As a freelance writer, I have been able to work remotely from home for nearly 20 years. I work through a number of websites designed to connect content and copywriters with clients who need writing services. Among these are Textbroker.com, FreeUp.net, Constant-Content.com, Zerys.com, and Upwork.com, to name a few. I write for these (and other) sites for about six hours, five days a week. Several years ago, I wanted to cut back my living expenses in order to live more comfortably off of the money I made working remotely. I stumbled across the tiny house movement online and was fascinated by the concept.
At the time, I had a small amount of money saved up so I looked into buying a small house from an online manufacturer. I found a small lot of land near the historic downtown district of my hometown that was too small for an average sized house. I was able to buy the lot and have the small, 300-square-foot home constructed for a fraction of what I would have paid for an average sized lot and home. Now I live in a brand new home, constructed to my exact needs, and I can work from home without the stress of high, monthly mortgage payments. My electricity bill is low, my water and utility bills are low, and I have everything I need; a bed, bathroom, kitchenette and dining table, and a small living area with a couch and a big screen TV.
Working from home does require a certain amount of self-discipline, as it’s easy to convince yourself that you’ve earned some time off because you are your own boss. However, even though my living expenses have been cut in half, I continue to work the same hours I worked before I joined the tiny house movement. If I get cabin fever in my small house, I can walk down a few streets and work out of a local coffee shop nearby. This has enabled me to increase the size of my savings account, as I generally only spend about half of the money I make. My bills are low and I have no debts, so most of my spending money allows me to do the things I’ve always wanted to do in my free time. I like to fish, eat out, go to movies, take road trips over the weekend with friends, and experience the nightlife my hometown has to offer young bachelors such as myself. Before I invested in my tiny house, I could never afford to do these things. Now I can afford it and still save nearly half of my income.
I recently began investing my savings in my spare time. Through an online stock-trading website I have established a retirement account with a portion of my savings, and I play the stock market with the remainder. I steer away from risky investments, and do a substantial amount of research before placing my purchase or sell orders. So far, I’ve earned over $15,000 through my stock market investing (not including my retirement account!). In addition to this, I’m putting a business plan together to start my own writers’ marketplace online. At the rate I’m going, I will very likely be able to start that business within the next five to ten years without depleting my entire savings.
Probably my highest monthly bill is my cable and Internet plan, which is necessary for my line of work (the Internet part… the cable TV is a luxury, but I can’t miss the newest Walking Dead episodes!) I log onto my various writing websites several times per week and take clients’ orders for web content. This can range from attorney’s biographies for law firm websites to product reviews for 4K Smart TVs to click bait articles about the top ten military snipers in history. I occasionally even accept ghostwriting assignments for autobiographies, self-help guides, technical tutorials, and more. This work keeps me busy for hours each day, but I make my own hours, take extended lunch breaks, give myself a day off from time to time, and I average about $700/week. This line of work isn’t a get rich quick scheme. It involves hard work, professional writing skills, patience (sometimes you write articles on speculation and have to wait for them to sell to clients for days, weeks, or even months), and self-discipline. It can be done, however, as the market for web content and advertisement copy is hurting for competent, dedicated workers right now.
If you do decide to pursue a career in freelance writing, bear in mind that it will take some time and lots of writing that pays little to no money to establish yourself. Most of the writers’ marketplace websites have a process of qualification that must be passed before becoming a member. This includes writing sample articles and taking proficiency tests. Once you have a membership to these sites, it may take some time to qualify for higher pay rates as your work is rated, reviewed, and analyzed by clients and administrators. Patience is key! You will get to a point where you are making money if you just stick with it. In order to maximize your earning as you work remotely as a content writer, try to cut your cost of living. The tiny house movement is about more than just living in a small home. It’s about taking an honest account of your needs versus your desires, and managing your money wisely. If you are single, or attached without children, you really don’t need 1,000+ square-feet of space to live in. The ingenuity of tiny house manufacturers has figured out how to stuff a lot of living essentials into a small space. You can still have everything you need without spending a ton of money. This decision will enable you to cut down on your bills, debts, and expenses, and it will free up a much larger portion of your income for savings and expendable income (for eating out, going to concerts, taking vacations, etc.) If you follow these guidelines, like I did, you can soon be living completely self sufficient, working from home, being your own boss, and living a stress-free existence (at least where money is concerned). If you decide to have children in the future, you will be able to afford a larger home with more space for your kids.
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Author: Tyson Williams