When I started my freelance writing business, I was excited.
Well, excited and scared.
Like many people, I’d thought about it for a long time. I’d bought The Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting a few years before and practiced writing out famous sales letters by hand as recommended.
I dreamed of “someday” earning a living as a freelance writer.
A 2010 layoff forced me to consider that “someday” had arrived. (Maybe you’re thinking your “someday” has come, too…)
I was eager but overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to start when it came to finding clients. I didn’t know how to talk to them, how to talk about my services, what to charge. Any of it.
But now? Now, I’ve built a thriving freelance writing business that allows me the flexibility to live anywhere I want. These days, it’s by the Caribbean Sea in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and I often get to visit family in New Orleans.
You can do it too. Maybe you want to add a part-time income to take care of some pressing bills, pay off debt, add to your savings account, or save for a vacation. Maybe you want to replace a full-time income with freelance writing.
One thing I’ve learned is it takes a mental shift to make the transition. Instead of “thinking” about “someday,” you can build a bridge of sorts to take you from now to the next step.
Don’t worry. You don’t need to turn into a structural engineer.
However, you can help yourself achieve progress faster by thinking incrementally about your freelance writing business. I call it an income bridge. You design it to get you from one place to the next based on a few simple metrics.
This bridge doesn’t need to be fancy. It can be a simple board over a puddle.
It’s a means to get from Point A to Point B. Not P or Z. Just B.
Once you’ve gotten to Point B, then you can move to C, and so on.
Before you know it, you’ve crossed a swiftly flowing river. And then a large lake.
It all starts with you.
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