|I'm always kind of astonished that I get paid for this.|
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I have a terrible confession: I've been letting this blog languish while I've been off playing with the other kids. Poor blog. I know how that feels. I'll try to do better.
I wanted to post an update on my writing world. I can't help but laugh when I look at my initial goals from "back in the day." I also can't believe that "back in the day" was really only about a year and a half ago! Lots of changes since then...
I'm very pleased to report that all my scraping and clawing and writing anywhere I could has really started to pay off. I just got picked up as a contract copywriter by a company that designs websites for medical professionals. They have a stable full of clients who need content for their websites, and I can work as many hours as I want in a week. Granted, like all freelance work, the hours aren't guaranteed to always be this steady. Slowdowns are kind of inevitable in this business. But so far, things are looking great. I just turned in my first time sheet, and I made more this week than I typically make in a month!
I've had a lot of questions since posting about my good fortune on Facebook, mostly wanting to know how I found the job and how I started from nothing and pulled myself up. Here are my typical answers:
- I signed up for every freelance job board I could find. I learned quickly which ones were worth my time and focused my efforts on those.
- I applied for every writing and editing job I could find that I thought I might be even remotely qualified.
- I realized that I had an incredibly useful niche -- I am a healthcare content writer. There's a huge market for this, and it's an area where I have plenty of knowledge.
- While I started out writing for any site that would publish my work, I figured out which sites were more "reputable" in the freelance world and stuck with those.
- I viewed every piece I wrote as a stepping stone to my next job/prospect. I didn't try to scale the ladder my first time out; instead, I took it one rung at a time with the goal being to get to the next rung on my next project.
- I asked for feedback on my work so that I can improve.
- I followed the blogs of other freelance writers and read what was working and what wasn't working for them
- I read book written by freelancers, especially those who specialized in copywriting, which was quickly becoming my niche.
- I was willing to try everything to see what I liked and what worked and where I was most successful.
- I write. Constantly. Every single thing that I write, whether it's an email, a Facebook post, a blog post, or an article for a client, allows my to subtly improve. When I compare my writing from last year to my writing this year, the difference is remarkable. I want to say the same thing next year, too.