I started this website venture in February, furiously writing content (at one point I was writing a post a day) and working to boost my social media engagement. I’ve learned a lot about what to do, and what not to do. Specifically, I’ve learned about what not to do. Here’s a brief recap of my biggie mistakes for those who are recent followers of mine:
- Took a job writing for a content mill paying .01 cent a word right out of the gate.
- Worked many hours on a project that I probably won’t see a dime for. Worked without a contract, without a set schedule, without a plan, all for the possible, just out of reach promise of a book deal…. bad idea.
- Submitted writing for free: Now if you’ve read my “Hey You’re Published: Writing for Free” article, I think writing for free has some serious advantages, but the key is knowing when to stop writing for free.
- Was nearly roped into several affiliate/sponsored posts where I would promote a product I didn’t actually like.
Just to name a few…
But, even with all those mistakes here I am, 6 months later working fulltime as a freelance writer. And what’s more I’ve had the same gig for over a month now, which in this business, is no small thing. Fingers crossed I can start paying off those pesky student loans soon.
The Big Goals
When I started this whole project, I thought I would give myself a year. A year to pursue writing and see where it landed me. Now that I know this is something I can do, even if I need to tack on a part time job, it’s time to dream a little bigger, so if you’ll humor me, here are my goals for the next 6 months.
- 1,000 Twitter followers aka be a social media maven.
Social media, although sometimes trying can be a great resource, and I think learning how to get the most out of social media, connecting with fellow writers and editors, sharing projects and posts, is an important target to shoot for.
- Live Abroad aka Live that Barefoot Life.
If you stay tuned I’ll be posting an article about the scammy nature of the “barefoot model” for freelancers. I won’t go into details, but I’m sure you’ve seen advertisements and Youtube commercials promising that you can be a digital nomad and make millions and live in tropical paradises, and so much more. Yeah, they’re selling something. But living abroad, being a digital nomad, trying to experience a culture outside of my own, those are attainable goals as long as I factor in the very realistic pros and cons, weighing cost, actual time working, yadda yadda yadda. I would love to try and go outside of my comfort zone and my home country of the USA in the next few years.
- Published – aka see my book, chapbook, ebook, somewhere in the world outside my Word Documents.
The ultimate goal, getting published. I’m talking book/novel/poetry here.
- Hone my writing, perfect my craft, pursue my passions!
Really needs no explanation does it.
What are your big goals and dreams for freelance writing? Is it a side hustle, you’re one true dream, your ticket to the big leagues? Let me know in the comments below.