Back in my days as a full-time employee, my dream was to be able to telecommute. Telecommuting meant working the same job but just doing it from home while remaining in full communication with the office. By telecommuting I could buy back some of my time, but I had to make sure to be accessible whenever my employer or clients called.
I found the telecommuting mentality a bit stressful at first because I felt I had to prove myself and prove that I was actually working. So I made my self ‘visible’ through telephone calls and faxes to let everyone know I was working (e-mail wasn’t prevalent back then).
Working from Home
Further to telecommuting, I presented a full-blown proposal to my boss to work from home for a couple of days a week. That meant I didn’t have to kill myself being ‘visible’ while working from home. It just meant that I had to accomplish certain tasks while at home so that when I showed up in the office the next day I had something to show for my day working at home. Again, I had to prove myself. The stress level was reduced, but there was still a little stress.
Becoming a Freelancer
Freelancing was the next step. If I could work from home following the rules and regulations of my employer, I should be able to do it on my own. With that in mind, I went in search of clients. That was a lot of work, but it was worth it initially. Being one that is mentally unemployable, I found that freelancing was still working for someone else. I had to work according to their schedule and meet their deadlines.
I had to placate the occasional unreasonable client and pretend I didn’t smell the less than pleasant smelling ones and so on and so on.
Setting My Own Rules
I spent quite a bit of time online reading many freelance writing blogs. I so admired the authors’ tenacity and ability to seek and satisfy high paying clients. Often times after reading such blogs I would almost dust off my resume in an attempt to seek freelance writing clients. I would then think about what I was about to embark upon and I would put my resume back untouched remembering that my goal was to work for myself and receive a residual income source. I wanted to play by my own rules. My years of having to satisfy clients were over.
Take as Many with You as You Can
That was my hubby’s mantra on 9/11 as he fled the twin towers. He attempted to take as many co-workers as he could out of the building.
I love working from home earning residual income, but what fun is it when all of your friends and relatives are stuck in the 9-5 work rut (I show my age because back in the Stone Age we only worked from 9-5, it’s more like 8-6 now)? It’s rather difficult to plan a mid-week camping trip when the hubby and friends can’t get away from work.
I refrain from making late night calls because everyone has to get to bed early in order to make it to work the next day. What about an early evening adventure? Nope, can’t do that either because everyone is stuck in traffic commuting home.
Maybe it’s selfish of me, but what fun is it creating your own work schedule when there is no one to play with? That’s one of the reasons why I like to take as many people along with me as possible.
Time for Action
Analyze, test, ask, think, review, investigate, ponder, evaluate, inquire, compute the feasibility and other such actions are great for a minute. However, the only way to achieve the freelance writing goal where residual earnings are your main source of income is to “Just Do It.”
As I’ve said it before and it’s worth saying again; it doesn’t happen over night, but it does happen. You have to be willing to put in the work to get it done.