Guest post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess
Regardless of whether it's January 1 or March 1 or whichever 1st of any month during the course of the year, there are some tips/resolutions for pet writers that could help take your writing to the next level and — who knows — bring you in some additional cash in the new year!
Here are a few things I've learned during my career as a full time writer that might help budding writers on their quest toward making their writing more of a business than a hobby:
- Set regular "office" hours for yourself: I can't stress this enough. When you're self employed and working from home, it is easy to work all the time. You need to determine your best time for work — whether it's 9-5 or midnight to 7, set a time and stick to it or you'll find yourself working 24/7 and that's not healthy or productive.
Because I wanted to end my list on a "good" number, I didn't put this as 6, but if I had a 6, it would be, don't put all your eggs in one basket. You might have two or three steady clients but regardless of this, you need to be continually marketing. True, you don't want to overextend yourself so that your work suffers but if a client no longer has the need for your services, you don't want panic to set in — especially if you haven't been networking to build your circle of potential clients.
Thanks for sharing these useful tips.. Let the hunger for knowledge and learning stay with us always. 🙂
great tips…from someone who virtually is “working” 24-7 I need to get that better under control.
As for the “tough skin”….I still remember someone (whose name shall remain unknown)…that said my blog was a grammatical and punctuation MESS….she sure did!!!!
Considering my blog is “casual” and not meant to be a thesis on cats I have to admit I was rather taken aback. I have to say I didn’t respond to her email for fear of showing her just how grammatically perfect my emailed diatribe would have been had I responded!