Dreaming is easy…
I am a thinker by nature. I think about what I will do today, what I will do tomorrow, what I will do in the next month, next year, in the next five years…the list goes on and on. This can be both a blessing and a curse.
I always have ideas.
I am constantly seeking out more.
Call me a dreamer because nothing is impossible…
…without a little hard work and persistence that is.
Freelance writing has truly taken me out of my comfort zone. I have been testing waters I never knew existed before. It is scary, it is overwhelming, it is fun. I love the new connections I am making, the things I am learning, and the progress I am making.
Yet I didn’t get here just by chance. Like I said, dreaming is the easy part. Anyone can come up with some wild idea to be a writer and make money on the side. Or imagine quitting their job and chasing the idea of making writing a full time career.
Here are my tips for making your freelance writing dream a reality:
1. Find Your Reason Why
Is this for extra money to travel the world, or maybe to spend more time with your family? Is it because you hate your job and writing is a passion that will allow you freedom like you never experienced before? Once you find your “Why” then the motivation to push through the tough times will expose itself easily. Remind yourself daily why you are pursuing this dream and keep that perspective close at hand. I want to spend more time with my family, especially my child who is just about to start school. I do not want to miss a single thing, but I want to provide for him the best I can. I also want out of debt. Freelance writing can offer me both freedom and money. That is my “Why”.
2. Envision the Changes
Really see in your mind exactly what the outcome you desire is. Think about it often, even pretend you have already accomplished your goal. This brings a positive energy to you and attracts other positive energies as well. If you don’t believe you can do this, then you probably cannot. I know that I can gain a clientele, offer amazing work for them, and reach my highest potential as a writer. I see it in my mind as though it has already happened.
3. Make Room for Those Changes
It is all well and good that you envision what your ideal life would be like (remember…dreaming is easy). You have to do more than that! You must make room in your daily lifestyle for those changes to unfold and really make an impact. Take time (even if it is only 15 minutes a day) to do something productive towards your goal. I always make time to brainstorm some blog ideas, read others’ blogs and take notes on what can help me with my journey, or even learn a new skill on WordPress that I can utilize on not only my blog but on guest posts and potential paying work. I do not always get to everything I want to, but I make an effort to do at least 1 thing per day.
4. Create a Network
Reach out to those doing the same thing as you. I have heard that the online community is full of people willing to help you along the way, all you have to do is ask. This is the one thing I am struggling with a lot. I don’t know who to talk to, I don’t want to be a bother, and finding time to “do it all” is a constant struggle. I would like to make a goal to comment on at least two blog posts per day to get my name out there to those doing similar things as me. I am always the one that hides in the background quietly doing my own thing so being in the forefront and contacting those way ahead of me is intimidating! I think striving for this will allow me to see what others are doing, explore new niches, and see what works in the blogging world.
5. Take One Small Step At A Time
I have talked about this before and I feel it is so important. From the time I started blogging until now, I have made huge strides. I have learned little by little how to do a wide range of things from how to craft quality blog posts, to learning technical behind-the-scenes WordPress “stuff”, to pitching for guest blogging opportunities. There is always room for improvement of course, but I am telling you…if you take a couple of small steps everyday, before you know it, your dreams will have turned into something, and you will no longer be just a dreamer…but a doer!
What things do you recommend for reaching your freelance writing goals (or any goals for that matter!)?