Freelancing

It’s time to go freelance

Freelancing can change your life for the better, just as it did for mine. As 2015 approaches, it’s time to reflect on all you’ve done this year, and all you wanted to do. Are they they same? Perhaps you wanted more time to do the things that you really love doing, or maybe you wanted to spend more time with your family? Perhaps you’re a little bored of being stuck in the same office day in, day out? You’ll blink one day, find that you’re about to retire, and wonder where it all went. Here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be like that. Freelancing can set you free.

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Two years ago I was working for a marketing team, but I felt that I could contribute so much more. In truth, I was bored with the mundanity of my job. I’d recently written a book, and was amazed when it started to sell. Before long it was selling 3,000 copies a week, and that emboldened me to make the move, and hand my notice in at work. I had visions of being a successful novelist, but soon realised that I needed a more regular source of income. It was then that a friend introduced me to digital copywriting. I signed up for a popular freelancer’s website, uploaded examples of my work, and put a few tentative tenders out. That very day I did my first job, writing a bar review for a blog. My client loved it, I got great feedback, and now the work is flooding in.

I may not be on the road to a Nobel prize for literature (yet), but I am making a living as a professional writer. That, in it’s own way, is fulfilling a dream I’ve always held. I earn as much as I ever did before, and I’m free to work when and where I choose. It’s a varied life, I write blogs, press releases, marketing materials, and the content for websites. Do I enjoy it? I love it.

If I can do it, so can you. Is it time that you took the plunge, and gained control of your own destiny? As a freelancer, the hard work you put in goes directly into your pocket (and to the tax man, of course), rather than primarily benefiting your employer. Everyone has a skill that can be utilised as a freelancer, whether it’s writing, translating, drawing, designing, or coding.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be showing you how to use your skills to start a fresh, new, entrepreneurial life. I’ll also be bringing you my usual book and theatre reviews, as well as news of all things relating to the Brontës. Please comment below, or ask me any questions. 2015 could be your best year yet!

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