Let’s face it: sometimes work can feel like an endless stream of tasks with little reward. Whether you’re an in-house employee or a freelancer, maintaining a positive attitude is key to remaining productive and happy. This article will introduce you to the freelance writing industry as well as explain why it’s such a great career choice for anyone looking for self-employment or secondary income with flexible hours and minimal stress. If you love language, have something interesting to say, and can meet deadlines, this could be the perfect opportunity for you! Do note that most of this information is related to Edmund; Co-founder of HustleVentureSG, and what I find freelance writing has helped my mental health. Read on to find out what are the 7 mood-boosting benefits of freelance writing.
Why Freelance Writing?
When you’re an in-house employee, it can be difficult to see the bigger picture of what your work contributes to the company’s success. Freelance writing allows you to create content and build relationships with brands that want to engage and connect with their customers and readers. You can contribute to the world around you in a meaningful way, and there’s a lot of satisfaction in that.
If you love writing, but you’re not sure if you want to commit to a full-time job, freelance writing might be a perfect solution. You can set your own schedule, work from home, and earn some supplemental income while building your portfolio. There are a lot of benefits that come with being a freelance writer. You’ll get to set your own hours, build connections with great brands, and even make some extra money.
As you grow your freelance writing profession and find better ways to grow an audience and make it into a business. That’s when freelance writing can be converted into a form of business. Read down below on HustleVentureSG founder’s story on how he started and created a journaling business.
Founder’s Story. How Edmund became a Professional Freelance Writer.
I started writing content on the internet at the age of 14. Back then, people were using Blogger to share their stories. I used to communicate fishing content to my fellow friends around me. Soon enough, people from all around Singapore were reaching out to me to find out more information and ask questions. From there, I created content that answered questions and dig out unconventional solutions that were not described. Crazy enough, as a 15-year-old boy then, gaining a monthly view of over 10,000 to me was pretty impressive.
Though I took a break from blogging for more than 5 years, I still had the capability to write catchy and useful content for my readers. Realizing the talents for writing on Google. That’s when I started providing freelance writing services to individuals and companies through Fiverr and Upwork. If you are interested in having your content written by me, be sure to click the Fiverr link.
In the first 3 months, the business was paying about $100 ~ $300 a month, which was pretty decent for overall 10-hour work. And within the next 3 months, the freelance writing was bringing in 4 figure income. That’s when I knew I had the potential to make this into a business. Going all in the business, HustleVentureSG now has over 1,000 subscribers within the first 6 months of the business and have 4 different social media platform that is engages its audience. Insane!
Although one might say that content writing can be tiresome, I found blogging as a form of journaling my life’s progression and found it very therapeutic. I am currently juggling content writing here on HustleVentureSG and helping my clients with their content. Before I go to bed, I would write articles daily to show my progression and to keep track of my daily activity.
The Mood-Boosting Benefit of Creative Writing
After doing content writing and journaling for over 10 years now, I found that journaling/blogging is good for a person’s mental health and has many other physiological benefits related to it. And they can be described in 7 different ways on why it helps to boost your positivity.
1) Psychological benefits of writing
To some people, writing can be a form of relaxation to write out the things that they are currently thinking off right now. Studies have shown that journaling has helped people with managing anxiety, reducing stress, and coping with depression. Not to say that I have any of those but It does feel great to write about what’s on your mind and hit hard on the keyboard to convey your emotion on the Internet.
2) Set your own schedule
Freelance writers have control over their schedules, which means you can fit your writing around other obligations. You can take time off when you need it and start and end projects when you’re ready. The best part of all, because you have all the time to think about the work, you can actually take your time to brainstorm about the work. This has helped me create the best content that does well on Google.
3) Build valuable soft skills
As a freelance writer, you’ll learn how to collaborate with others, manage your time effectively, and meet tight deadlines. These are skills that can be applied to almost any industry and can help you advance your career. This was where I lacked the most and had to learn a great deal, I am an INTP, which is in the introvert spectrum. Communicating isn’t one of my strong suits, but I have learned how I can better communicate with my clients and convey my emotion through texting. Which honestly is an underrated skill in our digital age in my opinion.
4) Build a portfolio and gain experience
Freelance writing is a great way to build up your portfolio of work. Because anything you put on the Internet stays on the Internet, you can work on a variety of projects and formats to showcase your writing skills and introduce your work to new industries and employers. How you can build personal branding from the Internet I found is really simple. Search up your name and find what is missing on Google. From there, add as much information as you can. Whether it is images to showcase your achievements or how you support businesses.
5) Make money while building your portfolio
Come on, who doesn’t want to learn how to make money online, let alone anywhere in the world? With our world becoming more digitalized, there are multiple ways for you to make money online. Freelance writing is a great way to make money on the side. You can set your own rates and find clients on sites like Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer. Once you have built up a strong reliable amount of customers, that’s when you feel a lot safer and can expand your business as I did.
6) Learn more about what you enjoy and what you don’t
Freelancing is a great way to figure out what you enjoy and don’t enjoy. You can try different projects, work with different clients, and even experiment with different writing formats to learn more about your skills and interests. After writing content for my clients for almost a year now, I realize that I enjoy writing content about personal finance, business startups, and how to take care of others. It is kind of a hit-and-miss, and you have to find what you like only by taking on the challenge.
7) Customers are all around the world
Fancy meeting new people? Freelance writing allows you to write content for people from all around the world. I have met clients from the US, the UK, and even in places such as Ukraine. So if you enjoy meeting people from all around the world, freelance writing gives you the exposure to learn more about a different cultures and most importantly, a different writing style that they like.
Whether it is writing for yourself or for businesses, freelance writing does have multiple psychological benefits. It’s also a flexible career that allows you to set your own hours and work from anywhere. You can also pick and choose what types of projects you want to work on and which ones you don’t. If you’ve got a passion for writing, freelance work could be the ideal solution. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up the pen, put on your thinking cap, and get ready to write!