Think you’re too old to launch a freelance writing career? Think again.
Have you been working a day job for decades? Are you an empty nester with a few gray hairs? You might think you’re too old to go freelance, but you’re not.
You can do this. Believe me. I know what it’s like to launch a freelance writing career when you’re older.
For more than 30 years, I worked in banking and law, and did a lot of writing. I dabbled with freelancing to make extra money, and thought it might be my path to retirement.
But that all changed when my employer went out of business.
Not quite old enough for Social Security, I wasn’t interested in starting over in another office. But I still needed an income, and I wanted more time and more freedom to enjoy life.
Want to know how I made the move to full-time freelancing…at my age?
These five steps helped me launch my freelance writing career:
Are you worried about ageism in freelancing? It’s a concern I hear from a lot of writers.
It’s not uncommon for writers to finally embark on their dream career after retiring or being laid off from a longtime job, or after several different corporate jobs. I also hear from journalists who’ve taken 10-20 years off to raise kids, and now they want to start getting assignments again.
But you worry that you’re “too old.” It’s too late for you. You’re obsolete. No one’s going to hire you.
If ageism in freelancing is your worry, I want to tell you it’s all lies.
I’ve been freelancing since late 2005, have owned an AARP card for several years now, and I’ve never been offered more lucrative projects than I’m seeing right now.
Want to know how to beat ageism in freelancing?
Freelancing is often a career we pursue in fits and starts. I’m a perfect example — I started out as a freelance writer back in the early ’90s, then had staff writing jobs for 12 years and started freelancing again…