How to Create a Freelance Business While Working Full-Time
I’m happy to join you this week for The Writer’s Life.
As Katie said, I’m now nearing the time when I’ll leave my job to become a full-time, freelance copywriter. It has been quite a journey, one I wouldn’t have traded for the world.
Thanks to my job, I didn’t have the pressure to make big money overnight. This allowed me to try writing in various niches with different types of clients. It helped me narrow my path to the finance and business opportunity niches that I love to write for now.
And, as an added bonus, I’ve met people along the way who are now wonderful friends.
Now, I know, when you’re working full-time, you probably won’t make the leap to a freelance business as quickly as you might like. You have to work around family and job schedules. And life can get pretty hectic at times.
But I’ve discovered strategies that make balancing a job, family, and side business a lot easier. This week, I’ll share my favorites to help you in your journey to the writer’s life.
So, let’s get started …
The first thing I suggest you do may seem simple, but it really is very powerful. To do it, just start at the end. And by end, I mean your end dream. This is your motivation. It’s the reason why you’re willing to sacrifice the time you would have spent playing golf or gardening to go for something greater.
Begin by asking yourself, “Why do I want to live the writer’s life?”
Perhaps you want to have the flexibility to work around your children’s schedules, or to be able to help aging parents when they need you. You may want financial security and the freedom it brings. Or perhaps you dream of setting your own course, being free to work where and when you want to.
It may be one or all of the above, but whatever your goal is, write it down. Then, put it somewhere you’ll see it every day, like your bulletin board or screen saver.
When you know what you’re moving toward, you’ll have inspiration to keep going. This is especially important on those days when you just want to plop on the couch instead of sitting down at your keyboard.
One of my dreams for the writer’s life is to have the freedom to travel while I “work.” Another – to write a book! What about you? Make your dreams concrete by sharing them here.
Tomorrow, I’ll tell you the most important lesson I had to learn before I could really move my copywriting business forward.
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