What I’ve Learned from Freelance Writing

Roller coaster

When I decided to leave my full time job, I thought I had made a very planned out, informed decision. I had saved enough money to keep me going for six months. I had researched what jobs I could do, the type of clients I could take, how much I should charge and more. I thought I knew everything I needed to know. Boy was I wrong. After almost six months of freelance writing full time, here is what I’ve learned:

  • I will never know everything.
  • This is one big roller coaster ride with huge highs and incredible lows.
  • Accounting and book keeping take up a lot of time and is a lot more complicated than I thought.
  • There will never be enough time in the day to do everything.
  • Other writers are so nice and always willing to help out.
  • Being by myself all day is hard.
  • Making big decisions by myself is hard.
  • Success directly depends on how hard I work.
  • Success is what I believe success is.
  • The small things should be celebrated.
  • I shouldn’t get my hopes up until a contract is signed.
  • There are many good people out there, and just as many bad.
  • A livable wage means learning to go without some things.
  • Some people will never understand what I do, no matter how many times I try to explain it.
  • Opportunities are out there, I just have to find them.
  • There are so many writers out there.
  • It’s easy to be disciplined when I get to wake up every day and do what I love.
  • Not every project is something that I love.
  • I now know what other writers meant when they said you have to have a thick skin.
  • I thought I had worked hard in the past, but I have never worked harder than I do now.

With everything I’ve learned and am continuing to learn, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I love what I do. I love being my own boss, setting my own schedule and working hard to overcome challenges. I know that I have so much more to learn and that my journey may never be complete, but the journey is the best part.


One thought on “What I’ve Learned from Freelance Writing

  1. Great post Raechel! I agree 100% with what you said. Writing is a challenge but it’s the business part of it that makes it difficult. But it’s all worth it in the end.

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