Freelance Writing

 

Freelance Writing

Have you been thinking about writing books, blogs, papers, or stories? Are you good at writing? I mean, you have to like to write to do it as a job, so if you enjoy writing, are fairly good at it, and think you’d like to make it a career, then… Freelance Writing might be your answer!

When I had my firstborn daughter, Keira, I was determined to be a stay at home mom. However, our finances had other plans. I tried so hard to find a job that I could do from home that would actually make me more than $5 a week. Believe me, that was not an easy task at first. So, I leaned towards something I knew I was good at. I have been writing since I was 10 years old. It’s always been my therapy, my way of dealing with stress, and also my way of escaping reality. As an adult, I continued to write on my personal blog, and for my friends whenever they needed a resume or someone to do their website content. After being asked over and over, I  decided to make it my new career.

Freelance Writing by Sheena Diane “Established 2006”

Freelance Writing by Sheena Diane was born. I created a professional logo, got a website, and began writing as much as I possibly could. I created my own portfolio of writing content. At first, my portfolio contained things I had written for my family and friends through the years, but as I got a little more established, I had over a dozen websites,  a huge variety of blogs, newsletters, articles, and ghostwriting content. I was really proud of all the work I was getting, and the rave reviews from my clients. Freelance Writing paid my bills for the first 3 years of my daughter’s life. I even had one of my stories published in a book called “Open to Hope“.

I can’t say it was easy because it was a lot of work. Yes, I was able to write during my daughter’s naps and when she went to bed, but the writing was never the hard part for me. That always came pretty easy. The hard part was finding the jobs. You are consistently digging for new gigs, new writing jobs, and new places to pay you for your content. That is by far the biggest hurdle. Finding the jobs!

Losing all my references

After writing full time for a few years, you can imagine how much content, referrals,  references, and reviews I had gotten. My list of jobs kept growing, making my website a powerhouse for me getting new writing gigs. After all, the more you write, the more you can get paid to write. When people see you’re established, and see all the great reviews, they want to hire you above someone else. But suddenly, it all came to a stop!

I was hosting my website on a free web host. I paid for my domain name, but wanted to cut some corners, and didn’t want to pay for hosting, so I found a free hosting platform. It was great at first because it allowed me to design my own website, and I just forwarded my domain to that site and no one knew it was a free platform until it crashed! Let’s just say I learned my lesson the hard way. There is a reason you should pay for hosting your website. This company ended up getting shut down, and without notice, I lost all my references, my jobs, links, everything was gone!

When I tried contacting the company I couldn’t find anything online. It was like they disappeared and took my website with it. Unfortunately, I did not save any of my references anywhere but my website. I see now how big of a mistake that was because when I do Freelance jobs now, I have to start at the bottom again. No references to show people I’m a pro. No content to let them know I’ve done the jobs they need to be written. So, I have to start from scratch.

Let me be your example, and keep a file with all your jobs listed in it. Make sure you have a backup somewhere for your links. I didn’t have that, and all I can go by now is my memory, and after 3 kids that’s not very reliable these days!

Is Freelance Writing for you?

If you love to write, don’t mind digging, searching, and digging some more for jobs, then go for it. I can honestly say I loved being a full-time freelance writer. Every day was something new and exciting. My creative side was able to shine, and I felt very fulfilled. This is why I started blogging. I missed writing so much, it’s been a huge part of my life, and when I don’t do it for long periods of time, I start getting depressed, anxious, and unfulfilled.

There are a still a ton of Freelance writing jobs out there. On occasion I even apply for a few, just to keep me on my toes. Right now, I am doing reviews on Kindle books or books that are being self-published. People contact me and I will read the book and submit an honest review of that book. It doesn’t pay much, but again, I just do it for the fun of writing, and getting to read a new book for free!

If you’d like more information on how to find Freelance Writing jobs, or just have questions for me feel free to contact me. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, podcast and don’t forget to join my mailing list!

 

 

 

 

What is a vision board and why do you need one?

What is a vision board and why do you need one?

A vision board or sometimes known as a Dream board is a tool to help you organize and visualize a specific goal or focus for the next year. It is literally a board that you display images on that represent what you want to accomplish in your future. Or what you’d like to have in your future.

Say for instance you want to own a house next year, then you’d get a magazine and cut out the house you want and put it on this dream board. In all honesty, I’ve never had a vision board, but many very successful people do. Hence why this year I am following the trend and getting on this vision dream wagon!

Why do these vision boards work?

The truth is when you visualize something, it creates a positive wave of energy that goes into the atmosphere. If you ever get a chance to read or watch the popular movie “The Secret” it tells you how this magnificent energy works and how it’s the most powerful brain exercise you can do! Put your vision board somewhere that you will see it numerous times a day. Perhaps above your computer, or in your room. This is going to make you see and think about your dreams and goals all day long. Not only that, but your family will also see it, and they will be watching when you get to check things off your list. Maybe you will have a goal to go to that big convention to meet someone you look up to or earn more income. With each goal you accomplish, you mark it off. The dream board is going to keep your brain focused on your end goal.

How do you make a dream/vision board?

There is really no right or wrong way to do this. I have seen some really fancy ones in frames, and then I’ve seen some done on a poster board. Really it’s all up to you how you make it, but here is what I am going to do for mine.

  1. Buy a white poster board (the ones used for science fair projects).
  2. Find some magazines.
  3. Write down my goals and vision for 2018. Some of mine include Write a book, Make enough money blogging that I can quit my full-time job, have more time for my family, be able to hire a house cleaner and build on to our house.
  4. Find photos in the magazines or online to match my goals. Mine will look something like this…

 

     

  1. Once I get all my dreams and goals onto this poster board, I will then put it up on display for all to see. I am putting mine in my bedroom next to my dresser so that I will see it 1st thing in the morning when I wake up and anytime I go into my room throughout the day, and again see it right before I go to bed.
  2. Now I have to make these goals a reality by executing them. How will I make money blogging? I have to monetize my blog, get more traffic, and get engagement from readers. Just because you have the images on the board does not mean all of them will just happen. You have to work for it. You have to take matters into your own hands and make things happen. Have a clear end goal. If you get in an Uber car and the driver says where are we going, then you say I have no clue, you won’t get anywhere! You have to make the decision to go somewhere before you get in the car and know where you are heading. Be confident in what you want, know that you can achieve it.
  3. Make it happen. As each goal gets accomplished, I am going to put a red line with a marker through it, so that I know it’s been checked off my list. I am excited just thinking about making these goals happen, aren’t you?
  4. Keep a journal. I love to write and the reason I’ve never done a vision board in the past is that I always write my goals down instead. However, there is one flaw with just writing and not having the visuals. I forget things. We are a family of 5. I have 3 kids, 4 dogs, 9 lizards, I work at home full-time and run around with the kids after school! When I write it down, yes I have it for future use, but I don’t always remember what I wrote down, nor do I remember to look at what I wrote. It is cool however when I find something I wrote years ago and find that a lot of those dreams and goals have come to pass but because I never had a vision board, years would go by before I realized I accomplished that goal. However, I am still a strong believer in the written word. Writing is very therapeutic to me and has gotten me through many hard times in life. Plus when you write something down your brain will focus on what you are writing more intently. I am talking pencil to paper writing, not tablets, notepads, and computers. Get a pad of paper, and write! I suggest that after you get your vision board on display, you start writing down your journey to get there. Perhaps it’s just positive notes to yourself like, “You will lose 10 pounds by the end of the month”, or “today you will get new engagement on your blog”. If that seems a little weird to you or maybe you can’t write yourself love notes just yet, just write what you did that day to help make your goal happen instead. Like for instance, “today I signed up for a blogging course online to help me reach my end goal of quitting my full-time job to be a blogging momma”.

The 1st thing you have to do is spend some time alone in a quiet place, and dig deep. Ask yourself what you want to happen next year. Maybe it’s not a career change, maybe you want more time with your husband/wife or kids, maybe it’s to go on a vacation, or buy a new car. Your goals are not going to be mine, so close your eyes, see yourself taking that Disney vacation, or going on a cruise, or meeting the man/women of your dreams. See it in your head and start making a list. Once you have your list and your end goal… Make your vision board.

I would love to see them once they are all done. Feel free to email them to SheenaDiane@gmail.com & I will add them to this post. Also, I will attach a link to my podcast on this subject. See you soon!

https://anchor.fm/sheenawahm/episodes/1184344?at=1338399