This is embarrassing to admit.
When I started this site, I knew I wanted to help writers get started with self employment and earning a living writing. But I didn’t have a clear vision of what that meant to me, and as a result I struggled.
I wasn’t sure whether to get personal or share warnings of freelance writing scams or provide helpful tips for newbie freelancers.
I had no game plan and I wasn’t consistent.
I was foundering.
So I took a step back for a while and I thought about why I was doing this and what I had to offer.
What was my story? Why did it matter and who would care?
It was only once I took that step back and thought about the story I wanted to tell and who it would resonate with that I got clear on my purpose here.
And once I made those shifts in my mindset, I got more traction. More traffic, more subscribers to my newsletter (want in? You can sign up here), and more satisfaction from running this blog.
I was able to write new blog posts more quickly because I had more focus, I stopped creating the kind of posts that I didn’t really like doing (like reviews of crappy writing sites, which bring a ton of traffic but feel soul sucking), and I also felt more free.
I knew what value I could provide other writers, and I’d given myself the freedom to do it.
I want to help you get the same sort of freedom and clarity and excitement around your freelance writing business again so you can say goodbye to the soul sucking projects you’ve been doing and start welcoming in the projects that fill you with joy.
And the way to get to this point is by getting real clear on your message and on what type of projects you want to say yes to because they’re right for you.
Saying yes to the things you love means that you also get to say “no thanks” to the projects that you were doing because they came your way or maybe you’ve had a lasting relationship with that client but you don’t really enjoy working together or they don’t pay enough to make it worth your time.
This is scary for freelance writers but I believe that we need to set these sort of firm boundaries for ourselves in order to grow and reach that next level.
If you keep taking the work you don’t love you’re not gonna get to where you want to go.
And one of the easiest ways to get where you want to go is to come up with your story and share it with the world and begin to put the energy out there into cultivating the assignments that you want.
Aka, fancy woo talk for marketing your badass skills.
But the kind of marketing where you are honoring your talents and your dreams and you are doing the things you are best at and most important you feel good about it. You’re building a brand and you’re positioning yourself to have success in the long term.