Make Money As A Freelance Writer: 7 Simple Steps to Start Your Freelance Writing Business and Earn Your First $1,000 Kindle Edition
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First, I've been following Gina's blog for about a year now and have seen her income grow exponentially through her monthly income reports! None of that truly matters though....
What mattered is that I felt she didn't "sell her soul" to get there! Sacrificing quality time with family, husband, children, family. There are many who tell you the road to success will be riddled in that and I loved knowing you don't have to sacrifice your family (our main WHY), morals and ethic to get there!
Sorry but I have personal reasons of why I'm going on and on about Gina because she extended a very kind act to me once and probably doesn't even remember!
What I will remind you is that this is a Starter Guide for Freelancing, so IF you have been following her journey and people like her for some time, of course there will be jargon you are used to hearing but it gives very realistic advice. It gives you the actionable tasks.
It covers pretty much every single thought a new freelancer could possibly think. One thing, with all the amazing advice that it covers stuck to me the most is the topic of FEAR! Of all practical things to cover, style formats, where to find clients and how much to charge, that hit home for me the most!
Fear is something that will stop the most talented person! When Gina and Sally say that your writing needs to be much more simple than you think, it was FEAR that made you think otherwise. When they discuss what you should be charging and why you should be charging right and well out the gate, it was FEAR that made you think you could only work for literal pennies! You see, FEAR is the biggest and most important topic really because it will make you think you cannot do any of the things the book discusses! I love that they dedicated a whole chapter to not only diving into the different levels of fear but giving you solutions for various things you and we all fear!
Just get it already! Fear is what will make you hesitate to grab this book. Fear sucks! Get the book already!
P.S. I'm pretty sure I followed the the tips for a great headline :)
- Deciding that you are destined to be a writer.....if you are willing to take action.
- You will get more support from communities of writers than you will from family and friends.
Just like any self help book, this one only helps if you take action. It makes us readers feel good to get helpful information, even if we do nothing with it. Just remember that it takes effort to get that first $1,000 from your writing. I was fortunate enough to win an eBay writing contest to the tune of $1,000 over the summer. Nice reward for getting up at 4 a.m. for over two years to level up as a writer, grinding away one blog post at a time.
If you have an hour to spare for reading, then "Make Money as a Freelance Writer" will help you get to your first $1,000. I promise.
It's not magic though. You have to follow the guidelines that Gina and Sally have laid out here.
Love the book and hope it helps you all make real money from your passion. Nothing better than getting paid to do something you love.
The book is co-authored by freelance writing expert Gina Horkey and one of her students, Sally Miller who, together, cover the gamut of things to consider if you’re interested in earning a living by writing, outside of the traditional workplace.
Horkey & Miller tackle fear a number of times in the book: Fear of leaving the stable job, fear of not knowing where to start, fear of not being good enough, right up to, once you have your first client, fear of feedback or worse… rejection. All legitimate fears and the fact that they refer to them several times underscores the importance of knowing how to deal with them. I liked one particular statement: “you’ve already written… so you can write.” …a definite fear-buster when you stop long enough to remember that!
Both authors ramped up their freelance writing businesses relatively quickly, but are keen to indicate the amount of “push” it took to get there and dispel the myth that business will just fall into your lap when you hang out your shingle. They also warn against the trap of letting learning get in the way of progress: It’d be easy to spend a great deal of time learning about the craft rather than just jumping in and doing it. Great advice which they follow-up on by reiterating content as actionable steps at the end of each chapter.
I’m a "list person” and so are they, making the content easily accessible. They develop a seven step system taking you from Launch to your first $1,000.00, including how to source jobs & start pitching right up to preliminary considerations on business structure, accounting and taxes. Within each step, they also list out intermediary steps, things to consider as well as many tips, tricks & templates from their own personal arsenal, to help you get going.
One couldn’t expect the information to be exhaustive in a 71 page book, but it’s enough to get you started and this is exactly the purpose of the book. As you grow and gain more experience, individual aspects can and will need to be handled in greater detail, but for now. You’ll have what you need to get going.
Great little book which, having read, I’m now looking forward to implementing personally.
See you in Freelance-ville!
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