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Interview with Mindy McHorse — Freelance Copywriter

Interview with Mindy McHorse -- Freelance WriterTell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey.

I’ve always loved writing, even as a child. But I always thought of it as a hobby – not something you could ever make a living at (unless you wanted to be the ill-fated “starving artist,” and I’m a lot more high-maintenance than that!).

So I wrote for fun and subscribed to writer magazines, but I took the traditional college route, focusing on pre-med, and then got a master’s degree in public administration. My plan was to go on to medical school and then work in public health.

But a funny thing happened on the way to that plan. I had a lot more fun writing my thesis – a 90-page behemoth – than I did actually researching the topic. I realized I didn’t really want to be a doctor, which was a tough epiphany. It was the death of a dream I’d had since I was 12.

I went on to get a cushy job in program management at a medical school, since I had a degree that got me there. But making thrillingly complicated spreadsheets wasn’t my idea of excitement, and I had a boss who tried to nitpick and control everything I did – to the point of trying to dictate emails I was supposed to write.

I spent a few months looking for other jobs, but the clock was ticking on my ability to stay sane. That’s when I got a letter in the mail from American Writers & Artists, Inc., that introduced copywriting as a viable freelance writing profession.

I’d made it all the way through grad school without ever having heard of copywriting, so I was plenty skeptical. But I researched it and found nothing but good news. (more…)

Interview with Carly Fauth — Head of Marketing for Money Crashers

Carly FauthTell us about Money Crashers and your functions as head of marketing.

Money Crashers is a personal finance website. It’s goal is to educate its readers and followers on ways to better manage money, including articles on saving for retirement, investing, cutting monthly bills, and budgeting, among many other topics. I’m responsible for all general marketing responsibilities including content marketing, creating strategies to boost online traffic, and improving SEO. I’m also head of our website’s guest posting campaign.

How were you able to bring your current position home?

I connected with the CEO of Money Crashers in the past when I was at my previous position through a guest posting relationship. I decided I was looking for a role with more responsibilities, and after a few conversations, I was able to do just that. Both positions were work from home, so I really didn’t have to do anything regarding that.

Are there any tips you would recommend to people who want to do the same?

If you’re currently working a traditional career at the office of your employer, try to identify some of the tasks you might be able to complete from your home office rather than going in each day. (more…)

My Top 5 Business Blunders

My Top 5 Business BlundersBy Cathi Nelson

When I started a new business after spending 17 years in direct sales, I thought I knew the keys to success, being self-motivated, having passion, and being willing to take risks as well as the importance of setting goals. Yet in retrospect, there was so much more I wish I had known.

Here are my 5 tips of what I would do differently:

1. Think Bigger:

If I am honest with myself, fear of failure kept me from thinking big. I would tell people, “I only want to start a small, part time business that brings in enough income to help pay our bills.”  Yet, that was not true; it was the voice of fear. If I had started out thinking bigger, I would have become bigger a lot faster.

2. Narrow Your Focus:

You will be more successful if you become an expert in a niche. If you add too many services or follow every new idea, you will find yourself scattered and inefficient.

3. Don’t Go It Alone:

Start building a support network sooner than later. I highly recommend attending a networking group either on-line or in your community. Today thousands of people are starting new businesses and the support of others on the same journey is invaluable. (more…)

How These Two Women are Making Money from Travel Writing

How These Two Women are Making Money from Travel WritingBy Holly Reisem Hanna

When I talk to individuals about their dream work at home job — it always revolves around travel. After all, who wouldn’t want to travel the world and get paid for it?! But what does it take to be a travel writer? How much can you really earn? And how can you get started as a travel writer?

Last week I had the opportunity to chat with Anja Mutic and Holly Johnson and here’s what they had to say about working from home in the travel industry.

Name: Anja Mutic

Website: EverTheNomad.com

Twitter: @everthenomad

Tell us how you got into travel writing.

At a point of transition in my early career, after just moving to New York City in 2000, I sat and thought about what to do next. At the time I had an entry-level job in publishing, as an editorial coordinator. While it was fine for my first New York City job, it wasn’t fulfilling. After some soul-searching, I realized I’d love to combine two of my passions – writing and traveling. Once this realization came to me, a job opportunity followed – through an ad in The New York Times. It was for an online editor for Rough Guides (a British guidebook publisher that had a New York office back then). I applied, interviewed and got the job. (more…)

Buying an Established Blog: Lisa’s Story of Purchasing the FreelanceMom.com

Lisa Stein ChangTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey

I am excited to meet all of you here at The Work at Home Woman. I live in Dallas, Texas with my two amazing daughters, Gabby (4 years) and Elle (3 months), and my husband Roger.

Before I had children, I worked at Big Blue (IBM) for many years in sales and then moved into what they called their learning department where I trained and mentored new employees and managers and developed leadership and mentoring programs.

Then in 2010 everything changed …

We had our first child!

After my first daughter was born, I started to teach an ‘Introduction to Business’ course at a local college in Dallas to keep me sane while I was staying at home with Gabby.

But it occurred to me one day that here I was teaching a course about business, but my only first-hand experience with business was working in Corporate America. I felt like I was doing my students a bit of a disservice by not being able to offer real-world entrepreneurial examples. I noticed my students were not only interested in learning about big businesses, but also wanted to know more about how to become an entrepreneur and how to start their own company versus working for someone else. (more…)

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