By Amanda Smyth Connor
Every other week I like to spread my cautionary tales and doom and gloom across the Freelance-Zone blog as a means of keeping things “real” for anyone who is on the fence about getting into freelance writing. I am the Debbie Downer of the freelance world and I accept this fact.
However, with summer comes a time for reflection, and every once in awhile I take a moment to think about how lucky we are to be freelance writers. Freelancing is pretty much the best job in the world, if done properly.
Yes, you can make your own hours (you just have to stick to them!) Yes, you can write from anywhere (but you have to finish your work, even during your vacation time.) Yes, you can pick and choose which clients you want to work with and which projects you want to take on (but you have to pay your bills too.)
Long story short, yes, being a freelance writer is quite possibly one of the best, most empowering and most liberating jobs anyone can hold. For any writers out there who are simply killing it in the freelance world, I’m throwing up a high five to you right now. *High five.*
But for anyone who is just considering it and may still be getting their feet wet, be aware that with a great job comes great responsibility.
Amanda Smyth Connor is a community manager for a major publishing company, owns her own wedding planning business, and has managed online communities and content development for many start-up and Fortune 500 companies. She has been a professional editor for more years than she can remember.