I Think I Need…

by on November 7, 2010

I’m lucky. I finally figured out what I want to do for a living. (Umm, write.)

But I’m stuck. About 70% of my 9-to-5 job is writing – and I’ve learned a lot. But I know there’s a better lifestyle out there for me, with more money, if I could only figure out the freelancing thing.

(The main reason I want more time is because of these two cuties…)

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Me and the boys playing minigolf this summer.

I just don’t know how to get it.

Inspiration Overload

I think I might be overinspired and underinstructed.

I belong to Third Tribe; I listen to Copyblogger podcasts; I scour Twitter for links to good copywriting articles. But no matter how much I read and listen, I remain exactly where I am.

I need a starting point. I need action steps. I need to figure out how to make the most of my extremely limited time.

An Idea

Yesterday I read this post by freelance author Carol Tice about how she makes over $5,000/month from blogging. Since I write a corporate blog for my 9-to-5 job, this really speaks to me. This seems like something I could actually do.

But I noticed something else on Carol’s page – something that might turn this from another case of futile inspiration into a thrilling journey into real-life instruction.

Carol is a writing mentor.

If I were to hire a mentor, I could actually form a plan. Take steps. Send out query letters. Maybe (gulp) strategize on how to freelance full-time and not starve.

Until I can afford a mentor, I think my best bet is to keep blogging, keep reading, keep tweeting – and try to keep the faith.

And when I CAN afford one, baby – I’m going to make this work.

P.S. I just read a great post by IttyBiz that touches on this: “There’s No Teacher.” Of course I want there to be a teacher, but on the other hand, if someone as successful as Naomi Dunford can feel this way, then I’m not so alone.

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Carol Tice November 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Hi Susannah –

I would LOVE to help you go freelance! Sounds like you’re well positioned with great experience.

Have you considered asking your 9-5 job if they would let you do that 75% writing part as a contractor? Then, presto! You’re freelancing, and already have a big chunk of income lined up. You can build it from there.

I want you to be home with your kids! Once I went freelance, I wondered why I waited so long. I was still a staffer when we adopted our 3rd child, who came out of foster care and was 16 months old…and I was working 4 days a week in Seattle! Once I stopped, it just seemed crazy.

Now, I never miss a play or soccer game…it’s just the way it needs to be for moms.

Why don’t you email me…maybe we can figure out something that works for you.

Elizabeth November 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Whoa. $5000 a month? I’m clearly in need of a career change. Or maybe a career add-on. (I like my insurance benefits, considering my son’s life-threatening chronic illness, thanks.)

Marsha Koch November 7, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Hi Sus,

I say go for it. Have you contacted Victoria? She is on Facebook and her website is VictoriaNamkung.com. I know she could give you some great ideas. She would be great for you to talk to ….she also has skype if you do…you could speak “personally”. I wish you all the best.

Marsha Koch November 7, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Give the “cuties” a big hug from the tie dye meister.

Stella Papadopoulos November 8, 2010 at 1:55 am

Hey Susannah, They are indeed two cuties! The balance you seek is so elusive to us moms.

susannah November 8, 2010 at 4:05 am

Hi Stella! I know – I hear it every day from my friends. It’s important to remember that so many of us are in this boat!

susannah November 8, 2010 at 4:06 am

Aunt Marsha, you’re right – I did look up her blog once and I was very impressed by it. I’m going to write to her. Thank you! And I owe you an email!d (The boys still love and faithfully wear their tie dyes – and they also remember doing yoga with you and seeing you paint!)

susannah November 8, 2010 at 4:06 am

Elizabeth, you are perhaps the most natural candidate for a full-time successful blogger of anyone I know. Just sayin’.

susannah November 8, 2010 at 4:07 am

Carol, I just wrote you! THANK YOU! You made my day!

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