Freelancing vs. Parenting: Which is Easier?
Cindy Cyr taking over The Writer’s Life this week …
One of the biggest perks of living the writer’s life is the freedom and flexibility it gives you to be with your family.
However, that can bring new challenges, especially if you’ve never worked from home before.
So I’m dedicating this week to the secrets of how to build a successful freelance writing business working from home while balancing the demands of family …
… even while transitioning from full-time job to full-time freelancer.
You’ll learn how to get support from your family when you are trying to make the leap. And you’ll get tips on fun ways your family can help you achieve your writing goals and even give you a tax deduction.
I’ll show you how to keep distractions at bay. Give you ideas for maintaining balance between your writing life and home life. Explain how your family can be a source of motivation and inspiration. And reveal why your writer’s life can influence positive family growth.
Let’s get started …
Today, I want to show you that if you can parent, you can “lick” this "freelance writing thing” …
Seven years ago, I went from single, no kids to instant mom with two kids.
In a fragile state, both boys were afraid I’d take their father away from them …
So constant attention was critical to bonding, earning their trust, and, ultimately, a successful relationship.
Every moment I was around, they had my full undivided attention.
That first year was challenging; however, the rewards were well worth it. My parenting experience has been wonderful. But it's the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.
If you're a parent, I know you can relate. You finally figure out what works only to discover they’re in some new phase.
Kids can be defiant, stubborn, ungrateful, and frustrating.
But the reward comes when they are appreciative, sweet, and do something that reflects the values you’ve been trying to teach them.
Being a freelance writer can be kind of like that too.
It can be so frustrating when you’re just starting out that you just want to give up …
However, when it all comes together, you get appreciation, thanks, and a check in the mail from a grateful client. Which makes it all worthwhile.
The good news is that copywriting is WAY easier than parenting.
Think about it …
Once you understand a concept, it doesn’t change.
You get better at it as time goes on. (Okay, so you get better as a parent as time goes on. But how you feel about your abilities can certainly fluctuate.)
Your kids tend to value your opinion less as the years pass, only understanding the value you bring many years later. Author Mark Twain described this best when he said, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven years.”
On the other hand, your clients, once you prove yourself to them, increasingly understand the value you bring, making you feel more confident.
As a parent, when you need an answer on how to approach a problem, you get 10 different opinions. One might work.
With copywriting, when you need to tackle something like B2B copywriting, you know there are reliable resources you can consult day or night. You can feel confident you have a formula that will work.
Plus, you have experts close at hand to help you out through resources like The Professional Writers' Alliance.
So when you are feeling a bit frustrated with your business, just remember, if you can survive parenting, you can certainly prevail as a freelancer and hit your financial goals.
What do you think? Is freelancing easier than parenting? Drop me a note below.
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