How we write is the sum of our experience and our education. Like it or not, when we sit down to write each day we take these things–what we’ve experienced and what we’ve learned–with us.
For me, part of what I’ve learned was through my formal degree program, which included a degree in business.
While there’s no “right” combination of education and experience that automatically makes one a better writer, surprisingly I’ve found my business degree to be an invaluable asset to my freelancing business.
- Business skills are timeless–Like good communication skills, understanding basic business principles is timeless. The specific details of how to do a particular business transaction may change, but the basic principles do not. I’ve used these principles over and over in my freelancing business.
- Knowledge of business language gives me a niche–Business has its own vocabulary and not everyone is fluent in it. Understanding business terms and writing about them so that a nonprofessional with no business training can understand is something that I do well.
- A business degree is flexible–Some degrees are very specific to a particular job. For example, if you get an engineering degree, you will most likely find what you learned applies to an engineering job. If you get a nursing degree, likewise. A business degree is applicable to many fields, including writing.
For years, I felt my business training might be less than an asset to my writing. I felt regret for the fact that I didn’t major in literature or journalism or something more obvious for a writer. However, in the past few years I’ve come to realize that my business knowledge is part of my unique selling proposition–that one thing that distinguishes me from other writers.
The morale of the story? If you are a writer with less conventional training, take a look at how your unique background might fit into your freelance writing business. What you discover may surprise you!