I love to write, I always have. I was drafting stories and screenplays in middle school, just for fun.
In college, the papers were my favorite part. I loved to research, and tie all of my thoughts together. Taking random ideas and weaving a structure and style of my own was so empowering. I had complete control over every word.
I took a hiatus from personal writing during my teaching career. I was too busy teaching the next generation to write (and read, and do math…)
In 2012, I said goodbye to the classroom and came home to homeschool our children. It’s a decision I’ve NEVER regretted.
I’ve loved being a stay-at-home mom these past few years. The relationship I’ve been able to build with my kids is amazing.
So why am I starting a freelance career? What made me decide to do something different with the course of our lives?
And why might you want to start freelancing?
1. A Dream
I love being with my kids. I’m so thankful to my husband for working hard to support us so that I can do that.
But…because he works so hard, he’s hardly every around. He drives an hour each way to get to work, and spends 10+ hours at work every day.
That means he’s gone over 12 hours a day.
The kids love having me stay home. But they NEED their daddy too.
I launched this site (and my career) with a dream–a dream to replace my husband’s income and bring him home!
What’s your dream?
2. To Get Out of Debt
Bryan and I started on our debt free journey way back in 2008. With over $100,000 in personal debt.
We’ve made slow, but steady progress over the years, and our ONLY remaining debt is my student loans. We’re down to $32,000.
After expenses and tithing, I want to pay off that debt with my income.
I’m tired of owing money.
My goal is to earn $45,000 a year as a freelancer. Once I get rolling, I should be able to pay down our final debt pretty quickly.
3. To Teach
I’m a teacher at heart. I’m hoping this site, and my freelance career can teach others some of the ins and outs of freelancing.
Who’s ready to learn with me?
4. To Inspire other WAHMs
My vision for my writing career is different. I don’t want to spend hours away from my kids, hidden away on a computer.
I came home from the classroom because I want to be WITH my kids.
Why then would I want to shut them away from me now that I’m here?
We’ll look at balancing life and home. At writing in the midst of chaos. At integrating kids into a career.
And finding the time to do it all with a larger than average family.
5. A Desire
I’ve been blogging over at Maggie’s Milk since 2013.
And I’ll continue to write there.
But this space is different.
I desire to write different content.
Content that isn’t read mainly by my family and close friends. Content that doesn’t focus on my family. Content that is wide-reaching.
I have a desire to impact others with my words.
I’m excited by the possibilities waiting to be written here at lisatannerwriting.com.
6. To Inspire My Kids
I want my kids to think outside of the box.
To know that hard work pays off. To accomplish my dream with them.
I’d love to inspire my kids to start their own freelance careers. To find success before they’re as old as I am.
To set them on a career path that is not normal. To keep them out of the rat race.
To discover their God-given talents and learn how to use them well (and profitably) for others.
Are you a freelancer? Why did you begin your career?
Just thinking about it? I’d love to hear your dream!
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