Yes, you could take that headline as an announcement. I’ve officially entered the world of personal finance freelance writing. Is anyone out there looking to hire?
My blogging journey to this point has been an interesting one. As long time readers here know, last summer I quit my job in education to become a stay at home dad. It was a big step but one that I don’t regret. The added time has allowed me to better manage our family activities and devote myself more to blogging.
The results in our family life have been tremendous.
Less stress. More downtime. More kid time. More moments for enriching activities.
Additionally, the extra time devoted to blogging is causing Luke1428 to take off. I already have more page views than I did all of last year. It really is amazing what some additional time, effort and connection building can do.
As great as that is, I’ve felt I could still do more with my time. So I was intrigued when contacted several months ago about writing for a new website. I’d never done that for money before and thought it would be a good experience if only for me to understand the world of freelance writing.
It’s been quite the experience.
Life Lessons Realized From Freelancing
To date I’ve written seven articles for SafeBee.com, a website devoted to making the world a safer place. I’ve really enjoyed it but writing for someone else is not like writing for your own blog. However, it’s reminding me of some valuable lessons that can be applied to any life situation. Here are my initial thoughts about what I’m dealing with:
1. Articles are a challenge to get approved. All the articles I write need to promote a safety/protection angle. I can see the safety angle in my mind when I pitch the article but it’s not always apparent to those who approve the topic.
The life takeaway: Not everyone thinks the same way or sees the same things you do. Have patience and learn to connect with people in how they see the world.
2. Editor’s are picky, but awesome! This may sound odd but I have enjoyed a professional editor reviewing my work. I’ve always thought one of the challenges of being a blogger was not getting feedback on how you write. Now I’m getting that consistently and I know it’s going to make me better.
The life takeaway: Value the expertise of others and use it to improve.
3. Constraints pose a writing challenge. Each article I write is required to be between 500-800 words. No fluff writing to make the article longer. Additionally, all the articles must be sourced by a .gov or .org website. The facts of the article have to be supported by information at these sites which limits to an extent what you can discuss.
The life takeaway: Learn to be flexible and work within the parameters you’ve been given.
4. The money is very rewarding. Writing as a hobby is fun. I basically did that for the first two years of my blog when I could only run it part-time. But I’ve learned that – emotionally and psychologically – it’s real nice to have someone say, “You know what? Your writing is good enough we’d consider paying you for it.”
The life takeaway: No matter what field you work in, people will pay for excellence.
5. It’s stretching me. I know this experience is pushing me outside my comfort zone. That’s good. Those who don’t push the boundaries remain stagnant like the pond that has no water flowing in or out of it. I always want to keep moving forward, never resting on what I have done.
The life takeaway: We are capable of more than we realize. Push yourself and see how far you can go.
5 Mores I Hope to Gain by Freelance Writing
I’ll be looking for a select few more freelance writing opportunities. I don’t know how many I’ll end up taking or how those responsibilities will impact my writing schedule here.
So what do I hope to gain from this? Here are some “mores” I hope to obtain:
1. More reach. The message of reaching financial freedom by changing your personal finance habits needs to get out beyond the four walls of Luke1428. Writing consistently for a larger website than my own would expand my reach to thousands of more people.
2. More influence. With reach comes influence. The more people you reach the greater chance you have to impact lives. Helping others is ultimately the driving force behind what I’m doing so freelance writing plays right into that mission.
3. More money. I’m at the point where I want to make money from blogging and writing. That money will be used for projects and goals I envision coming down the road and eventually find it’s way into our family budget.
4. More kickback. Getting out there means more people will find their way back here. With each article I write there’s a chance the reader might be curious about the author and find there way back to Luke1428.
5. More connections. My connection at SafeBee initially contacted me because she read a snippet I wrote for a blog post at another website. You simply never know what connections and opportunities will come once you expand your reach.
I’m greatly looking forward to where freelancing might take me in the next phase of my blogging/writing journey. None of it would be possible though without you supporting this website and giving me encouragement day in and day out. Thank you for being a loyal reader and supporting my work.
Questions: What’s the biggest challenge you face in stepping out and doing something new? How have you stretched yourself so far this year? Do you find it difficult to work within set boundaries? How do you reach people who don’t see things the same way you do?
Freelancers – what do you struggle with? How do you balance the time writing for your own blog and writing for others? What other tips/advice would you give?