Make Sure You Have a Plan
While I do recommend freelance writing as a career, I would definitely not recommend waking up one day and quitting your job without a plan. Two important reasons that I was able to take this risk without dissolving into a complete stress head is that I had a significant amount of money saved up beforehand, and I had previous connections to the freelance world. Having at least a couple months' rent in your bank account will ensure that you have a buffer period to lock in your client base and get into the groove of such a huge adjustment. Additionally, start reaching out to publications you currently — or hope to — work with, and let them know that you're planning to make this change. This way, you’ll have an idea of your workload and client roster before you actually dive in.