Why Choose Freelance Writing as a Career

Freelance writing may be a good career choice for you too.One of the questions that people asked me when I first started freelance writing was this: Why? Why did I leave my office job with its nice corporate office and its regular paydays in favor of a desk in a corner of our house’s kitchen and Western Union money orders that may or may not come?

The answer I had to give back then was certainly not a popular one. I started freelance writing simply because I was not happy at my office job.

My unhappiness had begun to show, too. I was so unhappy that I had begun to underperform at work, and I got so bored that there were times that I wouldn’t show up at the office so I could read a book or play a computer game. Eventually I left the job before my boredom could ruin my résumé and make me unemployable.

Except I didn’t want to be employed that way anymore.

Seriously, why should I trade one office space I hated for another that I am sure I will hate after six months… or perhaps even less? So I decided to strike out on my own with nothing but the writing skills that I’ve learned in high school and college.

Unhappiness and the inability to fit in an office setting were the reasons why I chose to pursue freelance writing as a career. These reasons may not be the same as yours.

Freelance writing is a good career to pursue if you are a loner and work best alone.

Most job postings you will see in classified ads and headhunter websites list “team player” or “ability to work with a team” as a primary job requirement. And even if it’s not explicitly stated in the job description, the mere fact that you are employed by a company that employs other people requires that you have to work as a member of a team.

Being a good team player is a good trait to cultivate, of course. But not everyone is cut out to working in that kind of situation. Some people (like me) work best alone, on their own time and schedule. Some people don’t like anyone keeping unnecessary tabs on them and can’t work efficiently with other people looking over their shoulder.

Freelance writing is a job you can schedule into your life.

Another thing with a regular office job is that it has that huge potential to take over your life. How many times have you said “no” to a long weekend with the kids just because you have to work? How many times have you planned that holiday only to cancel it at the last minute because your work needs you?

With freelance writing – or any freelancing job, for that matter – you get to call the shots with your own time. As long as you meet your deadlines, you can play computer games all day if you feel like it. You can have a holiday at work or work on your holiday if that is what you want to do.

But even if you’re happy with your regular job, you can still pursue freelance writing on the side.

Granted that not all of us are loners or anti-socials; does this mean that if you’re a people person, you can’t be a freelance writer? Of course, you can. You can do some writing on the side and make it a secondary source of income. Who would say “no” to an opportunity to generate some extra cash on the side?

There are many reasons why you should choose freelance writing as a career. It is certainly a very nice alternative to the regular rat race where you have to fit in and cut throats sometimes to get ahead. If you are good at it and you truly love doing it, you will find freelance writing to be a rewarding job, indeed.

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Anna Sibal-Gonzaga is a freelance writer based in the Philippines. She likes reading books and watching movies and TV shows in the sci-fi, fantasy and historical genres. She is also a casual gamer and an all-around nerd.

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