My Kindle book How To Start Your Freelance Writing Career From Scratch: No money, no contacts, no problem is on sale for just $0.99 this weekend (from 29th August through 2nd September 2013).
To celebrate I've come up with 99 reasons to get your freelance writing career started, or keep working on it. Feel free to add more in the comments section.
Update: This book is now back to its regular price of $2.99, but the reasons haven't changed :) Here they are:
Reasons to be a freelance writer:
You can write about what you love.
You can find out more about what you love in the name of research.
You can read blogs and books about what you love (still research).
You can work from home.
You can forget about a stressful daily commute.
You don’t answer to a boss (though you do answer to your clients).
You can pick your clients (maybe not in the beginning but as you become more successful).
You can work in your pyjamas, if you want to.
You can work naked, if you want to.
You can work in yoga pants and your comfiest, coziest sweater (my personal preference).
You can take a break when you want.
Due to current technology, it’s never been easier to start getting published.
Due to current technology, it’s never been easier to research material, find markets and contact expert sources.
Due to current technology, it’s never been easier to progress in your career, publish a book, or branch out to offer other services.
Your source of material is endless.
Your set-up costs are really low. How To Start Your Freelance Writing Career from Scratch will show you how to get started for free or nearly free.
You learn new things every day.
You have a legitimate reason to contact experts in your field.
Your hours are flexible.
You can start part-time and fit your freelance hours around your other commitments.
You can specialize in your passions.
You can turn any interest you have into a publishing specialty.
You can write about your favorite sport, craft, or hobby.
You can specialize in travel, get free trips and write off travel expenses.
You’ll learn new skills all the time.
You can broaden your business as your skills grow, offering ancillary services from editing to formatting manuscripts to marketing services.
Getting published looks good on your resume if you do go back to a ‘proper’ job later on.
Discrimination is rare in freelance writing. You can be any race, religion, age or gender. Your clients won’t usually care (or necessarily know).
You can outsource work you don’t enjoy.
You don’t have to worry about employees. You can outsource on a task-by-task basis.
You can take a class or online course on a topic you love and write about as part of your work day (more research).
You can buy certain books and write off the cost for tax purposes.
You can take a writing or publishing course and write off the cost for tax purposes.
You can attend a writing conference and write off the cost for tax purposes.
You can go on a writers’ retreat and write off the cost for tax purposes.
You can network with other writers (many of whom are very cool people).
You can buy this cool mug.
Or this fun bag.
You can raise your rates when you need more money.
You can create passive income.
You can (as you become more successful) pick and choose the projects you work on.
Right from the start you can work on your passion projects alongside your regular work.
You can try different types of writing and do more of what you enjoy (and none of what you hate).
You can work in your garden.
You can work in your favorite coffee shop.
You can work at the beach.
You can work from anywhere in the world.
You can find lots of free tools to help you.
You can read lots of great books for writers.
You can write and publish books on any topic you want.
You can have fun marketing your books.
You can make new writing friends at your local writers group.
You can build a portfolio of work and display it for free at Contently.com.
You can build a free writer's website in minutes at Weebly.
You can blog for free on any topic you like, using platforms such as Wordpress, Blogger or Weebly.
You can join great free online writing communities such as SheWrites.com and TrainingAuthors.com.
You can take free online writing courses through site like Udemy.com.
You can take very affordable online courses through sites like Writers Village.
You can follow great writing blogs like Make A Living Writing and Be a Freelance Blogger (you need to for your work).
You can write in any genre you want (horror, romance, sci-fi).
You can write in any form you want (essays, articles, short stories).
You can try your hand at writing film scripts.
Or writing for TV.
You can collaborate with other writers.
Or work alone.
You can create a location independent lifestyle
Or move somewhere remote and beautiful.
You can work part-time at your writing and part-time at something else you love.
You can work part-time at your writing while raising a family.
You can work part-time at your writing while volunteering for a cause you love.
You have the freedom to spend time with friends and family when they're available instead of always juggling a work schedule someone else dictates.
You have the freedom to run errands at quiet times.
You have the freedom to save money by being able to use facilities such as gyms and fitness clubs at off peak times.
You have the freedom to volunteer at your kids' school and other activities.
You have the chance to see your name and byline on your favorite websites.
You have the chance to see your name and byline in your favorite magazines.
You have the chance to see your name on the cover of a book.
You can teach others by writing about things you know about.
You can raise awareness by writing about causes you care about.
You can help your readers cope with problems.
You can help your readers feel less alone.
You can make people laugh.
You can bring a community together when you write for a local market on a local topic.
Or reach a worldwide community via the internet.
You can build your own online community via a blog or even just a Facebook group.
You can write and publish a series of books or ebooks on the topic you’re most passionate about.
You can build a pretty bookshelf to display your books.
You can display your printed work in a beautiful physical portfolio.
Or your online work on a Pinterest board.
You can offer editing services or critiques to other writers and help them make their work better.
You can reread your favorite books and rewatch your favorite movies to analyse the story.
You can connect with other writers via Facebook groups and Twitter streams as part of your working day.
You can go to book fairs, writing conferences and literary festivals as part of your working week.
You can slowly build knowledge and become an expert on your topic.
You can mentor newer younger writers, and pay your expertise forward.
You can wake up each morning eager to start your working day.
You can get started for just 99 cents between 29th August and 3rd September 2013 by purchasing How To Start Your Freelance Writing Career from Scratch while it's on sale.
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