Why I Chose To Write For A Living
I shut down a 2 year old computer service business to start writing for living. Â The business was doing well, I was earning a decent income, and it was growing. Â So why did I quit? Â There were several reasons, but I will get to those in a minute. Â This is the first of many articles I hope to write for Infobarrel. Â I plan on using this platform to educate others, learn from others and grow personally and professionally. Â Â You are probably thinking that it must not have been much of a business if I just up and quit. Â While I was not getting rich it wasnâ€™t anything to sneeze at either. Â 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. Â I hope to cut through the noise and distractions to build a writing business. Â A few of Â my reasons for starting to write:
Zero overhead. Â The only real overhead you have writing is your Internet connection and you may not even have that if you use McDonaldâ€™s free wi-fi. Â When I was running my own business I had the cost of tools, miscellaneous parts and hardware, but the biggest one was vehicle fuel. Â With gas going anywhere from $3.50-$3.75 a gallon that takes a big bite out of a brotherâ€™s bottom line.
Flexible schedule. Â When I tell people I work from myself they often think you can do what you want to do, when you want to. Â That notion couldn't be further from the truth. Â 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. Â I donâ€™t know about you but I like my sleep and I like having breakfast with my family. Â I can take off in the afternoon and write until 2AM to make up for it if wanted.
Trading time for money. Â I have always dreamed of having residual income. Â I tried several MLM businesses early in my life, they just werenâ€™t my cup of tea. I always ended up tucking tail and running back to my J.O.B. (Just Over Broke). Â Until 2 Â½ years ago when I lost a very good job due to the economic downturn. Â I started handing out flyers for my computer business and making phone calls which brings me to were I am today. Â With writing and the use of affiliates and programs like Google Adsense you can produce quality content and keep getting paid into the future. Â Work once and keep getting paid....I like it!
Lack of time. Â 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. Â I was always trading time for money. Â Iâ€™m not saying that you wonâ€™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. Â I am in good physical condition and fairly young. Â (Opinions vary on this statement) Â However, I pulled my back out. Â Well, I had a full week of work lined up and I had to limp through and juggle appointments just to complete everything. Â This made me start thinking. Â I have no disability or anything of that nature that I can fall back on. Â There will come a day 5 years, 8 years, 10 years down the road where I wonâ€™t be able to climb up and down a later to run cable, or crawl around to get to equipment. Â By getting started now and setting up some revenue streams and residual channels it wonâ€™t matter that Iâ€™m a step slower than I used to be.
There are other personal reasons for writing for a living and Iâ€™m sure you have some that I havenâ€™t listed. Â The bottom line is that writing online is a real possibility if you make it one. Â There are a lot of people and job sites out there that want to pay you pennies for your writing. Â Stick to your guns and work to get your writing skills better, market yourself, and never give up.
Iâ€™ve been around long enough to know that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Â And, Iâ€™m not naive enough to think that there arenâ€™t going to be challenges along the way. Â 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. Â So until next time, keep writing!