When I was in high school, I read a journalism textbook specifically about those who wanted to become “freelance writers,” and decided that was what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Many, MANY years later, I’m still a practicing freelance writer. With a few more years of such practice, maybe I’ll get it right. And nothing about being a practicing freelance writer is quite so frustrating as that “in-between” status of being self-employed but not really a “small business,” by most definitions at least.
Although I certainly consider my freelance writing and editing career to be a business, I have little to none of the small business opportunities open to me that other small businessmen/people have available. If you don’t believe me, when was the last time you, as a freelance writer, went down to your local bank for a small business loan to expand your writing business? Yes? No?
Consider the difficulty of obtaining quality, affordable health insurance. People who own and operate small businesses frequently have such options. There are one or two organizations of freelancers who have sort of banded together to make better health insurance options available, but there are still no great deals.
I guess my point in all this is to raise a little discussion, and perhaps to offer a word or two of warning. My warning would be this: Before you give up your “day job,” make sure you are financially and emotionally prepared for the freelance life. It’s tough out here in the trenches outside of “best-sellerdom” land.
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