I like to describe freelancing as running a business that sells you.
Whatever skill you tack on after freelancing be it writing, coding or designing, that’s the product you’re being contracted to produce. Saying that freelance writing is just selling your writing is an oversimplification because there are so many other aspects to freelancing.
You’ll work in teams, network, send proposals, respond to countless emails, and use other human-specific skills. These qualities come from you, not the writing. So I will reiterate, freelancing It is running a business that sells you.
Furthermore, anyone who has actually worked as a freelancer will tell you that if you want some semblance of a work/life balance, you will inevitably end up a remote worker in an SMB.
There is a romantic/incorrect notion surrounding freelancing that you’ll have a new client every Tuesday. You are welcome to try, however, I strongly advise that you get friendly with a company willing to weather your learning curve.
Find a company that puts out consistent content and pick up weekly hours. An established company, in a developed country, will have no qualms paying $250 - $500 per post. Pick up 2 - 3 of these gigs, schedule your week, be good to them, and you will be a freelancer before you know it.
There are many categories of online writing:
Social Media post writing
All categories of writing can and should be placed onto a spectrum of where your ideal reader is in their customer journey.
If the reader is still looking for general information, you write blogs and eBooks to inform and entertain them. When the reader is ready to make a purchase, you’re write landing pages and sales copy to convert them. Understand your ideal reader, and you’ll do very well.