The 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!