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There are many unemployed youths in Nigeria and as a graduate, I didn't want to be among this set of people. Please share why you opt for freelance writing in the midst of other things.
I am not ashamed to say that I have started the Freelance Writing almost ten years ago only to earn money. I had some bad troubles in the past and I needed money so I have started the Freelance Writing and gradually I have tried all the option to make money online since then.
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By the time I finished my university program, I was already earning a bank clerks salary by writing articles for newspapers. Therefore, I decided to continue freelance writing and never apply for a regular job. I started freelance writing as my vocation. My primary aim was to make money, and then I wanted to become famous.
Freelancing is about making money. So nothing to worry about. And there is no shame in that. Life is about making money and being happy with what you earn. You can see that some of the time it can be really hard to work around with the freelance writing. And that should give you an idea of how things work out.
I have always enjoyed writing. Being able to make some money with my writin skills is something that has always appealed to me. I have made money as a writer, but it could have gone better. I thinking honing the craft is the thing to do.
"I am not ashamed to say that I have started the Freelance Writing almost ten years ago only to earn money."
It might be because I'm in pretty much the same boat as you, but I don't think that there is any reason to be ashamed of that. I wasn't left with much of choice when it came to the career I was pursuing, and there was no way that I was going to go back to working retail or some other mediocre job. Feeling that I didn't have much to lose and really needing cash at the time, I decided to pursue freelancing. It ended up sticking with me much longer than I thought, and here I am today.
In some way me too. I was having some issues with my regular job, and earning was bad, so I took a chance on freelancing. I never thought this could go far, maybe like an extra income or something alike, but eventually it turned out really good, and right now it's helping me a lot. For sure I was doing some errands in the beginning, and these days I would like to expand my job field online, so it's like you will be learning day by day.
Apart from the money?You can be your own boss. You can control your time and decide when you want to work or when you want to relax. You can also make more money because you can have multiple income streams. You can have some passive income sources. It also allows you to learn new skills some of which can help you get a job, offline. Its like having your own business without the hassle of rent or staff.
I think becoming your own boss is slightly overstated. You cannot become your own boss even if you are a freelancer. I have been freelancing for 10 years and I have never been able to become my own boss. I have to follow the client's guidelines and time frame. Some clients offer such as short time for delivery that I have to work for 10-12 hours to complete the job, am I my own boss, no.
I think that won't be always true. Some of the time the rush for the writing projects makes things a bit harder. I have found out that some of the writing projects are very hectic. So not all the time you can do them.
Well, first of all, I love writing, and I love having my opinion heard. I had a friend who was into freelance writing, and he suggested that I look into it. I have been making a little money here and there with it, and so that is definitely a bonus; however, I would say I got into it mainly because of my curiosity and my definite love of reading and writing. I have learned a great deal from the forums I frequent, and I have only been on this journey for a very short period of time.
I think we writers love making our opinion head. And that seems to be one good opportunity in the world that people don't have. And it can be interesting to see how the freelance writing can work around. I find it a bit hard though. But sometimes writing is not easy unless you do it for hobby or to get things off your mind.
I started my freelance writing because of my urge to grow with my kids.my 9-5 job was taking me away from my kids and I never wanted my kids being left in the hands of nannies and care-givers,so I opted to work online instead,which will also give me the oppoetunity to cater foor my young ones,ofcourse,it's the best decision decision so far.I'm still working but not far from my home.
Aw, that's really nice to see. I bet your children are very grateful for how thoughtful you are. And that's completely true. If you work as a freelancer you have a flexible schedule and you can work directly from the comfort of your home. Not many other jobs have such nice perks.
I started working part-time online 9 years back and at this time I was working at a writing site. I started researching about more ways to earn online and I decided to quit my full-time job when I found out that I can actually make more money online. Ever since I have been working as a freelancer and I totally love my job.
I had money issues. And the shortage of money made me get into the freelance writing. And from there onwards I managed to get some of the gigs which made me some money. And slowly I have managed to make some consistent earning from there onwards as well. I don't know how this works out though. But I am slowly working with other freelancers and building my clients. And hoping things to settle down properly.
I've had a similar experience. Monetary needs is a great motivator for seeking new earning opportunities. That's why I tried freelance writing. It's working well for me right now. I'm excited to see where it takes me.
Yes I think small earning and slowly taking over the earnings is the way to go for this reason. Some people can easily manage that. And some people require a lot of effort to focus on their freelancing. I think depending on what type of priority we have set things could be different.
True. Freelancing is best for people with a tight focus on their goals. It's not something you do on a whim. I'm thankful for freelance gigs as they add to my extra income. I think others find really helpful as well.
True. Doing something on whim may result in freelancing leading to broke. I have seen many people who ended up being broke with freelancing. Because they are not daily focused on their goals to earn money. Instead they take clients and the money for granted.
Largest pitfall indeed, but I think that this same works for any "regular" job as well nowadays. Nothing should be taken as granted, and everyone regardless of their field of work should be putting money aside in order to build up a buffer that would last at least 6 months in the case of total unemployment.
I think the issue is getting regular payout. Many people are struggling with both daily job outside and also online. They have to reach the consistent earning and save on daily basis. When they can do that then surely they can do most out of the investment. That's what I have learned from the experience.
Same as some of the others, for me it was also the money issue. I was never poor or anything like that (luckily) but I am one of those people that just want more money to feel "safer". I don't feel safe or good if I only have just enough money to get through the months and that is why I began doing freelancing while finishing my university. Before I knew it, I started making way more than I have ever even dreamed of so I stuck with it.
I started freelance writing because after quitting my job to start my own offline business, I needed a steady stream of income to pay for household bills and to help support the new business. Freelance writing isn't a walk in the park but it gave me ample time to develop other marketable skills. My participation in forums has also rewarded me with a unique online earning opportunity that pays so much more than what I used to earn when I was working full time on an offline job.
Money is one of the reason but the joy of sharing my knowledge is the other. I don't earn enough money to pay my utility bill but am happy to start something with my own talent
I agree. Lot of us are into the writing and the online earning because of the money. So money is a good motivation. And it can be really something many people have to check on as well. I am not sure how the freelance writers work that easily. I find it some of the time stressful to be honest.
Without money motivation I won't be here, providing my needs and fun at the same time is all I need to live. I like receiving rewards for whatever work I do.
True. many of us are money starved. And that needs to be changed. You can see that we work so hard and don't get much out of it. Some of the time our efforts don't pay off. So based on that it can be different for each one of us. It may not be easy but it can be said, that money changes people. I understood how and when there.
At first, I never knew anything about freelancing. I basically waste my time online doing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and etc until I got introduced to being a freelancer. I did have a job but I found a to switch my fun time being online into making more money at the blinds of the curtain. From my experiences with freelancing, I would never give up on it anytime sooner, as long as I still have my fingers and palms.
I feel you here. At the beginning, I was doing errands online, because I didn't have like a proper trainer or a guidance. Right now, I feel somehow stuck, and I'm looking for more websites and opportunities online, something related with health and medical field. i never thought this could become like a proper way of earning money, and invest my time but, so far is working really great.
The truth is that keeping an open mind when it comes to learning new things is what would determine how one would adjust to any opportunities being presented to such individual. When I was being scouted to learn about working as a freelancer, to be honest I was a bit skeptical but I decided to give it a trail and now I have never regretted that decision.
I am not a professional writer, though I wish I can become one in future, I am now writing small posts here and there. Besides looking for extra income while I can take care of my kids at home, I have always dreamed to be a writer since I was young. I like journaling too. I started with creating my website and journaling my life and thoughts, until blogging has started to become popular and I knew it's something I like. Now that I hope I don't just write for myself, but can also write for others, and share what I want to share with the world. I suppose it's the dream that started my writing journey.
I started freelancing years ago due to my lazy ass not being compatible with 9/5, I don't like the idea of working for someone and moreover I love writing so why not freelance all the way. The money gain from it isn't my major focus because I love doing what I do, but not disputing the fact I want money to keep up with my lifestyle. If freelancing is just fun and no pay no one would want to waste their data, that's the fun of freelancing.
You had the privilege of knowing before hand that there was opportunities like being a freelancer and making money online without having to work for anyone. I didn't have this knowledge, all I knew about was networking business which needs referral scheme before you can earn money off it. But getting to know about freelance work is absolutely amazing thing to me.
I began writing for the joy of it and nothing more. It was when I discovered that I can be a freelance writer that I have to take such opportunity, but before that time, I have always written on most popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter and in as much as I never got any special reward by doing so, I always feel happy writing.
I won't say that those that are writing basically for money are not doing the right thing, but realizing the need to have passion for what we do is the core reason we should write.
I have been writing for some time already. For hobby and sometimes for fun. After my retirement from years of hard work, I get to stay home alone most of the time. So to make use of this talent I decided to check the web and learn on how to write and earn. It was hard at first finding a god pay with and a good site to do the job but fortunately in the long run it got me where I am right now. Though it is not as good as what I used to earn but at least you get to enjoy while you earn.
For me, I kinda got frustrated last year with my work and writing is just a hobby back then since I love reading and sometimes with these readings, I get to have ideas that I would love to scribble about. Soon, when I succumbed to hibernating at home, I started applying this writing to test. And I must say, it refreshes me and keeps me going on top of getting paid for it too. This is the reason why I decided to take this path of freelancing. I learn much more and keep to do what I like doing too.
To be completely honest, it came about as a result of not really having many other choices. I was in both a creative and a financial rut. I had no real passion to continue working in the field which I had began (that field being graphic design) and I told myself that the only way I'd go back to working some sort of average, retail job was if I had absolutely gone hungry. I spoke about this with my mother and she mentioned how I was always great at writing, and why I didn't try doing something with that. Well, flash forward a little while later, and I'm making a stable living by simply writing on the internet.
Honestly, I started freelancing as a part time job. My regular job doesn't pay well, and let me tell you I had to study a lot and sacrifice myself to get my degree, but my country has terrible politics about public services and earnings. So, a friend was like... you can use English to get some job online, you can check around and give yourself a chance on it, and i decided to take his word and here I am. It takes a lot of my time, but i feel comfy writing and interacting with all of you guys.
My old job gave me a lot of pressure and I had to work long hours. One day I just decided to quit and say goodbye to stress.
i started to focus in freelancing about two years ago. It's not that financially rewarding but I manage.
Same! I had that issue too. I was getting sick because of my regular job. I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, and I got so sad and stressed that I wasn't working and living good. So, this came up as an option, and here I am, freelancing, and doing something that takes a lot of time, but doesn't give me those kind of diseases.
Well there are two reasons why I started freelancing. One is that of course I wanted to earn some extra income while at home. Another is that I also want o develop my writing skills by through freelance writing. I would say that somehow I have improved. I think I write better than I did before.
I was taking a break from school and I was getting really bored at home so I started writing. I realized that I can also earn while doing something I like online, and so I started checking sites that could help me. Eventually, I found it to be way easier earning money this way and so I continued doing it until today.
I don't really bother with freelance writing, it's just not something I want to do right now. But I guess the reason why a lot of people choose to do freelancing writing is because of the fact that it gives them control over themselves. You don't have to really report to anyone (except the client) of course and you can also work when you want.
I'd been told I had a knack for writing, and while I was in college I could only work part time and I wanted a little more income to help sustain myself. I started freelance writing by captioning and transcribing audio files before moving to some content mills and forum posting in order to make a little money on the side as spending cash.
Like others, I needed to get some additional side income. I basically run a few small online stores and also do work online to make income at the moment, as the company I was working for before this went under without warning employees. We just found out one day that we would be closed the next and it took a few weeks to get our last paychecks. My husband also had a minor heart surgery around that time so he was not able to do much for a little while. So, I started looking into ways to make money and also be home at the same time to take care of everything I needed to take care of.
I started freelance writing because writing is my passion. Since highshool my teachers told me that I have a talent for writing, always reading my papers as an example for the class. I thought why not start making money out of what I love to do? Freelance writing has it's advantages, considering that you work from home, with no boss or 9 to 5 program, you can do it while sitting at a table on a beautiful sunny day drinking your coffee, but it also has disadvantages because the amount of money you make depends on the customers you have, so one day you can make a lot of money and the next day you have no orders so your earnings are 0. However, it's a great activity that gets me extra cash and I do it with passion.
Well i enjoy film, particularly horror so I decided it'd be cool to begin a site penning articles about horror - past, present and future. While also branching that out into penning synopses for movies of all genres.
The main reason why started freelancing is because I have the passion to write and I would like also to earn from it to be able to give all the needs and want of my family. Through freelancing I learned a lot from making articles and as well making new friends out there. I never thought that freelancing could be better as what I am thinking before. I realized that having the passion in freelancing job really would make me to have some money that would help me pay all of my bills and have some vacation trip for my family. Before, I just started a simple freelancing job and as time goes by I learned some great techniques on how to really earn well at freelancing, it was just a passion for me before and I really don't know that it could also be a great source of decent income someday.
Interesting question . Actually, I'm not really fond of writing of any genre and I am also not fond of expressing my opinion in the public before. However, one day I made a twitter account and from there I was able to read tweets from different people and I find it fun and them witty for freely expressing themselves. That was the time I became interested in expressing myself through freelance writing. Then upon browsing the net, I discovered that it is possible to earn money just by being a freelance writer so it is really a win-win situation for me. Furthermore, by freelance writing, I am also able to get and learn from other people's ideas and I am able to know what is their side for a certain writing. All in all, doing this thing, I find enjoyment as well as satisfaction. Hope you do all as well.
I will admit that I mainly got started due to promise of opportunity to make money, but sure enough that kind of went away, to in terms of the degree that I thought it might lead to at least. I think that continuing though is nice to just keep up on writing skills and I do enjoy writing and always will.
Honestly the main reason why I started freelancing is to earn more so that it can add up to my earnings since doing freelancing job is a cool and great works. Many people are making a lot of money on these if we just know how to make it to happen. Freelancing may be difficult for those who lack some skills but it is great for those who have some sort of knowledge and skills. It is really a quite fun and great experience because not all people are interested in these kind of job.
I agree with you that it may be quite difficult for those that doesn't have the skills and ideas on how to work as a freelancer, but those that have got those skills will excel. I could recall that when I began, it wasn't easy for I have to research and get to know more about what to do in order to become a better writer and I have to honest that it has helped me in a big way to become a better person in the end.
I am a writer here in the Philippines and I do freelance writing in our native language. I started freelance writing to earn some income since I am still a student. It also adds to some expenses in our home. Although I am still at the university, it doesn't feel like a job to me since it all comes naturally once I start typing. I am not that good in the English sentence construction enough to write articles so I would like to learn more about it so I can be able to write in more than one language.
I started freelance writing to develop my writing skills. I love to write. I dreamed to become a blogger and this forum allows me to practice my passion. Ofcourse my main reason is to earn. As a mother of two, I will always find ways to earn more for the future of my children. Though I'm new to this forum, I find this site both helpful and enjoyable. You don't feel you are working if you love what you are doing. I hope that I could reach my dream soon! Cheers!
I started freelance writing simply because I needed extra money and I wanted to enhance my English writing skills. I'm actually a college student taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English. As a student I have to buy a lot of stuff like books and other learning materials for me to stay productive with my studies, and so I decided to try free lance writing. Also, as an English major it is a must for me to enhance my writing skills especially in English so that I'll be at par with other teaching professionals when I graduate and become a teacher in the future and free lance writing is I guess the right job that could help me with my goal.
I have lots of free time and I want to monetize it. This led me to find freelance jobs that I can do on the side to earn a little bit of extra cash. Plus it is fun for me and it makes me more creative.
I haven't started working for a client to write some stuff though I really want to become a professional writer. I need to practice more and continue to learn how to become a successful writer. We have the same situation in my country because there are so many unemployed here and it's good to know that internet freelancing on different sites has become a solution for those looking for a job.
I've always loved writing, so that definitely plays into it. But I loved the idea of freelancing when I had my children, because I could be at home but still work as well - and that's huge for us! Makes it convenient to work from home and still be able to earn an income and contribute to our family's expenses.
If you also work in a day job like me, freelance writing is a good way to pass time during free time at the office. The nature of my work gives me a lot of time to do stuff for myself. I earn supplemental income by monetizing my free time doing freelance works online.
I've definitely had jobs like that too, where I was always at a desk but the actual required work during an 8 hour day wasn't much! I'd get bored if I was just sitting there for too long, so having things to fill in the day with helped!
In reality I'm just doing freelance work on my spare time. I'm earning only a small percentage of my total monthly income from doing freelance work. The bulk of my income comes from physical business and investments.
I'd always believed that I would be a novelist.
I learned soon enough though that writing a novel isn't that easy. So I began writing short stories and wanted to use them to assess how good my writing was. One of my first writing jobs was to write a short story. I earned $40. I realized I could make money from freelance writing so I just kept going.
Where I'm from, being well-versed in spoken and written English is not common. These people use these skills to make money. I found out that I get nervous speaking in front of a crowd, so hosting and public speaking is not for me. This is when I started freelance writing.
Competing for the same positions in a company with the same amount of salary as before, but a whole load of stress is what made me decide to try out freelancing. I make lesser than I did before but I am learning whole lots of things. I look at this more of an investment, and hopefully in the future I could make more than I have lost. But for now, I am enjoying such perks as having more time for myself and my family.