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You Need An Action Plan

road map to successThe road to becoming a freelance writer is not easy especially if you’re starting from scratch. There’s so much to do and I know the feeling can be a bit overwhelming. If you’re not technically savvy, then it can seem even more frustrating than usual. However, if you want to achieve a sustainable income with a work at home business, then it’s going to require a great deal of patience. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Believe it or not, freelance writing is not my first work at home venture. I originally started last year with affiliate marketing. However, there was such a huge learning curve. I had to learn about things like backlinks, SEO, networking, social media marketing, landing pages, sales funnels, and the list goes on. I was overwhelmed. I got frustrated because I wasn’t making any money. I was trying method after method but I was getting nowhere.

So I gave up.

Yet I was still faced with that indescribable feeling of wanting to be my own boss. So, I had to sit back and re-evaluate my strategy. And it was pretty simple when I thought about it. I was too impatient. I was taking on too much at one time.

So I came back to revisit the work from home deal. I thought about what I was good at and what I could offer people. Here’s what I realized:

  • Think. I needed to think about what I wanted to do. I needed to think about my natural talents and how I could use those to create an online work from home business. Was I looking for an easy solution to earn money or was I ready to put in the effort, no matter how long it took, to achieve something that I could truly call my own? Be honest with yourself about what you want.
  • Research. After deciding what I could do (which in my case was write), I needed to create a plan of action. I had to learn the steps I needed to take in order to achieve my dreams. This was the stage where I was reading blogs and soaking in all the information that I needed to get started.
  • Create. Once I learned the steps I needed to take, it was time to create a plan of action. I needed to map out the best way for me to achieve my goals while holding down a full time job.
  • Act. And the last stage was to put my plan into action.

And what was the plan I devised?

I needed to take of the approach of achieving my goals one month at a time. I know that may seem a little slow but I’ve found taking on too much at one time can be overwhelming. By just focusing on one goal, I get more accomplished.

If you remember from my last income report (in which I earned nothing), I stated that my goal for June was to get my blog up and running.  So, for the entire month of June, everything was about installing my WordPress blog, finding a theme, finding plugins, and creating content. In one month, I got my blog up and running. It’s not perfect – but I don’t think my blog is shabby either. I like it.

My goal for July is to build samples for my portfolio and work on my pitch. I’ve been scouring the web looking for opportunities to show off my work. I’ve met some amazing people across the web, like Yuwanda Black from Inkwell Editorial and Erin over at Pick The Brain. They’ve both given me opportunities to show off my work. And I’m forever grateful to them!

And my goal for next month? Pitching jobs of course!

I think many people set goals and then rush to accomplish all those goals at one time.  You rush to create a blog and then try to build samples but get frustrated because you aren’t happy with your website design and so you keep tweaking your website but then get frustrated because you don’t have samples. Sound like you?

Yeah, that was me at one point in time.

Remember, that success takes time, patience, and persistence.

 

Have you created an action plan to get your freelance career going? Feel free to leave a comment!

6 thoughts on “You Need An Action Plan”

  1. Your advice is very timely as I am seeking to venture out into the freelance writing world. I am doing just the thing that you said in your article. It is really a marathon and not a sprint. I am spending a great deal of time learning about promoting my blog and marketing my services. Thank you for the post it has helped me to see that I am on the right track. It also feels good to know that there are others who are in the same position willing to do the ground work to get started.
    All the best.

    1. You’re welcomed! Some people are able to just jump right in and go for it. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people. I need an action plan! Tackling things one step at time will definitely get you there – you just have to make sure you keep going. If you ever need any help, let me know! I’ll be more than happy to do what I can!

  2. You are both brave deciding to step out and do exactly what you want to be doing. I have been freelance writing for 8 years now and can share with you that as you build your client base, the work is fun and very lucrative. I have been able to make 6 figures annually and like to encourage new and aspiring writers. You are absolutely right that the first step is a business plan. Visit my website http://www.gailmercermackay.com for some tips and ideas on how to build a great freelance writing business and best of luck to you. Gail

    1. Hi Gail. Thanks for commenting. I agree! I’ve never had more fun in my life. I start frowning when I have to go to my day job because it’s like… “No! I wanna keep connecting with people!” I’ve always toyed with the idea of working from home but each and every time I started, I didn’t make a business plan. I didn’t even make a plan. It always ended in failure for me. However, not this time around. I have a plan and addressed some key issues for my future business. It helps keep focused and on track! Thanks for informing me about your website! It’s so inspiring to meet other people who found success. I’ve bookmarked your website!

  3. Great article Raymonda!

    I’m going through the same feelings you had before you wrote down your action plan. I’m going to stop, take some time to go through the steps and then writ my own action plan.

    Can you share your plan, maybe just as a template? I’m a visual learner and it would help a lot to kickstart the process!

    Thanks!

    1. You asked and you shall receive!

      Thanks for stopping by! Definitely. Sometimes, just jumping in doesn’t get us the results we want because we don’t where we’re going. Having an action plan really helps keep you in line with your goals.

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