You probably have a lot of friends that wish they could find the perfect part-time job to add a little extra income to the family paycheck. You might know a stay-at-home mom who wishes that she could somehow find a part-time job that is flexible enough to accommodate her strange hours. I think that becoming a freelance writer is an excellent way to generate a little extra cash for yourself when you just can’t seem to find the perfect traditional job to do it.
Becoming a freelancer is a rewarding process, especially for those of us who actually enjoy writing. Even people who don’t think they like writing ought to give it another shot. As we get older, our tastes change. I was never really that much into writing either. Freelance writing isn’t like writing in school. In this business, you get to write about pretty much whatever you want to. You can make it as hard or as easy as you want to. Writing about things that you find interesting is a lot easier than you might think.
Freelance writing takes a long time to get good at though. Most of us don’t have any professional experience writing for major companies. We have to learn the ropes by generating our own material on a wide range of topics. Then we slowly learn how to write about things that people actually care about. Over time we develop a sense for knowing whether an article has a real shot at earning a decent amount of publicity.
When you first get into this business the money isn’t all that impressive. You are very unlikely to publish a great piece of work that is going to get picked up by a major news outlet. Chances are you are going to be earning a lot of nickels and dimes. This business pays compound interest though. If you get an article that generates nickels and dimes on a consistent basis, those coins start to add up. Once you have been doing it for about a year or so, you start to think that this really is worthwhile. You can look back at all the work you have done in the last year and see how you have matured as a writer.
You will see how much better you have become in the process. This business is a perfect testimonial for the premise that practice makes perfect. Perfect might not be the right word to use because I don’t know if your material is ever perfect. Still, your newest material is almost always substantially better than the old stuff you were cranking out.
Writing for income has certain benefits that aren’t always apparent at first. For one, you can do this kind of work according to whatever schedule you have available. You can set your own hours and work as little as you want or as much as you can handle. You are your own boss. There is nobody standing over your shoulder to make sure you are slaving away at this. You work at your own pace. The pace you decide to work at is fine by everybody. I find writing to be exceptionally therapeutic also. It feels great to be able to get your thoughts out on paper as if you were writing a diary. You get paid to write this one though.
For people seeking a quick replacement for an hourly wage kind of job, this line of work is probably not the best. For people who don’t need immediate cash though, this kind of work might be an almost perfect fit. You have to start somewhere and be willing to learn. If you are patient and persistent, the work will eventually start paying off. That is when you will realize that you have fallen into the perfect part-time source of income. This is one of the greatest benefits the internet has given people like me.