27 April 2017

Taking the Plunge into Freelance Writing

You may remember a recent blog post, from back in March, where I discussed how reading 'The 4 Hour Work Week' by Timothy Ferriss made me realise my true passion for writing and how I want to pursue it for a career. (Read the post HERE and buy the game-changing book HERE.)

Well, since then, I've been at home in Wetherby for four weeks after visiting my lovely boyfriend in Wisconsin... And I've had a lot of time to think.

I've always loved the idea of starting my own business, ever since we were taught it was an option when my coursemates and I were studying Fashion Marketing and Branding at university. I always thought it would be amazing to be my own boss, able to do things the way I wanted, on my time schedule and not have to fill in a holiday form and get it approved by a Manager in order to have a tiny bit of time off.

I've always been a bit of a free spirit, and since my travels I have been struck with a long-term case of the travel bug, so I find the traditional 9-5 jobs difficult because of the fact that it locks you down to one place indefinitely. I like to be able to spread my wings and fly off after a little while (perhaps that's why I chose to get into a relationship with an American).

It's because of these various different reasons, that I came to monumental, life-changing decision not too long ago. A big, scary decision that simultaneously gave me the butterflies with excitement, as well as days of anguish and anxiety.

I decided to go for it, and not let fear get in the way, so I could live without regrets... I decided to start my own freelance writing business.

I've done a lot of reading and researching recently and I honestly think I can make it work. In fact, I am making it work!

This is my second week of pitching and I have had my work published on two different blogs. (You can find the links at the end of this post.) My two niches are fashion and travel, but I have also previously written beauty and health articles.

This 'starting my own freelance writing business' business was supposed to be a long term goal, something that I would do 'later in life' when I'd 'built more experience'. However, after doing some extensive research - the kind of research where you try to go to bed at night but you can't sleep, as your head is buzzing with information - I discovered that a lot of people out there, who have successful freelance writing businesses, have less experience than I do!

Therefore I decided to just do it. Life's too short. My personal opinion is that life is not a dress rehearsal, it's the real thing.

I recently read a book called 'Who Moved My Cheese?' by Doctor Spencer Johnson (find it HERE). It's all about the fear of change and how to handle it, through a metaphorical story of mice who lose their cheese. My sister found it and introduced it to me. (Cheers, sis!)

This book came to me at the right time, because it's basic message is to not let the fear of change stop you from doing things and living the life you want. What would you do if you weren't afraid? It's time to stop being afraid and start living.

And that's exactly what I am doing.

My business is still in its very early stages; for instance, the website is still being built. It's true that this could all go horribly wrong, but I'll never know until I try.

I'm proud of myself for having the courage to try it though, and I hope I have inspired some people from writing this post. Don't wait until 'later in life', do it today. You might not have tomorrow.


(My first published articles since I last wrote for IDEAL Magazine back in 2015 are as follows:

What To Wear on a First Date - GoDates.co.uk - Dating Blog
Growing up In Wakefield, England - Erika with a K - Travel Blog
Visiting Sydney - Erika with a K - Travel Blog

Thank you for your continuous support! K-xo)

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