Working as a freelance writer may not be the most glamorous profession, and it certainly is not the most lucrative—however, it definitely has its perks. For freelancers, one particular perk provides a liberty that many jobs simply do not. No, not a 401k, health insurance, and paid vacation time, but more so, the freedom to travel and still earn an income while doing so. Really, what is the need for a six-figure salary when you can ditch your apartment and bills to hit the road, sea, or air while still working?
The Freedom to Travel
As a freelancer working in web content writing, not only do you get to make your own schedule, but the job also comes with the freedom to bring your assignments with you wherever you go.
Most recently, I have had several opportunities to put this freedom to the test. For me, the summer months have presented a deluge of graduations, weddings, baby showers, birthdays, and many other random events that have left me frequently packing and unpacking my travel bag. Because I work without any set hourly schedule, I can pick up and finish assignments in my own time. So, naturally, having to travel for a friend’s wedding, or a family member’s graduation, does not limit me to waiting for the weekend to arrive and depart. Instead, I have the privilege during the social season to arrive days early and enjoy even more sights, sounds, and tastes of the given area I am traveling to. My schedule when traveling is eclectically variable, which allows me to either partake in outings during the day and work after the sun goes down, or vice versa.
Web Content Writing and the Electric Slide
Recently, while attending my cousin’s wedding, I simultaneously had an assignment due the same day. For most traditional employees, this would have meant certain doom from either my boss or family. Which is worse? Take your pick. Fortunately, because I am a freelancer, I was able to enjoy the wedding ceremony during the day, jump in on the Electric Slide during the reception, and still make it back to my hotel to complete and submit my assignment that evening.
Even when I am stationed at home, being a freelancer serves as a flexible perk when meeting friends for dinner, taking day trips, or just handling the stressful curveballs that life often throws.
While it may not be the most convenient job come tax time, working as a freelance writer is ideal for anyone looking to get out from underneath that overbearing boss. Besides the passion and creativity involved with crafting prose for a blog post or online article, the freedom to travel and make your own schedule — which comes with freelance web content writing— is something to pursue. It is a job that may not be meant for everyone, but it certainty is cut out for those that appreciate the other aspects of life besides work.
Jamison H is a freelance writer available on WriterAccess, a marketplace where clients and expert writers connect for assignments.