Welcome to my personal freelancing journal.
It’s where I’ll keep you updated with what’s happening in MY freelancing world.
I’ll tell you what I’m reading and watching for inspiration, and I’ll share my thoughts and insights with you.
You’ll also discover the challenges I face day-to-day in my work and the “ups and downs” in the life of a real freelance writer.
I hope my story inspires you to take the next step in your own journey!
Looking for a decent (free) WordPress theme? – 29th May 2020
If you’re looking for a free WordPress theme that gives you quite a bit of flexibility right out the box, I’ve just discovered OceanWP. So far so good, highly recommended based on my experience so far!
Update on the YouTube Course – 12th May 2020
Okay, so I’ve been working the course for a week now and put in quite a few hours, including working on it over the weekend – and so far I’m impressed.
It’s a solid way of driving traffic from YouTube to basically anywhere you want and, for an affiliate marketer, it could be very profitable indeed. Thanks to my previous experience with keyword research, keyword selection, understanding buyer intent, and building sales funnels, I’m not finding it too difficult.
It may be something I recommend going forward but quite a bit of work still to do…
Finally found a decent YouTube Course – 5th May 2020
Okay, so I’ve been meaning to get organized on YT for quite some time but my efforts have been very hit and miss – 3 channels and only about 7 videos. I finally found a YouTube course that teaches a method that doesn’t need millions of subscribers and watched hours to get an ROI.
Not cheap, but the upside could be very profitable – watch this space!
I finally gave in! – 27th April 2020
I’ve been reading articles on medium.com for well over a year now and the quality of writing of the articles they promote (send me via email) is excellent. They have a clever strategy right now, you get to read 5 per month for free, then you have to pay a monthly or yearly subscription. Well, today I gave in to their marketing and signed up for a yearly plan – I was getting frustrated reading the first few lines of articles and not being able to read further. Now I can read all I want!
The takeaway – persistence pays; it took them more than a year, but they got me in the end 🙂
Well worth a watch – 24th April 2020
I came across this video today, a TED talk – The Future is Freelancing by Laura Briggs. Highly recommended (click on image to watch).
Thanks for the Guest Post – 19th April 2020
Big shout out to Godfrey Wambani for his contribution of an excellent guest post for the FYF blog. You can check out Godfrey’s post entitled “Freelance writing jobs beginners can do” HERE.
I guess it was inevitable – 16th April 2020
Well so far, I’ve managed to dodge a bullet, but I suppose it was inevitable that COVID-19 would eventually impact my business, and it happened yesterday.
I had a call with an anchor client of mine (who pays me a steady $2,000 a month) and found out their major clients are asking for payment holidays due to the COVID-19 crisis. The knock-on effect is that they’ve asked me to suspend billing them for a couple of months until the situation settles down.
I have to say, it wasn’t totally unexpected, it was only a matter of time.
Well that’s the problem, now here’s the solution
- First off, I’ll look for a replacement client. I’m pretty sure my client will come back but I can’t guarantee it, so I need to be pre-emptive. If they do, great, it’s a bonus.
- I need to revisit my finances and plan at least 3-6 months ahead to make sure all my expenses are covered comfortably in the event of a disaster. I’m working with 3 other clients right now, but I need to plan for a worst-case scenario.
- I’ll talk to my existing clients to find out if they’re going to be affected by COVID-19 and what the outlook is for them.
- I’ll look at my existing clients to see if there’s a way to get more business from them. For example, I’ll check their websites over again and see if I can propose changes, perhaps more blog posts or a different approach. Maybe I can suggest a white paper to write, have they been emailing their clients recently (perhaps they need to keep them updated in view of COVID-19 – any angle I can think of to drum up more work!
- I’ll continue working on my alternative income sources where I spend time when I’m not busy freelance writing.
Challenging times, time to knuckle down.
No one is immune from feeling insecure – 15th April 2020
Regardless of where you are in your freelancing career, whether you’re a beginner or experienced freelancer, feelings of self-doubt can creep in at any time. Working for a brand new client can be stressful because you have no idea if they’ll like/value your work. Read more about my personal experience with a new client recently.
Some thoughts on COVID-19 and what it means for Freelancers – 19th March 2020
No one can deny the current pandemic will have a devastating effect on the world’s economy. It’s serious, we’ve never been here before, and nobody’s 100% sure of the long-term consequences of such a virus. Here’s why I believe you need to re-visit your current situation and give your future some serious thought.