Hobby or Professional – How Do You Classify Your Writing?

by WorkFromHome on July 4, 2011

There are many gifted writers that would love to quit their day jobs and work full time in the writing industry. Since the advent of the Internet, this dream has become a reality for many. However, many writers can’t seem to make a career out of freelance writing, regardless of how they try. What most of these writers do not realize is that succeeding at a freelance career in writing takes a lot of effort and it must begin with considering the opportunity a profession.

Profession or Hobby

It is sad to say that many people who opt to work as a freelance writer do not take their position seriously enough to succeed. This is not to say that they do not really want to work in this field, it is more that they set limits for themselves and do not prosper. This is generally referred to as hobby writing.

Hobby writing is when a writer will only accept specific types of writing assignments, significantly reducing their ability to earn money from home. Perhaps it is a certain style in which they like to write, or perhaps it is a specific subject, either way income and assignments are greatly reduced.

A professional freelance writer will approach any type of writing assignment, even if it is out of their comfort zone. As these writers work with their clients they learn the style and tone that the customer wants and can produce work in that manner.

Income Based Writing

A professional freelance writer works to earn income from home. A hobbyist writes for gratification, with any income generated from the writing considered a bonus. Most hobbyists write for their own blog, or sell small articles to blogs of similar categories.

Professional freelance writers work to pay their bills and save for their future. With this always in the back of their thoughts, professional freelancers will strive to exceed deadlines so that they can move on to the nest project. They are always looking for opportunities and will work long into the night to accomplish their goals.

Which Type Of Writer Is Better?

Both types of writers, professional and hobbyist, serve a purpose on the Internet. The Internet is information based, and content is always needed. There will always be a need for both types of writers to fill the demands on the World Wide Web.

In the end, you need to determine which type of writer you wish to be and commit yourself to it whole heartedly. If you only wish to earn money online occasionally then remain a hobby writer. If you wish to replace or create an income with your writing skills, commit to treating your writing like a profession.

Finding Work As A Professional Freelance Writer

When deciding to work as a professional freelance writer you will have to spend some time familiarizing yourself with how to find work on and off line. If you want to earn money online, begin by joining as many freelance communities as possible. Each of these sites will allow you to bid on jobs and make money writing. You will also be able to interact with other writers, giving you the ability to make friends, learn new techniques and be first to know about upcoming projects.

When you look for work offline, you will need to promote your services to local businesses. Many of these businesses need offsite help creating tech manuals, employee handbooks and product descriptions. Don’t forget the local printer who always needs help creating pamphlets and brochures.

Remember, you will only generate work if you put your skills out there to be used.

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