This is a blog I’ve been wanting to write for a few months now, but avoided it like the plague because I knew it would cause a bit of a debate. However, in the last month I’ve talked to 25 new freelancers who have been at this for several months and not yet cleared $1K.
And they all have this one thing in common.
They’re obsessed with finding their niche.
I am a such sucker for mommies – especially on the job.
Over the years I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best women in the freelancing world. From bloggers to project managers, copywriters to graphic designers – my roster of mommy rockstars is an impressive list of women who inspire me daily.
If you’re a creative you’ve probably sold yourself short your whole life.
I know I did.
When I was a kid people assumed I’d be the one who’d write a bestseller before I’d learn to properly balance a checkbook.
My brother was the finance guy. The academic success. The one who could sit in a cubicle without fantasizing about arson.
I was the one that was supposed to wait tables until I got my big break. Until someone else validated my creativity because that’s how it goes for artists. We either commit to our passion and bartend, or we give up and commit ourselves to a “real job” and a 12 month supply of prozac.
My mother is a talented Italian cook & chronic worrier – and she does both mostly with her hands.
Growing up, I was only allowed to ride my bike to the middle of the driveway marked by the lamppost – and then I’d have to turn around and return to the backyard. Forget the fact the backyard was crawling with mosquitos and I was severely allergic. Mosquitos weren’t kidnapping-sickos. We’d take our chance with Malaria.
…and I only had $75 in my pocket when I started.
When I tell people I consistently earn a six-figure income from freelance writing, I usually get a look generally reserved for alien invasions and calculus exams – terror, bewilderment and a lot of confusion. I don’t blame them, a quick Google search usually brings up a slew of appalling sites willing to pay you less for your writing than it cost you to turn on your computer.
Six-figures and freelance writing.
Does that sound oxymoronic to you? Maybe even impossible?
A simple Google search will have anyone believe in unicorns and middle earth, before they think earning six-figures freelance writing is possible.
While the verdict is still out on unicorns, I can tell you this with certainty, you CAN make six-figures freelance writing from home.