Today’s guest blog is brought to you by Logan Miehl Goodrich. She is a certified web copy specialist and fiction novelist.
We’ve all heard success stories of people who leave the corporate world and become an entrepreneur or freelancer. They appear to work from pristine locations while doing something they actually love. And it’s slightly addictive to those of us who long for that lifestyle.
Perhaps you’ve heard these stories because they even tried to sell you on this lifestyle with words like…
“Click now to discover how YOU can make easy money doing what you love!”
We have all seen this marketing tactic. I won’t lie and say I haven’t bought into dozens of webinars, podcasts, and other freemiums that sell this concept.
Because, let’s face it, many of us feel unfulfilled in our job. Or feel that we put in way too many hours for a fraction of the salary. If there is an easier way, we want to know about it.
Taking the plunge into freelancing
Judge as you might, but I spent most of my savings on a dream to become a freelance content writer. Earlier this year I flew out to a conference, networked with people, and landed myself enough clients to quit my corporate job when I got back home. Sounds like my dream came true, right?
Two clients ended up paying me next to nothing (turns out that no matter if you have a manager or are self-employed, your talents can be under-appreciated), and the last client proved to be slower moving than I’d hoped. I continue to send follow-up emails, and they continue to be unresponsive (to this day).
Thankfully, my financial circumstances allowed for me to experiment, make mistakes, and basically not have an income for a while (carrots and peanut butter are great meals). But I knew that if this dream were to become a career, I would need to make three times more to compensate, and do it consistently.
The difference between theory and practice
So instead of buying into more courses and thinking that my failures meant I didn’t know enough, I rolled up my sleeves and dove into the boring stuff. I made a goal to apply for ten jobs a day, and found these listed on online boards, through networking on LinkedIn, and scrolling for hours on sites like Upwork.
As a result, I received multiple phone calls from companies who reviewed my application and wanted to schedule an interview. But the problem was that they all wanted a full-time, in-house, content writer. Thus ruining my dream of working from anywhere I wanted as my own boss.
I kindly turned down dozens of these offers, hoping that I wasn’t crazy for doing so and that someone out there was willing to hire me on my terms.
My quarter-life crisis
As a fiction novelist (like dear Angela here), I think about this time in my life as the protagonist’s crisis. The crisis comes right before the climax—where she beats the bad guy and saves the world. No, the crisis is a moment in the rain when everything fails. She fails. And it seems that all is lost.
But for whatever reason, the protagonist decides to carry on anyway. She sees her failures as momentary setbacks, not as her identity. Perhaps she has friends along the way who motivate and inspire her. But in the end, the protagonist must be the one to decide if she will wallow in pity or put her brave face on.
You guessed it—I put my brave face on.
Regardless of how many times I was rejected on an opportunity I really wanted, or how many times I rejected opportunities that didn’t fulfill my new life vision, I continued to strive for this dream.
And you know what? My crazy idea to quit a secure job and adventure into the unknown…actually worked. I am now self-employed, typing this from a cabin in Sun Valley, Idaho where I travel freely to visit my in-laws, and am making more money than I ever did at my old job.
But here’s the rub
My idea worked in the end, but it actually took a lot of WORK. Go figure, huh? I borrowed great advice from those who had gone before me, but I didn’t use some magic formula or take any shortcuts to reach my dream. Just a lot of planning, emailing, scheming, crying (occasionally), and trying again the next day.
I’m also not typing this from my own private island (mostly so I don’t get sand in my keyboard) while drinking Kool-Aid and raking in cash. My life isn’t unrealistic. I make enough to pay rent, take awesome road trips with my husband, and fund my upcoming novels.
So what’s it to you?
If you’ve taken the time to read my story, I feel you deserve to know the truth about these marketing tactics that tell you making money online is easy. If you want to do it right, it isn’t going to be easy.
But if you put in the effort, it will be absolutely worth it.
I did not quit my day job to start an online business and become rich and carefree. I did it to chase my true passion of inspiring people through the written word. Not a day goes by that it hasn’t been difficult, but I have not regretted my choice on any of those days.
Now it’s your turn
What is your dream job, and why? Do you feel that your protagonist has reached this ideal career, or is she still floundering in her moment of crisis?
Share your thoughts by in the comments below, and remember that good things take time, a LOT of work, and your best brave face.
Bio: Logan Miehl Goodrich is a certified web copy specialist and fiction novelist. Whether it’s through online content or fantastical stories, she loves finding people’s unique voice and putting it into words.
Learn more about her copywriting services: www.logangoodrichcopywriting.com
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