15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Become a Freelance Writer

Do you want to become a freelancer? Are you wondering how to become a freelance writer? Freelancing is a profitable business; choosing a career as a freelancer is a worthwhile venture. However, you will have to evaluate yourself to make sure you’re up for it before you become a freelance writer.

Thus, there several questions to ask yourself to help you come to the right conclusion. Nonetheless, we are now living in a globalized world with no boundaries or borders due to the internet. So becoming a freelance writer nowadays is a path many professionals choose, not only because of the advantages it provides but also because of a particular lifestyle it implies.

Although you may consider going freelance due to reasons such as autonomy, flexibility, and control, it may still be far from what you think it is. Before you quit working for a company and become self-employed, it is imperative that you ask yourself a bunch of critical questions on how to become a freelancer.

In this article, we have prepared some of the toughest questions to ask yourself if you are considering a switch to freelancing.  

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1: Are You Ready to Work Harder When You Become a Freelance Writer?

Contrary to a common myth, freelancing is not more comfortable than traditional work. Far from that, freelancers tend to work harder to maintain the highest quality level possible and provide their services at competitive prices.

Unless you are the most praised and best-known specialist in your field, you will be continuously forced to evaluate the amount of pay you charge. Yes, because somebody in Asia, for example, will be willing to perform a similar amount of work for much cheaper.

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2: Are You Ready to Work More As a Freelancer?

Freelance writing usually seems an attractive option due to more freedom and flexibility it provides. In reality, however, this type of employment requires much more time as compared to your traditional job.

Even if you can work whenever you want, you will still likely to work with clients who are on the 9-to-5 daily grind.

15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Become a Freelance Writer

According to a survey by Freelancer Map, the average freelancer works approximately 47 hours per week, while some of them even work more than 50 hours every week.

Thus, you need to ask yourself if you are ready to work longer and harder.

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3: Can You Deal With Financial Uncertainties In Freelancing?

As a freelance writer, you should be ready for a certain amount of instability and uncertainty since finding clients and getting steady; consistent work is not always easy tasks. A survey by Contently demonstrates that full-time freelancers’ income is lower as compared to full-time employees.

The lack of a consistent work stream is the most severe challenge that makes freelancers consider going back the 9-to-5 route. There are specific tips; however, that can help you increase your freelance income.

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4: Can You Be Yourself When You Become a Freelance Writer?

Being yourself is one of the core factors that can affect your success as a freelancer. Believe us, what you say and do is much more important than your business name or logo design. Your clients will want to work with you, not your skills or competencies, so being you is the key to success.

5: How Do You Feel Working Alone As a Freelancer?

Have you ever wondered why freelancing is so popular with introverts? It is because they are comfortable with being alone for most of the day. It brings them inner peace, while human interaction is not a necessity for introverts.

If you are an extrovert, on the other hand – no worries. Co-working spaces are cropping everywhere, so getting human interaction while freelancing is not going to be a problem.

6: Are You Motivated Enough to Become a Freelance Writer?

To become a freelancer, you need to be self-motivated since you will be on your own and nobody will control your working processes or working time. Can you push yourself when there is nobody to drive you? And deadlines are always tight, so you need to work hard to meet them on time.

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7: Do You Have Marketable Skills to Scale Your Freelance Writing Business?

The freelance market is very competitive due to its global nature. Remember that there is always somebody who can do your work for cheaper. That is why you need to make sure your skills are either unique or highly developed to attract clients.

If you are not sure whether you have the skills to become a freelance writer, consider testing the market while you are still a full-time employee.

8: Do You Have Enough Knowledge In Freelancing?

Regardless of your profession, you need to read a lot of relevant materials to become the best in your area of interest. Many excellent books that’ll make you a successful freelancer and blogger can help you acquire marketable skills and take your freelancing career to the next level.

Reading not only contributes to your knowledge but also motivates and inspires you to keep doing what you love.

15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Become a Freelance Writer

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9: Can You Manage Your Money Wisely?

As a freelancer, you will be able to fully control your money and decide if you charge per project, per hour, or word count. You will also choose how much to cost for the maintenance of your previous projects.

All these decisions require you to manage your money wisely because as you already know, getting steady, consistent work can be a challenge from time to time.

10: Will You Go Abroad to Establish Your Freelancing Business?

Due to its nature and the proliferation of the internet, freelancing allows people to work from anywhere they like. It is a massive opportunity for those who know a foreign language and want to experience different cultures.

But remember that you should consider the living costs of your moving to another country as well as cultural adaptation barriers, which can potentially damage your productivity and performance.

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11: Where is Your Office Going to Be?

If you like to work alone, making an office space at home might be a good option. Besides, it replaces work-related travel, saving you a reasonable amount of time bouncing between home and the office.

Otherwise, you can either rent an office or use co-working spaces. Just consider all the drawbacks and benefits of each option and make your choice.

12: How Will You Contact Your Clients?

Apart from dedicated freelance websites, the role of social media in the world of freelancing has become increasingly important. There are many social media guides for freelancers that allow you to attract the right audience and monetize your skills.

For example, with the right approach, you can find high-paying freelance clients on LinkedIn.

13: Can You Cope With Uncertainty?

You will have to cope with a certain level of instability and uncertainty. Some days, be ready to spend more than 12 hours in front of your computer. Others, there will be no work at all.

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15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Become a Freelance Writer

Research reveals that securing sufficient freelancing work is one of the critical obstacles for 34% of freelancers. That is, according to Contently. So, you will have to adjust if you are willing to become a freelancer.

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14: Can You Handle Long-term Difficulties?

The population of independent workers is continuously rising and is expected to amount for over 50% of the total US workforce by 2027. Hence, growing competition is one of the difficulties that you are likely to face as a freelancer in the nearest future.

Another challenge is that you will mostly be working alone so socializing with other people might be a problem.

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15: Do You Believe In Yourself to Become a Freelance Writer?

The above query is perhaps, the main question you should ask yourself before leaving your full-time job and becoming a freelancer. If you can sell yourself, tackle challenges, and be self-motivated, it might be time to consider becoming a freelance writer.

You should base your decision to become a freelancer on an honest assessment of your capabilities, skill sets, aspirations, and willingness to go out of your comfort zone. Ask yourself these questions and, if you are honest with yourself, you will have the answer quite soon. 

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Anna Clarke

Anna Clarke

Anna Clarke is the owner of the online writing company 15 Writers. She is a successful entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in freelancing, academic dissertation writing, consulting, specializing in Business, Economics, Finance, Marketing, and Management.

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Ryan K Biddulph · June 27, 2019 at 12:46 pm

Great questions Anna. You gotta put in positive energy, time, some work and lots of learning and networking to prosper as a freelancer. Excellent post that lays out what it takes to thrive as a freelancer. Fabulous.

Ryan

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    Moss Clement · June 27, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    It seems very easy on the surface. But when you’re into it, that’s when you realize that to survive, you’ve got to put in more effort.
    Thank you so much for coming by and adding your input on the subject.

Anna Clarke

Anna Clarke · June 27, 2019 at 2:51 pm

Thank you both for sharing your thoughts on the post. I agree that there are so many aspects to freelancing to get your head around and multi task at but ultimately it comes down to how much work you are going to put in, how motivated you are and how much you like to push yourself.

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Sam Adeyinka | Blog Trainer in Lagos · June 27, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Hey, Anna! It’s nice to stumble on your work here on Moss’s great blog. 🙂

I must commend your efforts to think up and share these great and important questions with us.

Truth be told, the job of Freelancer is not easy and like, Ryan said above, it takes a lot of energy time and money too to grow your influence and make lots of money online.

I love the “Can you cope with uncertainty” part.

o, boy! There are loads of uncertainty in this job… sometimes it’s a big-money-client, and other times, it’s a client who pay less and who would equally ask for your life in return. 🙂

Crazy!

Thanks for sharing this wonderful post here, Anna!

Do have a lovely day ahead!

Sam

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    Moss Clement · June 29, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Hi Sam,

    Anna did an excellent job putting this post together. And yes, Uncertainty is a plague that hits hard on freelancers, which is why you need to evaluate yourself before embarking on the journey as a freelancer. However, Anna will respond to you shortly.
    Thank you so much for coming by and adding to the discussion.

    Anna Clarke

    Anna Clarke · July 11, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Sam,

    Thanks for your comment!

    I agree that clients have to be one of the most uncertain things as a freelancer, some months you might have loads of work and others hardly any. But dealing with that and not giving up is what makes the job so rewarding

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Neeraj Sharma · June 28, 2019 at 9:39 am

This is a secret of freelancer writers. It seems to start a career as a freelance writer, but in reality, it is not easy to pursue a successful writing journey. You have to follow the discipline and routine task to achieve goals. But positively, it’s not bad as you think. If you suffer, then your writing will give you financial freedom and so on.
Well, this article reveals some hidden truth of writers, thanks.

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    Moss Clement · June 29, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Thank you, Neeraj, for your input in the discussion. Many see freelance writing as an easy to do business. But in reality, it requires effort, time, and determination to pull it through and become the go-to for clients. You need to learn the rules and skills and all that matters to help you attract high-paying clients. I’m hoping to see you more often on the blog for more helpful content pieces.

      Anna Clarke

      Anna Clarke · July 11, 2019 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Neeraj,

      I know what you mean, putting the work in to be successful can be a long journey and very tough but succeeding and exceeding your goals is worth it

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Nikola Roza · June 28, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Great tips Anna,
freelance does sound like a fab job at first, but when you dig deeper, you see it’ like everything else on the planet full of flaws, holes, and cons.
However, for those of that adore writing, the pros outweigh the cons, by a large margin.
Still, I wish I had this article near me when I was starting.

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    Moss Clement · June 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Hi,

    Nikola, yes, you’re right. It seems easy and comfy, but there rigors, which is why is post is helpful for those contemplating freelancing as a career.
    Nevertheless, Thank you for coming by and adding to the conversation.

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Rahul Bhichher · June 29, 2019 at 4:52 pm

Hey Ms. Clarke,
I have been searching for this type of post because one of my friend recently started freelancing; i wanted to help him out with all possible outcomes of freelancing.
Your article is gonna feel the gap so he can aware of all good & bad things.

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    Moss Clement · June 30, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Rahul,
    I’m so pleased that you find this post useful. Thank you for coming by and commenting.

Anna Clarke

Anna Clarke · July 2, 2019 at 10:21 am

Thank you very much for all your kind comments regarding my post. I am glad you have all been able to take something from this article.

Uncertainty is definitely a huge issue facing freelancers of any kind.

I do think ultimately it’s our love and passion for writing that overrides all of the negatives with freelancing.

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Sonu Nair · July 7, 2019 at 2:57 pm

I’m so grateful to you because I have been searching for this type of article for so many days. I want to become a freelancer, and this article helped me a lot to understand all about freelancing.
Thanks so much.

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    Moss Clement · July 11, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    You’re welcome, Sonu. I’m so glad that you like the article and find it helpful to you. I hope to see you ofter as we are dishing out more useful content.
    Thank you for coming by and commenting.

      Anna Clarke

      Anna Clarke · July 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      I’m so glad it helped Sonu 🙂

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