I’ve been working as a freelance writer for 5 months now. I still feel pretty new to this whole thing, but I have gotten some interest in hearing about my experience. So I thought I’d write a (long, long) post with all my opinions and any tips I have to share.
Hopefully, if you’re wondering whether to break out and try your hand at full-time freelancing, this will help you a bit. I’m not trying to persuade or dissuade anyone (because I totally see the pros and cons of both working in a company and freelancing). I’m only giving a completely honest view of it.
This is not a post on how to START freelancing. Don’t worry, that will come soon. I plan to write a detailed post with tips on how to start freelancing if you have no portfolio and absolutely zero prior experience (like me).
In the meantime, here are my honest opinions and what you can expect the life of a freelancer to look like:
It feels very lonely sometimes
Freelancing is a very lonely career. Most of the days, it’s just you and your laptop and thoughts. If I work from home, I could go for a couple of days without seeing another person. Most of the time, I don’t mind too much, but sometimes the aloneness could really get to me.