Can’t make it as a freelance writer?
Ok. What’s your excuse?
“My dog ate my laptop.”
“I’ve had five weddings to go to this year. Can’t say No to a wedding. I’ll make a start as a freelance writer next year.”
All I hear are excuses.
People say to me, “Will, I’m so envious of what you do. You can work where you want, when you want and - in theory - make as much money as you want.”
And it’s true.
I’ve built up a solid reserve of cash over the last four years just by writing. I work where I want, when I want, and I can decide each week whether or not I want to go higher or lower with my earnings.
If I want to chill and work on other projects, I do that.
If I want to hustle, I hustle.
If I want to highball it for 14 days straight, I highball it.
It’s pretty cool.
Thing is, I’ve got a lot of friends who really want to do what I do. They want to become a freelance writer who works remotely, sets their own prices, and lives a life closer to the life they’ve always wanted to live.
So I tell them they can do it.
Then, they ask me questions.
They ask how to become a freelance writer with no experience.
They ask what do freelance writers do.
Then, they have doubts.
“I can’t make it as a freelance writer because of X reason.”
A few weeks ago on Facebook, I posted a shout-out to aspiring writers who want to do what I do for a living.
I welcomed people to message me and I’d answer their questions.
About 20 people got in touch.
And guess what?
Only 2 people replied a second time.
People say they want to become freelance writers but they don’t want it enough.
Why? Here are 4 reasons why YOU can’t make it as a freelance writer.
“I Don’t Have The Time To Make A Start”
You already work a 9-5 job.
That means you’re at work eight hours per day.
It probably takes you one hour to get to work and another two hours to get back.
So that’s ten hours already taken care of.
Let’s say you sleep between 6-8 hours a night.
Which leaves you with 6-8 hours of the day left.
And you don’t have the time to start eking out a career as a freelance writer on the side? Really?
I find it hard to stomach when people say that they don’t have the time to make a start on being a freelance writer.
Especially when they return home from work, pop open a cold one and sit in front of the TV for the next five hours.
You do have the time. You just don’t want it enough.
“I’m Scared Of Quitting My Job”
You’ve already got a job that pays the bills. It’s a rubbish job, and you hate everything about it.
You hate the commute, the people you work with, the low salary and the fact you only get two days off for Christmas.
Yet, despite the lifestyle that being a freelance writer promises you, you make this a reason why you can’t make it as a freelance writer.
You cling onto it, as though life would fall apart if you stuck it to your boss and stopped working for $11 an hour.
You even create reasons that make it sound good.
“I always listen to podcasts on the way to work, my company gives me a bonus now and then, and the cafeteria food is so good.”
I understand that job security is a big thing for all of us.
But here’s the thing: If you learn how to make it as a freelance writer, you’ve got a skill for LIFE.
Start now. Keep your job, but work on becoming a freelance writer on the side.
Spend your evenings finding clients.
Write articles at the weekend.
Eventually, you’ll become so good that you can quit your lousy job.
“I Don’t Know How To Become A Freelance Writer”
You’ve literally no idea how to become a freelance writer online.
Like, no idea at all.
To you, it's as unfathomable as how the atom was split, or how space curves.
You know that others like myself have made it as freelance writers, but you haven’t got a clue how to make it as one yourself, and think you’ve missed the boat.
Or you falsely assume that you’ve just not got the right contacts, and never will have.
Or you’re of the mindset that there are some things in life that people like you aren’t cut out to do.
You’re just not cut out to to become a freelance writer online, just like some of us aren’t cut out to become traders, lawyers, actors and so on.
If you keep trotting this line out, you’re lying to yourself.
You’ve got Google.
Google was all I had when I first started out on this road to becoming a freelance writer.
All the information you need to make a start is on Google.
“I’ve No Confidence.”
Perhaps you made a start, but quit because you’e not confident enough.
You couldn’t even share your words with your closest friend of partner, let alone a client.
You’ve seen how amazing other writers are, and you’ve just not got the belief that you’re as good as them.
You’ll have to stick to your old job that you hate instead. Oh well. At least you know that you’re good at that.
If you’ve not got the confidence to become a freelance writer, what I would say to that is that the only way you’re going to change this is by writing and getting your work out there. It’s the only way.
Start off small by sharing your stuff anonymously on a blog pressure. Relieve the pressure a little with a low-key blog that’s in a niche you know very well.
Once the feedback starts rolling in, you can build your confidence up bit by bit.
Share your stuff with trusted friends on Facebook. If you don’t want all your friends on Facebook to see something, tweak the customised audience setting.
Confidence is a big thing. But unless you get your head down and just write and share, you’ll never believe in yourself. I write about how to be more confident in writing here.
At the end of the day, the only reasons why you can’t make it as a freelance writer are down to YOU.
I made it, and so did many others.
So what’s stopping you?
It’s time to stop being a dreamer and time to start being a doer.
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