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Are you wondering if you should start a freelance writing career? Here are six different reasons I started one back in 2015. Spoiler alert – it’s been life changing!
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Backstory on Why I Decided to Start a Freelance Writing Career
I love to write, I always have. I was drafting stories and screenplays in middle school, just for fun.
In college, the papers were my favorite part. I loved to research, and tie all of my thoughts together. Taking random ideas and weaving a structure and style of my own was so empowering. I had complete control over every word.
I took a hiatus from personal writing during my teaching career. I was too busy teaching the next generation to write (and read, and do math…)
In 2012, I said goodbye to the classroom and came home to homeschool our children. It’s a decision I’ve NEVER regretted.
Here are some of my kiddos. 😀 I’m so blessed to be able to spend time with them each day.
I’ve loved being a stay-at-home mom these past few years. The relationship I’ve been able to build with my kids is amazing.
So why am I starting a freelance writing career? What made me decide to do something different with the course of our lives?
And why might you want to start freelancing?
1. To See My Husband More
I love being with my kids. I’m so thankful to my husband for working hard to support us so that I can do that.
But…because he works so hard, he’s hardly every around. He drives an hour each way to get to work, and spends 10+ hours at work every day.
That means he’s gone over 12 hours a day.
The kids love having me stay home. But they NEED their daddy too.
I launched this site (and my career) with a dream–a dream to replace my husband’s income and bring him home!
What’s your dream?
Three months after I launched my freelance writing business, I was earning enough that my husband could quit his job with the long commute and take a lower paying, local job.
Now he is getting ready to step down to four days a week – and my income is filling the gap!
My goal of bringing him home completely is underway!
2. To Get Out of Debt
Bryan and I started on our debt free journey way back in 2008. With over $100,000 in personal debt. Yikes!
We’ve made slow, but steady progress over the years, and our ONLY remaining debt is my student loans. We’re down to $
After expenses and tithing, I want to pay off that debt with my income.
I’m tired of owing money.
My goal is to earn $45,000 a year as a freelancer. Once I get rolling, I should be able to pay down our final debt pretty quickly.
3. To Teach with My Words
I’m a teacher at heart. I’m hoping this site, and my freelance career can teach others some of the ins and outs of a freelance writing career.
I love using my words to teach others. I’m great at breaking complicated steps down into bite sized manageable pieces.
It’s a way for me to live out my passion for teaching without being in a classroom.
Additionally, I love sharing my strategies with other busy mamas!
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4. To Inspire other WAHMs
My vision for my writing career is different. I don’t want to spend hours away from my kids, hidden away on a computer.
I came home from the classroom because I want to be WITH my kids.
Why then would I want to shut them away from me now that I’m here?
And finding the time to do it all with a larger than average family.
You can grow a freelance writing career with your kids alongside you. And it’s good for all of you.
5. To Build My Self-Confidence
I’ve always struggled with self-confidence, and staying home all the time doesn’t do a ton to help that.
But, being brave and putting my words out there does. I can connect with others and not turn into a hermit. 😀
I’ve grown so much since starting my freelance writing business and am way more confident in myself.
After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will…
6. To Inspire My Kids
I want my kids to think outside of the box.
To know that hard work pays off. To accomplish my dream with them.
I’d love to inspire my kids to start their own freelance careers. To find success before they’re as old as I am.
To set them on a career path that is not normal. To keep them out of the rat race.
To discover their God-given talents and learn how to use them well (and profitably) for others.
Are you a freelance writer? Why did you begin your career?
Just thinking about it? I’d love to hear your dream!
Lisa Tanner is a former teacher turned homeschooling mom with 11 kids. She's also a successful freelance writer. Lisa enjoys helping other busy moms find time to start and grow a side hustle of their own.