Why I may choose not to make a living as a writer


They say poverty is man’s default state. Although this is merely an illusion because man defines poverty by how much money you make. Some people may live well on less money or even have found a way to barter and not be dependent on money at all.

In my case, I seem to default back on my first job in a grocery store. With my experience I still get top pay and quick promotions because I was a department manager before. I have a growing list of resources to pursue freelance writing again, although planning to avoid the content mills since I am not that desperate for a writing job.

For me writing is more recreational and therapeutic. If other people benefit from it that that is an added bonus. I do not feel like I have to monetize my talents to be successful. That doesn’t mean I have ruled it out either since I am looking at self-publishing e-books and affiliate marketing with websites, as well as domain flipping.

Your real wealth is your influence. Just because you never monetize it and become rich doesn’t mean you are a failure in life. While money can be a measure of a person’s influence, it is highly possible to be influential and have no money. For example, Jesus is the most influential person in history yet He had no place to lay His head and was undoubtedly poor. I wonder how He would fair today.

I feel fulfilled just writing on my blog even if I don’t get rich off of it.  I can make a lot of money freelancing but I would have to set quotas as to how much content I write a week or per month. If I have to keep a quota, then I may start hating my job and then it would seem less fulfilling and like more of a curse.

I will likely go back into freelance writing again but will probably work on a more passive income. For example, if I average $100-500 for a short article or a little more for a short story, I would only have to sell relatively few in order to live a comfortable lifestyle. Since this would not be a full-time job, I would likely continue to work my day job or start some type of small business to supplement.

There are a lot of opportunities out there. While the majority of the jobs don’t average more than 30 hours a week, many of them do pay a high hourly rate. The workforce is evolving and intelligence is defined as the ability to adapt. All others who cannot adapt just live in fear and preach the end of the world conspiracy theories.