Freelancing While Working a Full-Time Job

Yes, it is possible!

Jyssica Schwartz
4 min readJan 27


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I have shared my journey of freelancing before, including how I started my freelance writing and editing business, finding clients while working a full-time not-writing-related job.

I decided to get serious about starting my writing business in October 2016. I got 4 clients in the first week. In November, I officially became an LLC.

By January 2017, I knew this could work. I was making about half my full-time job’s salary from freelance writing in the evenings and weekends.

So, I quit my job. By February, I was able to focus on my writing business full-time.

At the end of 2017, I made about $67k for the year. In my previous corporate position, I was making $65k annual salary. It was working!

I keep a spreadsheet of all earnings and expenses.

Things went well over the next few years, with my annual earnings going up a bit each year.

I added more services and pivoted my business when necessary, and I wrote and published books, adding to my credibility and authority in my field.

My Amazon author page.

Then, the pandemic.

In 2020, the world kind of just…shut down.

I was still actively working. I was editing books, writing for clients, writing my own books and blog, the whole 9 yards.

But while I’d been working from home for a few years by then, the pandemic isolated me even further.

I started to feel less inspired, less motivated to run my business.

There is a huge difference between ‘I don’t want to go out’ and ‘I can’t go out.’



Jyssica Schwartz

Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.”