Creating Wealth with Freelance Writing

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A job must have security to be a real job. It must include health insurance, vacation, guaranteed raises and retirement – heaven help you if there is no retirement. Even freelancers tend to fall into the trap, or at least I did. Granted, I wasn’t looking for jobs with retirements, but I was searching for those freelance writing gigs that would provide a regular income.

The truth is that all freelancers, regardless of industry, have the right idea. Create your own wealth opportunities and then you will be in control of your future. Instead of focusing on the writing gigs that will provide the freelance income you desire, create those writing opportunities for yourself.

Creating Freelance Writing Wealth

    1. eBooks – the future is in electronic books. The advent of the Kindle and other electronic reading devices has made this process even more likely. Freelance writers can now create eBooks to sale over the internet and all the income will be profit (less what the government takes because the government will get theirs). I recently took a teleseminar about writing eBooks with Maritza Parra and Jeff Herring that really set me on fire for writing eBooks.

    2. Seminars – there is always someone who knows less about a subject than you know so teach them. Become an expert in a field or choose a subject where you are naturally an expert and then share your knowledge.

    3. Classes – schools, community colleges, libraries and community centers are always looking for teachers to host classes. Now can be particularly hot for libraries because they are setting up their summer programs. Send out letters and resumes and let them know you are interested in teaching some classes.

    4. Online teaching – there are plenty of opportunities to teach online through websites. The addition of teleseminars has made that even more of a possibility.

    5. Tutor – parents pay good money to help their students learn. Host a tutoring group and increase the income exponentially.

The more creative that you get with your freelance writing opportunities then the more control you will have over your freelance income.

Changing Messy Habits

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Keeping things clean, organized and uncluttered is not in my nature. I was one of those teens that had a path from the door to the bed. Once a year I would take a day and make an effort to straighten my room (so that I could see the top of the dresser and so that there wasn’t a pile of clothes covering the floor). Some of my friends didn’t even know what my floor looked like.

It’s proof positive that God has a sense of humor since the love of my life is the exact opposite. And he immediately began imposing his wants on my way of life. It wasn’t pretty.

It took me a few years to come to a place where I understood that if I felt the need to apologize about something then there was a good chance that there was room for improvement in that aspect of my life. It was then that I decided to take a stand and make the changes that would help me clean up some of my messy habits.

Tips for Changing Messy Habits and Getting a Clutter Free Home

    1. Clean off the tables and counter tops each night before going to bed. It is too easy to use these surfaces as storage areas and they quickly become cluttered and make the house feel (and look) messy.

    2. Put away all the clothes at each change. Pajamas go in a drawer until they are needed again the next night. Work-out clothes get put away until the next work out or go into the dirty clothes. Shoes go into the closet as soon as they come off the feet.

    3. Empty the dishwasher as soon as the dishes are cooled. A full (and clean) dishwasher just encourages the stacking up of dirty dishes in the sink. An empty dishwasher allows you to put dishes away as you use them.

    4. Fold and put clothes away as they are washed. Clean clothes sitting around can get dirty and then just double up your work load. Clothes that are folded or hung up as soon as they are dry are less likely to get wrinkled as well.

    5. Empty the trash from the car each day that you use it and you will have a car that is clean and respected.

When all is said and done the best way to break the messy habits is to start right now picking up as you go. Almost all of the minor problems of clutter can be remedied by doing it now.

Recognizing a Need for Encouragement

Everyone wants to be encouraged, but some people are in more need than others. It is just as important to learn how to recognize discouragement in the people around you so that you can discover how to lift them up. Discouragement Means Approaching Life Without Courage 1. Discouragement comes from fatigue. Being tired makes it Read More …

Excuses for NOT Writing

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It is easier to make an excuse than it is to do what needs to be done. I came up with a dozen today without breaking a sweat. But the excuses aren’t real. They are simply delusions that I create that hinder my writing success. Deb over at Freelance Writing Gigs reminded me that making excuses can be habit that we fall into but I should never let a few excuses stop my freelance writing success.

    1. There’s too much going on. This is an easy excuse for me. I write in the middle of the house. We have three boys and two cats inside plus me and my husband. It’s rare that there is complete silence at any time of the day. It’s easy for me to tell myself that I can’t write because of the chaos but the truth is that the chaos is often the motivation for many of my posts.

    2. It’s too late to get started. I AM an early riser and I seem to do my best writing first thing in the morning. It is not unusual for me to hit about 2 pm and decide that there is no reason for me to start writing any thing else because I’m just going to stop for the night anyway. I am breaking this excuse by trying to make myself write something in the afternoon and at night. Stretching my writing times is making this excuse harder to keep using.

    3. Nothing is due today. It is easy to sit back and relax when I have a day with no deadlines. The problem is that eventually the deadlines DO come and if I keep putting off the work then all of my freelance writing comes due at the same time. Working a little here and there makes deadlines much easier to meet.

    4. The weather is getting bad. I shouldn’t be messing with my computer when there is bad weather. My writing can wait until the storm blows over (unless it’s after 2 pm and then I’ll be taking off anyway). I now have a large battery back up AND surge protectors on my computer and on my fuse box. Besides, if I’m going to turn on the television then I can turn on the computer.

    5. Someone else is on the computer. Not being able to write could be a legitimate excuse for not writing except that I could always write out some outlines on notebook paper or I could use the laptop or I could go through all the ideas that are stacking up in my folders There is plenty to do even if there is no place to do it.

There is always an excuse. I can take the excuse or I can take the success. In the end it is up to me to choose the path to successful freelance writing or to choose the path to nothing.

Finding Inspiration for Writing

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There are days when I struggle for inspiration for my writing. There are those times when the ideas are flowing faster than my fingers can type. It is great when I can stumble over something that ignites that muse and gets her dancing out of control.

Recently I started sorting through a box full of old sermon notes, Sunday school notes and other information that I’ve collected over the years. I was going to put the information into folders on different subjects. Some of them are ten years old and I haven’t gone back over them since I first wrote them down. But I just didn’t have the heart to throw them out.

Today I began using each day of notes to create a blog post for my Proverbs 31 website. Many of the notes are done in outline form so the articles almost write themselves. Since I started a 100 articles in 100 days this stack of old notes is definitely going to push me in the right direction.

More Places to Find Inspiration for Writing

    1. Flip through magazines at the doctor’s office. Get ideas from the titles of the different stories and even create outlines from the articles. Bring the information home and then create your own article from the inspiration found while waiting for the doctor.

    2. Watch the television. Find shows that cover the subjects that you write about and translate those stories into articles.

    3. Read other blogs or search the internet for keyword stories. Reading what other people are writing will often inspire you to write your own articles. Sometimes seeing what is popular in the search engines can be all that you need to get the muse dancing.

    4. Eavesdrop when you are out in public. Some of the best story ideas that I have found have been overheard in a waiting room, elevator or other public area. The more cell phones around then the more information you are going to glean from the experience.

    5. Sort through your old letters, journals and other scrapbook type materials that you have accumulated over the years. If nothing else you may come up with an article about how to rid your house of clutter that you never use anymore.

There is no limit to the places and ways that you can uncover ideas for the articles that you write. The odds are that once you get started you will be amazed at how easy it can be to find great ideas for writing your freelance work.