I am a Freelance Writer. I write all kinds of things on a billion different topics on a regular basis, and I really enjoy what I do. When I first got started down this road, though, I have to admit that I had no idea what it was going to be like!
Writing for personal goals is one thing. I’ve written successful grant proposals, genealogical pieces, various journals, and entered a good many creative writing competitions (I won my first one in the eighth grade). But it wasn’t until I began writing content as a freelancer that I found out the true meaning of “you learn something new everyday”!
In a lot of ways, freelancing can be that dream job where you can be a stay at home mom and work all from the same place, and it is most definitely rewarding in that regard. My first writing projects were pieces that I had bid on because I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt I could do a great job on with little effort. I thought that’s how it worked. And really, it can be, if that’s you want. As a freelance writer, you get to accept, turn down and turn in whatever your heart desires. But that doesn’t leave much room for advancement and yes, even as a freelancer, you can advance.
Then the job offers started coming in. I would get requests to write “this” or “that” and I would always write them back and let them know that I was very new to the freelancing world but that I could certainly give it a shot. So far, all but a precious few have taken me up on the offer and what a ride it has been!
My first writing piece that came to me that way was for dog food. When the request came in, I wrote back and said that I didn’t have a lot of experience with, or knowledge about, dog food. We’re from the mountains where we feed them the same thing we eat! But I did relate the story of how we had to buy dog food to mix with baby bird food for our rescue starlings, and how I had to search high and low for the proper protein to fat ratio. I guess that was enough 🙂 I got that job and wrote for this client for about 2 months. Not only did I write about the dog foods with high protein content, but every other kind you could imagine! Let’s just say I know my way around a bag of dog food now 🙂
So far, I’ve built up a pretty extensive list of topics I’ve written about; I’ve researched everything from electric companies and home improvement websites to cosmetic dental procedures and bone broth. And the list goes on and on…tree and yard care, software data recovery, maid services, custom glass works, WiFi advertising, water quality, tax service, etc., etc.
I think it’s safe to say, with the right amount of time and research, I could probably write on just about any topic you want to put in front of me.
And I honestly do learn something new…every day!