In my four years of online writing I learned a lot about freelance writing but I also learned a lot about myself. Actually, I think I learned more about myself than I did about freelance writing.
My fourth year was met with a bit of burnout. I wasn’t totally burnt out to the point where I would consider giving up writing, but just singed around the edges enough to realize I had to make a few changes.
Since it was the first year that my Suite earnings were lower than they were the year before, I compensated by taking on DMS assignments (big mistake). The time I spent on DMS should have been spent adding to my residual base, but I was short sighted.
At the end of the year I analyzed my numbers and my annual progress. I saw just how big of a mistake it was to write so many DMS articles. All in all, I earned more in my fourth year than I did in my third year, but my residual income growth slowed down just a bit.
Fourth Year Freelance Writing Burn Out
I’m not sure if I’m still suffering from singe out or not, but I no longer have the desire (nor am I inclined) to write 4 or 5 or 6 or more articles a day. I’m learning to write when I’m inspired to write. If I don’t feel like writing, I don’t.
The only reason I can pick and choose what and when I write is because early on I spent a lot of time building my residuals. Without them I would have to bang out several articles a day whether I was burnt out or not.
First and foremost, four years of freelance writing taught me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to accomplish. No, I haven’t reached all of my goals as yet, but I’m getting closer to them instead of further away.
Here are a few other things I learned along the way:
- Complaining doesn’t fix a situation. Planned, focused action does.
- Listen to my gut instincts. My gut has been correct more times than the “experts.”
- Do not engage in debates with nay sayers. It’s better to prove them wrong than tell them they’re wrong. Plus, debating generates too much negative energy.
- Patience (‘nuff said).
Final Numbers for Year Four
Here’s a chart of how my daily residual income has grown over the past 4 years. As you can see, there are ups and downs, but in the long run, as long as you stick with it, the income will grow:
In my fourth year of online freelance writing I earned $26,736.59. Of that amount, $22,881.59 came from residual earnings. The remainder came from DMS up front payments.
My goal going forward is to continually increase my residual earnings and eliminate all up front payments (unless someone makes me an offer I cannot refuse).
|If you enjoyed this post, why not sign up for NJFM’s Motivation for Writers Newsletter.
A dose of motivation will be sent to your inbox every Monday.