January 03, 2007


While I'm at home waiting around for someone to hand me a fantastic job with free daycare, I've been doing some research on whether doing some freelance writing would be a viable income source.

The reality is that I don't really need to make that much money to make it profitable. I have some consumer debts to pay off, and of course there are the utility bills I'd like to contribute to, but those don't total an excessive amount of money. I could probably make do on half of what my last full-time job's salary was, although my aim is to earn more than that.

If you recall, one of my New Year's resolutions was to write out a business plan, but I haven't done anything as formal as that yet. It would be extremely helpful for me to put in writing what I need my bill rate to be, what niches I can market to, and so on, but frankly I'm just not informed enough about the profession yet to write intelligibly on that.

I'm taking baby steps. Every morning I sync my PDA with writing-related tasks that I need to accomplish every day. It may not amount to eight hours of work, but I believe that over time I'll be doing less planning and administrative work and more assignments. I just need to get into the mindset that this is "work" and that there need to be routines established, and that in the meantime I should develop a portfolio.

To be honest with you, one of my biggest weaknesses is advocating for myself. I know I can do this and be successful at it, but don't know if I have the courage to market myself to the extent I need to. Hell, I don't even know who to market to.

I'll keep you updated.

Posted by Tiffany at January 3, 2007 11:55 AM | TrackBack

Take lots of baby steps and before you know it, you'll be running. Good luck to you. Make it happen!

Posted by: Sheron at January 3, 2007 03:58 PM

You've obviously been thinking about this for a while. You're confident you can do it, so don't worry about having the courage to market yourself. You already have the courage.

Now go!

Posted by: I was Trailer Trash when Trailer Trash wasn't Cool at January 4, 2007 02:22 AM
Post a comment

Remember personal info?