Are you thinking about starting your own business?
Are you wondering how to start a freelance writing career?
Great! There’s room for all of us. Writing opportunities abound both online and in print.
Here’s a quick look at some steps I took, or am currently taking, for my writing career.
I Decided to Start Writing
Before you begin making money online, you have to decide to start.
Make the decision, and take action.
It’s important to have a why. I shared mine here.
I had my computer. I talked to my husband. I shared my vision with the kids.
Then I started.
I Made the Decision to Bootstrap
I knew I didn’t want to take on any debt for my business.
My husband and I have been slowly digging our way out of a mountain of debt. We’ve paid off much of it, and I’m so thankful for our progress.
But, I don’t want to add anything new to that towering mountain. Since our household budget is tight to begin with, I knew I’d have to bootstrap my business. I didn’t spend a penny on anything until I had earned it.
That way my business wasn’t a burden.
Seriously. These ladies have tons of information available. Pitching blueprints. Ideas for where to look for gigs.
I Sent My First Pitch
I found a possibility on the ProBlogger Job Board. It was for a homeschooling blogger.
I’m a homeschooling mom. I taught for four years in a parent partnership program working with students being taught at home.
I landed that gig.
I was SO excited!
I kept pitching.
I Invested in Myself as Finances Allowed
I took the money I earned, and invested it in my business.
My first business expense was my business license. Got to be legal you know!
Then, it was a course on freelance writing. It was full of amazing information. If you’re looking to get started–check it out! (aff. link).
That course really launched my career forward.
I eventually found enough work that I could afford my website. That was a day of celebration!
Since then, I’ve invested in myself in numerous ways.
A job board membership.
Membership in the local Chamber of Commerce.
And most recently–business cards for local pitching efforts!
I’ve found that when I invest in my business, and myself, I bring in more revenue. Sometimes you really do have to spend money to make money!
I understand that you’re probably starting a freelance writing career to help alleviate a tight budget. It’s tempting to take every dime you earn and throw it into the household budget.
But, I’ve discovered that’s not the best way.
I Keep Pitching
Even when I have a full schedule, I make it a point to keep pitching for new gigs. I don’t want my bucket of work to run dry.
That means I have to keep looking.
I participate in pitching challenges, I set goals for myself, I keep going.
Marketing is essential for growing a business, and pitching is a part of marketing!
I Keep Writing
Practice makes perfect you know.
It’s important to keep writing. Try to write something everyday, even if you don’t plan on actually publishing it anywhere.
The more you write, the better writer you’ll become.
I Read Blogs
I enjoy blogging. I want to become a better blogger.
So I read a variety of blogs on a fairly regular basis. I look for ways to make my writing more conversational. I practice techniques that I’ve seen elsewhere.
I keep learning.
I Stretch Myself
I am not an outgoing person.
Yet, I find myself stretching myself as I grow my business. Just today, I chatted with a gentleman from Australia about a potential gig.
It ended up being an amazing opportunity, and he gave me some pointers for really growing my business.
All because I said yes to something I don’t like doing–talking over Google Hangouts with someone I don’t know.
Say yes when you can. See where open doors lead.
Possibilities are everywhere–we just have to be willing to take them.
Do you have any other questions for me about how to start a freelance writing career?
Leave a comment, and I’d be happy to answer them.
Next week, I’ll cover a list of character traits that are essential to succeeding as a freelance writer. You can expect to see that on Tuesday.
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