Monday, June 25, 2012

Freelancing: How to Make Money With Your Writing

Things have been a little tight around our home lately, and I'm not just talking about how my clothes are fitting, though that's certainly a concern as well...

Is my friend Jenn not an awesome photographer? She sure knows how to help a fat woman's self-esteem, I tell ya.

Yes, baby #4 is due within the next few weeks and my husband has had his hours cut at work, so those little gears in my brain have been churning, trying to figure out what I can do to help close the budget gap. 

Granted, I'm going to have my hands full (literally) very soon, so I don't think I'm prepared to delve into a new career quite yet, but I thought that now might be a good time to start doing some research about what it takes to be a freelance writer. In the process, I thought I'd share what I've learned with you, dear readers, because chances are good that there are other Mormon Mommy Writers out there who would like to use their talents to contribute to their family income.

Fortunately, I have two lovely blogger friends who answered my e-mail inquiries and both realized the genius of my questioning and deemed it worthy of a post, so I'll just send you over to them! 

The first is from Brandi-Ann Uyemura. She describes herself as, "a full-time freelance writer, associate editor for Psych Central and a columnist for The Writer and Beliefnet Health." She blogs about freelancing, working from home, and writing in general. You can find an excerpt of my e-mail to her and her kind and thorough response here: Reader Q&A: Advice for a Beginning Freelance Writer

The second kind mentor is LC of Mommy Multitasking (a blog which I think should have a much larger readership because she's a great blogger!). LC is a work-at-home mommy of 2, so she has a great perspective on balancing writing from home with little ones. She took my request very seriously and gave us not one very informative post, but a whole series of FIVE posts about freelancing! Here they are for you to read and become enlightened:






A BIG thanks to these ladies for covering all the bases for me and taking the time to answer all my questions. I feel like when the time is right I will have a good jumping-off point should I choose to follow a freelancing path. 

Have you ever done freelance work or considered freelance writing as a potential source of income? Please leave a comment and share!

By the way, do NOT forget about our fantastic writing contest! If you are considering freelance writing, either now or in the future, a contest win is a GREAT addition to your resume. You have until July 31st to submit your entry- come on, give me something to read when I'm up all night with my newborn!! ;-)










4 comments:

  1. Great post! This is exactly what I needed today. We have been struggling for months and just when we think something is within reach, the precipice crumbles beneath our feet and back to square one we go. At least it's not square negative one! ;)

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  2. I have done some freelance writing in the past and one of the best ways to get involved is to explore what magazines and other publication cover stories in your area and then find out what their editorial requirements. If you have a story that fits their needs, propose it to them.

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