Friends, I’ve finally done it.
I started freelance writing. I sucked it up and decided to not be afraid anymore and move forward. Besides, a smart man named Kevin Smith said that if something is scary, do it. Forget that fear and just dive in (more on the Q&A session with Kevin that we attended later in a possible review of Atlanta stop, if only so I have an excuse to share the selfies Losson & I got with him)
I decided that April was the time to start, so I did what I had been considering for a while & signed up for a Fiverr account. The website is an awesome website where you can buy and sell services starting at $5 a pop. After fees, as a seller, you bring in 80% of those sales, so you don’t start off being a billionaire- that comes later. The increments of what you offer/how much/the cost can vary based on your offerings and what folks are wanting to buy as well. For example, a base 500 word blog post/article from me is $5 for a 3 day delivery, but for an extra $5 you can get 1000 words instead or pay extra to get it a day earlier- it’s very flexible and I like that.
So Fiverr is my start. I figure once I get a little more experience I’ll look at some bigger, meatier freelance jobs but this is a good side hustle for the moment. My biggest goal is to get $200 in sales so I can buy a new laptop (it’d cover about half the cost), then I’ll really be making it in my mind. Thus far, I’m about 1/4 of the way there, so it’ll happen before too long, hopefully.
I’m still surprised every time I get an order that people want to pay for my words. Even though it’s their assignments, the fact they want me to put their expressions together is pretty awesome. I haven’t really advertised a whole lot either, so the buyers I have gotten are pretty random and so appreciated, too.
I’ve done a lot of scary things in my life-quit my job of 5 years, get married (hey, it can be scary to say ‘forever’!), etc., but this journey of becoming a freelance writer is one that I am super proud of already, not just in hindsight. I could have thought about starting for a lot longer before I did, but I decided to just jump in and see what happened. Within three hours of having an account, I had an order for an blog post in my inbox.
So here’s to conquering any fears that might be a hindrance to what you dream of doing- that fear is more than likely just a figment of your imagination- take that chance and just see what happens!
PS If you’re looking for some writing, I’d love to write an article or press release or even some tweets for you! Check out the Gigs I’ve got posted on Fiverr.