We all want to be the next New York Times bestseller. Odds are those of you reading this blog already know that it’s not going to magically happen. You know that it takes years of hard work to become a writer good enough to publish, let alone to hit the bestseller list. You know that in order to become a great writer, you need to spend evenings and weekends working on your writing until you’re making enough money to quit your day job.
This information is probably less terrifying for those of you who already have a day job.
For me, about to move in with my boyfriend and sometime not long after that to graduate high school, having never worked on anything not writing related for more than a couple weeks, this information is almost paralyzing. I’m faced with the idea that I might not be able to fend for myself. I might not–in fact, I probably won’t–have the mental stamina to hold down one of those day jobs I hate that everybody else goes through when they’re my age. I’ve never figured out how to keep my mouth shut when I don’t like someone, and that will run me out of a lot of jobs. And it’s pretty much an impossible dream that I might be able to live off of my fiction the minute I’m finished high school.
There is an obvious solution to this problem. It’s something I’ve only recently decided is a viable option for me:
Freelance writing to pay the bills.
It’s kind of a frightening thought. I think about all the things written on the proverbial walls of the internet talking about how much money you should have saved up before you take the plunge because freelance writing will never be a stable income position. I think about crashing and burning and having nowhere to run when the money runs out and clients dry up.
But I can do it. There may only be a handful of topics I can write about with authority–depression, self-harm, writing, creativity, a couple other things I’ve forgotten at the moment–but I can write well. I can take a topic I’m assigned and spend however many hours I need to on research before I write the article. I can write and proofread letters, essays and articles about pretty much any topic if the person paying me gives me a starting point.
Freelance writing is a great way to make some extra bucks. It’s a hard way to earn a living, but it allows me to live off of my passion. It may never be steady money, but I’m ready to work as hard as I have to.
If you’re also looking for freelance jobs, check out these sites:
Online Writing Jobs–Lists a number of freelance jobs of all kinds posted to other websites.
Craigslist–As silly as this may sound, Craigslist lists writing and editing jobs all over the globe and might help you find something local. I’ve gotten more positive responses from Craigslist than I have anywhere else.
Freelancer.com–This is a site where you bid on jobs, it has hundreds of jobs but I’m not too fond of the configuration.
With these sites–and dozens more you can find if you search the interwebs long enough–you should be able to find some freelance writing jobs. Who knows, maybe you can even earn a living.
On the off chance you need a freelancer, I’d love to hear from you. I’m particularly interested in blogging jobs.