RLSF immediately offered to allow me to continue my work from home in Florida. Hurrah! We agreed on about 30 hours a week, and JB and I decided that this would be enough work for our family. However, my boss at Mayo jumped on the bandwagon and asked if I would consider telecommuting for him as well. Okay. I dropped RLSF to 20 hours a week, gave Mayo 20, and moved to Florida with my jobs completely intact. Another amazing blessing!
When Isaac arrived, I resigned from Mayo. And when Elijah arrives, I will retire from RLSF. I did continue writing for The Wedding Magazine, but Rochester Women only hires local writers (of which I no longer was), so that position was behind me. I also decided not to look for more writing locally in Florida as I was quite busy with my other work. Once Elijah gets here, I have decided to take at least six months off of basically any writing. I need some time to adjust to two little babies.
- People are willing to pay people to do what they cannot do. Writing is a skill that some people just canNOT do they are therefore forced to pay someone to do it. Why can't that someone be you?
- Non-profit organizations are great places to start. These organizations often have a lot of "small" things that need to be written and edited: their website, newsletters, brochures, etc. Their budget may be limited, but they often can afford to pay something.
- Online is another great place to look. There are quite a few websites that offer writing jobs for a bid. Some of these you have to pay for. Some are free. I would never pay to get a writing job. I just wouldn't do it. The only exception is the possibility of posting a newspaper classified. Otherwise, I'd avoid it. Go to the free sites and see what you can find.
- If you live in a college town, students need their papers edited. Put an advertisement in one of their student publications. I know my friend Melissa did this and I inherited at least one of her clients that she was too busy for.
- Any local area has a local magazine, a local website, a local newspaper. These are great places to seek employment. They may not pay that great, but they will get your foot in the door. The writing community in most communities is a network. People quickly share names as Rochester Women did with The Wedding Magazine. Don't hit the big time papers, but find the small "Mom and Pop" establishments and start writing!
- Keep everything you write in college and for any publications you can get. People like to see samples and sometimes their requests for samples are specific. You want to have a large pool to draw from.
- Don't be afraid to do some free writing in the beginning to help you get a sample pool. A great place for this is a local church or volunteer organization. Volunteer your time (I did this for our church's women's newsletter). Not only is volunteering good, but you can get some samples and make some contacts at the same time.
So there you have it. Like I said, my story is not anything flashy. It's a simple story and my advice is rather limited. But hopefully, this will provide some insight for other people hoping to get into the writing field.