Here is an insightful article from a woman who travels the world writing for a living. She shares not only her story but some ideas you can start using today to make money as a writer. She hasn’t had a 9 to 5 job since 2008 and enjoys traveling, saving and dining out without the usual money worries. She explains how she even stopped approaching people for work and turned the tables to get them coming to her.
Below is her story of how she made it as a traveling writer after she quit her day job:
I stopped sending my work to editors. I was tired of writing to their agendas and wondering if my articles would make the cut. I wanted to write what I wanted, when I wanted, without having to worry about getting approval.
So I started writing about topics that interest me. I wrote about managing money, designing your ideal lifestyle, and traveling the globe. Then, I put my articles online for people to read.
And guess what happened? Momentum began to grow. I hit an important benchmark: 5,000 people read my online work in a single month. That became 10,000 readers. Then 15,000.
Instead of having to try to get the attention of magazine and newspaper editors, they began to come looking for me. Unsolicited emails would appear in my Inbox saying, “Hi, I’m the editor of Example.com. Would you be interested in writing two articles per week for our website? The pay is $X per article.”
That happened again… and again… and again. I wasn’t sending out pitches anymore. Editors were coming to me.
Then came the advertisers. I placed Google and Amazon ads around my articles—and deposited checks in my bank account in return. In the beginning, these were small sums: $100 every three or four months from Google, and perhaps $20 a month from Amazon.
But then it grew. And it grew. And it grew.
These days, 100 percent of my income comes from opportunities that sprung from my online writing. Advertising, writing, consulting and speaking. Every single dime of my income stems directly from my decision to stop chasing editors, and to write my own way.
And the best part is that I can write my articles from anywhere on earth with an Internet connection. Hawaii? California? Thailand? Mexico? The world is wide open.
Could you imagine quitting your day job to chase your dreams of becoming a well known published writer? What are you waiting for?