Monday, 11 May 2015

The Different Hats of a Freelance Writer and How to Wear Them Literally and Figuratively

Being a freelance writer is an interesting adventure. It is an adventure where you do not miss anything. You experience the lives of different people. You live the life of different people. And even do this simultaneously. You wear different hats. These are those of the professional, the entrepreneur or businessman and a worker.

As a freelance writer, you do not need to go through the dilemma of choosing between or among being a professional, an entrepreneur or businessman, or a worker or employee. You get the best of all worlds. And you can even avoid the worst of these worlds. It is up to you to pick and mix.

1. Professional

Do you want to have the prestige that doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers and other professionals have? You have it with your freelance writing career. Freelance writing is a prestigious job. It is a prestigious profession.

Prestige is already there in the freelance writing profession. Nevertheless, you can choose to “show” to the world that you are wearing the prestigious professional hat of the freelance writer. If you want to, you can choose to wear professional outfits to your meetings and even the regular working day.

At the same time, whatever your outfit is, you are already a professional and you deal with other professionals in the professional way. You plan, research, write, transact, attend meetings and meet deadlines professionally.

2. Entrepreneur / Businessman

Do you want to have the financial progress that entrepreneurs and businessmen have? You also have this ability as a freelance writing. It is an enterprise. You can be enterprising.

Practice the dynamism and progressiveness that entrepreneurs and businessmen have. You can increase the volume of the products your manufacture or raise the value of your products to raise its price. You can add more value to the services you offer and be paid more for your performance of them. You can expand your business. You can expand your freelance writing enterprise.

As a freelance writer, you have the ability to increase your income just like businessman expands his or her operations. You can take on more projects. You can also work on projects which pay better by raising your level of skills or studying to develop new skills which are required in them.

If you love to write and, at the same time, want to be as dynamic as the entrepreneur and as financially aggressive as the businessman, you can put on this outfit and character. You are one. You are already one. You just need to channel it more. Be an entrepreneur and businessman by expanding your freelance writing. You can even go further to giving talks, lectures, trainings or seminars on freelance writing

3. Worker or Employee

Well, if there are things which you do not want in being an entrepreneur, businessman or a professional, you have the freedom and right to choose to wear the hat of a worker or employee. Maybe you do not want the limelight and hot seat of being regarded as a big shot professional. Maybe you do not want the aggressiveness of being an entrepreneur or the shrewdness associated to businessmen. Maybe you want to just simply work and consider yourself employed and the best opportunity for you is being a freelance writer. Do not worry, you can still be the worker that you want to be.

As a writer, you are a worker. You are a builder of words, a builder of ideas. Maybe, you are a believer of “Work makes man perfect.” Yes, professionals, entrepreneurs and businessmen also do work. They have their own work. However, if you want that work of a worker, you can still do it as a freelance writer. You can wear this hat. If you want, you can have your own work cubicle in house.

4. Artist

Let us not forget that writers are artists. Writing is an art, remember. If you feel most convicted of this, you can do your freelance writing job as an artist. You can write your “masterpieces” at the attic or in the basement. You can wear that tattered jeans when you walk outside and people will say that you rock especially because they know that your freelance writing work rocks.


Whatever the desires of your heart are, you can get it with your freelance writing work. If you want to, you can do this career as a profession, entrepreneur or businessman, as a plain worker or an artist.

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