A long time ago I wanted to work from home. So now I do. After I worked from home I realized that I didn’t like the job-like feeling of writing for up-front paying sites, so now I write mainly for sites that pay on the residual model. I then realized I preferred creating my own sites and writing there instead of spending the bulk of my time on someone else’s content site, so now I write mainly for myself.
As time went on, I realized that even with my own sites, there were some I really enjoyed writing for and others not as much. The problem is the not so enjoyable sites are the most lucrative sites. So, I decided to continue writing on those to keep the money coming in while I develop my more enjoyable sites.
Small Steps towards Happiness
Several years ago, I did not up and leave my job (although my job up and left me), and decide to spend my time at home writing about things I enjoyed. Well, actually I did, but it was a progression. You see, when I first started, I had to take baby steps to find my true writing joy, and I’m not so sure I’ve reached nirvana yet.
With each step I took I would ask myself two questions to make sure I was heading in the right direction. The questions were:
- Does this step make me happier than before?
- Can this change pay the bills?
If the answer was yes to both, then the decision was a no brainer. However, if the answer is yes to one and no to the other, I knew I had to keep one foot planted in the old money-making routine and one step in the new. Not until I could answer yes to both questions would I plant both feet in the new direction.
Time is Precious
The one thing we all have in common is 24 hours a day. What we do with it will affect our enjoyment and money. Because I’m so aware of time and how one wrong choice can result in a monumental waste of time, I’m careful with my decisions. It’s one of the reasons why I’m such a numbers junkie. Sometimes it’s hard to tell that you’re actually moving forward without some cold hard numbers to compare your progress to.
It’s another reason why I try not to sweat the small stuff and attempt to get to the meat of any problem as quickly as possible. After finding out the facts I try to come up with a solution and implement the steps necessary to expediently resolve the issue. I tend not to spend too much time browbeating or speculating about situations I cannot change. My goal is to become a happy, financially secure writer.
As I look back from my brick and mortar career up to now, I see an emerging pattern. When I first started working I went from lots of joy and little money to little joy and a lot of money. My job moving to Florida was a blessing in disguise. If it had not moved to Florida, I would still be there dependent upon the 9-5 world.
Now that I’m self employed, I keep chipping away the built up layers of the cubicle mentality. Freeing myself from the cubicle didn’t free my mind from the mentality. It has taken a long time for me to get to this point.
With each up-front paying site that I no longer write for, each piece of content I place on my own site and each book I write, I’m getting closer and closer to my own nirvana. The pace is a slow one because I have to make sure the money coming in can cover the bills. But, no matter how close or far I am from my goal; each step brings a little more joy, peace and satisfaction. I sure couldn’t say that when I was in the 9-5 world.
Success is all about taking small steps, one step at a time.