Writing To Earn

Why I Chose To Write For A Living

I shut down a 2 year old computer service business to start writing for living.  The business was doing well, I was earning a decent income, and it was growing.  So why did I quit?  There were several reasons, but I will get to those in a minute.  This is the first of many articles I hope to write for Infobarrel.  I plan on using this platform to educate others, learn from others and grow personally and professionally.   You are probably thinking that it must not have been much of a business if I just up and quit.  While I was not getting rich it wasn’t anything to sneeze at either.  I have toyed with writing for income over the past year or two but never had a real plan for it or put much effort into it.  I hope to cut through the noise and distractions to build a writing business.  A few of  my reasons for starting to write:

Zero overhead.  The only real overhead you have writing is your Internet connection and you may not even have that if you use McDonald’s free wi-fi.  When I was running my own business I had the cost of tools, miscellaneous parts and hardware, but the biggest one was vehicle fuel.  With gas going anywhere from $3.50-$3.75 a gallon that takes a big bite out of a brother’s bottom line.

Flexible schedule.  When I tell people I work from myself they often think you can do what you want to do, when you want to.  That notion couldn't be further from the truth.  Just last week, I was up every day to be on site for a server upgrade project at 6AM each morning, most sites where at least an hour commute one way.  I don’t know about you but I like my sleep and I like having breakfast with my family.  I can take off in the afternoon and write until 2AM to make up for it if wanted.

Trading time for money.  I have always dreamed of having residual income.  I tried several MLM businesses early in my life, they just weren’t my cup of tea. I always ended up tucking tail and running back to my J.O.B. (Just Over Broke).  Until 2 ½ years ago when I lost a very good job due to the economic downturn.  I started handing out flyers for my computer business and making phone calls which brings me to were I am today.  With writing and the use of affiliates and programs like Google Adsense you can produce quality content and keep getting paid into the future.  Work once and keep getting paid....I like it!

Lack of time.  When you are a one man show you have to sell the work, then do the work, then bill the work, then.....you get the picture.  I was always trading time for money.  I’m not saying that you won’t have to work writing for a living but there are so many more ways to leverage your resources which I will talk about in a later article.

Physical limitations.  I am in good physical condition and fairly young.  (Opinions vary on this statement)  However, I pulled my back out.  Well, I had a full week of work lined up and I had to limp through and juggle appointments just to complete everything.  This made me start thinking.  I have no disability or anything of that nature that I can fall back on.  There will come a day 5 years, 8 years, 10 years down the road where I won’t be able to climb up and down a later to run cable, or crawl around to get to equipment.  By getting started now and setting up some revenue streams and residual channels it won’t matter that I’m a step slower than I used to be.

There are other personal reasons for writing for a living and I’m sure you have some that I haven’t listed.  The bottom line is that writing online is a real possibility if you make it one.  There are a lot of people and job sites out there that want to pay you pennies for your writing.  Stick to your guns and work to get your writing skills better, market yourself, and never give up.

I’ve been around long enough to know that there is no such thing as a free lunch.  And, I’m not naive enough to think that there aren’t going to be challenges along the way.  However, if you want to write for a living and are willing to work hard and maintain focus then I believe the sky is the limit for you.  So until next time, keep writing!