A Day in the Life – The Crazy Journey to Freelance Writing Full Time

 

Journey to Full Time Freelance Writing
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Oh me oh me oh my!

My favorite bloggers are NOT joking when they explain how much work goes into marketing freelance writing services from the ground up – especially when you have a 9-5 job. I think I may be going crazy during this process. A funny, goofy, and energized kinda crazy.

Just a second ago, I ran out onto our dusty patio with psycho hair, wearing patterned red long John's, and no shoes to scream pitch a new marketing idea to my graphic designer aka husband. After realizing how insane I must look, I half jokingly asked him if I look like a mad scientist. He said no, but meant… DUH!

 

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For some therapy I'm borrowing the super inspiring Day in the Life post idea from Cat at Budget Blonde and Michelle at Sense of Cents.

This is my own take…  a day in the life of a ride or die hustling weekend freelancer hoping to take it full time. I hope to reminisce fondly on these guerrilla marketing days. I mean what's success without the journey?

So here goes!

4:00 a.m. – Eyes shoot open. Check for e-mail responses to my pitches.

4:20 a.m. – Repeat above.

5:30 a.m. – Repeat above every so often, until…

8:30 a.m. – Alarm goes off. Stumble out of bed and freshen up.

8:45-9:00 a.m. – Get my cat baby ready for the day. Petting, cuddling, feeding, and making kissy faces at him.

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Respond to comments on my own blog and stalk/share posts on my fav blogs. Check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. RT,  repost, follow, or reply to social media stuff I enjoy.

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Eat breakfast. Research and send a list of 25 blogs in my niche for my cousin the sexy stay at home mom virtual assistant to post comments to on weekdays. Includes instructions on how to comment etc.

11:00-12:00 p.m. – READ! I purchased a super cool guide to managing a successful virtual assistant business… like 2 weeks ago. I need to finish it! I dedicate an hour to just reading. Husband pulls himself away from the soccer game to make lunch. I eat & read.

12:00-2:00 p.m. – Get super anxious about being behind in implementing processes from the VA book – do everything at once. Redefine my target audience, sign-up/start enloop.com business plan, set up a Google Voice phone number, review my options for a business license.

Contemplate what my VA business name should be… come up with some creative ideas. Run outside to pitch my ideas to hubby cleaning the patio. He can sense the stress. We turn on Pandora and have a mini sing-along sesh.

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Back to work to find leads. Check my top sources for paid freelance writing work (Interested in this list? Let me know!). Pitch to some right off the bat and save a list of others to work on during the week.

See Olive Garden commercial and start to get hungry. Convince myself to stop being so cheap and splurge on the $9.99 special they're running. DATE NIGHT!

3:00-4:00 p.m. – Write an outline for my staff writer post due this coming week. Write a to do list (and include things that I've already done with check marks to feel accomplished ;) ).

I took a vacation day tomorrow from my 9-5 job so lots of work to be done like getting a P.O. box, setting up sole proprietorship, writing my contributor post, and working on the biz plan… the list is endless!

4:00-5:00 p.m. – Write this post!!! And I have exactly 10 minutes to go until it's 5. How's that for specific! Next, we'll head out to dinner. I'm REALLY considering wearing these striped pajamas out. When we return I'll likely start tackling my next paid post and biz plan.

So tell me! Is this how your process was when first starting out? Are you new to freelance writing and sharing my shame experiences? Do you have any funny stories? 

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  1. As someone starting my own business (multimedia publishing and freelancing) I can relate. It is a mind field of things to do and as soon as you’ve done one thing you discover something else that needs to be done. It never seems to end, but in a good way I guess. BTW I would love to see that list of paid freelance sources you have. It would help me out a lot.