There are all kinds of writing to do and stories yet to be told. I am a story-teller by nature. There’s nothing I love more than to tell a good story. Some years ago my life changed when I stumbled into a freelance writing position. I had just separated from my husband and needed to earn money. My son was homeschooled, so working outside the home was not an option for me. Suddenly I was writing descriptions for oil fragrances and the rest they say is history. I was able to control what I made and be paid without having to leave home. I went on to do copywriting work for an online luxury bed and linen company until they went out of business, and after a couple of years decided to go out on a limb by going into business for myself.
After a few days, I had my website up and running and the ‘Queen’ was born! How do I sum everything up in one sentence? Well…if the truth be told- I can’t. I am going on year number 12 and the first three years was a learning curve. I had so much to learn and the only way to learn was through trial and error. Allow me be the first to inform you there were many errors! I learned that you can’t fake it till you make it because people can see right through you. Sometimes it’s better just to tell the truth and admit you’re new to the wonderful world of freelance writing. I had to showcase my skills per se, that’s where a website can come in handy! I also learned that a little confidence isn’t such a bad thing and can go a long way- it can land you a gig and put you in the driver seat. In time as I polished my writing skills, I was able to polish my business skills. After a few times of being burned, I learned that if a client likes what I have to offer he/she will pay what I ask and pay a retainer fee. I have also learned the art of negotiation and that being fair is equally as important.
Is the life a freelance writer easy? If you are looking for easy street then you might wish to reconsider this career. While I’ve heard it can be lucrative I’ve yet to see dollar bills flying from the sky. There have been times when I wondered what in the world I was doing! Be prepared to hear comments from family members and friends who may not see your vision. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard, “Why don’t you go out and get a real job”?
I had to bite my lips while thinking, “Do you think I’m being paid monopoly money”?
Here’s the thing: you will struggle to get writing gigs and it won’t be easy. But if you persist and continue to hone your writing skills, you will succeed! I have had difficult times when work was slow and other times when the green rolled in. Remember: you are a freelancer and this is the life of a freelance writer. You have chosen this path for a reason…your love of writing.
How many people do you know love what they do for a living? How many people do you know are using their God-given talents to earn an income? At the end of the day, I may not have much money but I can truly smile and think to myself… “I love writing and I am grateful every day that I have the ability to make a living doing what I love-using a gift God has blessed me with to help others.”
~and that’s all she wrote!
Until next time….