On this edition of Writing Wednesday, I talk about the reasons why I love freelance writing. If any of these reasons resonate with you but you are not even sure what freelance writing is be sure to check out episode 44, where I tackle that exact topic: “What is Freelance Writing”.
After I quit my job, I tried almost every online side hustle from flea market flipping to blogging. I learned a lot of lessons along the way, but the best one that stuck was the belief that freelance writing is the best job in the world. You can literally start today and get paid relatively quickly! If you are feeling stuck in your 9 to 5, or are looking for a way to make supplemental your income, freelance writing is the perfect side hustle.
We live in a fast moving society that prioritizes instant gratification and freelance writing can be that idea that both vindicates your ideas and pays the bills. Here are the reasons I love freelance writing:
- You can get paid quickly
- You can control your destiny
- You can work remotely – anywhere!
- You pick your clients, how many hours you work and when you want to work
- You learn more about yourself and how to run a business
If you have a strong work ethic, wifi and a computer, you can start a freelance writing career!
I am really excited to share more of my journey with listeners during Monday’s with Michael and then dive even more into the details of freelancing on Writing Wednesdays.
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Michael: 00:00 You are listening to inspire your success podcast, episode number 46. In this episode I want to share with you why you should start freelance writing even if you have a full time job coming up.
Michael: 00:18 Okay.
Michael: 00:19 All right. Welcome back to inspire your success again, your host Michael Leonard. And on this edition of writing Wednesdays, uh, just wanted to kind of talk a little bit more about why I think you should start freelance writing just because, you know, as someone that has been at it for a few years, I feel like I have just kind of seen it in a different way than a lot of people. And you know, if you’re like a lot of people, you might be like, well, you know, I’m not a good writer or I don’t really think I can make money and you might have some limiting beliefs or, you know, maybe you’re just not really sure how it works. Um, you know, again, make sure to check out the, uh, what is freelance writing, uh, episode that I did here. We’ll link up to that. Uh, just because that one really breaks it down.
Michael: 01:06 Like what it is and how you can actually get started. And the cool thing though that I’ve seen is that like, man in my two and a half year journey, more like a roller coaster of entrepreneurship is that I’ve tried it a lot of different online businesses. Like too many probably cause I had some serious, a shiny object syndrome and kept thinking I was one business away from overnight success because I was impatient as I’m sure a lot of you can relate. But uh, yeah, I mean just to give you some context, uh, in two and a half years I had my blog, so I started a blog, freelance writing business, a podcast, online courses, online coaching, e-commerce, a flea market, flipping a Shopify, uh, eBay flipping. And I feel like I’m forgetting YouTube. I feel like I’m forgetting one or two more. But as you can tell, I’ve tried a lot of different ways to make money online.
Michael: 02:11 And the biggest thing that I’ve found is that you really just need to focus in on one or two. Like, we’re, excuse me, you need to focus on one now, one or two that focused on one. But to me, I think a lot of people like are looking for, you know, that that initial wit and that momentum and a lot of those business models that I just talked about, they take a while to see like podcasting is, it’s not going to be overnight. YouTube not going to be overnight. Um, blogging, definitely not overnight. And you know, I just had an episode I released about why most blogs fail. And uh, that’s, that’s the thing, right? We have so many things out there, we all want to try them all, but we also, we need to see some results, right? We gotta pay the bills, we want to like vindicate an idea.
Michael: 03:03 And so that’s kind of where I love freelance writing is because you know, you literally can start, and again, it’s not like you have to do anything crazy. I mean, you literally can go on Upwork today and create a profile if you want it to and start applying. That’s not what I recommend [inaudible] for longterm growth as a writer. But that’s one of the things you can do is you can get paid quickly. So that, that kind of, again, just, you know, I’ve been through so many different online businesses, I’ve tried so many and I’ve just wasted a lot of time, quite frankly. I mean I could probably have another 40 K to my name or more if I wouldn’t have messed around and tried every other side hustle trying to figure it out. Right. So that’s why I think freelance writing though is so good because it’s, it’s quick and people, we didn’t, we want stuff fast.
Michael: 03:54 You know, if you get an email that doesn’t deliver, like instantly you’re like, what happened? Right? Like if you deliver or order something on Amazon and it doesn’t get there the next day, you’re like pissed off, right? We want stuff fast. And so while freelance writing, I won’t say is overnight, it’s like, you’re going to make $10,000 tomorrow, probably. Like you can make money a lot faster. And so that’s like the first reason. And I think so because maybe you’re in a nine to five right now and you’re just like, man, I only need like a couple thousand bucks. Maybe you’re like just trying to get out or you want something before you like leap in. You just need something, right? You don’t want to just leave without having any money coming in. Like I did don’t do that. And uh, you know, you’re looking for something.
Michael: 04:37 That’s where freelance writing can really help you out because you do not have to wait six months. You know, you don’t have to build an audience, you don’t have to grow your email list. You literally find clients that want your stuff and they pay you. They’ll pay you that week that you know, biweekly or monthly. Like you’re going to get paid quickly. And like I’ve talked about, if you want to make more money writing, it’s pretty easy. Either raise your rates, get more clients, or a combination of the two. So that’ll lead into point number two of why I think you should start freelance writing is because you control your destiny. That was the thing I hated in an in a nine to five salary position, even a sales position. And there were still caps on monthly quotas and commissions that that sucks to me. Uh, I hated working the same amount of time as someone that slacked off and wasn’t good at their job versus me who was like, I can do this job in 15 hours a week, 40 hours as a joke.
Michael: 05:32 Right? I know you’re probably, I know a lot of you that really resonates, right? Like controlling your destiny is pretty, pretty amazing. So that is again, one of the biggest perks of, of really getting started just because you can, you can decide, yeah, I’m going to take on a new client this week or I’m going to fire a client and hire two more. I’m going to reach out to 10 more people or I’m going to, you know, reach out on four more job boards or whatever you’re doing to get clients. Like you control your destiny. And so if you have a good work ethic, you can crush it. And that’s why I talk about like if you’ve ever worked in sales, you can make a lot of money as a writer because it can just comes down to making sure that you find clients that value your time and worth and, and putting in the work.
Michael: 06:16 Like if you deliver quality stuff, they’re gonna pay you for it. So again, that’s just kind of the second thing is that like you control your destiny. So if you want to make 500 bucks a month because you’ve got bills to pay and you have student loan debt or you want to save for travel or whatever else, no problem. That’s literally one client. If you want to make 10,000 a month, you can do that as well. But it’s going to take a little different approach. We need to figure out your clients and stuff like that and how much you’re going to charge, packaging, all that stuff. But again, it’s doable. You don’t have to like hope and wait like blogging and podcasting. So that’s the second thing. The third thing, again, I just love it because I’m sitting in my office right now. Like, I, I barely left the house today.
Michael: 06:58 If he, if you have those days where you don’t want to like go out in society, you know, I know a lot of writers are introverts. Uh, I guess I’m one of the few that’s an Ian, TJ and an extrovert. Uh, but sometimes I don’t want to go out like, man, some days I don’t even shower till noon, like whatever. Right? You don’t have to like care about, you don’t have to sit in traffic, you don’t have to commute. You don’t have to go to a job that like just sucks the life out of you or talk to that annoying coworker, right? Like God, that was the worst and you just having to be around people that like drain your energy and like kill your dry for life. So if you’re feeling like that, I know I’m not alone. Like if you’re ambitious enough to be listening to this podcast, I know that you want like to control your destiny and like work at home or hang out with your dog or go to a coffee shop or travel and write whatever you want to do.
Michael: 07:47 Like you can do it. So that’s really the third thing to me is just remote flexibility. And even if you are in a nine to five and you don’t want to quit your job yet, like you can still do this like w you know, one day a week or two days a week or just on the weekends or whenever you just have a little bit of time in the morning before the kids get up or whatever schedule looks like. You don’t have to do it as much as you want or as little as you want that you get to pick. So I really liked that too because like blogging is like God, it’s like an all encompassing thing. Like you’re always thinking about how can I grow this blog? How can I hire, what can I do on Pinterest? How can I get Facebook ads going?
Michael: 08:27 Like your mind just never shuts off if you’re like me or a lot of bloggers. So, you know, with writing and you just, man, you just decide I’m going to write, I got this deadline and on these days I’m going to plan out my week and spend a few hours and boom, there you go. You got your money. So I love that as well. And I’d say probably the fifth reason of, of why you should start writing is because you will, you will learn a lot about yourself as, as a person, as an entrepreneur and as a writer. Um, you know, I didn’t really know if I liked writing when I first started. I knew I had a message, right? And I thought that was my way to share it. I wanted to help people with their finances. I want it’s, you know, I was always been kind of an inspiring guy.
Michael: 09:13 I want to like help people. Right? And so that’s how it all started for me. And over the last two years, being a writer has taught me a lot about myself and, and you know, learning how to build a business from the ground up. You don’t need employees, you don’t need anything, but it’s on you. And so like building a business, a writing business specifically is cool because it’s you figuring it out and it’s you trusting in yourself and believing in yourself. When other people are like, wait, what? What are you doing? What’s freelance writing? Like, no, like, that sounds dumb. Like let’s go to happy hour. Like, or let’s, you know, Slack off at work or whatever and you’re like geeking out trying to make more money writing or build your business. Like it’s you doing it and the uh, rewards, I guess that when you start to see results that you get, man, that is powerful.
Michael: 10:06 I mean, I remember my first time I made like 200 bucks writing. I was like, man, I got paid to type on my keyboard. Like it. When you really think about it, like it’s, it’s pretty crazy and I dumb it down because I think we take for granted all the technology and resources we have available, but like I’ve been able to stay out of a job or any job that I didn’t want to be at because of my laptop and a wifi connection. That’s it. And my skills, which I’ve learned and acquired. Right. And that’s something that you can do too. Like it’s just such a cool journey to go on because one, you’re going to evolve. If you want to make more money writing, you just have to, you have to become a better writer, right? You need to learn new skills, read new books, network with writers, get coaching, go to masterminds, whatever it is.
Michael: 10:55 Like all of that has launched all these other experiences in my life that I never even knew were possible. You know, it led me to publishing three books and sled me to meeting millionaires and it led me to creating this podcast. Like it’s just done so much stuff because, because I started and a lot of it I just never would have had as a writer, but really to, again, don’t forget about the actual writing itself. Like when I first started writing, like I said, I don’t think I was very good. I just wanted to help people. But my writing wasn’t good. I mean, I still couldn’t tell you the difference between verbs and nouns and pronouns. You know what? It doesn’t matter. All I care about is helping people. That’s what I want to do with my content or with my clients’ content. So I want to help people, right?
Michael: 11:41 But I have gotten better as a writer. I have used tools like Grammarly and Google docs and different things to like evolve my writing routines and things like that. But I actually am at a point now where a lot of my content get read and I have had my content actually be read by hundreds of thousands if not millions of people now on fearless motivation. And that led to a video that I created for them. I’m like at least voiced over and wrote a, and that video has over a million views on it in like four months, which is just nuts. So like, uh, you know, maybe 2 million people have heard my message of inspiring content and you know, maybe it impacted them. Maybe someone you know, never thought about it again. It doesn’t matter though. Like I would’ve never had that if I didn’t start a blog and didn’t, you know, get on board with freelance writing.
Michael: 12:32 Like, so you just never know. I guess that’s a really long winded version of you never know what can happen. And I always say that your one idea and one viral article away from changing your entire life. And I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true because seriously one article can get your name out and you can get featured in a big publication and then people might interview on podcasts that could lead to a book deal, and then all of a sudden you’re writing books and then you don’t have to work at that job. And you’re sharing your story, like the, the uh, ability to, for this thing to scale and blow up is you just never know what’s gonna happen. And that is so cool to me. And that’s just not going to happen if you’re punching the clock, being miserable at your job.
Michael: 13:16 So those are the top five reasons I think you should try freelance writing. There’s really no downsides. Like you’re, you’re either going to get good at writing and not make any money, which I don’t really know how you’d do that, but you know, you just, maybe you don’t have a good work ethic or you don’t really like the writing, but yeah, you kind of like pecking the keyboard a little bit here and there, or you can start making money, which is addictive cause you’re like, Oh, this is pretty cool. Maybe I can try and get, you know, 2000 this month or 3000 or 5,000 or whatever before, you know, you’ve got a full book of clients that love working with you. And that’s another thing too. I mean, just a bonus tip, if you will, of is that the connections you make? I mean, I have several clients that are definitely, I would consider friends and you know, they’ve helped me in a lot of other areas in my business and in life and you just, you just never know who you’re gonna meet.
Michael: 14:03 So that’s probably the last reason I’ll say to start freelance writing. It’s so cool to meet people all around the world. And, uh, yeah, I mean I have people, literally clients in Australia, I’ve had them in, uh, the South of Adelman, Canada. I’ve had them in California. I mean, I’ve had clients all over and a lot of them have, we’re still on great terms. You know, we have a friendship. We meet up. I mean, all of that is just, I never would have guessed this stuff would have happened guys. So just know that there’s a lot of opportunity and I know you have a passion about something, whatever it is. That’s the biggest thing I want you to realize is that you don’t have to write like generic articles about nothing. You can write and get paid to write about what you love. If I can get paid to write about golf guys, I know that he can get paid to write about whatever hobby or passion that you have.
Michael: 14:53 And you know, like I say, it’s really, really empowering to spend time working on stuff that lights you up. I mean, this podcast is like me. You can hear it, right? Like, I get so excited sharing this with you because freelance writing has changed my life and I want to help you get that same transformation or at least faster results or more money or whatever your goals are. The cool part is you just never know what can happen. So like I said, it’s very, it’s well worth the time and the, I don’t even know if I’d call it a risk. It’s well worth the, uh, the time though to try and do freelance writing to give it, give it a shot, give it three months, six months, you know, see what will happen, set some goals, write it down and make it happen. You just never know what could happen.
Michael: 15:40 You could literally write a blog post, meet a new client, get featured on something, and it could change the outcome of your entire life. Now, it might not be something that drastic, but it might put $500 extra in your pocket each month. I give you a $5,000 extra each month. Right? That’s, that’s the possibility of it. You can scale it. You can work at home, you can work anywhere in the world, as long as you have wifi and an internet or wifi and a laptop and you never know, right. You can meet some really cool people. So I love it. Obviously as you can tell, the whole podcast is just inspired about it. So hopefully this’ll give you a little bit more context. Again, if some of the potential, I know sometimes it’s easy to just think smaller and more realistic and all that stuff, but if you really work on your craft for three months, six months, a year, some pretty cool stuff can happen.
Michael: 16:30 So again, you’re worth it. I believe in you. If I can do it, I know you can. Like I said, I was a terrible writer when I started, so I had a dream. I wanted to help people and uh, you know, I’ve been able to, to create that dream into my reality now. So I want the same for you. So if you’re tired of just kinda going through it and you know, maybe you spending time on the weekends watching too much Netflix, which again I have nothing against. I love my binge watching, but if you want some more and you want to make money online but you aren’t sure where to go side hustle wise, I would highly suggest the freelance writing method. It’s going to be the fastest way. And again, I know with a strong work ethic you can absolutely crush it. So if I can ever help you in any way, again, I know I talk a lot about the courses and coaching, but you know, always shoot me an email if you have any questions.
Michael: 17:18 Again, I just want to help you speed up success and create the life that you deserve because again, you are worth it. So thanks again for being here with me on right or Wednesday. And in the next episode, I believe what we are going to talk about Upwork, uh, because Mondays again, we talk a little bit about writing a little bit, entrepreneurship, kind of a mix there, and a Upwork’s a place that you can make money as a writer. It’s where I got my first job, but a lot of people wonder, is Upwork a scam? So we’re gonna dive into that and talk about that in the next episode. So make sure you tune into that. And as always, appreciate you being here. And I hope you have an Epic day.
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