How Freelance Writing Online Just Saved Me

Sometimes, just when you think everything’s going according to The Plan, the rug can be pulled from beneath your Conversed little feet quicker than you know how to deal with it.

In the space of a week, my relationship ended, I moved out of my home and I finished the full-time writing gig I’d been doing for the last eight months. (Hey, eight months is a long time for somebody who said she’d never work a full-time job again.)

That’s right, everything I thought I knew has disappeared and it’s just me and my laptop once again. After the initial shock wore off, I became aware that this stripping down of, well, almost everything in my life is actually a cathartic process with the outcome being that I can do absolutely anything I like.

Anything.

So, I’ve been asking myself:

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  • Shall I work steadfastly on my freelance writing Udemy course I’ve been longing to complete and get out into the world? (UPDATE: It’s complete! Click here for a Freelance Writers Online reader discount of 50%.)
  • Do I pack a bag and head off on one of my long travel trips? (Perhaps. Although this has been my default reaction in the past, I don’t feel the urge so strongly right now.)
  • Where shall I live? (Just in a different part of The Most Expensive City on Planet Earth, I suppose.)

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One of the (many) great things about earning a living from freelance writing online is that I can do it from anywhere. I’ve already taken my freelance writing business to India, Australia, Thailand and Malaysia so I know I can handle keeping to my deadlines as a nomadic wordsmith while I ponder my options.

I have a Chromebook (if you must know) and so store all my words in that cloud people often speak of but don’t fully understand. This means I can pick up where I left off with my freelance writing work whether I’m in London, Mumbai or, um, in my mum’s spare room in the Essex countryside.

Rock and roll.

So for now, it’s just me, my laptop… and you. Thanks for sticking around for those who do. And for those who don’t?

I bid you adieu.

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Update alert: My freelance writing Udemy course is now complete, published and selling fast! Get a heavily discounted copy by following the blue link above. (The discount will be applied automatically.)

Image courtesy of id-iom via Flickr.

18 thoughts on “How Freelance Writing Online Just Saved Me

  1. Wow, hell of a week. I think you’re lucky you’ve already got this freelance act under control. At least you can rest up and get back into the swing of things as the mood takes you. Can’t ask for more than that!

  2. Looking forward to the course and reading more blog posts. Kinda missed you lately. When I started my own freelance journey you are the first one I started following and reading about the industry.

    1. That really means a lot to me Bob. I’m so glad you’ve found the blog useful and are looking forward to the course. I’ll certainly be around a lot more from now on. 🙂

  3. Hey Kirsty, thank you for being so open and sharing this. As always, you’re an inspiration : ) Sending the highest and best energies in the Universe, to guide and help you. Rock on amazing lady! New course sounds interesting.

    1. Thanks so much Norma. Your words mean a lot. I’m so grateful for all the virtual support I receive as a result of this blog.

  4. I have to agree with everyone quite a week! The bright side is that you do have your freelance writing to fall back on as well as a place to live. I would love to have those options…that is why I am following you in hopes to get my confidence up and create a freelance writing business of my own! Thanks for being there!

    1. You’re welcome Jan… and thanks for being there too! All the best to you with your journey. So many great things start as a result of simply having confidence in yourself. I’m sure you’ll make it.

  5. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I’m going through a bit of a rough patch myself, and it’s encouraging to know that these things are survivable. I’ve pondered the notion of starting a freelance writing business for the last few years, but I have no clue how to get started. Any suggestions for getting your foot in the door (and which door to try getting your foot in)?

    1. Hi Traci. Sorry to hear you’re going through a rough patch.

      There are a number of ways to start a freelance writing business. I outline one of them in my free eBook for newbies. You can get a copy for yourself here:

      http://www.freelancewritersonline.com/free-beginners-ebook/

      It’s a case of building up a small portfolio of work and/or blogging. Then you need to ensure you’re consistent with looking for and pitching for work and delivering it on time and to a high standard.

      All the very best with it!

  6. Hi kirsty, I just love your positive attitude towards all these.
    It’s true that sometimes we need a wild push from life before we can move forward and do the things we’ve always wanted to do.
    I’m sure this is your own “wild push” and I’m glad you’re making the most of it. Thanks for inspiring us.
    Wishing you best of luck and keeping my fingers crossed for the new course.

  7. Hi Kirsty,

    I’m sorry things didn’t work out, but I know you will be just fine. I know writing saved me more times than I can count. And you are not alone. We’re here for you. Virtually, maybe, but still we are.

    Keep us posted!

  8. I’ve just come across your blog and it’s wonderful! Excited to see what you do next. I’ve written a post on how to make money for freelance writers in the UK: biancabass.com/work/ways-to-make-money-as-a-freelance-writer/

    Would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

    Bianca.

    1. Good stuff Bianca! This is a good way to start out and build up a freelance writing income on the side. I especially agree with PPH – it’s certainly one I used a lot. Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you’re enjoying the site. 🙂

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