I hate to say it, but I missed out on a great writing gig because I was too busy focused on what jobs might be "out there," instead of what was right under my big French nose. The truth is, if we're willing to do a bit of digging, sometimes the best writing jobs are as close as a friend, a co-worker - heck, or our very own kitchen sink.
This week my sister told me that the organization she heads has been paying someone $400 per month to write their monthly newsletter...for almost a year now! The coordinator at Literacy Volunteers, where I volunteer, told me that a part-time paid job would be available in the next few weeks (luckily, before the job's been taken). And my husband, whose clients pay thousands of dollars for his marketing and business plan advice, offered to help me with my own. Why hadn't I known about Sherie's organization's newsletter, Literacy Volunteers' upcoming job, or thought of asking for my husband's professional thoughts?
While I believe it's a good idea to strike a balance between family, friends and business, that isn't why I hadn't jumped at these opportunities. I was too busy thinking the next great thing was outside of my circle to cultivate some of the opportunities right where I was.
It's amazing how many people we already know are looking for marketing or writing/editing help - if we'll only talk with them about it.