Should You Start a Writing Business in a Pandemic?

The pandemic has now been raging all around the world for well over a year… Since you can’t go anywhere anyway, wouldn’t this be the perfect time to start a writing business?

Well, that depends…

Some people have been using this pandemic time very creatively, making art, starting businesses, and doing other interesting things with all the extra time they have…. wait, did I say extra time? Excuse me while I go laugh/cry in a corner.

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I’m a homeschooling mom of three children. Before the pandemic and Ontario’s 3 lockdowns, my children had extracurricular activities at the local YMCA and get-togethers with their homeschooling friends.

Because of the lockdowns and the pandemic, everything has been cancelled. You know the stereotype that homeschooling kids never get any socialization? That stereotype I try so hard to eradicate from public conscience, because it’s just so far from the truth?

Yeah, that stereotype is now true. The kids haven’t seen their friends in well over a year, and all this time, there has been no childcare because lockdown, and we don’t currently have a babysitter anyway. 

You may have noticed the distinct lack of posts on this website for the last several months. My wallet has also noticed the lack of cash from my extended break from freelance writing, because between homeschooling lessons, keeping house, finding some time to do hobbies that keep me sane (thanks Habitica challenges) and never having a break because lockdown… there’s no time to keep up a business.

I haven’t closed up shop yet, and I will return to pitching clients eventually (though that’s not my long-term plan anyway), but for now… no, this is not a good time for me to run a writing business.

BUT! Don’t get discouraged.

If you’re not a homeschooling parent (or a parent at all) and you have a job that you can leave at work when you come home, this may actually be a great time to start a writing business.

If all your other activities are cancelled anyway, you might as well take some time to set things up, right? But what about clients? Are people hiring freelance writers right now? You bet!

Companies still need website copy, magazines are still publishing their editions, and busy entrepreneurs and small businesses are still hiring freelance bloggers. So yes, if you’re not already juggling a gazillion things, this may be a good time to take your writing from hobby to the next level—start a writing business and get paid for your writing! Want to know how? Sign up for the free email course!

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Mariana Abeid-McDougall is a writer, a wife, and a homeschooling mom in an out-of-the-box, adventurous family. She's on a mission to show the world that writers don't need to niche to be successful. She hopes you'll join the conversation on the MultiTalented Writers blog.

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