Advantages of Becoming a Freelance Writer
Freelance work is typically highly flexible. If you would like to work at home in your pyjamas at 3 o'clock in the morning, then that is absolutely fine (provided that you meet your deadlines). Not everyone is a morning person, so the freedom to work when and where you want, at whatever volume you want, is undoubtedly one of the greatest benefits of being freelance. There are freelancers who treat their work very much like a 9-to-5 working day, and there are some freelancers who only work a few days a week, accepting the trade-off of reduced income for greater free time. Ultimately, you have the flexibility to work around your personal circumstances.
Being freelance, you are effectively your own boss - the autonomy to plan your own workload is hugely appealing to many people. If you find setting your own deadlines and targets easy, then the prospect of working to your own schedule is very inviting: the added bonus is that there's no need to stick rigidly to the office's opening hours while you do it!
There is often an intellectual challenge in freelance work; no two days are ever the same and in the course of your freelance work, you can learn many interesting things and become knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects. The intellectual variety is something which can be far more interesting than the day-to-day grind of a job which has become quite routine.
The idea of the "work-life balance" is often posited as something to aim for, but there is no doubt that in the UK, we've become a nation of workaholics. Freelance work offers the opportunity to really take control of your personal work-life balance in a way that suits you and your lifestyle - no more arduous commuting in rush-hour traffic, and if you want to go to the gym in the afternoon when it's quiet, this is absolutely fine!