I’ve always been a writer, but I became a freelance writer on accident.
It’s difficult to pinpoint when it all started. I always loved writing - it was in blood. Even before I learned how to write, I dictated little stories to my mom. I wrote short stories as a kid, short stories, poetry, and teen fiction as a teen and young adult. I worked for the school paper in high school and college, and took creative writing, journalism, media, and technical writing classes. I wrote countless letters to penpals and even loved taking notes. I left with10 pages of notes even from my most boring classes. Essay exams were my favorite! While my classmates had a heart attack even over a 2-page paper, I was excited when we were assigned 5 - 10 or more pages. I got into academic writing as a researcher, and created course materials as a teacher and coach (yeap, those are my former professions, I’ve lived many lives!). I never though I would ever make a living with writing though!
My health writing journey started with an anonymous blog in 2012 when I first started writing health content just for fun. I had no intention of ever revealing my name or making money out of it. I didn’t know it was possible. I didn’t want to become a famous blogger either, but I enjoyed writing.
My passion for holistic health lead me to earning my certification in Holistic Health Coaching and Transformational Life Coaching. I started blogging (using my real name this time!) and writing for high authority health website in order to attract coaching clients. Compliments soon followed, and eventually I received request from people to write from them.
Making a few bucks for my writing seemed like fun. I had no idea that freelance writing was a thing, but I got curious about writing for money. Through google I learned that getting paid for writing was possible and freelance writing, in fact, was a thing.
I had no idea where to start, but I started to learn through google. I gained clients from ProBlogger, People Per Hour, Facebook groups, and through word of month. An unpaid regular writing job also turned into a paid gig.
At this point, I didn’t think that making a full-time income was possible. I had no idea how to go about it. But the idea seemed amazing. As a global traveler and nomad, being location independent and being able to work from anywhere in the world was important. Loving my work was just as important, and let’s be real, I love writing.
Surprisingly, becoming a full-time freelance writer wasn’t that difficult. Once I made the decision to make writing my only job, more opportunities fell onto my lap from clients and former clients. Yay! I was finally full-time. Or at least I could pay rent and put food on the table.
I always knew I had more in me than to just cover the ‘basics’ and call it a full-time income. I simply had no idea how to get there.
Once again, a mindset led me to the solution. I made the decision to figure out. I realized that I needed to leave the employee mindset behind once and for all, and think like a business owner, a professional writer offering valuable service. After trying out endless spammy writing groups, I finally found two amazing freelance writing groups with the most supportive writers out there, who reassured me that I was on the right track.
While my mindset was key to success, cold emailing was just as important. When I first learned about cold emailing, I cringed. No way I was going to do that! But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I needed to give it a try. I wanted to do it the right way, so I invested in a course, and followed it as much as I could.
Through cold emailing and a shift in my mindset, I was able to gain some amazing, long-term clients who pay me well. I make a full-time income with part-time hours. It used to be my dream, now it’s my reality.
I used to cringe at those health/life coaches who turned into business coaches teaching others how to become health coaches. If they loved health coaching so much, why did they leave or why did they take on business advising on the side? Now, I understand them.
Making full-time income as a freelance writer is the dream of many. It doesn’t have to be your dream, it can be your reality. I am not leaving freelance writing behind - I love it too much and I make good money with it! But I also can’t keep what I learned to myself. This is why I created this blog, to give you my tools, and share what I’ve learned on the way.
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