Everyone has a story to tell. We all have different experiences, emotions, and perspectives. I believe that there is a writer deep down inside of everyone, but not everyone knows it yet. There are some, like me, who have always known they were meant to write and tell their stories; and there are those who haven’t. Some people just aren’t aware of the possibilities out there for writers these days, and that’s why I’m here. I had no idea that writing was a viable career option for me until now, so I am trying to help others forge their way through the unknown.
I was born and raised in a tiny town of 150 people in Northern Minnesota. I grew up in the middle of the woods, and had to entertain myself most days. Like any normal preteen-teenager, I went through some difficult times. Anytime I felt overwhelmed by the world around me, I turned to writing as an outlet.
I went the traditional route and attended college right out of high school, only to fail miserably. I had no idea what I wanted to do, and had no passion for what I was learning about. I changed my major 3 times before I dropped out entirely, admitting defeat. At the ripe age of 22 I still had no idea who I was, or what opportunities were out there for me.
Fast forward a few years later, and I found myself settled down with a son, and a job in the corporate world. I finally realized that a degree was useful for me if I ever wanted to earn a decent living, so I went back to school. This time it was different, I was getting all A’s and B’s, which was something I thought was impossible for me.
When I came across an article about freelance writing, I was mindblown. I had no idea there was any possibility to make a good income writing, aside from screenwriters and authors of popular novels. I knew it was something I was good at, and could do in my downtime (what is that?), so I started scouring the job boards.
I got my first paid job the next day, which turned into ongoing work. I made decent money for a few months, but I started to feel burnt out. I took a few months off while I was in school, but then I found myself longing to go back to writing. It turns out I was going about it the wrong way. I was writing about topics I had no attachment to whatsoever, for way too little pay.
The second time around I invested in my business and took an actual course on freelance writing. This helped me learn the ins and outs of the industry, while learning how to value my work. I am now making 75-100% of my income that I make at my “day job” in only 1/4 the amount of time put in. There are days where I make over $100 an hour, doing something I love to do.
I know that there are others out there just like me, who would love an opportunity like this but don’t know how. I’ve been there, I know how it feels. I created Writing on a Whim to support, encourage, and teach other beginner freelancers to pursue their dreams and build the life they have always wanted.
My goal is to inspire other aspiring writers, while growing my own business at the same time. I want to show other beginners that this is a real career, with amazing rewards. I hope to help others take control of their own lives like I was able to do.
Freelance writing is not a “one size fits all” kind of job. It looks different for everyone, and no one has the same set of skills. We all have our strengths, as well as weaknesses, and it’s important to know yours. Don’t feel the need to excel at everything, because no one does. There are some things you will need to outsource, and that is often times the best choice for your business.