Do You Have What it Takes to Become a Freelance Writer?

English: One example of a freelance writer aut...

English: One example of a freelance writer authoring directly to the Web. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Becoming a freelance writer sounds easy enough. Getting to work from home, on your own time, and (maybe) even being there for your family.

However, this is not necessarily the case.

Freelancing takes time. You may still need to keep your day job, keep up with household and family responsibilities, and still find time to take care of yourself while you begin building this career.

Not exactly all peaches and cream.

Still, while the beginning steps of creating your freelance career are time consuming, leaving you with not much time for anything else, the career itself is a desirable one.

What will you need to succeed?

  • A willingness to learn.
  • A family who supports your efforts, if you are not living alone.
  • A plan for keeping up with household tasks. Possibly people to delegate things to.
  • Stubborness, to see you through the rough patches.
  • The desire to succeed, to help you stay motivated.
  • The funds to start the business and pay the bills until you start earning your way, or a day job.
  • A good grasp on writing and grammar skills.
  • The ability to spend long periods of time alone.
  • A computer or laptop, with high speed internet access.

At the most basic level, these are what you need to get started. Everything will happen as you progress with your freelance career.

What do you think? Do you have what it takes to become a freelance writer?

Shannon L. Buck


About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.

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