I am a freelance writer. Actually I have always been a recreational writer dating back to high school but only in the past few years I became a professional writer when I became the publisher of a small town weekly newspaper. That gig included me being the owner. Just over two years ago I started writing freelance as a part-time 'fun on-the-side' thing. It has since become a new career for me.
I have had a number of clients since I started seriously writing freelance and have managed to become a member of writing teams for six different Australians. I'm not sure why my writing pushed me Down Under but the Aussies are pretty cool about freelance writing and the ones I work for own a vast amount of websites. I think it would be fair to say that eCommerce is big in Australia.
Here's my proof: This week alone I have written/will be writing articles on how to shop for a used laser sailboat, what kind of baby crib and baby mattress to buy and a number of articles on dental appliances including reviews of selected ones. Last week is was a set of articles on different kinds of dehumidifiers along with a series of reviews on many different types.
That's an interesting mix of subjects no matter how you look at it and I get paid by the word. The interesting thing about freelance writing is that it is rarely the same subject twice and with some simple research I can write about just about anything and sound reasonably knowledgeable at the same time. It is never dull or boring because I am also learning something along the way.
For something I never really considered a viable career choice, I have learned in a short period of time that there is something pretty amazing about this inter-web thing that envelopes the online world. With literally hundreds of websites being launched daily, there's always going to be a need for freelancers to feed those hungry search engines with fresh and new content on a regular basis.
And that's my job. I'm one of hundreds of thousands of freelancers working online from home doing something rather cool for people we have a very slim chance of ever meeting or bumping into downtown on a 'sick' day. It's a career I would love to have started earlier in my life (I'm in my mid-50s) but it is a job I am glad to have at this point in my life with the ongoing changes in the landscape that is filled with traditional jobs.
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