Now that I’ve made the decision to seriously pursue a freelance writer career, I need to set up my shingle, so to speak.
I know I can write, but establishing a business framework and prospecting for clients is not yet in my wheelhouse.
I want to give myself the best chance for success, so I’ve been doing a ton of research on the steps I need to take to launch my business professionally, and as quickly as possible.
There are a gazillion online courses out there offering to teach these very steps. Many are fair to modestly priced, but some can be pretty cost-prohibitive for those just starting out.
I bookmarked one such writing course for the future. While the $197 price tag is well below others I’ve seen, it’s more than I’m comfortable spending right now on self-development. I know it will be worth every penny, though, so I’ve decided to use it as an incentive. I will only purchase the course with funds earned from writing, and only after hitting the $1,000.00 mark.
Until then, I’ve been taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge shared freely in the podcast world. I listen to podcasts on self-improvement, motivation, entrepreneurship, and freelance writing, just to name a few. It’s like having front row seats to networking or marketing conferences I can’t yet afford.
Often, I’ll set up a podcast on my phone and immerse myself in topics ranging from SEO, blogging, and Pinterest marketing, to the hard-fought paths to success of some of the most heralded entrepreneurs, all while running errands, washing dishes and folding laundry.
It was while searching for ‘freelance writing’ podcasts that I stumbled upon The Freelance Writing School Podcast (aptly named).
For those of you who have long nurtured a dream to make a living writing but have been too scared to start, I strongly encourage you to listen to The Freelance Writing School Podcast with Heather Deveaux.
It will inspire you to stop overthinking, push past your fears of failure and start moving toward your dream today.
I have listened to countless podcasts over the past year but never left a review — until now. Below is my five star i-Tunes review of The Freelance Writing School Podcast:
Want to stop procrastinating and actually create the career and life you’ve always dreamed of? If so, you have to listen to The Freelance Writing School Podcast with Heather Deveaux, read her blog at HeatherDeveaux.com and watch her You tube videos.
Heather is unabashedly transparent about her former life (endless starts but never finishes, being quick to quit when things got too real or uncomfortable).
But in 2016, she had enough and decided to take action to change her life. She set out to lose weight and has since lost and kept off 80 pounds. Just in the past year or so, she launched a full-time freelance writing career (earning more than her former desk job), a podcast and YouTube channel to share her incredible freelance journey with others, and The Freelance Writing School course to teach others step-by-step how to launch their own freelance writing careers.
Yes, her language is colorful, but that’s because she is being her true, authentic self. Her down-to-her bones passion is teaching and helping others move past their own self-limiting beliefs to achieve their own version of success.
The one takeaway from everything Heather teaches? “If I can do it, you can, too, if you’re willing to get out of your own way, do the work needed, and enjoy your failures and successes along the way.”
Be ready to really dig in, analyze what’s holding you back, and move confidently and fearlessly toward your dreams.
If you’re paralyzed with self-doubt, this podcast is for you.
If you feel your previous failures will hold you back, this podcast is for you.
If you’re tired of all the years you’ve wasted not living the life you’ve always wanted, this podcast is definitely for you.
Plenty of podcasts offer great advice on creating successful freelance writing businesses. But I find many of us aren’t quite there yet. It’s hard to focus on being even more successful if you’re still stuck on how do I just start.
That’s where The Freelance Writing School Podcast comes in. If you’re the type who talks yourself out of your dream before you even start, or you’ve finally committed but are overwhelmed by the next steps, Heather Deveaux walks you through each phase.
She knows what we’re struggling with because she’s been exactly where we are.
I was thrilled to learn that she had just launched a course (How to Confidently Start and Run a Freelance Writing Business), and that it was reasonably priced (only $75 U.S. dollars).
If you’re interested, I’ve included a link to her course description (see above). Please know that I am not an affiliate, nor do I receive any compensation if you purchase her course. I’m just a big fan.
These are some of the things you will learn from her course:
- How to deep dive into mental barriers that may hinder your chance for success (and what to do when they arise)
- Setting up your business (accounting needs, project management, e-mail marketing, etc.)
- Identifying your niche market
- Setting rates
- Setting up your website and social media accounts
- Creating writing samples, maximizing samples for SEO
I am currently working through the self-paced modules and have learned so much already. The course is definitely worth every penny.
Even if you don’t purchase her course, be sure to check out her podcast, her YouTube videos and her personal blog at HeatherDeveaux.com. She shares so much valuable information on how she makes money as a freelance writer, for free.
Just as valuable, however, are her deep dives into her own self-improvement journey. She is not afraid to lay herself bare as she tackles her own occasional self-limiting beliefs.
Which leads me to…
Why do I want to freelance? (Revisited)
I know I touched on this in my first blog post, but after working through the first steps of The Freelance Writing School course, How to Confidently Start and Run a Freelance Writing Business, I came up with a more substantive list:
- To be able to work and travel – independently and with my family
- To realize financial goals I never thought possible
- To build a nest egg so I can facilitate my dream of traveling
- To help people (still working through how I can best serve)
- To inspire my girls to think outside the box and to never stop showing up in life
- To know that if everything falls apart I have the wherewithal to build it all back up again
- To be open and authentic
- To spread hope and possibility to others
- To learn the power of consistency and showing up daily in dogged pursuit of my goals.