Freelance writing is not for everyone. But it can be extremely beneficial for the right type of personality and skill level. With the freedom to choose your schedule and ability to work in any location, it’s only natural that travelers flock towards a freelance career.
Some benefits of taking your writing freelance are obvious. But for travelers especially, there are unique tradeoffs that might surprise you. Sure, you are your own boss and building your personal brand, but it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. Check out the following five reasons a freelance career could be the right choice for you.
Believe it or not, freelancing will not only make you money, but will also help you save it. You can subtract gas and transportation, lunch and workplace clothing costs from your budget. These items and their prices can add up quickly. Five lunches in one week can total anywhere from $50-$75 per week. That’s easily $200 per month. Wouldn’t it be nice to put that towards your next trip or desired destination? And to start your freelance career you won’t spend any overhead. You most likely already have a computer and Internet connection. The only additional necessity is your writing skills (and those are free).
Without commuting to and from work you can save endless amounts of time. You also don’t have to worry about being presentable during work hours. If you want to write in your sweatpants, go right ahead. Nobody will know the difference as long as your work proves your skill level. This can save you hours each week spent drying you hair, putting on makeup or picking out the right outfit. And with saved time, you will end up having more free time to schedule you next trip. Your productivity will increase as you begin freelancing as will your motivation to keep traveling the world.
So sure, you can skip the shower and be physically lazy while writing (not that those behaviors are recommended), but you can also make your own lunches. Imagine eating fresh salads instead of fast food or possibly unsatisfying deli sandwiches. And circling back to our first reason, eating from home will most likely save you money in food costs. Since you are capable of creating your own schedule, you will have more opportunities to carve out gym or exercise time as well. You can plan your excursions and travels accordingly and create a more balanced and stress-free life for yourself.
When building your own business, whether it is a freelance writing career or a retail shop, reputation is everything. You want people to trust you and you want your work or product to speak for itself. It’s easy with a freelance writing career to start this process. There are various platforms available to help. Sites like essaymama.com offer content creations services and a blog full of inspiration. Other sites like freelancercareers.com are an easy way to connect with and obtain writing jobs. They offer regular bonuses for freelancers that show excellent performance and have a support team available 24/7. You can also check out Upwork.com, Toptal.com, Elance.com, Guru.com, 99Designs, Simply Hired, iFreelance.com and Freelancer for more job opportunities.
This is probably the best benefit for traveling freelancers. Imagine all the people you’ve met during your travels. There are simply endless opportunities to network if you are an avid traveler. You never know whom you might sit next to on a plane or whom you might end up having a drink with at any given bar. The more you travel, the smaller the world becomes. And freelancers need to build reputations in order to gain contracts. Networking will come naturally if you travel. And you should always be kind to strangers and keep an open mind, or you might miss your next big job.
So if you are thinking about taking the leap into a freelance writing career (and are an avid traveler) you should consider these points. You can save money to put towards your travels, expand your writing skills and creativity and network while enjoying life. It’s simply awesome to be able to cater your life and schedule to your own liking.
And healthier people are happier people. Ask any freelance writer; the benefits usually outweigh the risks. You do need to have education and skill to begin (and hopefully some professional experience), but it’s possible for anyone to start. Just be prepared to put in the effort. Then find out where your freelance writing career takes you next.
About the Author
Kenneth Waldman is a professional freelance writer and content creator. Get in touch with him on Linkedin.