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
Some 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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