This Just in: Why I’m Leaving Full-Time Freelance Work

Full-time freelance work might be the goal for many writers, but it’s not for everyone. Here’s why I’m saying goodbye.

This Just in: Why I’m Leaving Full-Time Freelance Work
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Today I begin a new chapter leading the development department at BryteBridge Consulting. I’m excited to return full-time to a company I’ve worked with for a few years, helping educate and support people to build sustainable nonprofit organizations. Returning to BryteBridge, I’m leaving the world of full-time freelance work.

I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work for myself for the past two years, but it’s time to leave that world behind. While many see the freelance lifestyle as the ultimate goal, it’s not for everyone. Healthcare coverage aside, freelance work takes a commitment to hustle in ways that are not sustainable for most people.

Spoiler alert, you don’t have to be a full-time writer to be a success. I wrote my bookwith people working full-time jobs in mind. Aside from the last two years, that’s how I’ve written my entire career. Focusing on quality over quantity is much easier when your creative pursuits are not directly linked to your financial wellbeing.

Don’t get me wrong, you can be a successful full-time freelance writer. I am proud of my work, clients, and the return they brought me. However, as I pictured my future, it became clear that working independently did not fulfill my personal, professional, and mental health goals.

If you’re concerned about what this means for The Writing Cooperative, don’t be. I’ll continue to support and encourage writers just as I always have. Submissions will still take up to a week for review, though I might try to schedule things more than a week in advance if possible to protect my time.

I’m excited about this new chapter and can’t wait to share more with you in the coming weeks. I look forward to seeing how my creativity morphs and adapts when not being forced.

Have you made the jump from freelance work to full-time? Do you have any pointers for me as I return to a hybrid office environment? Are you in the nonprofit space? Hit reply. I’d love to connect.

What’s Capturing My Attention Right Now

  1. Sara Dietschy reviews the M2 MacBook Air (the best computer I’ve ever owned) and breakdowns creative burnout. Sara’s video resonates so deeply with my feelings about full-time creative work.
  2. Speaking of tech reviews, BMW thinks selling a heated seat subscription is a good idea. I’m not sure I like where this is going.
  3. Following up on skipping through the multiverse, Nick Hinton thinks the world ended in 2012, and we’ve been living in a simulation ever since. I’m not usually one to give into conspiracy theories, but this one is fun.
  4. My second-favorite cooking show is back for season four.
  5. The post-credits scene in She-Hulk’s first season might be the funniest MCU joke ever told.
Justin Cox Justin Cox

Justin Cox is a donut-loving, word-writing, nonprofit consultant based in Orlando. He also runs The Writing Cooperative on Medium. Come say hello!