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.
Can I be honest with you?
When I first found out that writing would be a fundamental part of my entrepreneurial journey, I was a little worried.
I was flat-out terrified.
I’d never thought of myself as a writer.
In fact, to tell you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, I’m dyslexic.
You can imagine how loud the doubting voices within me were at that time.
Writing is a solitary activity, that’s for sure. And that solitude, for some people, can really help them feel productive and creative.
Even as an extrovert, I find that there are times that I need to be alone in order to get work done, whether it’s editing, writing, or communicating with the team at CYC.
Last summer, though, I reached a breaking point with my remote work lifestyle. It took a few months of working alone at home, or in coffee shops, all the time, for me to realize just how alone I truly felt.
One day it hit me: I’m not a person who enjoys working alone. I am not an introvert.
Being alone started to take a toll on my mental health and thus my ability to get work done. Lack of motivation, lack of energy, and general apathy started to take over, making projects that I loved to do very taxing and frustrating.
After lying in bed in the middle of a sunny summer afternoon—on a weekday—too many days in a row due to lack of energy, I knew something had to change. I needed to find some type of community to help me find that energy again.Continue reading
Working remotely is the norm for many writers, and while it carries many benefits, it can also be lonely and hard. With no team-building activities, no lunch breaks with co-workers, and often no human interaction at all, it’s easy for remote workers to get burned out and depressed—something I’ve experienced myself as a full-time, work-from-home freelance writer.
You probably already know many of the reasons working remotely is so great. You can set your own schedule, choose where you work, and skip the commute. But for the days when it seems too hard, here are a few ways to combat the tougher parts of a remote career.Continue reading