Sick of your day job? Many part-time writers would love to go full-time. However, it takes commitment: you want to make money writing, but are you prepared to commit to going full-time, no matter what?
Let’s assume you are. You can go full-time in 30 days if you wish. Take this to heart: you need to get active, and stay active. In other words, you need to hustle, and schlepp:
Schlepping is slogging. No one likes it. However, schlepping is part of hustling. You do what you don’t want to do.
Consider that the hustling and schlepping you do in these 30 days, will pay off for many years to come.
1. Decide on a Business Model and Create a Plan.
Your first step is to create a business model. Basically, there are two kinds of models: entrepreneurial writing, and writing for others. With our 30-day time limit, I suggest you commit to the “writing for others” model.
Of course, you can go entrepreneurial if you wish. You can become a self published author. If you go this route, it will take 60 days after publication for the money to start flowing from your ebooks.
I’ve suggested many ways for you to get clients on this blog, so get active.
2. Get Active. Remember the Numbers. Hustle, and More Hustle…
As we said in Selling Your Writing: It’s a Numbers Game:
…if you’re a new writer, you need to do as much as you can, of whatever kind of writing appeals to you. In the days when companies did a lot of newspaper and direct mail advertising, they used the “three month rule” — keep doing something for three months, and assess the numbers.
You need to hustle:
Yesterday, three days after her “I made 200 calls, but…” call, and after making 219 prospecting calls in total, Libby landed two gigs to write Web content. One was an on-going blogging gig, and the other was ten pages of straight content. Better yet, she had $2300 in her PayPal account, and $1,900 in her bank account. Six prospects had emailed or called for quotes.
I tell my students that even if it seems that nothing is happening, something is. You will get results, but only if you keep hustling. Suddenly, the dam will burst, and you’ll be flooded with enquiries and writing gigs.
3. Do a Weekly Review, and Commit to MORE Hustle.
I do a weekly review, so that I can check on my progress. I don’t sweat this. As Marcus Aurelius said:
Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it… Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.
Praise yourself for whatever you do: you’re moving forward, and that’s HUGE. 🙂
Do what you can. You have 30 days. Keep moving forward, and don’t look back. In your weekly review, give yourself a little pep talk if you’re slacking on hustling. Commit to doing: your activity counts. As we’ve said, something is happening, even if it doesn’t look like that right at the moment. Your efforts will pay off.
Bonus Tip: Keep Track of What You’re Doing, and Chunk Your Tasks.
I track my daily tasks in Day One (Mac and iOS). A diary app is useful, but you can track your activities in a spreadsheet. Tracking ensures that you stay on track, so to speak. 🙂
Timers are incredibly useful too. You can put up with anything for half an hour. If you find a task truly distasteful, set a timer for ten minutes. Tell yourself you can quit when the ten minutes are up. Often, you’ll find that you keep going when the ten minutes are up, because you’ve broken through your inertia.
Chunk your tasks down, into manageable sub-tasks. Use lists. I list everything; if it’s not on a list, it doesn’t get done.
Do you really want to become a full-time writer? You can do it. Your 30 days start today: create a plan, and move forward.
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