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Freelancing Niche: To Write or Not to Write

February 8, 2015 Leave a comment

I am finally in the “freelancing game.” I took the leap and got a couple jobs. Verdict: Why didn’t I start this sooner?

Truly, the reason behind my lag time in starting writing projects came down to two things: confidence and the thought that I had nothing to write about. I think many writers struggle with both or at least one of these reasons. It is easy to let either reason control your decisions and I definitely let both control my desire to write for pay.

I got over my confidence issues, but I still felt I had nothing to write about when I started. Of all the projects I have started so far, none are similar to one another. This brings me to the biggest issue with freelance writing: finding your freelancing niche.

How do you figure it out?

Surprisingly, there isn’t a ton of information or thought out on the web. The first post I could find by googling it was a post from Carol Tice on Make a Living Writing. Quite honestly, I think the post provides the most practical advice about figuring out your niche.

As with anything, trying a bunch of different things appears to be the way to go (I guess I am off to a good start). The sentiment works well in any part of life (regular jobs benefit from this test and decide method).

So far, I have found that writing about the healthcare industry (an area I work within, though barely, during the day) has been interesting and entertaining. But, I also enjoy the other topics I have written about. As Tice notes, I will benefit from continuing to write in these areas before refining my “niche” and becoming an authority on the topics.

It will take time, surely, but I am off to a good start.

This brings me to a final thought: to write or not to write. I was offered a meager amount to write an ebook on a topic I enjoy and care about. However, due to the nature of the job offer (on a freelancing website), I would effectively be signing over my rights to what was written. I enjoy the topic and although I have not yet approached a market to write on the topic, I think I may want to one day. I turned down the job (and the money!), but I made the right decision in the end (hopefully).

How does a freelancer decide to turn down a job, to write or not to write? It is a conundrum that has me pondering, but a conundrum that also motivates me to keep writing.

Thoughts are welcome.

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Rest in Peace, Dear Freya

January 20, 2015 Leave a comment

Losing a four-legged love crushes the heart, but the memories of a life shared lift the chin to the stars.

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Closing Your Eyes = Better Recall?

January 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Interesting article from Daily Science about whether or not closing your eyes helps you recall information.

I have never been one to close my eyes to think and try to remember (except during hard tests!), but I do remember a mentor of mine who did it pretty often. I always wondered why he did it during conversations, but now I understand! He held so much knowledge up there and what better way to recall it than relax, close your eyes, and “see” visuals, be it something you read or something you saw, etc.

Maybe next time I am struggling to recall something “on the tip of my tongue,” I will close my eyes and see what comes of it.

Biosecurity: As Seen from Inside a Plant

January 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Fascinating article about research done to figure out what exactly goes on inside a plant when it is under attack (by bugs, disease, etc.) Yet another example of the wonderful ways genetics shapes our world.

Environment Affects Immunity, Not Genes

January 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Good science read of the day: “Environment, Not Genes, Dictates Human Immune Variation, Study Finds.”

I discussed this with a coworker the other day. When parents overuse hand sanitizer and other sanitizing products around the house, they put their household at risk of getting ill. Think: How would your body react after living in a perfectly sterilized environment for several days and then you are thrown out to school or work, where germs breed like crazy?

It seems perfectly logical to me.

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Electronic Health Records – Congressional Bill

January 15, 2015 Leave a comment

We keep pushing off ICD-10, but Congress is now worried about whether EHRs will be inter-operative. ICD-10 and EHRs should come hand in hand: if providers are trying to transition to ICD-10, the easiest way will to insure they have a competent EHR system.

Last year, the billing office I work for was more than ready for ICD-10 and ready for any billing issues that came from the initial months.

Hopefully, ICD-10 will go through in October and we can see how this will effect healthcare.

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It Is What You Know…

January 13, 2015 Leave a comment

I am reading a fantastic book by Kelly James-Enger called Six-Figure Freelancing. Why? Because I am entirely new to the freelancing and needed some idea of what the hell I was doing…

Anyhow, one of the things I have learned is to start with what you know. Two weeks ago, I felt like I didn’t know anything and had nothing to contribute to the world of freelance.

Then I realized, I have worked in medical billing for a couple years. I know about medical billing! I train people to be medical billing specialists! I know something!

So, after I had that little revelation, I applied to a freelancing job for articles on healthcare.

The result?

I don’t have the job (though, I hope I will get it), but the client contacted me for some more information.

Feeling hopeful!