How I Stayed Motivated In My Online Career

How I Stayed Motivated In My Online Career

When I started my online career, I felt like I could do anything. I was so determined to make it work that I felt like I was on fire. I was so happy with the opportunity presented to me that I knew in my heart that failing was not an option.

But even the most motivated and determined individual can still encounter difficulties and discouraging situations.

For me, this came in the form of rejections and client scammers. I had my fair share of rejected applications. Some of them were projects that started well but ended up going south because I was “not what they were looking for.” I also encountered clients who tried to scam me out of an article that I worked hard for. They claimed that my article was not original even if I wrote it word for word and it passed when I ran it on Copyscape. Some clients did not pay me even if I met my end of the contract.

All of these can be very discouraging for someone who is just starting their online career. But instead of giving up, there are some things that you can do to keep yourself motivated to ensure your online freelancing success.

Here are the three things that kept me going over the years.

I found what I was passionate about

First of all, I really love what I do online. I am very passionate about writing and I enjoy doing it day in and day out. Believe it or not, I can write for hours and still be okay at the end of the day. Even if I faced rejections and malicious clients, it was not enough to discourage me. I kept on writing because it was what I wanted to do. Getting paid for it was a nice bonus.

If you are working on something that you are passionate about, you will find yourself motivated regardless of what you go through. Even if clients criticize you, it will not matter. You know what you are capable of and negative words and feedback will not keep you from doing what you love to do. Instead of feeling discouraged, you can use it to improve your talent and skills. If you want to make a career out of this, every criticism should not be taken lightly and should be taken into consideration.

I kept my goal in mind

Another thing that I did to keep my motivation high was keeping my goal in mind. As I mentioned in several of my articles, my main goal was to take care of my sons and earn at home at the same time. I had to make it work because we could not live comfortably if I did not contribute financially. My husband and I wanted to give our kids a great life and that meant we had to earn a certain amount each month.

By keeping this goal in mind, I was able to push through and overcome the most discouraging moments of my online career.

I had enough support

Finally, I was able to stay motivated because I had the full support of my husband. I have read stories about some women who wanted to stay at home to take care of the kids but ended up quitting because they did not get the support from their spouse. They were expected to keep the house clean and organized and the kids cared for while working online. The truth is, it is very hard to do all of these. My husband helped me by taking care of our son when he got home. It allowed me to concentrate on my work. Even if he was tired from his day job, he knew I needed a couple of hours to focus on my work.

Without the support of your spouse, or the people in your household, it will be very hard for you to accomplish everything. You will feel burnt out and that will discourage you from continuing with your online career.

A freelancing career may seem like a great way to earn but you need to work harder to keep yourself motivated. I hope these tips can help you succeed in your online career.

Good luck! :)

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7 Years Of Freelancing

7 Years Of Freelancing

I have been freelancing for the past 7 years and I cannot help but look back at how far I’ve come since then.

How it all started

I started in 2011 when my son turned 1. It was not really about separation anxiety. The need to stay at home was brought about by our frustration in finding a trustworthy person to care for our child. And the fact that my husband kept on encouraging me to stay at home with our son.

The moment I gave birth, my husband started to look into options for work-from-home jobs. He kept on telling me about a friend who worked from home. I guess he really wanted one of us to be completely hands-on with raising our child – but I was hesitant because I wanted to keep on earning. I knew that financially, we need two incomes in our household.

But I was keeping an open mind. So when he encouraged me to try out online freelancing, that was what I did.

When the opportunity arose for me to work from home, I decided to grab it. I knew nothing about online work but I was determined. I was driven by the thought of being able to stay at home with my son while earning my own money.

Truthfully, it was not easy. Financially, my husband and I had to make do with a smaller income. During the first few months of my freelancing career, my income went down by 60%. We had to make a lot of lifestyle changes and spending reductions. But we knew what our end goal was and we were determined to make through until we succeeded.

And we did.

My freelancing career slowly took off. Now, I can proudly say that I have reached the Top Rated status as an online freelancer. Now, I have enough work history to allow me to choose the projects that I will work on.

Two things that helped my freelancing career

It was not a smooth journey but there were two things that really helped me along the way.

The first was our end goal. I realized what my husband was saying all along. Nothing compares to having one of us stay at home with our son. By believing that I had to make it work, I found the motivation to push through even when things were looking down. Even when I faced one rejection after another, I looked at my son and I knew I had to make it work somehow.

The second was finding what I wanted to do. I always loved writing but I never thought of making a career out of it. When I started freelancing as an online writer, I was surprised by how it made me feel really fulfilled. I knew that I could do this day in and day out. And since I was a freelancer, I could do it at my own pace. Since it was something that I loved to do, it was not hard to make an effort to learn and explore things on my own. And with every new learning comes a greater chance of achieving a successful freelancing career.

I am sure every journey is different but I just wanted to share with you what I had to go through. It was hard but it was all worth it – and it still is.

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Why I Call My Career A Test Of Faith

The thing about a freelancing job is that there is no consistency to it. You are not guaranteed that the same amount of workload and compensation that you enjoy today will be the same tomorrow or the day after.

Why I Call My Career A Test Of Faith

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This is why I call my freelancing career a test of faith. I have never been vocal in my blog about my faith and I have no intention of preaching. But I do have to tell my readers how I have come to appreciate the importance of faith even in my career.

Being a freelance writer has its ups and downs. Your ability to earn through freelancing is dependent on the number of clients and projects that you can get at one time. There may be times when you have more than what you can work on. Then there are times when you suddenly have nothing to do. That is where the challenge is: pushing forward even when you know that your current workload is not enough to financially support you.

In most cases, I understand why people are scared of getting out of the corporate rat race and pursuing a career doing what they love. This is the type of career that bears all the risk of an inconsistent compensation.

In the beginning, that was also my greatest fear. However, I realized that pursuing any dream, especially one that is too far from what you have grown accustomed to requires a great deal of faith. In my case, that faith involved my belief in a higher power that controls my life. For some, it can be faith in their skills. In others, it can be faith in the industry that they want to enter into.

Regardless of what you believe in, you have to hold on your faith because that is what will get you through the lean times of freelancing. Trust me when I say that there will be times when you barely earn enough for your needs. These are the times when you should remain steadfast to your beliefs.

There are people who begin doing their dream jobs but quit along the way because they lack faith. My faith allowed me to continue on even when things seem to be hopeless. I pity those people because they lose the chance of being really happy with their job. There is nothing like working on your own terms and doing what you love to do. The personal fulfillment that comes with excelling cannot be matched. You need to be able to hold on to the motivation that gave you the strength to pursue this dream in the first place. It may be a flimsy concept to grasp but I sincerely believe in this because it was what kept me from giving up and succeeding in my writing career.

So I guess that is my challenge to you. Find something that you can hold on to – a source of faith that will help you through the lean times. We all have to believe in something. It doesn’t even have to be logically correct – but as long as it gives you the drive to pursue what you love to do best, then you know you will be alright.

It’s a cliché I know. But you really just have to believe and keep to your faith that it gets better.

I sincerely hope this makes sense to you. :)

Important Qualities of a Successful Writer Part 2: Flexibility

In part one of this article series, we talked about how your stamina plays an important role in your freelancing career. Even if you are just sitting in front of your laptop and working your fingers to type your ideas, you need to physically command yourself to be in top writing form when you need to.

Now that we’ve talked about that let us go on to the second trait that Rebecca Garland mentioned in her article.

Important Qualities of a Successful Writer Part 2 Flexibility

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The second trait that was mentioned is flexibility. She stated that this career changes over time. You need to be able to ride all those changes and be ready to adapt if you have to. I started with just my writing skills but now I can manage websites, publish articles, research data and upload graphs. I still have a lot of things to learn and I need to continue adding to my skills so that I have something new to offer clients. If you want to grow in this field, you need to grow your skills as well.

I can also say that this flexibility includes the type of niches that you will choose to write about. Freelance writing, especially online, is quite a competitive career to be in. You have to be flexible enough to be able to write about any niche – regardless if you believe in it or not. It’s not really a matter of how knowledgeable you are about it because you can always do your research. There was this time when I had to write about hypnosis – which is personally, I find to be quite absurd (no offense to those who have been helped by it). But I was pretty new and I wanted to grow my portfolio so I still took the job. That was a bit tough to accomplish – writing a piece that would convince others to believe in a topic when you don’t even believe in it yourself. But I did it anyway and just focused on the facts and did a lot of research about it. These are the times when your talent will really come into play.

Ms. Garland also mentioned being able to marketing your skills as a writer. Since you are a freelance writer, you are probably working alone. You need to advertise what you can do so clients will come to you. I have written an article about how you can market yourself as a writer. You may want to check it out here: How to Market Services Online.

Find out if you have both stamina and flexibility and you should have what you need to succeed in this career.

Best of luck!

Important Qualities of a Successful Writer Part 1: Stamina

I came across an interesting article at All Freelance Writing regarding what is most important when you are a freelance writer. It was written by Rebecca Garland and she just made an interesting comment about the qualities that one needs to be successful in one’s writing career. She actually mentioned three points but I think I will just concentrate on 2 (as I have previously written an article about the third). Let’s split this article in two so you can focus on one trait at a time.

The thing about freelancing is there is no certainty to the compensation and the stream of projects. One minute you are full of projects and another you have none. You need to work hard every step of the way because unlike corporate jobs, you don’t get paid vacation leaves or any other benefits. When there is no work, there is literally no pay.

I still believe that it is a great career but you need to have the determination to make it through. You don’t just sit around waiting for someone to hire you. The key is to have the following traits as discussed by Ms. Garland.

Important Qualities of a Successful Writer Part 1 Stamina

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The first trait that she mentioned is the need to have stamina – which I agree 100%. She mentioned having to wake up at 4am because it is the only quiet time at home. I do the same thing but not as early. I wake up at 6am everyday because I want to do as much as I can before my son wakes up to wreak havoc at home. (That’s an exaggeration of course. My son is a complete angel and he’s well behaved.) But nevertheless, you need to be able to make the proper physical sacrifices to be able to achieve your maximum earning potential.

She also mentioned that having the ability to write well is one thing but it is not enough. If you want to build your career around your writing skills, you need to be able to write well on command. That is very important and I completely agree with it. If you are the type of writer who needs inspiration and all that, you may find it hard to get the creative juices flowing when it matters the most.

In the next article, we will discuss the second trait that you have to possess: flexibility. In the meantime, exercise your stamina so you get to maximize the potential of your writing career.