The Perils of Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is the coolest job in the world. Some people seem to think that. Sometimes, I believe that wholeheartedly myself. There are days, however, when I am made aware of just how perilous freelance writing can be. I would even go as far as to say that this perilous state applies to other types of freelance jobs as well.

perils of freelance writing

Writer gone mad or happy writer?

These past two months have been both the best and worst of my freelance writing career. I only say worst because I have realized – and come face to face – with those pitfalls associated with freelance writing. Allow me to share them with you. Maybe you will be able to relate. Maybe you’ll learn something. Continue reading

Freelance Writing Rates: There Is a World Beyond Your Little Corner

Freelance Writing Rates

I have been writing as a freelancer for almost a decade now, and I have long resigned myself to the fact that my rates are difficult to pin down. Coming from a developing country, I have to struggle with the extremely low freelance writing rates usually associated with writers from my part of the world. On the other hand, I have been fortunate enough to have been given the chance to work with a vast network. Additionally, I consider my work to be worth more than what many clients offer to non-native speakers.1

So where does that leave me? Somewhere in between.

No complaints here, to be honest. I consider myself well paid for what I do on a regular basis. It is only when I occasionally deal with new clients that I have to come to terms with the differences in freelance writing rates.

Then there is the fact that I also work with one of the biggest freelance writing blogs – Freelance Writing Jobs. Its audience is mainly based in North America, although we cannot ignore the fact that freelance writers are emerging more and more all over the world.

This brings us to my point: what do we consider a fair rate? Continue reading

  1. Not to be arrogant about it, but I know I can give many a native speaker a run for their money. []

Why I Write

Fast writerWhy do you write? Have you asked yourself this lately?

As a freelance writer, the answer is pretty obvious. I write because it is my source of income. If I don’t write, I don’t get paid. If I don’t get paid, I don’t have money to pay the bills.

I have spent a lot of time thinking and reflecting in the past few days, and naturally, my thoughts turned to writing. Why do I write? Continue reading

The Freelancing Revolution

How long have you been a freelance writer? Have you thought much about your working situation?

I bet many people in your circles who do not have a clear idea of what freelancing entails think that you are the luckiest worker alive. I have had my fair share of those sentiments expressed to my face (and not). Whether or not you I am the luckiest worker alive, I do know that I love freelance writing, and that I cannot see myself doing any other thing at this point in my life.

That passion naturally translates to curiosity about this not-so-mysterious status called “freelance”. I found an information-loaded infographic called “The Freelancing Revolution”, and I think that many freelancers will also be interested in it. Continue reading