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…)
I just don’t know how to get it.
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.
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.