Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a big fan of freelance writing as a career choice. On this blog I have talked about everything from finding your first job to negotiating rates.
And that is no great surprise – writing is what has enabled me to quit my job and start working on my own terms. I pick my clients, I work when I want to, and I have control over my income.
I can do my work from my dining room table (as I am right now), my local library, or a coffee shop in Madrid. The sky is the limit.
Why wouldn’t I want to encourage other people to join me?
Introducing Ruth Zive
But don’t just take my word for it. Ruth Zive is the owner of Ruth Zive Copywriting, where she offers copywriting, content marketing and social media consultancy services. Ruth only launched her business in April 2011, but has already established herself as a reputable (and highly successful) freelance writer. In short, Ruth knows what it takes to launch and maintain a successful freelance writing business.
In this first ever interview on Leaving Work Behind, you are going to learn how:
- Ruth was able to build a sizable (and well-paying) client base in a relatively short space of time
- Launching and scaling a freelance writing business can be relatively low-risk
- You must eventually quit your job in order to build a successful freelance career
- It is possible to carve out a career writing about niches that you have no initial expertise in
- You don’t need to love what you’re writing about to love what you’re doing
- It is possible to make up to $150 per hour as a freelance writer
- Freelance writing can lead to an enormous number of future business opportunities
Note: unfortunately the video is a little choppy, but the audio is okay!
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What’s Holding You Back?
There is no doubt in my mind that freelancing/service provision/consultancy are all excellent ways of taking that first step beyond your current 9-5 – even if it is not something that you want to do for the rest of your life.
It gives you control over your life, and allows you the time and flexibility with which to pursue additional revenue streams.
So with that said, what’s holding you back? Why aren’t you working on your own services business right now? It doesn’t need to be writing – it can be graphic design, bookkeeping, blogging consultancy, or any other number of niches. Give us your thoughts in the comments section!