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A while back I read a book called The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin. The premise of the book is that everyone falls into one of four main tendencies in the way that we view the world and approach life. It may sound overly simplified but she does a great job of describing each tendency and explaining how to recognize yours. I fall squarely into the category of Questioner. When I started the book, I thought I fell into a different category but as I kept reading it was abundantly clear that I am a Questioner. When I talked to a close friend about it and my husband, they both laughed about how obvious it was to everyone other than me.
One of the defining elements of being a Questioner is – surprise – questioning everything. I want ALL of the information. In some ways this is a great quality – the world is full of things to discover and ideas to explore. However, when it comes to starting something new this element of my personality often stops me in my tracks. I get so bogged down in the sheer amount of information available on a particular topic that it prevents me from ever getting started. I was stuck in this cycle for a long time with my writing.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed with information about writing online?
As I thought about this post, I decided to see just how much information is available on the topic. I Googled ‘writing online for money’ and was rewarded with 598,000,000 results. Anyone – even a questioner like me who loves information – can feel overwhelmed in the face of that many resources.
Too much information can have the same results as no information at all – inaction.
Are you in a place where you are feeling overwhelmed with information about writing from home? It can be difficult to figure out where to start and what information to trust.
There is more than one way to approach this process. I started out with research online and proceeded to fumble around on my own for THREE YEARS trying to make money writing online. The turning point for me was getting some guidance from a friend who was already writing online and making money. She gave me an insider’s view of what she did, how she did it, and where she found work.
If you know someone who is doing this type of work already then reach out to them. I have found that most people are willing to share how they got started if you show a true interest.
Once I started making money writing online, I realized how much I needed to learn and invested in training. To this day I invest regularly in training and resources created by those who are a few steps (or a ton of steps) ahead of me in the process. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. There were so many things I learned the hard way over time that I could have learned quickly and with less pain from someone who was already doing it.
We’ve already established that there is an over-abundance of information out there about writing online. So, how do you decide what training is worth your time and money?
- Consider your goals
Do you want to develop a full-fledged writing career or a side hustle that you work on while your kids nap?
- Look at your current resources
What financial resources do you have to invest in training? Quality programs range in price from zero dollars to thousands of dollars.
- Think about your learning style
There is training out there to address a variety of learning styles. You may prefer a step-by-step program or need a ton of interactive assignments to learn effectively.
The fact that you’re reading this means that you have already started your search for resources about writing online. I have a long list of free content that I am continually working to provide. You can learn a lot simply by keeping up with the content I am putting out on the blog.
If you are ready to invest in your writing career and accelerate your progress, I have a training guide designed to provide you with all of the information you need to develop a portfolio, find work, and get paid. It is all of the information I needed when I started out but had to learn along the way.
The training program is called The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Writing Online and Getting Paid. It is for anyone who wants to start earning money writing online. You can use the information to start a side hustle or develop a career. It will cost you less than the average dinner out and my style is direct and detailed. There are videos linked in the program and opportunities to practice your learning throughout.
My training guide is by no means the only quality program out there. There are a number of writers/bloggers that I learn from regularly. The author I mentioned above, Gretchen Rubin, regularly puts out new and relevant content. Another big-time blogging trainer is Ruth Soukup. She has books, blogs, and training programs that you can explore.
There is valuable information out there that can help you quickly get going on your goal of writing online. But it can seem impossible to find quality help in the sea of information. If you are overwhelmed, take a step back and consider your goals, resources, and learning style. Keeping your needs in mind will help you narrow the options and quickly eliminate anything that does not align with them.
If you are ready to get serious about writing online, check out my training program The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Writing Online and Getting Paid. In this guide, I go over everything you need to know to get started building a career writing online. To get the latest on this and other projects, sign up for the email list and I will keep in touch.