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Can Freelance Writing Be a Real Job?
Written by Freelance Writer and Author, William Ballard
One of the biggest complaints that freelance writers today have about their job is that friends, family and neighbors don’t view their work as being a “real” job. If you are thinking about getting into freelance writing, you may even be fighting your own internal battle concerning this issue. Do you really want to give up on the opportunity to work at your “real” job to pursue a career as a writer? If you have had this thought, you are certainly not alone. However, as you begin picking up assignments and working in the field, you will see for yourself why freelance writing is indeed a real job. If you want to be convinced before you enter the field, consider these three main points:
Is There Real Money to Be Made in Freelance Writing?
Perhaps the largest defining characteristic that most people have about a “real” job is its ability to generate regular, consistent income for the work and time invested. Many people want to know just how much money they can make as a freelance writer, and unfortunately, it is very difficult to say. There just isn't a secure number to put on this.
You can research the average income for a freelance writer online, and you will see a wide variation in numbers. Some struggle to earn $20,000 per year while others are earning $80,000 or more per year with little to no struggle at all.
Your income will be dependent upon how well you write, how well you please your clients, your knowledge in a specific area of specialization, your ability to generate residual income from royalties and other factors. Of course, these are all characteristics of a real job.
Do Freelance Writers Really Add Value to Society?
Most, although certainly not all, “real” jobs offer some meaningful contribution to society. As a freelance writer, you may write marketing material for businesses that help them to generate new leads, educational pieces for community services, SEO pieces for business marketing purposes, and blog pieces that ultimately are used to generate income for the owner of the blog.
The fact is that freelance writing is a real industry. People read content every day for news, to make buying decisions and more, and someone has to write that content. As you can see, freelance writing does indeed make a real contribution to society as well as to the economy.
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Is Freelance Writing a Real Business?
You may not realize it, but as a freelance writer you are an independent contractor, or a tradesman. This means that you will be a self-employed worker who is capable of picking and choosing assignments you want to work on and clients you want to work with.
Of course, it also means that you have to stay on top of your bookkeeping, always remember to file taxes, always pay attention to business deductions, market your talents so that you continue to find new clients to work with and more. You essentially will have to make every effort to operate your business that any other small business owner or independent contractor would have to make.
After you take the time to learn more about freelance writing, you will see that this really is a “real” job!
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About the Author
William Ballard is the author of, "8 Tips to Freelance Writing Success (Article Writing Series)" and "3 Steps to Blogging Success: Discovering Your Passion, Finding Your Audience, and Developing an Income Stream (Article Series)".
He has been writing professionally for over 10+ years and has much experience within the industry, both in publishing and in freelance writing. He has successfully self-published over 10 books and eBooks. Visit his Amazon Author Page to see list of his most recent projects.