Expanding My Horizons Beyond Freelance Writing

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I’ve been struggling with what to write about in this blog. I don’t want to limit myself to only writing about freelance writing when I am just learning the ins and outs of successful freelance writing myself. I’ve decided to expand my horizons with this blog and open it up to a wider audience, not just those who are looking to make a career out of freelance writing. With that being said, you never know what you may find here on this blog. I may write about new work at home opportunities I’ve found, updates on my current writing passions, or simply expanding on writing prompts that I come across.

As far as the freelance writing goes, I’ve sent some pitches, not hundreds by any means but I’ve sent ‘some’. Most of them have received no response. I got a nibble on one from Twitter but then when I sent him my rates he didn’t respond, and literally just minutes before writing this, I got a denial email...

Hi Deanna,

Thank you for your interest in XXXXXXXX. I appreciate the passion you have for your subject matter but, unfortunately, I don’t feel you’re a fit for us.

We wish you well in your future endeavors.

Ouch. Well, at least she was nice about it. I’ve learned to just let rejection slide off of my back and not let it get to me. One day, someone will bite and take a chance with me. I feel like giving up most day but I’m not ready to yet.

The problem I am seeing right now is that many websites are offering guest posts to people in exchange for ‘exposure’. Yes, exposure is nice and we all need it but we also can’t spend hours upon hours writing articles just for exposure. I’ve done this a few times for the exposure but it’s not something that I can do every day. I’ve also noticed on job boards and applications that the company expects the writer to write a 300 or 500-word essay on a subject that they pick for you, for free, to prove your abilities. First of all, this is why most writers have a portfolio to showcase their talent and ability. Why should we spend an hour or more researching and writing content for free? If you interviewed for a job in person and the employer said, “how about you come in and work half of the day tomorrow for free so that we can see how you do before we decide to hire you?” would you do it? I doubt most of you would unless you are absolutely desperate for the job. No one should be expected to work for free. I’ve heard that some of these companies that ask for this kind of sample will then use the sample you have created for them on their website. They just got free work out of you. No. If you want quality content for your website, pay for it!

I’ve been attempting to find something online that can generate some income while working on my writing career. I’ve done a lot of customer service jobs and phone jobs in the past and there are a lot of work at home customer service jobs available right now which I know I would qualify for but for one, I have social anxiety and talking on the phone is one of my least favorite things to do, and two: these types of jobs require a dedicated quiet work area to work from. This is my biggest problem. Yes, during the day my kids are usually in school and it is fairly quiet, however, I also have a Pit Bull who barks at every leaf that blows by. There are days that the kids don’t have school due to fog or other inclement weather or holidays. Yes, they are older and don’t need me to be here doing everything for them, but they fight and argue non stop and quiet isn’t in their vocabulary. I’ve looked at doing chat customer service but most companies require that you do both chat and phone work.

Transcription. I’ve decided on going into transcription services. I do have a little experience at transcribing. Back in the day, I used to run an underground music magazine where I interviewed musicians with a recorder and would then transcribe the recording to be printed in the ‘zine. It seems to be right up my alley. Since I have a Medical Assisting degree I am thinking about working on basic transcription to start and then moving on to medical transcription. Before I can do any of that, I need to get specific equipment and software which I am hoping to be able to order next week. I will write about my experience as it happens.

For those of you who are working from home, what are you doing and how are you doing it? Leave a comment and tell me about it!!