Five years ago, in September 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur.
It probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear that most authors don’t make a living off their writing. According to a 2014 survey, 54 percent of traditionally published authors and almost 80 percent of self-published authors make less than $1,000 per year, says The Guardian.
That’s the response I usually got from family and friends when I talked about leaving my day job to become a full-time freelancer. So I put it off. But after thee years as a smoking cessation counselor and researcher at Harvard Medical Center, I knew I needed to leave academia.
Recently, one of my freelance writing clients told me they’d be cutting my workload — which meant less income for me. Crisis? Nope.
During college, I wrote for free. I didn’t realize I could be compensated so early on in my writing career. Once I graduated last summer, I committed to getting paid for my writing. That’s when I officially started my career as a freelance writer.
Have you been toying with the idea of becoming a full-time freelance writer? If so, I’ve got some tips for you. It’s time to change your thinking.
You have to be a change junkie to be successful as an indie author, because the self-publishing and entrepreneurial space moves so fast. Every book we write changes us, and every year that passes, we alter the way we do things. This makes it an exciting time to be an author, and I love it