I echo what Durant and Marilyn said, including the comment about being self-employed! People on staff used to ask me if I didn't feel vulnerable, not having a job, and in the first year or two I did. But then I saw people I knew lose their staff jobs and flounder around trying to find another one. Today the phrase 'job security' seems almost medieval.
I write for Suite but I also have my own websites, which I'm developing, largely because of some of the things Durant has said here in the past few years. He's right (again, damn him) in that people have different reasons and expectations. I started with Suite because it was, in one way, an education course in writing for the web, which I paid for not in cash but with some of my spare time. I now enjoy writing for Suite, and while the money is not great, it's certainly enough to have to declare it to the taxman. There are other benefits too - being able to write in other areas, publicising smaller companies, thanking hosts with extra articles, that kind of thing.
And only a few weeks ago I learned something on their forum about an aspect of using Google AdWords that I didn't know about, and which was enormously useful for increasing the earnings of all my web writing.