I remember what life was like when I worked a 9-5 job, from early morning BART rides to late night dinners. After six exhausting years in financial and academic sales, I am so glad that I left Corporate America for the thrill of running my own business.
I have so much freedom as a freelance writer: I choose my own clients, I set my own schedule, and I decide how much I will earn from each project. And when life gets tough (and I wonder if I would prefer the stability and camaraderie of a traditional career), I remember all of the benefits that my unusual career path has to offer.
Here are some of the perks of being a full-time freelance writer:
#1 Job Security
There are thousands of small-to-medium sized businesses that are looking for content for their websites, blogs, social media accounts, and emails. The demand is always there, so I will always have the opportunity to make money as a copywriter.
#2 Upward Mobility
I don’t have to wait for a promotion or a new job opportunity to raise my rates. When I develop new skills and add additional services to my repertoire, I can turn a higher profit. Every year, I make more money than I did before.
#3 Quality Of Life
I have a very flexible schedule! If I have a project that will take eight hours, I can work from 8 AM-4 PM, 2 PM-10 PM, or 8 PM-4 AM; it doesn’t matter. As long as I turn in my projects on time and on budget, my clients don’t care about my schedule. My goal, as an entrepreneur, is to deliver high-quality content while maintaining a high quality of life; freelance writing has given me the opportunity to work to live, instead of living to work.
Does it seem too good to be true? Take a look at my typical schedule:
10:30 AM – Wake Up!
I love sleeping in late, and I love waking up when everyone else has gone to work. Most of all, I love working through the second half of the day; I am at my best in the afternoon and early evening, so I handle most of my busy work during everyone else’s lunch hour.
10:30 AM-12 PM – My Morning Routine
I do all of the things that most people do to get ready for work: I get dressed, put my face together, and look at my schedule for the day. I also do things that will give me the energy that I need to build a successful business, like reading, journaling, saying affirmations, and spending time with Jesus.
12 PM-1 PM – Emails, Messages, & Project Proposals
This is when I respond to my current clients and prospective clients. I have to build healthy relationships with entrepreneurs from all walks of life, because they are the ones that will keep me in business.
1 PM-3 PM – Writing
My work changes from day to day. I usually create content for websites, blog posts, and social media advertisements, but I have also done company profiles, lead magnets, and brochures.
3 PM-4 PM – Client Meetings
Things get lost in text messages and emails, so I set up one-on-one phone consultations with my clients to learn more about their businesses, content needs, and target audiences. I give them an estimate and turn-around time for their projects, and I set up a series of deadlines that we can both stick to. As soon as we finish talking, I send them a detailed questionnaire to learn more about the needs, interests, and desires of their ideal customers.
This may seem like a lot of work, but it gives me everything that I need to successfully complete their projects. They’ll get content that will resonate with their target audience, and I’ll have the opportunity to work with them again in the future.
4 PM-7 PM – Back To Work
This is the best time for me to wrap up a project. I hit my stride at 4 PM, and I will continue writing until 7 PM.
7 PM – 8:30 PM – Break
I eat dinner, watch the news, and talk to my family and my friends.
8:30-10 PM – Editing
Most of the time, I finish my work before dinner…but I am a perfectionist, and I like to take a second look at my projects when I have fresh eyes. If I have a 12 AM deadline, I will do a second read-through to make sure that everything is perfect.
10 PM-2 AM – Time To Chill!
Keep in mind that these times will change when I have things to do! If I have to go to a 7 PM bible study, I’ll wake up earlier; if I have to talk to a client in Dubai, I’ll stay up late. I can create the best schedule for my family, friends, and clients, instead of sticking to a rigid 9-5 timetable.
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