Roving Report: Creating Your Web-Writing Roadmap

CompassRebecca Matter is totally committed to the success of freelance writers — that’s why she founded Wealthy Web Writer, and why she’s been a part of AWAI for 14 years.

“Back when we started, there were four ways to succeed as a well-paid writer,” she announced. “Now there are 75, and 27 of them are in the Web space.”

“Today, the dilemma for writers isn’t finding ways to make a living as a writer,” she continued, “but it’s about trying to figure out what are the right ways for you, and approaching it so you’re not overwhelmed.”

To help web writers identify the steps and decisions needed to navigate a course to a successful career, Rebecca presented a webinar for a group of Wealthy Web Writer members. She presented a high-level look at the web-writing opportunity, and stepped through the decisions a writer must make to put together a solid plan.

You can view the entire webinar HERE.

There’s a Difference Between a Plan and a Goal

Rebecca doesn’t like setting goals, but she loves following a plan. Every year, she sets out her three-point plan for the year, consisting of three big things she wants to accomplish.

Then she breaks those three things down into workable chunks until an action piece can fit onto a sticky note. “I never shut down at the end of the day without having my plan for the next day,” she told us.

When you create that overall plan, you’ll be able to move forward each day without distractions.

Step 1: How Much Money Do You Want to Make?

Be honest with yourself about how much money you want to make.

All your decisions about what you’ll do, and how much you’re willing to invest in your education and your career, start with money.

Everyone starts in a different place.

Roving Report: Creating Your Web-Writing Roadmap

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Susanna Perkins

Susanna was dragged back, kicking and screaming, into freelancing after losing her job in the banking meltdown in March, '09. One 3-month stint in an appalling temp job persuaded her to get serious about establishing herself as web writer. In March, 2012, she moved to a small town in Panama with her husband and three small dogs. After enjoying the writer's life in the culture of "buenas" and "mañana" for 2-1/2 years, she's returned to the US. At least for now.

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