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I left a career in sports television to become a writer. Here's how I made the first year a success — and what I wish people people knew about freelancing.
Nick Dauk is an internationally published travel writer and freelance copywriter. In 2018, he left his stable job at a sports broadcasting company to pursue a career as a writer.
Freelancing has its perks, like being able to travel and work from around the world, but Dauk says it was also stressful in the beginning to find clients and develop a consistent revenue stream.
For people aspiring to write full-time, Dauk recommends securing a few paid gigs before quitting your day job, being flexible with rates, and being open to doing all types of writing, from editorial and social to copy and product writing.
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When I said I was leaving television to become a writer, my coworkers choked on their laughter.
"A writer? Like… a book writer?"
The broadcast operations center of the sports broadcasting company where I'd worked for six years was relocating from Florida to New Jersey. I was left with two options: Apply for a position in another department that would inevitably be relocated as well, or accept a severance and press my luck as a writer.
My peers believed that leaving a coveted job that paid $55,000 a year at the age of 27 to pursue writing was hilariously naïve of me.
Still, I chose to leave the company, and despite the odds, I made it through my first year as a writer, word by word, penny by penny. And in that year, I went from making $0 to $30,000 as a freelance writer, without touching a dime of my severance or working another job. (Spoiler alert: Not a cent came from publishing a book.)
My initial goal was to secure a book deal before year-end