Okay, so I’ve seen it for years.
It’s sort of why I’ve been scared to take this plunge into trying to work from home seriously. That is, until now.
Drum roll, please…
When you search for anything to do with ‘work from home’ or ‘freelancing’, there are sooo many results! This has always felt completely and utterly overwhelming to me. I would maybe look into it for a little bit, but then I’d give up, feeling more frustrated than before.
That process started out semi-optimistically—and by the time I’d scanned multiple websites and blogs, I would feel more hopeless than ever. I think the cheery messages they convey are helpful, but not so much when you’re not feeling hopeful and aren’t ready to actually tackle it. (In my opinion, the “You can do it too!” mantras are a bit hyperbolic, even though they’re 100% true.)
I was reading the information, but I wasn’t processing it effectively, leading to confusion, which led me, inevitably, to negatively closing down the browser and then trying not to pity myself. Those people who’d made it were just lucky. They were just rare cases, I’d think.
I find the blogs out there focused on working from home extremely detailed in their advice on how to go about it, which I suppose was part of the problem that I had since I was only half-assedly researching all of my options, and whatever I did try something, I couldn’t manage to stick it out long enough to see if it would actually work. If you’re not seriously set on trying to make this work, then all of the information is very overwhelming. The inspiration that the authors were trying to instill in me was lost in the fact that I’d already given up before I even started…
But Why Would I Start Blogging So Soon?
All of the blogs I’ve seen so far are from people who’ve already achieved success (and loads of it! I mean, it’s mind-boggling!), so it makes total sense that they started a blog to share their knowledge and inspire others.
I decided to start blogging about this process in the early stages partly because I haven’t stumbled upon many blogs that are blogging so early on in their journey. That’s probably because it’s potentially a bad idea. Most people don’t want to read about someone trying to do this, they want to read about someone who has done it, and done it successfully, no less. After all, they’re the true experts on the matter. Suffice to say, I wanted to try that approach. But mostly, I wanted to start a blog as soon as possible to get into the habit of writing and releasing content consistently, and as a writing portfolio-of-sorts.
The main, broad goal I have is to make a career out of writing, whether freelance writing articles for websites and blogs, publishing books, ghostwriting… Anything writing, really. Writing’s my jam. If I had to pick a specific direction, I would definitely choose fiction, and more specifically, writing books. I’ve been slowly working on my first novel. The genre I lean toward is romance. I’m not really sure why. Maybe because I enjoy reading romance novels? I want to explore other genres like fantasy and science fiction sometime in the future, too.
I think I’ve gone off track… Let’s reel it back in. My goal is to make a living from working from home, but it doesn’t have to be writing per se. I’m also dabbling in things like transcription (listening to audio and typing what you hear. It’s not as easy as it sounds!), and I might take a peek into the editing/proofreading world.
My confidence levels on succeeding at this goal teeter between doable and there’s no way! I guess my thoughts on this change by the day.
I do want to say one thing: I am not expecting much. My standards of living are pretty low, withered down by years of unemployment and living without. Yes, that is a complete sentence. Living without.
So whether this little blog always remains a hobby, or whether people actually find it useful or relatable at all… I guess we never know what the future holds. I only know one thing, and that is that writing will always be my great escape.
Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.”― Ann Patchett,
Do you work from home? Do you document your journey? Let me know!