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Why I Love Residual Writing Income

The other day I was talking to my brother about work, writing, jobs, etc.  He’s a successful executive and travels extensively.  There are times when he’s out of town more days in a month than at home.  For his troubles, he’s paid handsomely.

Being more of a free spirit I enjoyed earning money according to my own rules. Unfortunately, I had to curtail that free spirit if we wanted to make our monthly mortgage payments and feed the kids (bummer).

Good Fortune (When One Door Closes Another Opens)

When my job relocated 800 miles south of my home, I was fortunate enough to collect severance and unemployment.  That was my opportunity to allow my free spirit out again.  Although, after being caged for so many years, it didn’t quite know how to be free.

Residual Income GrowthEarning Money

Since I was a technical writer and business writer, I knew I could earn money writing.  I took on any writing assignment I could find.  In essence, I traded my 9-5 job, obligations and deadlines for a freelance writing job, obligation and deadlines.  Knowing that if I didn’t get writing assignments, I wouldn’t get money, I took on anything I could find.  Back into the closet went my free spirit and out came the obligatory work persona.

Luckily, early on in my freelance writing career, I stumbled onto the importance of online residual income.  I wrote about whatever I enjoyed writing about and earned a modest amount of money from it.  I realized that as the residual income grew, the feeling of having a freelance writing ‘job’ would diminish and eventually I could spend my time writing on subjects that I had a passion about.  I wouldn’t be forced to write on boring topics just to earn a paycheck. I would be able to ditch the deadlines, obligations and job mentality and experience true writing freedom.

Getting Closer to the Goal

Proverbs 23:7  “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:..”  Every fiber of my being wanted the freedom to write what I want, when I want and wherever I want.  If cut, rather than blood, the mantra “write what I want, when I want on whatever I want” would ooze from my veins.  I didn’t consciously think it, I felt it.  It was in my heart and soul.Freedom

I realize that over the past couple of years my freelance writing assignments have evolved to this:  I am contractually obligated to write one article a week for Suite 101.  Everything else I write is at my own leisure on topics that I enjoy and I can write them whenever I want to.

Why This Post?

Think it, feel it, believe it and work at it.  You can achieve it.  The “it” is whatever you want it to be.  Just keep at it!

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • prerna July 4, 2009, 3:15 am

    Hi Felicia,
    Your words continue to encourage and inspire.. This being my second month at writing for residual income sites, including Suite 101, haven’t really seen a lot happening in terms of income.. But your post has given me hope that it would get better!
    Blessings always,
    .-= prerna´s last blog ..Being a Writer: A New Month Brings New Writing Goals =-.

  • msmayor July 3, 2009, 11:18 pm

    Felicia- you couldn’t have said it no better- whatever the “it” if you think it you can achieve it. Love your inspiring words….
    .-= msmayor´s last blog ..Just Things On My Mind… =-.

  • Alina Bradford July 6, 2009, 11:00 pm

    I know exactly how you feel. I took the leap, too, and am now making most of the family’s income with my writing. It can be done!
    .-= Alina Bradford´s last blog ..Magazine Cover Photography Demo =-.

    • Felicia July 7, 2009, 8:05 am

      Alina, I’ve been following your writing on your various sites. I see why you are doing so well.

      Thanks for the inspirational comment. It proves that it can be done!

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