After over three years of working online as a freelance writer—and digital Swiss Army knife—I’ve had enough. The work I’m doing is no longer fulfilling and the feast-or-famine income has become too much of an emotional and financial drain.
Of course, I could build out something more substantial. I have toyed with the idea of starting my own boutique marketing firm for a while. Which would be a great choice for me if I was still passionate about writing and marketing for other people.
The truth is, I’m not. I have written hundreds of thousands of words over the past three years and the majority of them are not credited to my name. Despite a steep learning curve and countless long days, I have very little to show for my efforts.
I am also tired. More tired than I should be as a healthy thirty-something. For a while, I could sustain myself on the belief that I was doing something different; that I had found a loop in the system as a freelancer. In reality, I was just another cog in an environment with greater volatility and less stability than the workplaces I thought I had sidestepped.
Which doesn’t mean that I regret my time as a freelance writer. Nor does it mean that I think other people shouldn’t pursue it. It’s just no longer working for me and I need to figure something else out. Something that will help me do the work that matters to me with greater ease.
I am a hard worker but I am not someone who can sustain work that I don’t care about. I have tried and failed so many times to do this that I don’t even bother looking at those options anymore. What’s more, if I’m going to be scraping by financially in the coming months, I may as well do work that I’m excited to throw myself into.
At the same time, I also need to cover the cost of my bills so I can—at the very least—avoid going further into debt. So I’ve decided to go back to teaching yoga and doing Thai yoga massage for now to cover the cost of living. It’s enjoyable easy, enjoyable work and I’m looking forward to spending less time in front of a computer screen.
Every time I think I’ve figured out what’s next, life teaches me a lesson that shifts my priorities and the ways that I make money. Which is something I have become more gracious at accepting and dancing with. For now, I’m going to focus on being grateful that I have so many skills to pull from and that this next lesson is about making money with greater ease.
So, what will help you make money with greater ease?