I make a good living as a freelance writer … six figures, in fact. It’s this success that’s allowed me to start this blog and help thousands of other writers out there do the same.

But was my professional life always like this?
Did I always make a good living doing what I love, working from home and on my own schedule?

Absolutely not.

In fact, at one point, I was working a boring 9-to-5, itching to go on my own and do something more rewarding… ideally, to work from home – and get paid for it.

But I didn’t even know that was possible until much later in my career. Actually, I was over 35 before I realized it!

I don’t want you waiting in the wings for as long as I did. I want you jumping into that dream career as soon as possible. So today, I want to share my little Cinderella story. I hope it will inspire you to take that leap and start taking baby steps toward that high-earning freelance writing life you dream of.

How I Became a Successful Freelance Writer

It will probably surprise you to learn – I didn’t have any professional writing experience when I started. In fact, I was a chemist!

Sure, I’d taken English classes in college, but did I major in it?
Did I do anything more than write papers for my teachers and classes? Nope!

I majored in biology and chemistry and had dreams of becoming a DOCTOR. I volunteered in the ER and when I left school, I got a job as a lab tech. Eventually, I worked my way up to being a chemist – and made a whopping $35K.

That amount grew over the years, and eventually I was promoted to lead chemist, making $65,000 every year.

Though the money was decent, I started finding myself pretty unsatisfied – depressed, even – with the state of my career. I was in a rut.

I was working a strict 9-to-5 job, taking scheduled, 45-minute lunch breaks, and punching the clock morning and night. I was at the beck and call of my managers, and my life no longer felt like my own.

I felt confined. Constricted. Unhappy.

I wanted out.

Eventually, the stress of this unhappy lifestyle got to me. I had a panic attack at work, and my husband and I decided to make the move from New York to California to start a new life.

That’s when everything changed.

I refused to look for another job as a chemist, but I needed to contribute to our household financially (After all, LA is a pretty darn expensive place to live!). I was also having health problems, so heading back to an office wasn’t an option.

Ultimately, like we do in this day and age, I turned to the web for help. I did some research, and I learned how to create websites and do various internet marketing tasks. Doing those things worked for a while, but I just wasn’t bringing in the income I needed to get by.

Finally, I stumbled onto a site that hired freelance writers. Though I had no professional experience in writing (I did make A’s in English class, though!), I signed up, and the rest was history.

I got my first check and I was hooked. I was only making a paltry $1 to $2K a month in the beginning, but it felt great.

I loved writing. I loved making my own schedule and choosing my own work every day. I knew I had found the career for me, and I was determined to make it work.

So I kept at it. I got more clients and more projects, and I kept expanding my horizons and honing my skills.

I raised my rates. I got published. I got glowing recommendations. I marketed myself.

Then, suddenly, one day I was pulling in six figures. And I knew I had to take it one step further. I had to share what I’d learned with others. I had to help other people break free from the confines of the traditional 9-to-5 and help them work from home and have the careers and lives they dreamed of.

Now I won’t say it was easy. In fact, it was downright difficult at times. There were some months I struggled to pay the bills, and others when I was overrun with deadlines and projects.

But today, my career is the best it’s ever been – and so is my life.

You, too, can achieve this balance. And I want to help you do it.

You Can Work from Home and Get Paid Nicely

I know it might seem like a successful freelance writing career is well out of reach and that you can never get paid for your writing – especially if you don’t have professional writing experience on your resume. But let me tell you, your goals can become a reality.

Just commit yourself to this new career, use my blog and resources, and the rest will fall in line. Here are a few posts and resources to look over to help get you started:

Remember, I’m always here to help. I want you to experience the same success I have – to work from home and get paid for it – so check back weekly to learn more about my story and get tips and advice that can help you on your journey. You can do it!

 

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  1. Good Morning Maggie!

    Thank you for sharing your story with us, I really appreciate it. But… I do have some questions for you.

    For instance, you mentioned that, when in college, you majored in biology and chemistry. I would assume that those were subjects that were passionate about, correct?

    If you enjoyed writing so much why didn’t you look to majoring in that field of study?

    Also, you mentioned that you started to do some research and learned how to create websites and do a number of internet marketing tasks. How long did you research? How long did it take you to learn these skills? Were you a quick study? Or did it come slowly?

    Also, biology and chemistry seem very far apart from writing, and freelance writing at that. What intrigued you about freelance writing, internet marketing (copywriting), and writing in general?

    When it comes to me, I remember when I was growing up, my passion was in sports. In fact, I would say to myself and others that I was going to become the first Hispanic (my mother is full blood Hispanic and my father is Caucasian with Native American or Indian) in the NBA.

    However, that dream didn’t come to fruition. Instead, I became a writer. Sports and writing seem pretty distant from each other as well. But you see when I was in high school I did love to write. I just never thought about making it a profession.

    It wasn’t until I went college that I started thinking about writing as a career more intently. You see, in high school I had English teachers tell me, “William, have you ever thought about becoming a professional writer? You have a real gift for expressing and articulating your thoughts through the written word.” They would say. Of course, the answer was no. I didn’t think writers could make a lot of money. I knew athletes did, though.

    But when I got into college my English professors in college would say the same thing. So, I thought to myself, “There must be something to this writing thing. I must have some God-given talent and ability that I am not paying any attention to”.

    You see, back in high school I would write poetry and other forms of writing, not really to be read, but just because I enjoyed the activity. I had a natural love for it. But I never thought of making it a career. Not until now, of course.

    I believe that this is what God created me to do. I believe thoughts come from the spiritual realm where we put form to thought and create ideas. Then those thoughts become manifested through the words we write on the page.

    Bob Proctor always says, “Spirit is always for expansion and fuller expression. It is never for disintegration. Spirit expresses itself THROUGH you.” I believe a writer expresses “spirit/thought” through words.

    It has been said, “Writing causes thinking / thinking creates an image / images control feelings / feelings cause actions / and actions create results.” How very true that is. In my opinion, there is no better profession than writing.

    1. Hey William,

      I honestly never thought of myself as a writer when I was younger. I had dreams of becoming a doctor. But, as often happens to people when they are starting out, I found out that my initial career-choice was not meant to be, and I stumbled into a writing career almost by accident. What seemed like a low-point in my life actually turned out to be the beginning of a wonderful future.

      Thank you for sharing a bit about your story. I love it and see some parallels between our stories. 🙂

      Thanks,
      Maggie

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