While everyone knows that it is possible to make a full time income from home, the more accurate question would be, “how hard is it to work from home full time as a writer”. I choose the title because I believe it will bring in more readers, and it is still accurate (more on writing titles in a future post!).
One of the biggest problem many people have when just starting out as a writer is that they have likely been burned by one ‘work from home’ scam or another. It could be someone trying to get them to sign up for a multi-level-marketing scheme (not that they are all bad mind you!) or they fell for the “Make $30,000 per month working 10 minutes per day” internet marketing hype. There are a lot of scams waiting for people who want to work from home, which can make it difficult to trust any method.
Building Up over Time
With this in mind, I never recommend anyone quit their job to start writing, until they have established themselves. Writing from home is not a get rich quick deal, so even if everything goes perfectly, the chances are you won’t be making a full time income for several months (or even longer). Making money as a writer online typically grows slowly as you find more clients to write for, or build more traffic to your website.
If you go into it with reasonable expectations, however, it is certainly possible to make a full time income from writing. In fact, it is possible to make much more than the average income if you work hard and make the right choices. This is, perhaps, my favorite thing about being a writer. If I work harder, I am going to be making more money. If I decide to slow down and not work as hard, the money will go down (though not always!). I am much more in control of my income than I am at work.
Yes…The answer is Yes!
To answer the original question of this post, yes, you can make a full time income as a writer. I personally know many people who work from home as a writer, and make more than the average salary for their country. That being said, however, it is also possible to work hard for years without ever becoming truly successful. This happens when people get stuck in a situation where they are writing for too little money.
You are too busy writing to spend your time finding higher paying clients, so you are never able to increase your total income. In many cases, it is necessary to take a step back in how much you’re earning, so that you can then later take two (or three…or ten) steps forward. Each of us are only given 24 hours in a day, and we can’t write the entire time. Make sure to spend the time you are writing on projects that will earn you as much money as possible, if you want to earn a full time income writing from home that is.
Yes, This is Just a “Feel Good” Post
Sorry, there aren’t really any gems of advice in this post. Nothing magical or even extremely helpful that you haven’t heard before. This is basically just a piece to reassure everyone that writing can be a full time job. It truly is possible. Sometimes just a little encouragement and assurance is just the thing we need to hear.