How to quit your day job to pursue a writing career

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Making the decision to quit your day job to pursue your passion is an extremely difficult task. The creative sector is a hard one to crack and many can be persuaded into backing out of going full time, it’s unpredictable and far from a secure career move. However with that being said it can also be exceptionally fulfilling and if no one took the risk then we wouldn’t have the creative industry we have today. Not everyone is in the right frame of mind to make such a move, and that’s absolutely fine but for those who feel they are ready to take the leap there are a few things to consider first. 

It may seem obvious but the first step in this process is taking a moment to think about the road ahead. Pursuing a writing career takes a lot of hard work and can really test your commitment at times so its important you’re doing it for the right reasons. If you’re dedicated then the hurdles you will encounter, such as rejection will be easier to handle. Much like art, tv or music the writing industry can be pretty brutal, there’s a lot of competition and failure is unfortunately expected but if you have your head in the right place then you will succeed. 

Once you and anyone you may be collaborating with is on board then you’re probably onto one of the most challenging aspects of this process which is money. Your savings are your best friend and its vital that you have a good amount set aside before taking the plunge, obviously its all relative so it’s up to you to decide how much you need and how long you need it to last. Another tip would be to take on some small professional writing jobs before going full time independently, its always good to gain experience as well as contacts within the industry and it can be something to fall back on if needed. 

If you have not yet gained any experience then maybe ask yourself if you have enough skill or knowledge behind you in order to take it full time. We all learn and grow throughout our career but be sure you are at a good level within your craft before quitting. If you feel like you need a bit more time then check out internships, college courses or volunteering as they are always great for building upon your skills. 

So you have the money, the skills and the commitment to go full time, so what’s next? Well, if you’re set to hand in your notice and pursue your dream career then you’re going to want to have plenty of material ready to go. This doesn’t have to be any huge projects but get some of your work online and make sure all your social media platforms are up to date and full of content.

Staying organised and setting yourself goals for the year will keep you on track whilst also showing evidence as to whether or not your career is going in the right direction. Working for yourself means you have to find your own drive to keep going which can be difficult at times so set yourself strict deadlines to complete any projects. If you reach the end of the year and things haven’t progressed or you haven’t reached any money related goals then you can start thinking about other options such as going back to work. 

Overall quitting to pursue a passion is not something to take lightly but it can be done if you’re prepared and you put in the work and hopefully these tips will help make the process a little easier. 

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