My Not-so-glamorous Life as a Freelance Writer [Entry 14]



What could be more exciting than flexible working hours, the freedom to choose my own clients, multi-faceted exposure, and working in my pyjamas? 

Just before you think I am living my best life, let me unveil the not-so-glamorous side of being a freelance writer. 

In the first few months of being a freelance writer, I realized that the perks of having flexible working hours came at the high price of having a terrible work-life balance. In other words, I did not have a life outside work. To avoid disappointing clients, I lugged my laptop almost everywhere I went to. I remember sneaking out of a church vigil to schedule blog posts. My friends got tired of being understanding. My parents’ irritation deserves a whole novel.

I also had a less-than-pleasant experience with clients who underpriced my writing services. Some felt I was too young to quote certain fees. Others felt ‘it was just writing.’ There were days I took on certain projects just for the sake of having enough money to but internet data plans. I remember how excited I got about securing a contract that paid a five-figure fee. After pouring my heart into working on the project, I Discovered that the project was worth thrice the amount I was offered.

There were also times I had no clue as to where my next gig would come from. I had signed up on a couple of freelance websites but being a Nigerian decimated my chances of getting any gigs. In the midst of all these, I also had to bear the cost of having steady power supply, fixing my laptop, and meeting up with clients who insisted on having face-to-face meetings.

Now approaching my fourth year as a freelance writer, I can boldly that I have evolved from being that writer who could not say no to less-than-ideal clients and contracts. I have had the privilege of honing my soft skills by taking up employment with Creative agencies that offered me the option of working remotely. I have also learned the art of finding high-paying clients and knowing when to work pro-bono.

Though, I am in no way close to the peak of my freelance writing career, I have come to embrace the not-so-glamorous part of being a freelance writer. I eagerly anticipate the new challenges ahead and hope to inspire more people to explore alternative career paths.


This article was written by Chiebuka Nwosu; connect with her on IG here  



13 thoughts on “My Not-so-glamorous Life as a Freelance Writer [Entry 14]

  1. Amazing write up Chiebuka. Indeed, alternative career paths are not for the faint hearted and you have beautifully expressed your experience.
    Kudos and keep the flag flying.

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  2. Chi what makes you stand out and is your passion and desire to do more it gets much better some times you can’t control your creativity ….. You’re not just a goal getter, you’ve been set for so many goals types you can’t see…. I can boldly say I know a lady who’s focused.. Congratulations ma’am.

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  3. Wow, this piece is very clear and on point,I admire your high level of understanding and gift of expression, I remember taking time to ask you about your writing profession in the Family house, and discovered that it’s your calling and you are also very passionate about it. my dear, you can only get better by the day cos you are in line with Purpose demands for you. I wish you greater heights and dominance in your calling.

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  4. Wow, this piece is clear and on point, I sincerely admire your gift of understanding and your power of expression, I remember taking time to ask you about your writing profession in the family house, and discovered that it’s your calling. my dear, you can only get better, I salute your passion and wish you greater heights and dominance in the place of fulfilling purpose.

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