Whether I want to or not, I think it’s for me to get back to writing. It’s no secret that my income has dropped significantly. My monthly income for the past few months have been hovering a little over the $1000 mark. I really can’t complain because it is residual income, but it’s a far cry from what it was before.
Food prices have not gone down and neither has the price of gas. Kids still want to eat and utility bills still have to get paid. In other words, I need to earn some cash.
Traditional Job Market
I made a halfhearted attempt at finding employment. Being out of the work force for so many years my intent was to find a part-time gig that was not too taxing. In my downtime I would do a little writing and work on upcycling furniture. The part-time job would make a dent in replacing my long lost income while I build a client base for my new venture.
Transition from Blogging
Completing a job application when you haven’t worked in 10 years is a pretty interesting task. It’s especially interesting when the reference section requires a listing of job associates. One application specifically said, “Do not list friends or relatives as references.”
When you work from home as a blogger, most if not all of your relationships are friends or relatives. Additionally, the minimum wage that I would collect for the few hours that I’d work would be partially offset by the cost of gas it took to get there.
Coming Full Circle
I’ve been on this merry-go-round before and decided to let past experiences dictate my future action. Instead of going out to look for a part-time job, I decided to use the skills sitting in front of me to earn money from home.
So, I guess I’ve come full circle. It’s time for me to beef up my online writing in an attempt to stop the free fall of my residual earnings. Already having a base of online articles, I’m going to approach it differently this go ‘round.
I don’t have the wherewithal to sit and write articles hours on end. And, true to my personality, I’m not going to use the social media route (too noisy for me). Having said that, I’ve just made my task more difficult, but I believe it’s doable.
After re-reading that last sentence I couldn’t help but think of Jim Rhon’s quote, “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”
The online writing arena is different now than when I did this 5 years ago, but as Loretta so eloquently pointed out in her blog post, we’ve got to adapt to change.
Wish me luck!