“I Want To Be A Freelance Writer: How Do I Get Started?”

After years in the publishing industry, Josh has had enough. He's interested in becoming a freelance writer, but he's worried about taking the leap from a secure job. Can you help him?

What's your career history and current job?

I've always loved writing, reading, film and the arts.

I've worked in the publishing industry for most of my career, and right now I'm a marketing manager for a successful academic publishing company.

How do you feel about your work?

It pays well, and I like the people and general environment.

I dislike the long commute, the open plan office, and I'm tired of being told what to do. I don't hate my work and I do see the value in it, but I just want more from life.

What would you like to be doing instead?

I'm currently doing a six-month writing course while I work full time, which I absolutely love. I really enjoy being creative and spending time with other writers. In an ideal world I would find a way to make writing my career, but I'm realistic and happy to juggle other jobs too.

What's the biggest obstacle in your way?

Fear is my biggest obstacle.

Fear that I won't earn as much money as I do currently from any career change and the impact that would have on my family. I feel selfish – I have what looks like a great job on paper and I'm still not happy!

Can you help Josh?

  • Have you moved from marketing into something more personally rewarding, or do you know someone who has?
  • Do you know about the world of freelance writing?
  • How can Josh get past his fear of taking a financial hit by going freelance?

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