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.

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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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