After writing full time for four years, I’d still modestly consider myself a rookie writer. But just by advertising my articles on LinkedIn and Twitter—where I have a half decent following—occasionally younger, more inexperienced writers get in touch with me and ask me this question:
“How do I become a successful writer and get clients?”
It’s quite funny, actually; I remember torturing writer and writing coach Elna Cain with similar questions in the past.
“Elna, how can I become a better writer?”
“Elna, how can I earn money writing full time?”
“Elna, where can I bag myself clients regularly?”
Her answer was pretty clear, and that was to keep practicing my writing—practice even when I’m not working on a project—write even when I have no clients—and when I’m not writing … read.Continue reading
2015 was a huge year in my life. I decided to pack in the 9-to-5 day job and become a home-based, full-time writer. Was I excited? Absolutely. Elated. My own boss—what’s not to like?
I had been writing at home on a bit-part basis here and there for extra income prior to leaving my full-time office job.
Getting clients and plenty of projects to work on was becoming gradually easier with experience, so I knew the ins and outs of throwing together a draft, blog post, search engine optimization product description, and resume. That was about it.
Working my own hours in my pajamas sounded, in theory, extremely appealing at the beginning, but actually that’s where it all went wrong for me. It would become my Achilles’ heel; my kryptonite, so to speak.Continue reading
Writing is something I am passionate about. But much like any other intense job, it can become a little taxing at times. And it did for me at the beginning of my career as a writer.
As a full-time writer, my performance levels were dropping to below par and my creativity “mojo”’ hit somewhat of a slump.
Occasionally, I’d lose that swagger—and as those deadlines drew closer, it felt like there was just not enough gas left in the tank to see the job through, so to speak.
One of the many glamorous things about being a business writer is that you can work from just about everywhere and anywhere.
All you need is a laptop under your arm and a stable internet connection, and you’re free to run your writing business from any location in the world, as you please.
It all sounds great in theory, and a lot of the time, it is.