Let’s not beat around the bush, yeah?
Freelancing, regardless of the industry or niche, is hard.
You have to work hard to be successful. That means setting goals and taking the steps to crush them. It also means rolling with the punches – and there will be punches!
In the two years I’ve been freelance writing, I’ve experienced many ups and downs. From no clients to awful clients and even worse pay, I’ve had to learn how to navigate the ins and outs of freelancing. Despite the low points, freelancing has also been one of the best things I’ve ever done.
I was able to turn my side hustle as a freelance writer into a “full-time” job in just a year and it’s led to so many new and exciting opportunities.
Notice what I did there with the air quotes? I always say freelance writing is my full-time job, but I actually work part-time. Depending on the week and my client workload, I work anywhere from 15-25 hours a week. Yet, I make more money now than I did when I worked 40 hours a week at my old office job. Pretty great right?
In addition to more money and more free time, there have been a lot of upsides to freelancing.
- I’ve gained confidence in myself not just in business or my writing, but as a whole.
- I’ve gotten to test my dedication to my goals as I’ve worked to grow my business.
- Throughout the last two years, I’ve met and worked with some amazing people.
- I can take time off when I feel need it, without having to feel guilty.
- I’ve gotten to travel more, including my first trip out of the country when I went to Belgium in June.
I’m not saying this happened just because I made the decision to quit my full-time job to pursue freelance writing.
It took A LOT of work. In my first 6 months, I failed HARD. I was passed up for work over and over again. When I finally won a job on Upwork, the pay was dismal.
So, how did I get to this point?
It definitely wasn’t easy, and to be honest, it’s still not all rainbows and unicorns all the time.
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And, a big thank you to the wonderful ladies at CoWomen for reaching out and inviting me to share my story!
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Katie Jenison is a freelance writer offering copywriting, blogging, and ghostwriting services. She works closely with home builders, remodelers, interior designers, real estate and property management professionals to help them create content marketing strategies, improve their digital presence, generate leads, and engage with their target audience. Katie also helps freelance writers and creative entrepreneurs pursue their dreams of working from home by providing tips and advice, business strategies, and writing tips on her blog, The Quiet Type. Download her free workbook, A Freelancer’s Guide to Setting Rates, here.