Last week, I wrote about my thoughts on seeing a Financial Advisor at the tender age of 25.
The purpose of the appointment was to thoroughly assess my finances, in order to begin carving out the lifestyle I want while remaining financially stable and independent.
For the record, I did go ahead with the appointment, and I got tremendous value from it. But this is only one half of the equation.
In order to start travelling the world full-time, I need a flexible income working in a job which can be done from anywhere.
There are probably many ways to do this, but only one I’m really interested in.
I want to become a freelance writer.
Why freelance writing?
Writing has always been a passion. I’m a copywriter at Australia’s largest online travel agent – it’s literally already my day job.
But in my current job, I’m tied to my desk. I’m required to collaborate very closely with my team all day. Aside from this mandatory work-from-home period, I’d never get the green light to work remotely. Taking off to the other side of the world, choosing my own hours or working in a different time-zone as the rest of my team sounds like a dream for me and a massive headache for my employer.
All of this time in isolation has made me hyper-aware of my twenties slipping through my fingers.
In the last couple of years I’ve denied myself the life I truly wanted because I felt I should be finishing my degree, earning more money or gaining more experience in my chosen field of study.
Now, it’s looking like international borders may not open until well into 2021. How much more of my time will I waste coasting along?
I already know how to write. I just need to know how to freelance.
I have no idea how to come up with a story idea which I know people will be interested in reading. I don’t know how to pitch it to a publication, or how to bill them, or how to find interview subjects, or where best to get statistics and hard facts from.
So, I decided to begin a freelance writing course online via the Australian Writer’s Centre.
So far, it’s been absolutely fantastic. I’m halfway through week two and have already learned SO much.
Even the simplest thing, like how to effectively analyse a publication to understand their audience and discern whether it’s the right home for your story.
So many lightbulb moments. So much learning.
The more I learn, the more excited I am to start building a portfolio and a client base and gtfo of this house and off on my next adventure.
Are you a freelancer? I’d LOVE to hear any tips and tricks you have for the industry in the comments below!