If you do a freelance writing related Twitter search, you’ll notice many people who aren’t, or weren’t, writers by trade using writing and blogging as a way to keep afloat after losing their day jobs. I left my job to become a freelance writer, but many in the business today didn’t. I know a few laid off accountants, lawyers and teachers who turned to freelancing as a way to keep the money flowing while they look for work.
I have a friend who is an excellent writer, but he doesn’t write. He’s been out of work for several months so I suggested he try freelancing. He now has a couple of gigs lined up and things aren’t looking as bad as they did a few weeks ago. Another writer friend complained about all the “non freelance writers” making the game more competitive. I disagree. Clients will hire the best person for the job regardless of if there’s 20 applications or 200. The way I see it, anything that keeps the money flowing in this economy is a very good thing. This same writer also complained that newer writers might not be qualified. True, there’s some people who aren’t very good writers trying to make a go at it, but that happens with any professional. Besides just because someone didn’t set out to become a writer, doesn’t mean he isn’t good at it.
The web opened up so many new jobs – freelance writers, web developers, social media people. Can you imagine how many of out of work people would be standing on the unemployement line or even having to go on welfare after running out of unemployement? That’s why I’m fan of certain web content sites, because they provide jobs when jobs aren’t plenty.
Freelance writing is saving the world, and I’m so proud to see so many new writers succeed.