For the last few years, I’ve been a work at home dad, sometimes called a WAHD. In reality, for the past few I’ve been a full-time stay at home dad while my wife earned big bucks in her full-time job as a high-level manager. For those of you with young kids who aren’t willing to bail out on every family moment just because Mom is home, you know that means in reality, I was working an hour or two each night, and as many hours as I could squeeze in on the weekend. As you can imagine, this doesn’t provide all the hours necessary to building an online writing business. Add in the fact that this entire summer has been one whirlwind of activity after another, and you have some idea of what things have been like around here for the last three months.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve kept things going, and I still make decent money, but I know there is more success out there, and now that my kids are both in school this fall, I’ve got the hours to go get it.
How To Rebuild the Empire
Once upon a time (about 6 years ago), I was a freelance writer who dabbled in his own websites. Today, there is a lot more to my online writing empire. I’ll be rebuilding all of the pieces over the next few months.
First, you’ll see a lot more updates here on the freelance writing blog, and my other websites. I have six primary blogs out there, some of which have been very neglected. As everyone knows websites with regularly updated content do better at engaging readers, and ranking higher in search engines. I’ve known for a very long time that if I could update all the sites regularly, at least a couple of times per week, that would in itself propel the empire forward. Unfortunately, I just haven’t had the time. That ends today. Regular updates all around is the new norm.
Second, I’ll be rebuilding the freelance writing business. Being a successful freelance writer takes two things. One, you have to find and cultivate a pipeline of freelance writing clients. Two, you have to deliver timely, quality content to those clients. Both pieces take time, and when you don’t have enough of it, it’s finding the new clients and taking care of you smaller ones that falls by the wayside. With the extra hours in front of my computer, I should be able to reinvigorate both parts of the process.
Third, I’ve been working on a powerful ebook for building your own online writing business. The entire effort is built upon the epiphany that every project has sticking points that are often hidden until you bump into them. As such, getting around these sticking points is seldom addressed. This book will not only detect and address these sticking points, it will ensure that you get through them quickly and easily so that you can get on with building your own empire.
Fourth, I’ll be picking up some certifications. One of the things that happens when you are self-employed is that those people who work in an office will question your skills. After all, how can a guy working out of his basement office really be an expert at something? The truth is that it’s very easy. In fact, it might be easier considering there aren’t any of those other office issues to distract from honing your skills. Furthermore, there are no legal, compliance, or procedures there to hold you back from trying something new. Even so, a piece of paper that shows you really do know what you are doing can put some minds at ease.