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 thoughts on “Why I Started Freelance Writing

  1. 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!

  2. 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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  3. 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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