In 2011, I was depressed and trapped in a career as a classroom teacher (I got out). In 2013, I was laid off from my job at a marketing agency. At each crossroads in my career, I found myself asking questions like…
“Is this all there is? Will I ever have security in my job? Will I ever reap the benefit of how hard I work?”
Every transition felt like someone had taken the best years of my life and my best writing talents, chewed them up, and spit them out into their own pockets, magically turned into cash.
And you know what? It took a long time, but I’ve realized it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you love freelance writing. If you enjoy making your own schedule and delivering your own work. If you love cashing in on the value you bring to the table — giving just that bit to Uncle Sam and keeping the rest to achieve your goals, then refining your freelance writing business just may be the way you’re meant to live your life.
Running your own business gives you unlimited freedom to be the person you’re meant to be.
Running your own business gives you unlimited freedom to be the person you’re meant to be. With the right attitude and the right skills, you can run a successful business and have the freedom to be a mom, a dad, a dog enthusiast, or a sick person who needs to rest.
You can decide what you need to do and do it — without middle managers, toxic work environments, the threat of layoffs, or a miserable paycheck.
It took me a long time to get here, but now that I’m here, I want to spread this message (and this feeling) to anyone who’s willing to put in the hard work.
Are you trying to build a side income to get out of debt? Because you can do that as a freelancer, whether you’re looking to earn $13,500 as a part-time job or $87,000 as a nest egg.
Are you trying to maximize your income and get back at all those preppy kids in college? Then I probably can’t help you, because this business is about building relationships and becoming more yourself, not fueling your pride and digging the ego hole deeper. But once you’re ready to focus on the right things (and put first things first), I can pretty much guarantee that transformative doors will open up for you.
The main point of Five Figure Writer is that no matter where you are as a freelance writer, with the right motivation and attention to detail, you can always get better, and the path you take is going to be unique to you.
You can work hard. You can refine what you do. And you can earn more, better, faster if you deploy the right resources and form relationships with the right kind of support.