When you first start out on this journey, writing online is all you want to do.
You dream of a life where you work from home (or anywhere) and swap the daily commute and office politics for afternoons with your laptop in your favourite park.
Perhaps you’ve already started work on this goal – stacking up the building blocks that will one day lead you to your dream career and lifestyle.
When you decide on a life-changing move like writing online for a living, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into though.
It’s important to consider whether the elements of your new lifestyle will be suited to your innate personality traits, working style and temperament.
It’s important to understand that you might get lonely sometimes and even start to miss the bad coffee and the banality of office gossip that your day job once gave you.
Ask yourself these 3 questions and see how you feel about writing online for a living after that…
1. Do you know the most crucial difference between your day job and writing online for a living?
Like many, you may have gone from being a child and a teenager where most of your decisions were made for you, straight into further education or full-time work where a professor or employer controlled every move you made.
Becoming a freelance writer, and in particular writing exclusively online, puts you in the driving seat regarding both your day-to-day life and your larger goals.
You may be entirely unfamiliar with this level of control.
When it comes to writing online as a career, everything is down to you. There’s nobody to fall back on – and nobody to stop you from making silly mistakes or forgetting an important task or deadline.
It’s all on you.
Understandably this can be quite daunting for those who make the switch from full-time job to freelance writer online.
While it’s lovely (not to mention incredibly important) to focus on all the positives as you journey down your new shiny path towards your goal, what happens if you get there and realise that the shine has all but worn off?
What if an unexpected tax bill comes in and you’ve missed a giant loophole in a contract with a client and now they won’t pay?
(What if you didn’t even have a contract?)
Will you let it put you off? Will you stop writing? Will you stop searching for clients, stop pushing towards your goals?
Think about it.
2. Are you willing to get some support?
There are a few things you can do to polish up your new freelance writing career and get its gleaming shine back, should it start to wear off.
Online (and offline) communities can help.
Get involved with social media communities such as the Freelance Writers community on Google Plus. (Be sure to say hi to me there!) There are plenty of these sorts of things online – places where you can go and ask questions, throw ideas around, discuss future projects and get advice.
Forums are also a great way to connect with other people who have quit their comfortable day jobs to make a living online.
“No (wo)man is an island” and at some point – just like all successful people – it’s inevitable that you’ll need a bit of support along the way.
Think about that for a moment.
3. Can you seek out relevant information and commit to continual learning?
Information is power(ful). But it has to be the right information. Are you capable of seeking out any information you may need?
Some people say we’re living in an age of information overload.
Those people don’t know what they’re looking for.
The very fact that you’re writing online (or want to) means you’re probably quite well-versed at seeking out the information you need for any given project.
Take advantage of this skill.
Hunting down relevant information is something you’re going to have to get really good at, both for your writing clients and for keeping yourself up to date with industry news and trends. Are you willing to be a life-long student?
If you go one step further and share what you find along the way on a blog or via social media, you’ll also help others to become successful as part of the process.
(In fact if you keep doing just that you can even build up a whole writing career around helping others in this way.)
So, are you ready to take control of every aspect of your career and lifestyle? Are you willing to seek help and support when you need it, but also to be a self-sufficient learner, capable of seeking out information for yourself?
Is that you? Could it be? Think about it.
>> If you’re really serious about writing online for a living and ready to get straight to it, I can show you how in the Complete Freelance Writing Online Course: Beginner to Pro.
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