I promised to create a post on the advantages of working from home as a ghostwriter in this post where I talked about all the things I didn’t like about the ghostwriter life.
When I first started working as a ghostwriter, I absolutely loved it even though I was working harder than I’d ever done. From what I can remember, I liked my job because:
I didn’t have to leave my house
Oh boy! This was one huge upside for me. I’m the kind of person that can stay indoors for weeks on end and still wouldn’t feel like stepping outside.
Working from home meant I could put clothes in the washer, eat home-cooked meals and sit in my nightie all day while getting on with work. Working from home is the dream!
I got to save money
I have to drive 1 hour to work and another hour back home every day now that I have a new job. That costs me an average of N25,000 a month for fuel and another N7,000 to service my car every quarter or so. I take food from home as much as I can, but let’s throw in N5,000 a month for lunch.
When I worked from home, I probably spent about N7,000 on petrol and had to service my car less frequently. I didn’t have to spend anything on lunch.
I didn’t spend on transportation, but that money went to internet instead. I used to spend about N20,000 a month on data, sometimes more. Even with that, I saved more money then. After all, I still buy data now.
I worked out more
It’s ironic that I complained about not working out in my ‘why it stinks to be a ghostwriter’ post.
I worked out more then than now. Because I saved commute time, I could take out about 30 minutes every other morning for a workout session in my room.
I needed it then because I was sitting or lying down in front of a computer all day. I need it now because I’m either sitting in front of a computer or standing and holding a mic all day but sadly, there’s no time to work out.
I was gaining new knowledge
I love to learn new things all the time and ghostwriting was a great way to do that. Because I wrote for blogs and websites across diverse niches, it felt like an adventure.
I picked up copywriting skills for websites, product descriptions and so on. I even learnt enough about SEO to get a website ranking as number one for its primary keyword (pet project). Yes o! You better hire me while I’m cheap. 😉
It wasn’t until I felt like I wasn’t learning anything new that I started getting frustrated with the job.
There was no boss constantly on my case
There’s nothing quite like working in an environment where no one is constantly breathing down your neck about deadlines. I had deadlines, but our system was a straightforward one, so you only took a task you could finish on time and let your line manager know if there were any issues. That was it.
I could work for an entire month or more without correspondence with my line manager and when there was a need to communicate, it was always polite emails.
My sweet, sweet break time
I had a one hour break time, but of course, there was no one to check what I was using it for or if I was using more than one hour.
Generally, I’m straight as a ruler, so you’ll find me working when I’m meant to be working. But there were times when I absolutely had to go to the mall or run an errand that wouldn’t take long enough to warrant taking the day off. In such cases, I would just get up and go and work extra hours at night if I could.
I’ve got to give credit to the company I worked for. There was no limit on the number of no-pay day offs I could take and when I needed to, I could take half the day off as long as I wasn’t holding any tasks and my line manager was aware.
It didn’t matter if my writing wasn’t up to par
As much as I would have liked to get credit for what I wrote, there were several pieces I wrote that would make me cringe today. For those ones, I’m glad my name wasn’t used.
Should you try ghostwriting?
Sure, if you don’t mind not getting credit for your work. You could freelance, but it can be good to find a company to work for full-time if you’re not keen on sourcing clients yourself. I believe that’s the hardest part about going solo. Whatever you decide to do, good luck!