On Monday, August 24th, 2015 at just after midnight I awoke with abdominal pain.
Pain that wouldn’t go away no matter how I tried to lay, sit or stand. Pain that reminded me of birthing contractions, but which didn’t offer any reprieve in between.
Halfway through a phone call to the hospital’s nursing line (during which my husband was frantically googling symptoms), I decided I’d be going to the emergency room no matter what they told me. The nurse agreed, my mom arrived to care for our young children, and Wade whisked me off to our local hospital.
Not five hours later I was in recovery, sans appendix. As the anesthesia started to wear off, I briefly wondered if it was all a dream? All it took was a glance down at my hospital gown to confirm it was definitely not.
I sit here typing just over a week out from surgery, three new scars on my abdomen, feeling about as normal as I can. I’m sharing my story not for sympathy, but to hopefully better equip you in handling unexpected life events as a freelancer.
Here are my three best tips!
It’s 3am and you wake up in a cold sweat, torn away from a terrible nightmare. What was it about? Some TV monster? Justin Bieber? No – it’s your freelance writing career.
What are the problems that keep you awake at night, and what’s the best way to deal with them? Here are some thoughts – both on the types of things that freelancers worry about most, and useful solutions.
One of the great inevitabilities in the life of a freelancer is that sooner or later a really great, valued client will say goodbye.
There can be many reasons – companies get bought or go bankrupt without warning. Organizations can change their focus. Sometimes, an editor leaves and the new editor brings with them their own writers.
You should never be in a situation where losing a client leads to meltdown, and there are some things you can do – some of them way ahead of problems arising – to make sure this doesn’t happen.
Here are six great ways to cope with the sudden, nasty, client-shaped hole in your plans.
It’s tough to do it all as a freelancer and online entrepreneur.
In fact, I’d argue that it’s impossible; especially over the long-term. We’re just not good at everything, and I for one don’t really want to be.
I’ve read a lot lately about playing to your strengths and continuing to work on improving them, rather than investing time, energy and resources in getting better at your weaknesses. And this makes a ton of sense to me. (I’m actually trying to apply this to my parenting philosophy as well.)
So what do you do as a solopreneur – someone that works for and by himself – when it comes to trying to do it all vs. playing to one’s strengths? Do you have to suck it up and do the things you’re not any good at or don’t really enjoy? Or is there another, better way?
To some extent, you might need to suck it up and do unpleasant or difficult tasks in the beginning. But there will come a point (and for most of us, it’s sooner, rather than later) where instead of having to try to do it all, you can start hiring out some things instead. Here are three things I outsource in my freelance business, instead of trying to do myself.
So, you want to be a professional writer? No problem.
Seriously: no problem. I’m not going to say that becoming a professional, paid writer is easy – at some point, you’re going to need to sit down and type out a few thousand original words – but it is achievable.
There are plenty of ways to get paid for your writing. Maybe you’ll earn enough to make writing a lucrative side hustle, and maybe you’ll follow my example and make writing your full-time job (I write about 3,000 words a day, Monday through Friday. It isn’t easy, but it is a lot of fun).
How can you get started as a beginning writer? Here are some tips, direct from The Write Life’s new ebook 71 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer. I helped The Write Life put together this resource, and I’ve done a lot of these money-making ideas myself, so I know they work!