Another post in answer to the question of how to write professionally…
I’ve been writing full-time as my sole source of income for four years today. I’m not a millionaire, but I do get to work from home — an average of three hours a day — with my baby in my lap. These 9 (& 1/2) rules represent the things I do that make it possible, and that I’ve learned along the way. In the coming weeks, I’ll hit each one in detail with step-by-step instructions. To start, here they are.
1. Write Nonfiction...the market is much larger, and the competition is sparse.
2. Work the Numbers by understanding the economies of scale and how all sales (including selling your writing) is a numbers game.
3. Get Paid, even in trade at first. Nobody asks a plumber to work for free “to get exposure.”
3.5. What You’re Worth, which is more than $10 a post.
4. Be Systematic in your approach to finding, completing and turning in work.
5. Find Accountability, whether it’s from yourself, your spouse or a writing buddy.
6. Remember Your Mission Statement. This is your reason for being a freelancer instead of punching a clock.
7. Be a Generalist, which means becoming a gifted researcher. It exponentially increases the number of assignments you can accept.
8. Work Your Numbers: how much you need to write to make your financial goals, and how long it typically takes to get paid.
9. Have a Wealth Mindset...work as much as you must to get what you want, instead of working a random amount, then seeing what you made.