6 Reasons to become a Freelance Writer

6 Reasons to become a Freelance Writer

Follow your dreams—regardless of the risks.

I've considered being a freelance writer for quite some time now, but I have had many people tell me why it is not a good idea. Freelance writing is often considered a risky career for many reasons. They pay isn't good enough, the lack of benefits, establishing clients isn't easy, etc. These are all valid reasons to be hesitant about freelance writing.

However, the more I have done research, especially in 2017, freelance writers are needed now more than ever because of the digital age we are living in.

If writing is your dream like it is mine, here are six reasons you should become a freelance writer:

1. You can make your own schedule.

I don't know about you, but this is important to me. I like to have the freedom to move things around from week to week. I hate doing the same thing every single day. Having the freedom to work more one week, and less the next is really convenient. However, if time management isn't your thing, this may not be a blessing.

2. The opportunities are endless.

Although gaining clientele is difficult at first, websites like upwork.com and freelancer.com make it easier for first-time freelancers to get beginner projects. Once you've gained experience, you can work your way up to more difficult and long-term projects. Everyone needs creative writers because of the digital age we live in. You have to put yourself out there.

3. You will build a huge Network.

Once you've obtained clients, and you do a great job, there is a good possibility that they will refer you to someone for a project in the future. The more projects you take on, the more references you can add to your list. Building and maintaining connections is everything, even if it is through the computer. Your writing will speak volumes about the person and worker you are.

4. This can be a part-time or full-time career.

This all goes back to the fact that you can create your own project. If you already are involved in a full-time career, this is a great way to make some extra side cash. However, if you love writing, and have the drive to take on multiple projects and multitask, you could make this your solo career.

5. You are getting paid to express yourself.

Regardless if you write for a business, or for an opinion column, writing is a form of expression. Some projects give more freedom to express than others, but point blank, you are getting paid to create something that shows your personality. I don't think there is a better gig.

6. You never know where this will take you.

Creative writing is never going to go out of style. Just because you start off in freelance, does not mean you have to stay there. Big companies are always looking for creative writers to join their team. To have a portfolio of published work from many different places is huge!

Obviously, there are risks in any dream or career you go for. Some would argue that freelance writing is on the riskier side. However, the benefits of this career and the places it could take you are worthwhile!

Follow your dreams and take risks.


Don't let anyone tell you to stop.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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If Shonda Can Do A Year Of Yes, Then So Can I



A few years ago, Shonda Rimes decided to do a year of saying yes, after her sister told her she says "No" to everything. It ended up changing her life.

So, I've decided to embark on my own year of yes.

Sure, it may be easy to say yes to everything when you're a millionaire with a bunch of record-setting televisions shows, but the rest of us can do it too.

Say yes to treating yourself.

Say yes to taking care of yourself.

Say yes to saying no, don't stretch yourself too thin.

Say yes to new opportunities

The year of yes is about taking better care of yourself.

My year of yes starts right now.

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