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Your Freelance Writing Questions, Answered

It came as a complete surprise to me that the month of May means I’ve been freelance writing for a full year.

What started off as an innocent google search of “how to make money writing” has turned into my full-time job. As great as it is to get paid to do something I love, I won’t pretend that the learning curve wasn’t steep. Becoming a freelance writer was less an artistic endeavor for me than a process of learning how to start my own business from the ground up.

Nonetheless, I’ve made a lot of progress in the past year. I have clients I can trust for consistent work and a bank account that’s growing in surprisingly steady increments. At this point, I feel like I have ample proof that not only is freelance writing NOT an internet scam, it’s a perfectly viable employment opportunity for anyone that wants to work from home- no matter their previous experience.

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Why I Write

November has extra significance for me this year.

It marks six months since I started freelance writing, and three months since I began doing it full-time.

Back in May I was feeling stuck. Much of my working time  was spent deep inside myself, writing and reforming blog posts in my head until I had the freedom to take out my laptop and type them up. This left me feeling split in two and never fully present. I resented the confines of an outside schedule on my life and wanted instead to spend more time in the world of my thoughts, giving myself the space to methodically pull them out.

I had no idea that a few short months later I would be fully committed to this practice, or how incredibly fulfilling it would be..

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Freelance Writing: 7 Weeks In

When I started this blog eleven months ago, I viewed it only as a way for me to connect with friends and family back home. I never imagined that less than one year later it would become foundation I needed to start my own writing career.

Actually, I had such low aspirations when I started that I simply created a free blog through Google. And then cried for a whole day when, a month in, I lost that blog when the college email address I used to create it was terminated.

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May Homestead Update

May passed us by in such a whirlwind of activity that I didn’t think much of consequence actually happened in those 31 days. But a quick scan of the contents of my camera  proved otherwise. Low and behold! Exciting things happened! Lots of them!

Some have already made it to this blog; most have not. So let this post serve as a catch up for you on all the not-to-be-missed happenings at our mountain home.

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Beginning a Career as a Freelance Writer

Starting a Freelance Writing Career

Homesteading in Central Appalachia certainly has its benefits, but one of them is NOT its proximity to appealing and well-paying jobs.

In all honesty, when Ian told me he wanted to apply for the position director of Big Laurel, my first thought was “well s***, what am I supposed to do now?”

My job options out here are somewhat limited. I am only eligible to work for AmeriCorps for two years and with Ian’s new job, our commitment here is for at least three. Though it might be possible for me to get a job off the mountain a town or two away, it would probably cause us to get a second car and me spending close to two hours each day driving. Worst of all, a normal job wouldn’t allow me to take springs and summers off to help with the groups and summer camps we host on the mountain.

Working full-time off the mountain would take away much of what I love about living here.

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