Business as a Writer

I share with you my experience as being a writer and making it into a side-hustle business.

A couple of years out of law school, I see colleagues. There is nothing wrong with that, but the notion of being,"the attorney," never appealed to me. In actuality, I prefer to explain what it is I do, instead of just tell people the tag. I wouldn't say I am your lawyer that is conventional.

Growing up, I wanted to become a writer. My mother told me that I need to pursue a career in law since I was,'good at arguing.' Spoiler alert: That isn't a reason. I did not need to. I thought law was dull. And, perhaps naively, I had a stick up their ass and thought that lawyers were pretentious. Turns out, I was half right.

I believed I could write stories. And as I melted in my teenage years, I started to have an interest in politics. I carried about the world. I was horrified. I thought I could shine a light on the inequities ones which were in our backyard.

Well I became a lawyer. And while I have used my skills to fight for the disenfranchised, and fell in love with law, my passion for writing never vanished. It grew stronger if anything.

I decided to start a blog This past year. It wasn't intended to be a creative outlet, I just wanted to share my insights in to how I was able to pay a fair quantity of student loans off . I didn't see and I believed that I could contribute a voice that is special .

The material became secondary to syntax and the speed of the bits. I wanted to become a writer. And writing on my blog was not giving me the comments or community that I wanted.

I stumbled via a writer upon Quora I discovered by chance. For it is a website. But rather than the garbage that you get on Replies, you must share your name and it moderated. There are tons of entrepreneurs around there since it was founded by Adam D'Angelo in Facebook. Despite that, it is for everybody.

I have managed to get feedback, although I've not only learned a ton from specialists belonging to industries. Out of all of the places that I write, Quora has the engagement. I have had Quorans contact me Twitter, Facebook, my website, and e-mail.

Up until a couple of months back, I made any money.

I had made a few bucks from Amazon Affiliate earnings I advocated, but that was it. I was originally making a small bit of money through ads on my website, but I took them down. Ads did not feel right to me. Nor does any other affiliate. My reason is that if folks do not need to buy books, they are readily available at the library. I had a great partner with a camera company, and I found that (a wireless security cameras promotion) promoting other peoples' classes, BlueHost, and other gimmicky-sales simply didn't feel fair to me. I felt the exact same regarding posts.

A great thing happened. Around January, I got an email from an editor at Moderate, telling me that he saw my writing about Quora. He encouraged me to try out Moderate's Partnership Program -- a new program that financially rewards writers from the degree of engagement that specified posts.

I had an old Moderate account which I logged into. I had approximately 8 followers and one article. I began to post a few times. I asked if I could write for a few of his books and reached out to Josh Adams. He agreed.

When I reached many followers, I decided to begin alternating my posts from free to paid. Something I wrote from passion and fascination enabled me to purchase a few cups of coffee.

Now, without selling out, I have managed to buy a couple more books each month -- all of which I believe investments into my craft.

As someone who writes part-time, I have the privilege of becoming exceptionally picky about the type of work that I need to do.

For advanced bloggers, this can be frustrating as it might appear that is where most of the freelance work is different.

I got a message inquiring whether I'd be interested in some work. The work wouldn't only be consistent (they are growing at a fast pace) for an indefinite time period, but I'd also have the chance to try my hand at writing web content, if I desired. It was good to not pass up.

It's not as my occupation, but this isn't the objective. I really like being a legal aid lawyer and I don't have any plans to leave my position if my income is someday surpassed by my side-income. About making a living by making the world a better place, I write, and I feel that.

Do not listen to me if you wish to make money on the internet. It is more rewarding to take a few courses. Concentrate on funnels that are email. Write checklists and e-books to incentivize a list to be subscribed to by readers. These appear to make tens of thousands of dollars to bloggers each month.

I don't.

I am just sharing what has worked over the last seven months for me. I have made it. I have stumbled. I have been lucky to have my writing seen many times. But about myself I have learned through writing. The journey of growth is endless. The capacity to make money feels like the cherry on top.