The ever-changing technology has led to the expansion of freelance markets. From continent to continent, country to country, city to city and village to village, you will come across many remote workers who have partially or fully dedicated their time to writing articles. The emergence and rapid spread of the internet to rural areas has been alluded as the main reason behind the rapid development of extensive and active online communities of freelance writers and other potential clients. The rapid increase in the number of people signing up for the increased freelance jobs has called for the need to study the benefits and risks associated with this profession.
In doing so, this paper precisely defined who a freelance writer was. The paper also identified, analyzed and provided a comparison among the benefits and risks associated with freelance writing. Conclusively, the paper justified why the benefits of this profession outweigh the risks.
A freelance writer or a freelancer is a writer who is self-employed (Allen 2). A freelancer signs contract(s) with publishers or research firms to write assignments at certain fees. From another perspective, a broad definition of a freelance writer can be someone who worked independently while submitting his pieces of writing to different companies or businesses for publication (The Michigan State University 1). Furthermore, freelance writers get paid for their pieces of work based on flat rates or number of pages written.
Freelance writers have a variety of benefits to choose from. Freelance writers established expanded networks by way of interacting with friends and clients: hence helping one another. For instance, online freelance members can freely share ideas touching on their general aspects of life. Friedman emphasized on this benefit when he highlighted that freelance brought together people with interesting and stimulating minds (164).
In addition, freelance writers are availed with ‘creative’ freedom. Freelancers can choose to write on topics that truly interest them since they are their own bosses. This ensures that their outputs are of high quality.
Furthermore, freelance writers determined their own wages. For example, by working hard and extending their time on the computers, they can successfully complete many projects; thus earning much. By doing this, they can easily surpass earnings from their previous jobs.
Moreover, female freelancers with several domestic tasks in waiting, can comfortably work from home and multitask to complete these assignments (Friedman 163). This can help them save on unnecessary expenses. For example, childcare expenses (164).
Ideally, the road to success as a freelance writer is not that easy. In assessing the risks associated with freelance writing, Friedman noted the following:
You will be better off if you enter the venture with your eyes wide open to the disadvantage that you will face. If you quit your job, you will lose your steady income...