Todays Guest Post of the Month was written by Gina. Gina helps women build a successful freelance writing business whilst balancing motherhood to create their dream life!
Are you at a point in your life where you’re ready to start a family? Or maybe you already have and are looking for a way to spend more time with them.
Freelance writing is an excellent way for you to make money while working from home.
By starting your own freelance writing business, you can set yourself up to work as much or as little as you want. You get to call the shots because YOU’RE the one in charge.
But isn’t it hard to start your own business?
Well, it definitely takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Just like raising a family does. But if you follow the three tips outlined below, you’ll be much more likely to succeed.
1. Seek Support from Your Family
If you’re interested in starting a freelance writing business, it’s important to have an upfront conversation with your spouse or partner.
Even though there is a minimal cost associated with this kind of business, it’s still a big decision.
Talk with your partner about why you want to start a business in the first place. Share your goals and the life that you envision for yourself and your family. Explain how freelance writing is a real opportunity for you to make a decent income working from home.
Hopefully, you are given the support and encouragement you need.
If not, don’t get angry or defensive. Instead, be a good listener. Ask your partner what their hesitations are. Usually, when someone isn’t supportive, it’s because they just don’t understand how the world of freelance writing works. It’s your job to help them understand.
The reason it’s important to have support is because starting a business means you’ll have to spend time away from your family. Whether or not there are children in the home, this could still have an impact on your relationships.
For example, you might have to sacrifice a few date nights in order to work on your business. You might be working on the computer and focusing on your work when you’d normally be watching a movie together.
These examples might seem small, but it’s important for both of you to understand that running a business requires a lot of your focus and attention. At least in the early days. Once you’ve gained some traction and have certain things in place, you’ll be able to make adjustments.
Once you’ve gained the support from your partner, and you both understand what it takes to run a business, it’s time to create a schedule and a plan.
2. Create a Schedule and a Plan
We all have very different schedules and lives that will dictate how much time and energy we can put towards starting a business.
For example, I started my freelance writing business a few years before having any children. My goal was to scale it enough so that when we did start a family, I’d be able to quit my day job and work from home.
Which of these situations best describes you?
- No immediate plans for having children
- Planning to have children within the next year
- Planning to have children, but not for at least another year or two.
- Already have children, may or may not be having more.
Each of these will result in a very different schedule and plan for your business.
If you’re looking for some great time-management tips, check out this related article: How to Manage Your Time as a Work at Home Mum (particularly useful if you already have children).
There really isn’t a right or wrong way forward. It all depends on your goals and the amount of time and energy you’re willing to spare.
The idea here is to start thinking long-term.
What do you want your life and your business to look like a year from now? Three years from now? Five years from now?
Thinking ahead can help you to create a schedule and a plan for achieving your goals. Figure out where you currently stand, and where you want to get to.
Keep in mind that you may have to be a bit flexible. We all know that life doesn’t always go according to plan. You may have to make adjustments as you go. And that’s perfectly normal.
But if something does come up, don’t let it get in the way of moving forward.
That leads us into our third and final tip…
3. Remember Your “Big Why”
As a freelance writer, you’re definitely going to face your fair share of challenges. Especially in the first few years of your business. After all, you’re probably not going to create a successful business overnight.
It takes time, effort, and a willingness to learn.
But if you stay motivated enough to overcome those challenges, then it will all be worth it. So think about your “big why” — your reason for starting a business in the first place.
Was it to spend more time with your family?
To have the freedom and flexibility to create your own work schedule?
To make a decent income while working from home and raising your children?
Always keep your “big why” at the forefront of your mind. That way, when you’re faced with a challenge you’ll be ready to overcome it. Ready to push through and persevere.
The vision of working from home and spending more time with your family can be a POWERFUL motivator.
Stay focused on your goals. Get the support of your family, create a plan, and always remember your “big why.”
How to Get Started
Ready to get started?
If you want to fast-track your success, then check out my free course called the Successful Freelance Writer. It’s a 7-day email course that walks you through the same strategies I used to start and grow my own freelance writing business. Topics covered include:
- How to get in the business mindset
- How to find a profitable writing niche
- How to build your own website
- How to pitch your services and GET CLIENTS
- How to handle all things “business management”
Click on the link to enrol in the free course, and get started today. Wishing you the best of luck in your freelance writing business endeavours!
Free course: https://www.buildyourwritingbiz.com/free-course