Okay, I lied. The title is a little misleading. I didn’t stumble upon freelance writing. It was more like it found me. I mean, I knew it existed, but I wasn’t really looking into it as a source of income. At all.
So, allow me to share how freelance writing showed up at my doorstep… or how this blog delivered the gig to me.
Let me start by saying I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity. If you have been following my blog from its inception (which, at the time of writing this post, was just 6 days ago), I have mentioned somewhere in my “About” and “What’s All This?” pages that I have held back and hesitated doing this blog for multiple reasons. One reason I don’t think I mentioned was that I was unsure how my work and my vision would be perceived by others. You know when something is so important to you that you couldn’t bear the idea that someone just might scoff at it? Yeah, but alas, I figured I would reach and connect with those who resonate with my mission and just accept the fact that I probably wouldn’t be able to connect with everyone and that’s okay. Hence, the birth of this website.
Enough with the sentiments. What I really wanted to share with you was how I landed my first ever client borne out of this site.
“So What Had Happened Was..”
I usually keep a huge network of acquaintances because you never know where opportunity is going to come from. I think it’s fair to mention that I knew the client prior to the creation of this site. We’re of the same faith and part of the same church, so that’s how we first got acquainted. We’ve spoken about possible business collaborations in the past, but nothing really came out of it except a solid trust in each other’s character. We were aware of our upwardly mobile and ambitious natures, so we kept the lines of communication open “in case there’s something we can actually work on together in the future.”
And so that’s what we did.
The Panera Meeting
Immediately after messaging him about my site going live, he inquired about writing a fashion piece for his website as he owns his own photography business. We met at Panera a few days after to get the creative juices flowing and see if we can possibly collaborate on something together. Finally.
AAAAANNNNDDDD IT WAS A SUCCESS! 😀
He was comfortable with the fee and I was confident that I would be able to give him a piece that can serve him well.
Relationships. Keeping the pathways of communication open and keeping a genuine relationship with people will provide you unexpected opportunities. Aim to be of benefit to the other person. What you sow, so shall you reap.
Value. I enlisted the help of one of my business partners and friend, Koren, (who’s also responsible for some of the images on this site, btw) because fashion is something that is out of my scope. I wanted to make sure I was still offering valuable content and insight and Koren knows way more about fashion than I do.
Character and Integrity. People have to be able to trust you. With all things being equal, people will do business with those they know, like, and trust. This is the reason why it was so easy to reconnect and catch up with him and talk about other collabs although past collabs didn’t quite work out.
Personally, my biggest takeaway on this is a new perspective. As mentioned, I wasn’t looking into freelance writing as an income source but sometimes things of value can be right under our nose.
Since I realized about the possibility of me as a freelance writer, I have looked into freelancing gigs and websites to try to see if it’s something that I can take up as well.
I mean, why not? We’ll never know if we don’t take that leap.
How About You?
I would love to hear some of your experiences with unexpected opportunities. It’s always fun to read about success stories from keeping an open mind and embracing challenges. Let’s go and comment below! Or, if you’d like to keep it on a more private note, you can shoot me an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.