Why I (mostly) Stopped Freelancing

And why I am no longer building my business.

Jyssica Schwartz


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I’ve shared my journey and story before, but I want to talk about the evolution of my writing and editing career and where I am today.

In 2016, I turned 30 and looked at my career — almost 10 full years in sales and marketing.

It didn’t fulfill me but it DID fill my belly and pay my bills. And there’s nothing wrong with that! I had a successful career in corporate sales and business development. I had good bosses and great coworkers, and I had opportunities to move up in the company.

But I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t enjoying it the way I wanted to.

And I’d always had a not-so-secret dream of being a professional writer.

As a kid, that dream looked more like being a famous author and doing book tours and seeing my books become movies.

As an angst-y teenager, that dream looked more like writing famous songs and emotionally devastating poetry.

But as a 30 year old, that dream looked simply like getting paid for doing my favorite thing — writing.

I’d had a blog since high school and I’d edited papers and resumes for many years, so I had plenty of writing samples and proof I could write.

What I didn’t have was professional experience as a writer.

So I became a reluctant entrepreneur.

This may sound shocking to some people — especially those who yearn to be their own boss and build an empire out of every skill, hobby, and side hustle.

In my case, starting my own business was a necessity — a stepping stone to get where I wanted to go — which was a career in the writing and editing field.

I just wanted to write and edit.

And I knew I could do it, I just had to prove it.

I wouldn’t be able to get a job in any company as a writer or editor at the salary I was making in my sales job. It just wasn’t possible without professional experience to point to.



Jyssica Schwartz

Manging editor. entrepreneur, writer, editor, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com