After you've decided what type of Web writer you want to be (as in specialties and / or niches), you need to decide if you'd like to freelance in Web writing or look for a more permanent full-time Web writing job. Here are some of the benefits of each to help you decide what's right for you:
Benefits of Full-Time Web Writing as an Employee
- You'll receive a consistent paycheck.
- You'll have more security in your work (you don't have to constantly search for new clients).
- You may have access to an editor or other supervisor who can help you grow in your Web writing work.
- You will most likely work on-site with your employer, which means you'll have colleagues to associate with on a regular basis (a more social environment).
- You may receive benefits (such as paid vacations and health insurance).
- You don't have to worry about keeping accounting records, and your taxes are withheld from your paycheck for you.
- You don't have to pay extra taxes in the self-employment tax paid by freelancers (because your employer pays a portion of your Medicare and social security taxes, so you're not paying for it all by yourself).
Benefits of Freelance Web Writing
- You set your own working hours (ideal if you have to work around kids' schedules or if you simply know you're a more productive writer during non-traditional business hours).
- You have more freedom in the types of Web writing projects you accept or decline, or the types of clients you choose to work with.
- If you lose one gig, you'll likely have others to fill in the gaps (unlike losing your sole full-time Web writing job).
- You can build more exposure for yourself and your name as a professional, because you'll be actively and aggressively marketing your services and showcasing your best work (or at least you should be).
- You decide when you want to earn more money by raising your rates or targeting different markets / clients, instead of waiting on an employer to agree to give you the raise you want.
- You can sometimes be paid more quickly for your work (you decide if you get paid up front or after the work is complete).
- You get to control your work environment to make sure you can work as productively as possible (from the layout to the lighting).
- If you need extra money, you can take on more clients without having to worry about getting things like overtime approved by your boss.
- There's no one looking over your shoulder while you work.
If you're already experienced as a Web writer, either full-time or on a freelance basis, what are some other benefits (or even drawbacks) of each that you might want to alert new Web writers to?