Why I Started Freelance Writing

Freelance writing was merely a delayed career choice. My UBC post#9 is about why I started freelance writing, which I already briefly mentioned in a previous post. I have enjoyed writing since my early teens, around junior high school (MANY years ago), but never did anything serious or significant with it until a little over four years ago.

I don’t know why it never occurred to me to pursue a career in writing or journalism before 2008. Strangely enough, I recall looking at the Writer’s Market book (an earlier edition) and a local weekly newspaper laying on our coffee table at some point, and having that fleeting thought about “why not pursue writing?” Yet I didn’t immediately take any action on it.

Then, in January 2008, I was home on doctor-ordered bed rest due to a dangerous flu strain I had contracted. I had been working as a traveling speech-developmental therapist (Speech-Language Pathology Assistant/SLPA), covering 350+ miles/week. That was also during a time when gas prices had spiked ironically to about as high as they are now (topping $3.90s and even $4/gallon), and the combination of that expense PLUS the illness … it made sense to my husband and me to bring me “home to work.”

I was also approaching the end of my M.Ed. program at that time and it was nice to have the time to put into my final few courses. Meanwhile, I began browsing “work at home” sites and various social and professional networks, and discovered there was substantial opportunity to work from home as a freelance writer.

And the rest, as they say, is history (or “her-story”?) I have worked in various capacities for numerous writing clients since February 2008 and have several hundred articles published online. My goal eventually is to have a sampling of those articles (titles, links, and excerpts) included on a separate page at this blog, similar to what I did at my new Special Resources for Special Education Teachers site.

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5 comments to “Why I Started Freelance Writing”

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  1. Juan G Garcia - April 29, 2012 Reply

    Nice description, I enjoy it. Thanks for the work you did.

  2. jbledsoejr - April 29, 2012 Reply

    I have never heard of the Writers Market Book…will have to check it out. Thx for posting!

  3. Anne@Freelance Writer - April 30, 2012 Reply

    It was very nice of you to share.It made me think how i started freelancing. For me it all began after 6 months trying to get a normal job as a colum writer in conventional newspapper, magazines, well practicly every where.I got so desappointed when i started looking for tips on the web on how to get jobs as a writer. Thats when i decided to start as a freelance writer. I thought, well i have nothing to loose..As it turns out,not only i didn’t loose money or time, but it was actually the career choice i’m most proud of!

  4. Mark@Work from Home - July 23, 2013 Reply

    Hi there Klee! Great article you got here. I’ve got no single regret visiting your site. This is very informative and useful for me. Now I truly understand freelance writers. Thanks for this. By the way, I’m glad you got over with that dangerous flu. Stay Healthy!
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  5. Evan Donald@write a ebook - September 24, 2013 Reply

    Hi Klee!

    I just found your blog and I was amazed by your introduction and the career path you choose to take. I appreciate how you became a writer without having related training course for it besides your junior high writing inclination. This was a great work! Hoping you can do a lot of inspiring materials in the future. Keep posting
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