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by Nick Usborne
I doubt it!
Freelance writing or copywriting from home are ideal jobs for people who are no longer part of that youthful demographic that companies like to put on the payroll.
Companies don’t much like employing people over the age of 50, because their health care costs tend to rise.
And that makes it a lot harder for us older folks to get a full time job. Many companies will think twice even if you are in your forties. They just figure it’s safer to invest their time in training and supporting employees in their twenties or thirties.
This makes working from home as a freelancer an ideal choice for anyone who needs to make a good income, but isn’t getting calls for interviews.
And when you work from home... Well, nobody knows your age anyway.
As a result, many people who are over the age of 40 or 45 choose freelancing as their second choice, after trying to get a job with a company.
But becoming a freelance writer can be a great FIRST choice as well.
Here are some of the reasons why freelance writing and copywriting are such great choices for the over 45s.
- Your years of work experience give you a maturity that younger freelancers can’t match. This will help you in dealing with prospects and clients. You know your way around companies, and how they work.
- Your specific career experience can give you a big advantage when it comes to choosing a niche for which to write. If you have worked for years in the financial industry, for instance, then you are perfectly positioned to write for that industry as a freelancer.
- Starting a freelance writing or copywriting business has the advantages of having a company, without many of the expenses. You get to claim expenses against your income, but have very low start-up costs. That’s good too, at a time when banks have cut back on making loans to new companies.
- If you have family or social commitments you don’t want to give up, freelancing gives you a level of flexibility that allows you to keep up with your life and well as with your work.
Young people have many advantages in other areas. But when it comes to building a freelance business from home, the over-45s can compete and win.
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