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If in case you have been or wish to be a contract author, you may need questioned:

Can freelancers retire?

Sure, they will!

I received this query from a reader lately:

After a 20+ yr profession in nonprofit fundraising I’ve been consulting within the subject for the previous six years and actually specializing in writing for them for the previous two. To this point, so good.

On a latest “weekend retreat” with my spouse, we have been speaking concerning the enterprise’ future and the way once I go, it goes.

So having “the top in thoughts,” what’s the top sport in freelance copywriting? How do you create one thing in order that when it’s time to “fade into the sundown” there could also be one thing to supply somebody to purchase because of my exhausting work?

Thanks — Matt.

So, can freelancers retire?

There are a number of methods freelance writers can get themselves ready to retire, Matt:

Create your personal ebooks

Should you can create ebooks through the years, they may promote for you kind of on autopilot, by means of phrase of mouth from individuals who’ve already purchased them, and proceed to earn for you.

I’m simply getting began on this myself with the one e book I’ve out, however I’m hoping to create an entire checklist of ebooks with writing-biz fundamentals that may preserve incomes for me in future.

Should you’re focused on studying extra about how to write and publish a book, take a look at Self-Publishing Faculty.

Create your personal e-courses

With webinars and video expertise the place it’s at as we speak, it’s not exhausting to create programs that may carry on instructing for you and bringing in income, lengthy after you’ve stopped actively instructing. All of the stay occasions I create for Freelance Writers Den fall into this class.

For extra data on e-courses, you’ll be able to take a look at this text on best online course platforms.

Create a weblog you’ll be able to promote

Some blogs supply a lot priceless data to readers that they finally develop a large enough viewers to draw an organization that wishes to purchase the weblog outright.

Examples I do know offhand embody the finance blogs Mint.com (which sold for a reported $170 million) and Get Rich Slowly, in addition to Freelance Writing Gigs in my very own writing-advice area of interest.

The important thing right here is that the weblog not be a cult of character that’s all about you, however a couple of matter of excessive curiosity to a broad viewers, the place a purchaser might rent different consultants in your trade to run it after you depart. The Write Life is a superb instance of this as effectively.

Create a Internet-based service enterprise you’ll be able to promote

Typically, in the middle of pursuing your writing profession, you get an thought for a associated enterprise you possibly can begin. That’s what occurred to Peter Shankman with Help a Reporter Out — and it grew to become a smash hit.

Advert income rose to a reported $1 million a yr. It was sold to Vocus in 2010.

Write unsolicited mail copy

In some unsolicited mail writing situations, the author earns a royalty on gross sales made by means of the copy they wrote. I don’t have any of those gigs lined up, however I collect a few of the largest copywriters have created ongoing income streams this manner.

Write a smash-hit, evergreen enterprise or how-to ebook

I’m positive the authors of the perennial enterprise bestseller The 1-Minute Manager don’t fear about whether or not they can retire, for example. If in case you have nonpareil data that would preserve promoting for years, write that ebook proposal and begin pitching it round.

Chad Allen has a great program for crafting book proposals. A radical review of his course has been written right here.

Sock cash away and/or stay on a budget

Any means you slice it, freelancers are actually identical to staff with regards to retirement. Should you lower your expenses, you’ll be able to retire on it. Should you don’t, your choices are fewer. It’s simply that we don’t have straightforward 401(okay) plans arrange for us — although our options are growing. For US-based freelancers, Betterment really has some good choices for direct-to-consumer retirement plans (and low charges).

Should you’re critical about retirement, grasp the artwork of residing beneath your means. Take a look at your bills and make a dedication to reducing again.

Then, begin saving cash, each month. Should you’re younger, you should use the magic of compound curiosity to develop your small financial savings over time. Even if you happen to’re not, it’s by no means too late to begin saving.

Cash within the financial institution offers you the ability to say ‘no’ to assignments you don’t need and to say whenever you wish to name it quits on working.

I believe too many writers simply wring their arms and quit on ever retiring — dooming them to poverty-stricken later years — quite than determining how you can purchase the behavior of saving.

Additionally…not everybody envisions retiring to a 7,000-square foot seaside villa and touring the world.  Chances are you’ll not want $1 million to retire on in case you are a simple-living sort.

Are you planning to retire? Go away a remark and inform us the way you’re making it occur.