In this improving, yet still troubling economy, full-time jobs are harder and harder to come by in every sector. For people seeking writing jobs, which has traditionally been a tough market to break into, opportunities are even more sparse.
Many industrious, hard-working, self-motivated and driven writers have taken to garnering freelance contracts and working from home, cobbling together a nice living from working for several companies rather than one. Companies are more willing to offer contracted work, as such labor is generally cheaper than hiring employees full time.
There are a bevy of advantages to working from home, or “telecommuting”, on freelance projects, either as a supplement to income or even in some cases a primary source of income.
Working on your own schedule: Do you prefer to complete projects as quickly as possible? Do you thrive on the pressure of a deadline? Do you like both? Freelance writing from home affords you the opportunity to work at your own pace, so long as the projects are completed on time. If you are a night owl, you do not have to punch a clock every morning at 8:00 AM. If you are an early bird, you can work in the wee hours of the morning and enjoy your afternoon in leisure.
Lower commuting costs: The job market is not the only market hurting; gas prices have skyrocketed to a national average of nearly four dollars per gallon and more in some areas. Working from home allows you to make large savings in your auto travel budget. Imagine a commute from your bedroom to your computer in less than thirty seconds rather than thirty minutes in rush hour, gridlocked traffic.
Earn as much as you like: There are numerous companies, such as EnglishMajor.com, that hire writers for a continuous flow of work that needs to be written through crowdsourcing. You can work through as many projects and submissions as you like, writing enough to garner a nice supplement to your income in your spare time or adding to the freelance load already on your plate at home. If you simply want extra money for the weekend, or if you need a more sizable cash amount, you can work as much or as little as you like!
Working from home can be a great way to work at your own pace. Whether it is through a full-time job you are fortunate enough to have that allows you to work from home or are an industrious freelancer, it is a great way to work in an ideal environment made to cater to your schedule!