The end goal of many writers is to have a successful career writing full-time. In preparation for that most writers start out writing as a side job to their day job, or as a hobby. Here are some things you should consider if you want to go from being a part-time writer to a full-time one.

What do you write? – What you write is going to have an impact on how much you have to write in order to financially make ends meet. It is also going to determine how much demand and competition there is for your writing. An article writer for a newspaper, magazine, or website will be very different from a novelist.

What will you be willing to write? – What you prefer to write might have to take a back seat to necessity. If you prefer to write in one category, but there is more demand for another, then the wise writer will be willing to change, at least for a time, to a more lucrative area. But it’s not just genre that a writer has to worry about. It is also the form that you write in. If you are a novel writer there can be quite a large length of time between publication of books and even longer for you to get paid. When money becomes tight will you be able to switch to article writing to pay the bills?

Do you have a place to write? – While this may seem like an obvious question, I believe that it is often overlooked by new writers. You need a place that you can concentrate in for long periods of time (several hours, at least). If you are in a house full of noisy kids, will you be able to keep them busy long enough to complete your work? What if you have been using the library or another location that closes at a certain time? Do you have a second place in mind to write if that place is closed but you still need to write?

Do you have a plan B? – We all like to think that we will be successful, but sometimes people fail. A plan B is an important safety net for anyone trying to work for themselves. It can also reduce the some of the stress.

Have you made a budget? – For at least the first year or so, budgeting should be a big priority. You should know how much you need to spend and how much income you need to make to keep your head above water. Also ask yourself if there is anything you can cut back on in order to keep costs low.