Why You Should Drop Your Office Job to Become a Freelancer

Why is Freelance Writing Better than a Full-Time Job? - Christopher Jan Benitez

Tired of working an office job that’s sucking the joy out of your life?

Frustrated with taking the public transportation and getting stuck at traffic for hours, time that you could have spent doing something you love at your home?

You’re not the only one.

Due to the reasons mentioned above, freelancing is becoming more and more lucrative as a career option due to the tools and resources that have made this possible. Not only will you be able to work at the comforts of your own home, but also have the freedom to work at your own and more time to do things you love.

However, if public transportation and time are not good enough reasons to explain why freelance writing is better for you than a 9-5 job at the office, maybe the reasons below should compel you to do so.

3 reasons why freelance writer is better than an office job

1. Avoid getting laid off without a backup plan

The workforce is becoming more fluid than ever.

Last week, Wenner Media let go all of their staff writers from The Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, and Men’s Journal in their attempt to accommodate more digital content and assets. The only journalist from the staff who wasn’t fired was senior writer David Fricke, who was relegated to a freelance writer.

There’s something poetic about how publishers are now gravitating towards freelance workers who specialize in digital content creation. Elance reports that…

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…behind IT & Programming (41%) and Design and Multimedia (24%).

Now’s the time to get acquainted with freelancing and blogging as a writer. You can’t be too sure to rely on your full-time office job now that publishers are looking for quicker and less complicated solutions in freelance writing.

Acquire marketing skills

Acquire marketing skills - Why is Freelance Writing Better than a Full-Time Job?

As a freelancer, you will be forced to promote yourself to get clients for your writing services. Consider this a good thing – not only will you maximize the chances of drawing more prospective customers, but also learn marketing skills that will prove useful even while you are working.

For this…

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Developing your blogging skills starts with downloading the The Beginner’s Guide to Successful Blogging at First Site Guide (http://www.firstsiteguide.com/). This e-book will provide you the information on how to start a blog and earn from your hard work.

Through reading the guide, you will get acquainted with terms such as content marketing, social media, search engine optimization, and other skills to help you boost your blog’s performance. Putting these newly acquired skills into practice on your blog can also help you develop them for the projects you will do for your prospective clients.

In fact, once you have these skills down pat, expect to increase your chances of getting hired as a freelance writer.

Content marketing is tied for the third most sought-after skill in the job market at 27% (the other two are email marketing and social media) according to Smart Insights. The two most desirable skills that applicants ought to have are analytics (37%)  and mobile marketing (29%).

With the exception of analytics, the other jobs require writing and communication skills, something that you as freelance writer know a thing or two!

Therefore, building your marketing chops as a writer will increase your longevity as a freelancer due to the numerous job offers you will be receiving in the market.

It’s better, plain and simple

As a freelancer, you should be aware of the pros and cons that go with your career. There’s no perfect job out there, only the best ones for you.

To help you decide if freelancing is the most appropriate way to go, below is an infographic from Graphic Design Degree Hub about the advantages of disadvantage of freelance work.

Image source: www.graphicdesigndegreehub.com

Another con that can be added in the infographic is the chance that you will get paid by your client. There are some clients who, after taking advantage of your labor and goodwill, will run away with your work without giving you a single cent. Thankfully, there is a way on how you can ensure that your freelance clients will pay the amount they owe you by reading this post at Bloggerjobs.biz.

Aside from that, all of the necessary information about freelancing has been broken down by the infographic. While freelancing is not for everyone, the image above should you determine if taking your writing services in a freelance setting is the best decision for your, career wise.

Final thoughts: As the job market is adapting to the needs of businesses right in front of our very eyes, so should we as professionals who seem to be stuck with the old ways of working a 9-5 job at an office. While there’s nothing wrong with his decision, the compelling arguments above should encourage you to make the most out of your career by taking the freelancing route.

About the author

Christopher Jan Benitez

Content marketer during the day. Heavy sleeper at night. Dreams of non-existent brass rings. Writer by trade. Pro wrestling fan by choice (It's still real to me, damnit!). Family man all the time. Hire me to write your content!