working as a freelance writer:
pros and cons
Here are some pros
Being your own boss has a lot going for it. You can work when you like, where you like and at the speed you like. If you're late for work there is nobody to tell you off. If you want to take a break and have a cup of coffee, you make the decisions. And you get to work flexible hours. If you want to work way past midnight and during the night you can do that. And of course being a freelance writer you can work from home -- there is little or no travel involved. All of your work is done online. You receive the work and you send the work via an online situation.
There is no special uniform or work clothes you need to purchase or wear. It is casual Friday every day in your study, your kitchen or wherever it is you work. And then you get to choose the type of work you want to do. Of course if you're really struggling it might be a case of beggars can't be chooses.
Here are some cons
The fee you get for working as a freelance writer is all you get. You don't get any sick pay or holiday pay. You don't get any superannuation. The only money you make is money you get for each particular job. So if you're planning to have a long and successful retirement, you may need to start some sort of private saving or superannuation scheme. There is no company to look after you. It's very much a situation that if you don't work you don't get the money. You don't have a passive income from being a freelance writer unless you’ve been able to publish something of your own work and sales follow.
One of the first things you will discover once you start work as a freelance writer is that you are not alone. There are vast numbers of people who are working as freelance writers either on a part-time or full-time basis. You have to compete with these people for the same type of work. And what makes it much worse is that some of the people who are your competitors are prepared to work for a very low rate of pay. Remember that the Internet makes freelance writing a global activity and there may be people living in a country where their standard of living is much lower than yours. You may not be prepared to work for peanuts but a lot of people are. And I suppose the worst argument against working as a freelance writer is that there is no guarantee you will ever get any work. Just because you want to work as a freelance writer and just because you apply for various jobs doesn't mean that you will get the job.