Happy New Year’s to all the work at homers out there! I have been kind of quiet in the work at home world for a little bit and I just wanted to fill everyone in. My son is turning 2 in a few days and it marks almost two years since I began working at home. It’s been a wonderful journey and a path of learning and developing, but I’m right where I’m supposed to be.
Where did I start?
Almost two years ago I was working for OnPoint and Textbroker. I then moved onto writing for Merchant Circle and dabbling with private clients. I was mostly relying on content mills to get me through. I also did a little babysitting on the side and fought hard to build my growing business.
In November of 2011 I decided to start my own writing website. Which, thanks to Design by Miranda and Katie Jones, it got off on the right foot! I would spend time hanging around forums and picking up overflow. I also worked anywhere from ? cent a word to 1.5 cents a word. Additionally, I spent many months just doing overflow for some clients.
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Where am I now?
In September of 2011 or so is when Merchant Circle shut down and the content mills started to become a thing of the past.
With that being said, I had paid attention to other freelancers and what they were doing for writing work. I signed up at oDesk.com and Elance.com and began to build my profiles.
I had some really good luck with oDesk and my work load stayed steady for quite some time. Most of my private clients last about 6-8 months at the shortest. I then began focusing on long term writing positions instead of writing for a quick dollar.
For almost 8 months I worked with a company doing social media. At any given time I have 3-4 gigs going to help sustain my income.
I’m still always marketing and applying for additional writing jobs. I have been with myy longest standing client for almost 16 months.
I’ve also landed a long term social media content writing position which has helped me double my income while working from home. I also write for a couple of private clients on the side. Since July I have started looking on Elance for more work. I also have my Fiverr gig up and running and that helps bring in some side work.
Where do I want to go?
Well, honestly the best plan for me in 2013 is to go with the flow. It’s worked so far. With a lot of faith and persistence it’s the only way to go. I’d be happy if I continued with the work I have now, but we know that everything can change in the blink of an eye in the work at home realm. I’d like to have a smooth transition in the beginning of April from two to three children at home with me as I welcome our third son. All of my kids will be under the age of four.
This is my work at home story. I started from no where and now I am actually making a real income from home. I own a business and will keep building it in 2013.
What plans do you have for 2013?
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