I am sitting at my dining room table while my daughter sits next to me practicing her name.
While I may not get a ton of work completed, I love being able to sit with my daughter and help her, while I work; I love that I have the choice.
This wasn’t the plan
I never envisioned myself working from home. I always thought I would have this successful career as Counselor and work with children.
In fact, I am in School now working on my Master’s Degree in Clinical and Mental Health counseling; so being a Counselor is still very much something I want to do, but I needed something better in the interim.
So why am I writing?
Honestly, the idea regarding freelance writing first came to my mind about 5 months ago. At the time I was about 2 months pregnant with my 2nd child; knowing I had another child on the way I quickly felt the anxiety surrounding leaving my baby and returning to the work world.
Although that bridge was a way down the road, I couldn’t stop those same emotions that I had after my daughter from resurfacing; the feelings that I was abandoning my daughter and neglecting to spend adequate time with her.
I couldn’t believe these feelings were coming back up so soon, and I knew I didn’t want to be faced with that decision again!
I had to figure out a way to elude these feelings. I was beyond determined to find a way to stay home with my babies and still be able to make an income – because not working was not an option for me and let’s face it, not working is not an option for many mothers.
I started by looking into being a virtual assistant. Which I talk about a bit more in another post “7 Vital Tools You Need to Efficiently Work From Home” Take a look if you want to know a bit more. https://michelleanderson.org/2019/04/12/7-vital-tools-you-need-to-efficiently-work-from-home/
I stumbled across Freelance writing when I ran across the blog of Alicia Rades and one of the authors for The Write Life. https://thewritelife.com/category/blogging/ I also found some pretty helpful tips from Elna Cain, creator of innovative ink https://www.innovativeink.ca/.
Both websites are jammed packed with so much helpful information for beginners like myself!
Although what works well for one writer won’t necessarily work for all writers; I appreciated the knowledge and personal feedback/experience shared on both of these websites.
Hundreds of websites offer up some valuable information to get anyone started on their writing journey.
Where am I now?
Not too far – haha
To be honest, I am not writing this after becoming some sort of success story – I am still in the early stages, and I am still learning a lot from research, trial and error!
I have learned a lot over the last 5 months, but I did not actually put my self out there and start launching my career until about 2 months ago.
I woke up one morning told myself it was time! It was actually beyond time to get started – so I did!
And honestly, it was the best choice I could have made.
No I am not rolling in money from my 500+ freelance gigs and offers, but I am getting tons of experience, and I happened to land a few clients within 30 days of starting my business – not for free either!
But you see this is only the beginning for me!
While only doing this for such a short amount of time I have been successful. That statement does not make me cocky or conceded because I know that I have not reached the top!
I am continually re-evaluating my goals to push myself for greater success!
Are you are a freelance writer? Are you a mother? Or even a Father?
How do you juggle wiring and taking care of your littles? Please share your story – maybe someone can learn from you!