.
  13. You get paid to learn about these topics.
  14. Once you learn about all this stuff, you're a shoe-in for trivia games.
  15. The (virtual) company of other freelance writers.
  16. The solitude of working without co-workers in the next office.
  17. The challenge - writing beats crossword puzzles hands down for keeping your mind sharp.
  18. The challenge - writing beats... oh, wait - I already said that. : )
  19. Portability. Have WiFi, will travel.
  20. Seeing your words in print. (Okay, it doesn't happen often, because most of my clients publish online, but it happens now and then.)
  21. Hearing your article read aloud on someone's podcast. (It happened once - and it was SO cool!)
  22. Hearing your family introduce you as a writer. Then clarifying that you're the kind that actually gets paid.
  23. Having people ask you to help them get their book of poems published. (Well, it's kind of flattering - and as long as you don't have to actually read the poems...)
  24. Work a lot... Get paid a lot. It's basically under your control.
  25. It's a 'green' job if ever I saw one. No commute, no paper, nothing but internet.
  26. Variety. Bodybuilding articles this week, breastfeeding articles next week.
  27. Freelance writing is the perfect lead-in to information marketing, which could very well bring you a steady stream of passive income.
  28. No overhead expenses. No office space rental. No office equipment.
  29. Every day is bring your dog to work day.
  30. Writing retreats with other writers - write all day, eat a great dinner, write until you drop, do it again.
  31. Lots of coffee - it's kind of expected.

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