Good Writers Sell Their Self Improvement

Writers will always be in demand if they improve themselves with the same intensity as they improve their writing. And if you need to hire a writer, look no further than the best self help blogs.

Think about it:

People are hungry for information that can improve their lives. So if you, the ardent self-improver, make a personal breakthrough, your experience will be valuable to someone who wants the same improvement. Take my meditation epiphany, for instance.

Sell your experiences, not your writing

I had one of those days where you feel like a strung-out crackhead without having had the benefit of smoking the crack. My mind raced, I bounced ineffectively from one uncompleted task to the next, and I found myself afraid to stop. So I took a walk.

When I passed by my park, I instinctively went to relax on the lush grass. And after five minutes of gazing at the clouds and the sky and the mountains, I realized that I was meditating, and it felt insanely good. I felt like me again.

After the experience I was inspired to write about it. I thought about why I had been so scared to be still that day…and why everyone’s so scared to break from the break-neck pace of modern life. Then I shared my simple way to get the benefits of mediation (relaxed mind, reduced heart rate, sense of peace) without the lotus position and the OMMMMMs.

And a lot of people found that valuable, because they want the same improvement. I worked on the article for one or two hours and sold it to Fitbit for $400. Here it is:

The Meditation Guide for People Who Don’t Meditate

Turn Your Sidehustle Into a Career

I’ve been able to turn my sidehustle into a full-time career because I became obsessed with improving myself. And it’s cool: I write on my passions; I sell the product to the right publication; then I get positive feedback from the audience, which inspires me to write more, and to write better; and more people hire me to write. People thank me for an article that hit home, and they tell me that even though they’ve heard similar advice from the Gurus like Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss, the way I wrote it made the information sink in. My experience made the difference.

You don’t have to be famous to do this. You don’t have to be inordinately successful. You just have to live like you’re getting paid to share your experience. If you learn the craft of writing well enough, you will get paid.

I’m not suggesting that everyone become a writer. Few people are actually cut out for the demands and the self-discipline. But if you’re one of those nuts that can write 4 hours a day and edit till the sun sets….you can make a living by selling your self improvement.

Once you make the cognitive leap—once the possibility becomes real—you’ll look at each moment as something to be improved and shared. That’s when your life really catches fire. And your career too.

You’ll look at each book as a treasure trove of ideas to try and to share. And every ounce of education you receive can be turned into pounds profit. It’s a good life.

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How I Learned to Outcompete Much More Experienced Freelancers

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Article originally appeared on FastCompany.com

Most freelance careers take a little while to build. But for a long time, my growth curve looked like the readout of a dead man’s EKG. The main thing holding me back was myself: I was ashamed of being a beginner.

So I hid behind cheesy LinkedIn taglines like “Professional Writer,” and I spun my writing history into sounding impressive. But what that really told the world was that I was scared to be me–somebody new to the game.

Looking back, I lost business this way. Clients who might’ve hired me were turned off by my pretentiousness. Here’s how I finally got over it.

BRUTAL HONESTY WORKS BETTER

I realize now that the better strategy would have been candor:

Hey Businessperson, I don’t have much experience. I’m just starting out—but I can write. And I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is. You’ll love my work, guaranteed. If you don’t, you don’t have to pay.

Using this strategy, I wouldn’t have had to wait so long to build up my credibility. And while writing on spec would have been risky for me—putting time into a project without no promised payout—it still would’ve been valuable experience to pad my resume.

Not only that, but in exposing myself and failing more, my confidence and resilience as a new freelancer would’ve doubled in half the time. Instead, my fear of being recognized as a neophyte slowed my progress. Worse, I put more energy into building and preserving a false image than in developing my value. Because I didn’t believe in myself, I couldn’t count on others to believe in me either.

Writing my way out

Fortunately, my favorite area of writing is self-improvement. And the more I practiced things like journaling, self-affirmations, and meditation, the less embarrassed I became. Steadily, my work became more genuine and my strategy for getting it out there more ambitious. I pitched national corporations and painted myself just as I was: an underdog passionate about writing and inspiring others. When I pitched the real me, clients were more willing to take a chance. And I delivered.

Once I shook off my beginner’s nerves, I gave other people a real chance to accept me as is. And why wouldn’t they? I write for hours a day, edit for just as many, and do my best to live and breathe my craft. Businesses need that kind of ethic–and that conviction is my personal brand as a writer. It’s part of my value proposition. I’ve found that clients are willing to bet on me if they sense it and know that it’s authentic—even if my competitors have (much) more experience under their belts.

Here are a few of the bad habits I had to shake–and the new ones I learned to adopt–in order to compete successfully with other full-time freelancers despite being a newcomer.

DROP THE CHINTZY TAGLINES, AND JUST BE A PROFESSIONAL

Professionalism is evident in your conduct and in your work. No amount of taglines can make you a true professional, and other professionals know that. So don’t be afraid to embrace whatever level of your craft where you find yourself. Just be a “writer” or a “designer” or a “consultant”–no need to be a “professional writer” or “expert graphic designer.” Scrap the adjectives. Be humble. People like that.

Professionals are known for their work ethics, not their job titles–and that’s especially true of freelancers. They go to conferences to learn the latest techniques. They read trade publications. They do the thing they say they do for hours and hours a day. So do that.

Many would-be pros drop out of the game before they get a chance to make real money because they aren’t earning enough. And it’s true that working for yourself full-time can take a long time to become sustainable. Many people spend years in the the part-time phase. But if you accept that the money will come eventually–and that it will come faster the more you practice–you’ll feel better about devoting several hours a day to whatever it is you do. Just make sure to do it. Be the professional you want to be seen to be.

How? Start small and work up from there. Browse websites and businesses to see where your work would be useful. Try solving a problem that a company doesn’t know it had, even if it’s a minor a design flaw, or just a clumsy landing page–and even if you’re doing it on your own rather than for money. Work on that project as if you weregetting paid. Stick with it until it’s completed. And at the very least, you’ll have refined your craft. And at the most, you’ll have something real that you can pitch to the company, and if they like it, they’ll buy it.

VICARIOUS EXPERIENCE COUNTS, TOO

Writers can learn from their own mistakes and successes as well as others’. If you study others practitioners’ experiences and absorb them vicariously, you won’t have to stumble around for years learning the same lessons firsthand. You can apply the book knowledge to real work.

I improved my writing considerably after reading just a couple of books. I took frenzied notes on just about every page, then focused on implementing each lesson into my next work session. Super simple. But it takes a level of discipline and persistence that not everybody has.

PRAISE YOUR EFFORT, NOT YOUR RESULTS

The key to sustaining your growth is to praise your effort, not your outcomes. If you rely only on your successes for confidence boosts, you’ll putter out before you earn 10 bucks. You’ll fail dozens if not hundreds of times before you get a positive result. So applaud every ounce of energy you devote toward your goals, whether that means studying or working. If you can’t learn how to support yourself emotionally and psychologically, you may not manage to support yourself financially, either.

START A SELF-ACCEPTANCE PRACTICE

In my experience, the easiest and most effective way to improve your self-acceptance is journaling. It only takes a few minutes at the end of the day. And all you have to write about are the things you were grateful for, especially the things you did–the effort you showed, what you were proud of, and so on.

This simple habit teaches you to accept yourself no matter what level you’re at, whom you’re competing with, and which setbacks you’ve recently encountered. It teaches you to look for the best in yourself, relentlessly, even when that’s hardest. And that’s how you’ll get everyone else in the world to accept you, too–clients and employers included.

Creating Business Relationships that Pay What You’re Worth

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My aim is to help freelancers establish business relationships that are on equal footing, with mutual interest in honesty, growth, endurance, appreciation and learning. In my new business model money is only a symbol of the real value that is exchanged in a relationship. With that single shift in perception and a plenitude of helpful tips, this book will help readers to achieve the money they desire and the relationships they never dreamed possible.

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