How Old Is Too Old to Start a Freelance (Writing) Career? Some Pros and Cons

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August 17, 2010

I do a lot of reading online about freelancing writing to stay abreast of what’s going on in the industry. It’s how I’ve spotted trends, capitalized on them (eg, SEO writing) and basically managed to stay busy as a freelance writer – especially the last few years.

Today as I was doing my “industry reading,” I came across a poll on FreelanceSwitch.com, a popular site for all kind of creative freelancers, eg, web designers, SEO writers, bloggers, social media experts, etc. The creator of the poll simply wanted to know how old the readers of the site were, ie, how old the average freelancer is (http://bit.ly/cnDF8q)?

I was surprised by how extremely young some of the freelancers were – and a bit disappointed to see that there weren’t that many over 50. What really stood out to me though is that no matter the age, most didn’t regret taking the plunge.

Freelancing at 13 Years Old

freelance-writing-career-when-are-you-too-old-to-start1Some of the respondents reported starting to freelance at a mere 13 years old (see comments section of the above-linked-to post; really interesting insight). This shouldn’t have surprised me, considering that kids these days know how to navigate a keyboard practically before they learn how to write.

But my age group (35-49) wasn’t nearly as large as I thought it would be. It wasn’t even 20% at the time I voted and saw the results. Those over 50 represented less than 5%. This got me to thinking . . .

Does Freelancing Get Harder As You Get Older?

I’ve been freelancing since 1993, and in my opinion . . .

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7 Responses to “How Old Is Too Old to Start a Freelance (Writing) Career? Some Pros and Cons”

  1. Yuwanda,

    I’ve been a fan for awhile, so I wanted to pop in and say hello and thank you for all of the fabulous content that you share on your blog. I’m also an SEO freelance writer and I’ve gotten lots of inspiration and ideas from your blog.

    Thanks so much.

  2. Yuwanda says:

    Evelyn:

    Thank you so much for writing in. As for the content, love the fact that you find it “fabulous;” I do try!

    FYI, congrats on being the “Black Blog of the Day” on the Black Blogger Network. I’d never heard of this; have to check them out.

    AND, loovvvve your dreads. I’m thinking of dreading my hair as practically the only style I wear anymore is braids. Yours are beautiful.

  3. A shoutout to every aspiring freelance writer out there:

    It’s never to late to be a freelance writer. As long as you have the dedication, the creativity, the confidence, and the right resources, then you too could be good at it (and financially productive too).

    BTW, thanks for the very helpful resources!

  4. Yuwanda says:

    @Freelance Mom Job: I agree with everything you said. And, you’re welcome on the resources; glad you found them helpful.

  5. Thank you for all of the fabulous content that you share. This is an amazing site.

  6. Rena Eze says:

    Ms. Yuwanda,

    love this! Thank you so much for sharing your personal stories and insights. I arrived in Mobay on April 13th and just left yesterday – guess that means i love the place. Lol! Hope to meet you when I return…

  7. Yuwanda says:

    Rena:

    I guess that means you do, which is fabulous! It’s not so hard to “fall in love” in Jamaica, is it?

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