It happened. I went full-time freelance!
All year, I’ve been picking up extra writing work to help pay the bills. I learned a lot of hard lessons by participating in sites such as Upwork and Copify. Then, I was laid off from the job I’d accepted to relocate to Orlando. It was time to jump into freelancing feet first.
My business is called Free Ring Circus:
- Free for freelance
- Ring to represent my full-circle approach to communications
- Circus as a nod to my aerial artistry and to reflect my story-oriented approach and target market of creative clients
Meanwhile, I’ve been tickled to receive a lot of positive client reviews on Upwork. It’s been a huge confidence boost. For years, I sold myself short and was too nervous to talk myself up. Now, I’ve gotten better at both marketing myself and understanding my creative talent.
Introducing The Geeky Chica!
I’ve developed a personal brand, The Geeky Chica, and used this to market my writing. I’ve also ramped up my self-publishing efforts by regularly posting on Medium, and I’m currently pitching to a range of nonfiction publishers.
Although I’ve worked for years as a professional writer, it’s been thrilling to see my following grow as I get my geek on (hence my brand name). I love being able to write about film, culture, life lessons, and even productivity, and be part of a larger conversation. Medium has also given me the opportunity to practice my craft every day and continue to improve. I’ve come a long way since I started grad school and constantly used dangling modifiers! The one thing that hasn’t changed is that I still use the Oxford comma. You can pry it from my cold dead hands.