I never had a job as a writer. I worked in the advertising field, design industry, marketing sector, research field, and even in oil and gas – and none of the aforementioned jobs had a “writer” position tagged to it.

Yet somehow, I was always writing. I was writing briefs, codes, press releases, articles, reports – you name it. And my writing was complimented often.

I did do a lot of writing on the side. Since I was young, I juggled working with school newsletters, music zines, and even co-founded a lifestyle magazine. I wrote articles for some blogs, contributed posts to some columns and even helped a few clients with their books.

freelance writerI had the liberty of choice. I was lucky enough to choose between writing as a passion or writing as a career.

I decided to choose both.

And then I had the daunting task of making another decision – full time or freelance.

Again, being very greedy, I chose both.

The tag of “freelance writer”, however stuck with me. I don’t have a “9 to 5” job as a writer. Nobody calls me “their writer”. I don’t work for one specific person. Unless you consider me my own boss.

And that’s just the way I like it.

If you’re new to writing, and asking yourself the same questions I asked, here are some other reasons I chose the freelance route instead. If it’s something you think you can follow, then do so. Either way, you should have a better idea of your answers by the end of this article.

I prefer working alone

I suppose due to my rather introvert nature, working in an office surrounded by people is not really my cup of tea. I love productive discussions and teamwork, but I’m definitely not for the side dishes they serve up – office politics and unreasonable clients that I don’t have the liberty to shout “OFF WITH HIS HEAD!” at, for instance. Thankfully, I did not have to experience a lot of this when I did have full-time jobs, but just the thought of having to face them is intimidating.

Having said that, I should point out that winning battles as a one-(wo)man army is tough. Even as a freelance writer, I still need help from people. When such situations arise, I outsource marketing and admin work to virtual assistants.

I get bored and complacent very easily

I’ve always been blessed with a rather comfortable life. Over time, I have realised that this is not necessarily good for me. It makes me lazy. Plus, I get bored easily. Mundane tasks as a dead-end 9-to-5 isn’t my thing.

So how do I kill these two birds with one stone? By becoming a freelance writer where I would have no choice but to toil to make ends meet. I can also choose which topics and clients I want to work on, taking in new projects and trying out new niches from time to time to avoid getting sucked into boredom.

I don’t know where I want to live

I’m in my late 20s as I write this and I still haven’t found that one city that I love to bits and want to settle down in. I travel from here to there like a nomad. Being a freelancer helps with this, for as long as I have decent internet connection, I can still work from wherever I am. I’m location independent.

If you’re not comfortable working in a cubicle, test out to see if the couch is more suitable for you. I do like the pressure at work, deadlines looming and the fear of reporting to someone else from time to time, which is why I balance my writing career with some projects that have more stringent deadlines and critical-thinking tasks.

Find your balance. Freelancing may not necessarily be the thing for you. You may prefer to choose to work for a magazine, newspaper, or even a creative agency on a full-time basis. Test out your waters and swim away when you figure out what’s comfortable for you.

All the best!

One Thought to “Why I Chose To Become A Freelance Writer”

  1. You can definitely see your skills in the work you write.
    The arena hopes for more passionate writers
    like you who are not afraid to say how they believe.
    Always go after your heart.

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