Take Action! Now! You Have What It Takes

Dear Fellow Freelance Editor, Copywriter, Designer,

 

I'm writing to tell you that you need not feel overwhelmed. There's a tone of freelance advice out there, and you've read and heard it all. But today, I want to give you just one quick tip: stop consuming and start doing! Take action!

My freelance journey didn't begin until I started taking myself seriously as an editor by accepting work I once thought I did not deserve (or wasn't ready) to take on.

 

Confidence doesn't happen overnight, but each action you take to move your business forward will help boost your level of confidence. Confidence in yourself, in your business, in your skills, in your ideal clientele, in your decision-making process, you name it, action that moves you forward will give you more confidence to move another step further.

 

The more you sit and learn without taking any action, the further away from your dreams of being a freelancer you'll be. And the more discouraged you'll feel because NOTHING IS HAPPENING!

 

We all need to start somewhere. For me, that was way back in 2008 when blogging was just becoming mainstream. Everyone was moving away from MySpace and Facebook Notes and starting a blog. I started mine because someone told me I could make money if I placed some Google Ads on my page so visitors to my blog could click on them. But in the process of setting up the blog, there was a topic that was heavy on my heart, and that topic wasn't being widely covered, so I decided I'd be the one to write it.

 

And just like that, blogging for money became something else - a passion project that I worked on for 5 years before giving it up in 2013. But it was through this project that I met my first client, a fellow blogger, and author, who later referred other authors to me. She went on to set up her own publishing house, and when I decided to move into book editing full time, she sent me referrals. We still work together from time to time. Nonetheless, it was me saying yes to that first opportunity that has brought me here 13 years later. Take Action! Start Somewhere, but Start Now!

 

If you would like to learn more tips on how to get started on your freelance journey, read the Freelancing & Business Column.


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