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.
About the Author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.