After a divorce, your entire life is changed. You have to think of the most unexpected hacks to take care of all responsibilities without help. Laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, work, kids, and maybe, just maybe, a chance for a new relationship… If you don’t have a job, you’ll have to start looking for it, and there’s no time for delays. For all of us who are far from being superheroes, all this may be a bit too much.
Here’s a super-hack that works: start working from home! You’ll be able to organize your time in a much more productive way. What could possibly bring you money from home? Writing! If your writing skills are on point, you can start your new career today!
Are you having doubts about turning writing into a business after divorce? We’ll give you seven convincing reasons to try it!
1. Age is not a factor.
The freelance writing industry is open for everyone. If you’re over the age of 18 and you have an Internet connection, you’re welcome to try! That’s a huge relief, isn’t it? The clients won’t ask how old you are. In case they do ask, most of them will perceive your age as experience, so they might be even more willing to work with you.
If you’re good at expressing yourself, you won’t have too much to learn. You invest some time into exploring the best blogs for writers with useful information, so you’ll master the techniques of blogging and SEO, and understand how the writing industry works. Then, you’ll be ready to hit the job market.
2. You already have some experience.
The best freelance writers don’t necessarily have too much job experience. They have a different kind of experience: life. You have that, too. When you join a freelancing platform, you’ll pick a niche. This niche will be related to your knowledge, interests, and passion. If you own a degree in anything, you can turn that area of study into your niche. You can write about healthy food, parenting, meditation, literature, or whatever else you’re experienced in.
To showcase some experience, you can start your own blog. It doesn’t have to be advanced. Just pick your favorite niche, pay attention to the design (WordPress is really easy to get around), and publish a few pieces of content that showcase your skills. When you start applying for freelance writing jobs, the clients will want to see some of your work. Even if you don’t have real experience with freelancing gigs, the blog will serve as an online portfolio.
3. You’ll be working from home.
This is one of the major reasons why many divorced people decide to try freelancing. The work from home seems ideal since it enables to balance out their responsibilities. You can take care of the kids, prepare some lunch, and do your job at the same time.
Yes; the jobs will come with deadlines. If, for example, you’re writing for an online magazine, they will demand an in-depth article within few days. You’ll have to plan your time in a way that enables you to meet that deadline. This means that you do need to focus. However, you can still play with your schedule, so you’ll have time for everything else, too. Freelance writing doesn’t have to be a nine-to-five job — unless you really want that.
The point is: you accept as much work as you’re able to do. That flexibility is gold! You’ll have time to show your children some love, and that’s the biggest gift they need after the divorce.
4. This career makes you wiser.
Freelance writing is a career that encourages you to learn new things every single day. If you don’t know much about search engine optimization, you’ll have to do some research. That knowledge will make you better at this job. If a client is asking you to write a piece on big data although that topic is not within your niche, you’ll have to research and learn a lot before you even start writing that article.
You’ll be learning new things every single day. If parenting is your niche, these pieces of wisdom will be really useful for you and your children. You’ll be writing about natural medicine, parenting techniques, motivation, education, and so on. Whatever niche you choose for your writing business, it will be making you smarter by the day.
5. It gets easier with time.
At the beginning, freelance writing may be hard. You’ll have troubles organizing your time. Some of your clients will repeatedly ask for revisions. Finding clients is the biggest issue. Beginners usually get the one-time gigs. When you gain enough experience and you improve your reputation, however, things will become easier.
You’ll get returning clients, who will provide a regular workflow for you. Since you’ll be getting used to their topics, writing a single article will start taking less and less time. You’ll know what the client is looking for, so the chances of misunderstandings will be minimal.
With time, you’ll notice that you’re spending less time on your work, but you might be making even more money than you used to at the beginning. This means more time for your kids and your newly-obtained personal life.
6. You can get a vacation anytime.
Are your kids asking you to take them somewhere over the weekend? Do you want to take them on a lovely summer vacation? You don’t have to ask the boss and arrange the time with your colleagues. You can take time off freelance writing whenever you want to, and you can go back to it whenever you want to.
Even better: you can do some writing during the vacation, so you’ll be making money to support the adventures along the way.
7. There’s no need for an investment.
After the divorce, finances are a big issue. If you don’t have a lot of savings to start a traditional business, then freelancing is just perfect for you. All you need is a laptop and a stable Internet connection. No investment whatsoever.
It’s easy to start. It’s exciting. Depending on the effort you invest, it will bring you money. It leaves you with space for all responsibilities you have after the divorce. Freelance writing may be the perfect business to start at this point!
About the Author: Laura Buckler is a contributor and a freelance writer. She is motivated by an endless curiosity about how the world works and how a person can navigate it without getting lost. She feels like she is on this journey together with her readers. You can follow her on Twitter.