Oh man, I remember when I first realized I could earn money as an online writer, I felt like I worked all the time. I’d get up early and write before the kids woke up. Once I got them up, ready for school and successfully on the school bus, I’d go back to work.
Sometimes it was the pangs of hunger that made me realize that I had been at the computer for hours only to realize that I was still in my PJs and the kids were on their way home. Like a nut I would first take a shower then make my bed, prepare snack grab a quick meal and prepare myself for the after school hurricane of activities.
Job # 2
The hours immediately after school involved listening to the stories of the day, doing homework, eating, running errands (my kids would always find a random school supply list in the bottom of their bags for items that were required the following day) car pool to practice of some sort and then prepare dinner.
Once the dinner preparations were done, the mini-hurricane would come home and a smaller storm would take place. The minute my husband came home there were the war stories from the job and of course the kids would have to give him a run down if their day. I’m sure this routine sound familiar to many of you (notice how I skipped the part about the household chores ).
Back to Job # 1
Once everyone was fed, house put back in some sort of order, the dog walked and the nightly routine completed, it was time to get back to job #1 which was getting as much writing done as possible. Every day when I woke up, I would bump my head on the HUGE carrot that kept me going. That carrot was residual income. I knew that if I stuck with it long enough I could eventually earn enough residual income that would allow me the freedom of working less.
Stages of Success
My current residual income didn’t happen overnight. I spent more time than I should writing for extremely low pay (I did that initially because I lacked confidence). I also spent more time than I should writing for Demand Studios (I did that because I was silly). You see, I had to write for up front pay for several years until my residuals picked up to a point where I could let the up front writing gigs go.
After all, my hubby and I have kids to feed and a mortgage to pay. Keep in mind that when my last full-time job moved several hundred miles south in 2001, so did my $75,000 a year salary. That’s a lot of lettuce to make up. I bumbled around with part-time jobs for a few years until I finally found online writing. The good thing is that my work from home expenses are minimal so we can survive on less.
What I’m saying is that you have to work real hard and stick with what you have until you can get to the next step. Since I chose not to seek private clients, I had to stick with Demand Studios as my up front pay and work like the dickens to build up my residuals. As my residuals grew, my reliance on Demand Studios lessened. My current work schedule is a dream compared to what it was when I first started 4 1/2 years ago.
- Place a HUGE carrot over your bed. Your carrot is the goal that makes all the hard work worth while. My initial carrot is to earn $100 a day in residual income (clearly define your goal so you know when you’ve reached it). Once you’ve reached your carrot get a new and bigger one.
- Be prepared to work hard and for a long time. You’ll not only have to work hard writing, but you’ll have to work hard at juggling your family responsibilities along with your writing schedule. I’m telling you now, find a stress reliever that will be your “go to” when things get rough because there will be times when things get rough.
- Chart your progress. Sometimes seeing your progress on paper is the only indicator that you’re actually moving in the right direction. More often than not, especially in the beginning, you’ll feel like you’re not making any progress at all. A trick I learned is to track percentages rather than dollars.
- Don’t forget to get some exercise. The last thing you want to do is reach your goals and then have to spend all of your hard earned cash on a new and larger wardrobe.