Our theme’s writing for the Web this week, and I’ve chatted with several writers who’d love to freelance, but don’t think that they can make enough money.
While that’s a valid concern, once they get established, freelancers make more money more easily than they could ever make at a day job. It’s NEVER been easier to make money as a writer.
We’ve talked about the Kindle ebooks survey. Brenda Hiatt surveyed 60 Kindle authors, and found that “2012 indie-only earnings per author averaged $137,940 (yes, you read that right) with the median earnings figure at $51,211 per author.”
Would you be happy with a six-figure income? Can you make that kind of money at your day job, without working for 16 hours a day?
If you write ebooks, you’ll make money. Remember that your ebooks will sell for years, so every ebook you write is contributing to your longterm financial security.
Don’t want to write ebooks? That’s fine – last week we talked about creating fast websites. I know many writers who are creating websites and selling them quickly. You can sell a website for any amount you like. Even a reasonably small site, if it takes you three hours to create, will meet an hourly income goal of $250 per hour.
If you want to write for others, why not? In Writing For The Web, I show you how quickly you can get started writing, even if you’re a completely new writer.
Freelancers are happy
You can make more money as a freelancer, but something’s more important than money: happiness.
We freelancers tend to be happy souls. From How to Start Freelancing With No Experience:
In addition to a more flexible work schedule, freelancers tend to be happy. According to the 2012 Freelance Industry Report, 90% of freelancers are happier now than they were before going solo, and nearly half felt no impact from the economic downturn. Perhaps most tellingly, 77% of freelancers were optimistic about their business prospects over the following 12 months.
There are many reasons to be happy if you’re a freelance writer. You choose with whom you work, and the hours you work. If you want to take time off, no one can tell you “no”. You can’t get fired, either.
The one thing you need for successful freelancing
Successful freelancers have one defining trait: they’re gritty.
Yesterday I posted a TED video, about grit.
Get grit, and move forward to your future as a freelancer with confidence.