I have been writing online since January of 2007, 12 long and fun, excellent years. I started working from home because I suffer from social anxiety disorder and cannot work outside of the house. I also get to stay home and spend more time with my husband and dogs, which is the best part about writing online from home.
Writing is My Passion
I love working from home writing because, for one thing, writing is my passion. Also, it gives me the freedom to do other things during the day if I need to. I do meet deadlines, but I can take a break whenever I want, I can take a lunch break whenever I want, and I don’t answer to anyone but myself and my clients. And most of the time, the clients answer to me by asking me to do different things for them.
I love the fact that I can work in my pajamas if I want to, although I don’t usually do that because I find that when I am dressed for the day like I am going to work, I get my work done better and don’t procrastinate. I always have the mindset that I am getting up in the morning and going to an out-of-the-house job. What I do is walk into the next room into my office, open up my laptop, and get started for the day.
My Reasons for Working From Home
Social anxiety disorder can be debilitating at times. It is one of the main reasons freelancing works for me. I can work from home, by myself, without being around a lot of other people. I also have a phone phobia and am so glad I don’t have to talk on the phone to get my work done.
Working from home means sometimes people drop in on you unexpectedly thinking that because you do work from home, that you are not working a real job since it is from home. That is about the only downside to working from home. However, I don’t get bothered that much. My husband knows when I am working that I can’t sit around and talk while writing so he waits until I am done, at least with the current article or blog post I may be writing at the time. I will stop for a few minutes to find out what he wants to tell me or needs me to help him with and then it is back to work again.
From Self-Employed to Employee From Home
I am an employee now who works from home. I am only part-time freelance writing. Meaning I am a full-time employee hired by one guy to write content for his sites, blog posts for his business listings, and to manage his social media posts a few times per week. I am getting a salary every week. It is the first time I have gotten paid a salary, so it is interesting to me. However, I also have a new client who is paying me well for just part-time, starting. However, after a little while of doing it like this, I am going to try to write as many as I can for the client because he pays well for minimal work.
Once I get used to the idea of keeping up with a full-time employee job, for 8 ½ hours per day, writing very part-time for my new client for now, and writing and publishing two or three articles per day for Medium, I should be good with making a nice income. The full-time and the very part-time both pay weekly and then Medium pays monthly, so it all evens out well for me income wise. And, since I have been out of work for a few months, it is a sense of relief to my husband and me that I am finally working again. I knew I would eventually find enough work after looking every single day and I did. I have just enough to keep me busy daily while still taking weekends off like I want to now. Before, I used to be a workaholic and would work on weekends too, yes, even Sundays I would work, but then I wouldn’t make the time to spend with my husband. I realize how wrong that was of me now and I refuse to work on weekends unless I have to. But, I don’t have to anymore!
Since I cannot be around a lot of people, although I am not as bad as I used to be from social anxiety because of the medications I am on, I am so happy that I have the talent for writing. I also have enough work now to keep me busy and bring in the money we need on a weekly as well as a monthly basis.
Enjoying Your Work Means You Never Work a Day of Your Life
I enjoy working from home. Although I now have a “boss” and a “supervisor” I answer to, they don’t make me feel like I am employed. They make me feel like they are just another client since they don’t tell me what to do but ask me to do something for them.
What is incredible about this job, is that the “boss” of the company sent me an email this morning asking me if I would benefit from a copywriting course he was looking over. I told him, yes but even with the discount that would apply, I wouldn’t be able to afford it yet since I just literally started working for him last Friday. Then he replied saying the company I am working for with him will pay for it. They want me to be the best I can be with this job, so they are going to buy me a copywriting course. How awesome is that? I have been trying to find an excellent copywriting course that I could afford since I do want to make my writing a lot better and he does this for me! He said he would sign me up tomorrow and let me know about it. That is awesome!
Anyway, this is my story on why and how working from home as a writer works for me. It fits into my life so well and even with a full-time job online being an employee of a company, a part-time client, and writing and publishing my “fun” writing topics on Medium, I still have the freedom I need daily.
Do you Write Online? How Does it Work for You?
Do you write online? Do you do it as a side hustle, part-time, or full-time? I started 12 years ago with it being a side hustle to make a few extra bucks per month. Not long after my first few months, I was making even more, and as the years started to fly by since I was having so much fun, I began to see a part-time income to supplement my husband’s income. However, fast forward a few more years, and I started seeing a full-time income from my professional writing career. Not only this, but I was and still am enjoying writing online for different people. My favorite topic to write about is what my passion is, writing. For this reason, you will see a lot of writing from home posts published here by me.
If you work from home as well, how does it work well for you? Does it work as well for you as it has for 12 years for me?