When I decided in 2012 that I wanted to find a way to work from home, I went to the library. I found a handful of books on the subject, but they were lacking. Some covered shit like starting a concierge business (of course now with COVID-19, Uber Eats, Insta-cart, Shipt, Amazon Prime, etc…what use to be a luxury is now almost a necessity). Concierge and delivery services are now essential workers. I hope you’re tipping them well. I found a few books on freelance writing books, but they mostly focused on grammar. I found one book that I thought was a good read…it was about starving well as a freelance writer. It was funny, but it didn’t really have a lot to say about treating it like a business and really making it work.
Needless to say, there weren’t a ton of resources. There were a lot of newsletters, forums, ad covered websites, content mills (please stay away from those), etc. There were a few freelance websites at the time. I signed up for a few content mills as well as a few freelancing sites, but for a while I did nothing. I wasn’t really sure how to get started. On the freelance sites, I’d look around at all of the other experienced writers, the ones with the feedback, and I thought, “Who in the hell would want to hire me when there are all of these experienced people?!”
But…I knew that because of some shit I was dealing with and because of BB’s autism diagnosis (and the fact he is nonverbal), I had to figure this shit out. And it turns out now with COVID-19, self-employment seems to be the most stable job choice of them all.
And it was a lot of work, a lot of trial and error, a lot of crying and figuring shit out, and a lot of wondering what in the hell would happen. And a lot of people telling me, “You should write a book!”
So I Wrote the Damn Book
I wrote Kill Something and Drag It Home: A Woman’s Guide to Smashing (and Surviving) the Work from Home Lifestyle. And of course, anyone can read it. It’s geared toward women because I am one. The language is fairly gender neutral. It’s available for free on Kindle Unlimited. And if you don’t have Kindle Unlimited, you are likely eligible for a free trial. How great is that? It’s also available in paperback.
I covered every area that I wished I could have found help with such as:
- Preparing yourself mentally to work from home (remember how I wondered why in the hell anyone would choose me?)
- How to turn your faults into assets
- My three rules for work
- How to set your rates
- Business plans
- Understanding your market
- And more
Make sure and grab your copy on Amazon! Don’t forget to leave a review there and on GoodReads.