Choosing the right and appropriate career is one of the most important and direction giving decisions that one undertakes in life. The world is full of opportunities to choose from and it may require more than just normal qualifications to fit in a field of interest. When it comes to freelance writing, there exists a lot of options to choose from, which further makes deciding a bit difficult. In this article, freelance writing is looked at in details considering what it is, the opportunities it opens Vis a Vis benefits, the risks associated with this kind of career as well as expectations that may be associated with the independent career (Allen 32).
Aspects of Freelance Writing
Being a freelance writer, one is self employed and can work within a range of accepted term basis. In various fields, freelance writing is common, and this is seen in areas like journalism, publishing of books, and journals designing. Operations in this genre of work differ fundamentally from other kinds of engagement. The writer may require that the company signs a written contract with him or her as a binding agreement while others may depend on verbal agreement between the two parties involved. The rules set aside are enforceable as per the nature of the work. In freelance writing, levels of payments also vary considerably. This means that freelancers may charge by the day, hour, page or on a per- project basis while others have the adoption of value based principal method, in which the work is charged depending on by the client what output the client expects. (Burrell, and Formichelli 22).
Benefits of Freelance Writing
This writing is associated with many benefits as well as risks. The benefits major on the world of opportunities it opens up for the writer to focus on. An outstanding opportunity is on making instant cash, in such a way that if one can meet the deadline, an extra coin is always added to his daily earnings. Freelance writing opens an opportunity to part time or full time careers. With great need to earn and make money, one may be either employed or not. On initial employment, it’s normal in human beings that whatever one earns is always not enough and therefore, engaging in this independent work provides an opportunity of earning extra income. It may also provide a long-term employment as long as one may be able to establish endless contacts with the company in terms of orders undetaken.
It is also associated with many possibilities of opportunities to exercise your skills and expertise. Writing magazines and newsletters columns, editing articles and business writing consist of many opportunities of freelance writing in which ones knowledge and experience are expanded. Other opportunities include creative freedom and a field of challenging and high expectations thus one gets used to deadlines and quality work. This kind of independent job does not require much technical training or experience as it requires mostly one’s creativity and commitment (Allen 33). Regarding competition one does not need to fear fierce competition as associated with normal businesses. Though competition is inevitable, all what is required is possession of good writing capabilities and when one acquires them then there’s no not need to worry about dealing with tough competition.
Freelance writing is associated with many benefits depending on where and what a one wants to be with time. There is usual enjoyment of a variety of assignments to work on than in regular payment to the extent there can always be work to do as long as one is fully committed. Other benefits include flexible working schedule in which one has the freedom to choose their working hours. There is also mutual relationship between the freelance writer and the company; in that one’s experience can make the two parties establish a longstanding relationship.
Another benefit is that new orders are delivered directly on your web page, and one can take as many orders as he or she would like to complete. This creates independence and enhances privacy. To complete as many assignments as one would like constitutes to freedom on how much one would like to earn, bearing in mind that in this work one’s payment depends on how well he or she performs. The other benefit is the satisfaction of recognition one gets from the customer, the company he or she is working for and in the payments made. There are also a variety of paying methods, and most of them are non taxable and the other benefit that cannot be assumed is clients making timely payments mostly on fortnight basis (Williams 42).
Setbacks Associated with Freelance Writing
Although this engagement is beneficial, it is also associated with several drawbacks and risks. One of the crucial draw back is uncertainty of work, thus failure of income generation. In freelancing, although there may be many orders per day, it is always in a situation that tomorrow will depend on fate. One is never certain on how many orders will be available the following day in which there may be many, few or even none at all. People employed on a permanent basis enjoy a variety of company benefits from their employers. This may range form company pension, health insurance, annual leave, off days and bonuses, and in contrast, this is not the case with freelance writing. It is temporary employment, and an order is dealt with the time it’s delivered on one’s page, on the website. Therefore, the bonuses and benefits associated with permanent employment are not applicable in freelance writing. A major risk is breach of contract in which case a freelance writer and the company may sign an agreement. If the agreement is breached by the company, it becomes so agonizing to the writer as it leads to loss of money (Burrell, and Formichelli 23). This makes one to be extremely much cautious when dealing with other new companies.
When working for a new company, there is always a possibility of not being paid on time. The company may first assess the freelancer’s work quality, and this may be associated with scepticism upon which ones work may be discredited after edition. This may create a lot of discouragement if one is a starter and the delayed payment may even result to no payment if one’s work is not presentable at all. Other risks in this job include the company failing to fulfil their promises and the writer’s work being stolen. When company fails to fulfil their promises, either in not making timely payment or not paying according to the terms of agreement, this creates a risk in this business by failing to foster mutual understanding. Further more, if the writer’s work is stolen and payment is not made, this means the writer has worked in vain and ample time has been lost in the process.
Freelance writing is considered to be a good and encouraging business. Although associated with many risks, its benefits outweigh the risks in various ways. First the benefit of making cash outweighs many of the risks. When one engages in money making matters the mind should be prepared to face challenges. Therefore, it’s a matter of solving the issues and continuing with looking for more companies. Some major benefits like flexible working schedules, expanding mutual relationship through establishing a network of companies and having payments made and based on the freelancer’s performance outweighs disadvantages such as lack of company benefits and uncertainly of work. Though a breach of the contract is a serious drawback, the experience gained should assist one in getting more companies and also establishing firm bases at the beginning ofagreements (Williams 43). This means that ways of compensatingeither of the contracting parties, when either breaches the contract, should be stated clearly.
Everyone has different views on what is to be expected as beneficial from this kind of writing. As a freelancer, the expected benefits include writing to provide a lasting employment opportunity for more people. This means that the opportunity will be beneficial by creating more employment opportunities to the willing and committed minds. There should also be dignity benefit and mutual relationships made stronger. Being a home business, writing through research should benefit one from getting diverse and wide knowledge, with reference to the researched fields of work. Freelance writing is a career like any other and although it requires a lot during induction, with commitment, creativity and responsibility it is by far a most fulfilling career choice and its my hope it will continuously exist to provide opportunities to the developing and willing minds.