I will give you a better explanation. It was a few months ago when a longtime freelance client of mine suggested I write an eBook about the home-based specialty food business my wife and I operate. You may know it as JamBusters! He thought it would make for a good story about how we took a negative (someone stealing rhubarb from our yard one spring) and turned it into a positive (vending JamBusters! products Brenda makes at home as often as we can).
I agreed. Then I took it a step further by adding tips on how to start up virtually any kind of home-based business. I included information on identifying a niche product, securing supply sources, marketing and even insight on vending from our experience.
I titled it, “Someone Stole Our Rhubarb” and published it late last month as a Kindle eBook sold through Amazon. So far, a few copies have already sold at $2.99 USD per download.
The trenchless sewer story is as interesting. I have been working on a number of regular freelance contracts since I started writing online content in January 2014. While I have had some long term clients, a few of them have run out of work for me to do. I thought it was time to see if I could find a writing job that was a bit more stable to add to my already interesting collection of weekly, monthly and sporadic contracts.
One caught my eye at the online community I get most of my freelance work from. I submitted a cover letter expressing interest in the posting. Essentially the listing said there was ongoing regular writing work available for a number of writers. The price quoted for the work was attractive, as was the schedule of work. I ended up in an online interview a few days later where I found out a lot more about the job and that I had been hired.
I’m now working as part of a team of writers (there are seven of us) who are assigned a set of articles to write each month on trenchless sewers. It is actually a whole lot more fascinating than it sounds and the marketing company I am working for represents many plumbing and electrical contractors throughout the United States. This is going to be an ongoing project for a very long time.
For me, I can write about virtually anything (and have!) so the topic is not a problem for me. What I like most about this specific development in my freelance writing career is that I now have a really big contract holding up several smaller ones instead of a whole lot of small and medium contracts. It will give me the flexibility to work on other smaller jobs, but still gives me a nice steady piece of business to work around.
So, in just over six months from the time that I started writing full-time from home I’ve secured some steady business and published a couple of eBooks along the way. It continues to be an interesting period in my life and a whole lot of fun!