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:

 

  1. Took a job writing for a content mill paying .01 cent a word right out of the gate.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

My Freelance Writing Career - 6 Month Update

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. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

 

 

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