So, about a year and a half ago, I decided I wanted to be a freelance writer. I read so many articles about how easy it was to get started. There were all these success stories floating about, and I got dragged in. I paid for a lot of services in the hopes of obtaining a sustainable, freelance income.
Don’t get me wrong – I did make money freelancing. I found plenty of one off jobs and one big job! But the income was never consistent.
Eventually, I went back to work. I originally intended for it to be part time but I ended up working full time again. And well, I never went back to freelance writing. The opportunities were simply not there for me: and it wasn’t because I sucked as a writer.
It was the credentials.
Yes, people will tell you that you don’t need a degree to be a writer. And that’s true. However, you do need connections and that was something I didn’t have.
If you want to be a freelance writer, that’s fine.
But you will need to either have credentials in your niche or connections. Preferably both. Sure, there are people who make full time incomes from freelance work and don’t have degrees and didn’t start with connections. But a little investigative work shows these particular people had been blogging in their niche for years before being considered an authority.
And you don’t want to blog for years before you being successful, right? I know I don’t.
That’s why I decided to shift my focus.
I really love reading and writing, and I think if I follow my heart’s passion the money will follow eventually. I’m done with all the cleverly worded promises of becoming a full time, successful, freelance writer for a mere $1000.
Are there any courses worth it?
Yes, there are. There are some that I can definitely recommend. But if you can’t afford it, don’t feel bad. There’s plenty of free information on the internet that can help you along the way if you really need it.
As for me, I’m tired of marketing and social media. And I’m tired of trying to think of products that will sell. I’m going to stay working as a nurse while earning my Bachelors in English, then pursue my Masters in Communication. In the meantime, I’m just going to use my blog to blog about things I like.
And I’m very ok with this new, low-stress plan.