I have been noticing what’s happening to me and I am not sure How to take it — it is positive, though. I starting training less and writing more. I am now writing full-time and I put in about 8-9 hours a day from my own office. The earning isn’t that great yet but it quite a start. Well, basically I had developed a system wherein the entire training delivery is done by others and I only take what is left of the profits accrued. Writing is still in a very self-employment mode and it is yet to be scaled up. My clients keep me busy all the time and I actually need to steal time to post in my own blogs.
For all those myths about not being able to find work; ruthless competition in the marketplace for writers; doesn’t pay well; the famed ‘broke writer’s mentality — they don’t seem to have affected me much. I seem to be able to pull it off in a way that is still in line with my long term goals and aspirations.
Writers who are not willing to put in the required hard-work and demonstrate flexibility when needed; pick up projects that is not only huge in scope of work and render it with a quality that will be hard to replicate by any mechanized process but also dabble with a range of projects that can prove one’s versatility; willing to network and make friends ( not for any commercial gains); write for passion and earn in the process; not let go when push comes to shove and be on a relentless pursuit of gainful client relationships are the ones who are bound to make it big — real big.
I had also realized that treating ‘freelancing’ as ‘freelancing’ isn’t going to do much for me. I need to treat it as a business and I am the only one who can do it ( for now). I was on a short trip to a nearby small town for a friend’s wedding the other day and the work literally came to a screeching halt ( no, I didn’t find an internet connection there and my data card didn’t work too).
Just like any other business out there — freelance writing demands focus on producing quality content, in the least possible turnaround time, thrilling clients and most importantly: finding new clients. The cycle still remains that way.