How to find the BEST writing opportunities for YOU
Here we are in 2016… yet another writing year. Let’s make it a good one.
Before you get started on your writing this year, take a little time to prepare. You’ve got a limited amount of writing time each day. Commit to finding the best writing opportunities for YOU, so that you can make the most of that time.
I see many writers working on projects for pocket change, when they could be making a great income. Listen up: you can and SHOULD be making more from your writing than you can at any day job. If you’re working a day job that brings in $50K, you should be making double that as a freelancer. Your opportunities are unlimited.
All you need to do is find the best opportunities for you, with your special talents, and experience.
Here’s a big tip. Stop. Read this article. Then do the exercise, over the next couple of weeks. You’ll be doing yourself an immense favor — and you’ll be surprised and delighted with the results, I promise.
Here’s your secret weapon…
If I had ten dollars for each time a writer asks me “what’s the best opportunity” for him, I’d be able to book myself a spa day every month.
Here’s the thing. Opportunities are everywhere, but only you know the perfect opportunity for you… and chances are, you’re completely unaware of your own perfect opportunities.
Why? Because you haven’t thought about it, and you don’t know your own interests and talents. It’s all about passion. Discover your passions, and look for opportunities. They’re available.
Here’s your secret weapon to stay on top of your writing opportunities — your BUSINESS PLAN.
I can hear the moans from here… (giggle.) Stop moaning. A simple ad hoc business plan is fun to create. You won’t be showing it to anyone. It’s for your eyes only.
Here’s what your business plan contains. The image below is the outline of the business plan I created for 2016 a couple of weeks back.
Here are the headings, right from Wikipedia:
- Exec summary
- Mission statement
- Biz description
- SWOT(strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats)
- Industry background
- Competitor analysis
- Market analysis
- Marketing plan
- Operations plan
- Management summary
- Financial plan
Grab a heading, and start writing: give yourself ten minutes per heading
Another hint: please don’t research! (Except for the Industry Background, and Competitor Analysis, maybe, if you have to look things up.)
If you do have to look things up (like your competitors), spend minimal time on it. You want your own thoughts, and your opinions. You have them. Unfortunately, many of us rarely listen to ourselves.
This business plan is for you, and it’s by you. You’re asking yourself questions, and the answers can only come from you.
Set a timer, and give yourself ten minutes per heading. Write as fast as you can. Don’t stop to think. If you can’t think of anything, write “I can’t think of anything” until you do think of something.
At ten minutes per heading, creating the plan will take you a couple of hours — but don’t try to do it all at once. Do one or two headings a day, only. There’s no rush, and there’s no way you can do this wrong — whatever you write, is fine.
You’ll surprise yourself, and your writing life will change
- Ten minutes per heading
- Time yourself
- Don’t stop writing until your timer sounds
You know yourself better than anyone else does. However, few writers pay sufficient attention to themselves. On any writing forum, you’ll find writers who are little square pegs, and they’re trying to squeeze themselves into little round holes.
It’s true for my writing students, and it’s true for you, too. This little plan will surprise you.
It surprised me. I create a new business plan every year or two, and each time I learn something that shocks me. Usually bone-headed attitudes I wasn’t aware I had, rabbit holes I was digging deeper, and many opportunities I missed.
You’ll discover what you really want, and opportunities will JUMP at you
What do you really want? What do you want to write? Your own desires are a reliable guide to what’s possible for you. If you have passion for an area of writing, then you can succeed at it. You’ll need to work for it, but you’d be working anyway. You may as well work at what you enjoy. The income will come. Then you’ll spot more opportunities than you can handle.
Your operations plan — try sub-contracting and outsourcing to free up time
What if you spot a HOT opportunity, and don’t have the time to pursue it? This happened to Sara, who was one of my writing students from 2013. Sara contacted me to tell me about something she wanted to do — it was a perfect opportunity for her — but she didn’t have time.
The answer was simple. I suggested that she sub-contract as many of her bread-and-butter projects as she could. It took her just a week to find writers to take over these projects.
This shocked her. Here’s why. She saved 80 per cent of her time on the projects, and she doubled her income, because she took on the new opportunity.
If you want to take on new, higher paying projects, try sub-contracting out your current projects. Not only will you be more relaxed, you’ll make more money.
Try outsourcing too. Make a list of all the things which nibble away at your time. You’re bound to be able to outsource many tasks. This means that you can focus on your top-paying gigs.
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