"Bring a Flood of Freelance Income Your Way"
Freelance writing and freelance jobs in general can be a lot like the creek in my back yard. It’s always flowing. Some days it’s so strong it picks up trees and carries them down the creek bed. Other days it’s moving so slow that it’s hard to see a leave moving down the current. Freelance writing at the first of the year in my work at home business has been struggling to carry leaves. There has to be some way to insure that I make more money or else make better use of the money that I do bring in through my freelance writing.
I am all about the sound budget and I live off the income I’ve already received and not what I expect to come in. But living off what I have received these last two months is not an option. Something has to give. Even more importantly, things have to change now so that I won’t find myself scrambling for freelance income next year.
Freelance Money Goals
1. Query my print freelance opportunities. Greeting cards, t-shirt companies and print magazines all pay surprising well for freelance writers. Some times the little freelance opportunities are the best ways to keep the water flowing. I just have to get consistent in my query submissions to have a shot.
2. Brand recognition as a freelance writer has to be done through more venues. I recently was a guest poster at another website to help out a sick friend. In turn she put my own Proverbs 31 Life website up for the Top 100 Christian Women blogs as one of the top 10 Proverbs blogs and it added a great amount of “expert status” to my name and my site - not to mention quite a few visitors.
3. Cutting expenses has to be a priority. Even the little expenses, like my extra internet account “just in case my cable goes out.” I admitted today that I will never be able to do freelance writing from dialup again so there is no reason to pay the $10 each month to have the account. I need to look at all other expenses in the home in the work at home office and make the same kind of cuts there.
4. Saving has to come first. It is important for freelance workers of any kind to be putting back money to pay self employment taxes at the end of the year. It is JUST as important that freelance workers have three to six months of bill expenses saved in the bank. Anytime the money has to be used it has to become a priority to get that savings back in the bank with any extra freelance jobs that might come up (or any unexpected money that might come in through past freelance opportunities).
5. Let it go. There is too much stuff in my life right now to allow me to enjoy what I have. It is time to release all of the stuff that is in the way, that is eating at my freelance time or income or that is just causing clutter in my thoughts, home or yard.
Becoming a successful freelance writer is not just about making more money. It is not just about reaching the top of my niche. A successful freelance writer is one that can enjoy the life that freelance writing allows her to live – on her own schedule, in her own location and in her own time!