Everyone knows that being a stay-at-home mom is a lot of work. Every day is a little bit different and you never know what is going to come up. Trying to find a time every day to work for a paycheck is extremely difficult.
Freelance writing, on the other hand, lets you decide how much work you are willing to take on, what your rates will be, and work whenever works best for you. This is why freelance writing is truly great for stay-at-home moms.
You Set Your Own Rates
As a mom, you know your time is limited and valuable. Freelance writing is great in that it lets you decide how much your time is worth. While you can certainly work for pennies with content mills, you don’t have to, there are tons of freelance writing jobs out there that pay well and provide stable income. There are even companies like Contena and ClearVoice, that save you time by contacting you when a job meets your criteria of topic and pay rate.
Whether you get paid by the word, hour, or project is completely up to you. However, being paid by the project is usually the most lucrative, if you can get something done faster than someone else you shouldn’t lose money by being paid per hour. By charging per project, you can work on it off on and in between nap times and the chores around the house. Just remember when you are setting your own rates, make sure you are taking into account the fact that you will have to pay your own taxes.
Since you are setting your own rates, you can always change them later. The more freelancing you do the more experienced you become. In the 9-5 world, you’d have to ask for a raise in order for your gained experience to be valued. In the freelancing world, you just tell your new client what your rates are, they don’t have to know you are giving yourself a raise. The only exception to this is recurring clients. However, since they are just one part of your income it’s up to you to keep working with them or not if they don’t agree to raise your rates.
The More You Work, The More You Make
The more projects you take on, the more you make. If you know life at home is going to be crazy with an out of town soccer tournament and end of school year activities, you can scale back and take on less work. It is up to you.
More clients can also mean more “job security” if you lose one client or just choose not to work with someone for whatever reason, you are still earning money from other clients. The more streams of income you have, the better off and more secure you’ll be. So while you may have one amazing client that provides you with tons of work, it is always good to keep pitching and looking for other clients, even if it is just 2-3 pitches per week between loads of laundry. More clients will equal more money and more security.
You Choose When to Write and Who to Write For
Unlike other work from home jobs, for freelance writing, you truly can do the work whenever you want. Just so long as the work is submitted to the client by the deadline. Some days you may be able to sit for an hour straight during nap time to crank out some posts. Other days it may be 5-10 minutes here to draft an outline, 10 minutes there to draft the first paragraph and by the end of the day between everything else you’ll have finished your piece. The only schedule you really have to abide by are your deadlines. So long as the work gets done and submitted on time, your client doesn’t need to know when you are actually doing the work.
You might also get the chance to set the deadlines. Depending on the client, you might be able to say the date you will submit the piece. This means you can figure out how long it will take you to get it done, then add a cushion just in case something comes up and voila you have a deadline you can provide to your client.
Other clients may provide you with the deadline, every client is different. But remember you get to choose which clients you are willing to work with, if you do a project for one and didn’t enjoy the work or the client, you can go find a different client. You also don’t have to work on finding clients during normal business hours, you can submit a pitch at virtually any time. Though if you do want to have your pitches go out during regular business hours, there's technology that lets you draft the pitch and then have it automatically sent later.
No matter what type of writing you do or when you do it, freelance writing is the perfect way to provide a stable income for stay-at-home moms.
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