Control your financial destiny as a freelance writerI engaged in an all-too-brief email exchange with a nurse the other day. She said she was “reluctantly re-entering” the nursing workforce. “Reluctantly” because she’d left her career a couple of years ago due to burn-out. What she said made me feel sad,  but I certainly understand where she’s coming from. In an economic ‘recovery’ where low-wage jobs have grown faster than others, nursing offers a good salary and job security. Still, no one should be a “reluctant” nurse.

Even though I’ve never met this woman and know her only from our email exchange, I urged her to consider freelance writing as a full-time occupation. She has a great blog that shows off her fantastic writerly voice. I hope she will email me back so we can continue the dialogue. Mentoring nurse-writers is my passion, and I would love to help this woman craft a new career she can feel excited about.

The feast-or-famine myth of freelance writing

If you spend any time searching the web for advice on becoming a freelance writer, you’ll find a lot of people lamenting the ‘feast or famine’ nature of the career. I guess that’s true. At least, it’s true my workload ebbs and flows.

But I run my freelance business like, um, a business. By which I mean I have created a budget and manage my cash flow. Why? Because I hate that feast-or-famine thing! By managing my cash flow (which isn’t the same as workload), I avoid starving to death. Not starving is a good thing.

If you find writers crying about being ‘starving artists’ or finding it stressful to deal with the ‘feast or famine’ nature of this profession, you should look for writing advice elsewhere. Those people apparently don’t understand the business aspect of freelancing.

You can make six figures as a freelance health writer

Yes, you can. I want you to print out this blog post, clip that sentence and tape it to your computer monitor. Because when I say “you,” I am addressing you – the person reading this blog right now. You can earn six figures as a freelance writer.

How do I know this? Because I’ve done it. I don’t accomplish it ever year, but I did break the six-figure mark a couple of years ago. And I’m on track to do it again. If not 2014, then 2015 for sure.

I’m not lying when I say every person who reads this blog post has the opportunity to make six figures as a freelance writer. But I’m not saying every one of you will do it, either. Getting to six figures requires discipline and a work ethic. It requires a certain level of business acumen. It requires marketing skills. Except for discipline and work ethic, though, everything else can be learned. I want to teach you.

Control your financial destiny as a freelance writer

The best part about freelancing is controlling your own destiny. Feel like working a little less this month? If you’ve played your cards right, it should be no problem. Notice a hitch on the horizon regarding cash flow? Just crank up your marketing machine and bring in a couple of extra gigs.

If you’re a burned-out nurse or other health professional with any writing chops at all, I urge you to subscribe to this blog for the 30-day RN2Writer course that starts June 1. It’s free, and there’s no ‘catch.’ I’ve already written five of the posts, and they’re averaging around 800 words each — 800 words of meaty, actionable content you can put to work right away to help you begin transitioning from nurse to writer. This isn’t one of those things where I write short, 300-word posts that don’t really offer any useful information. RN2Writer is the real deal. I want to help you become a successful professional writer.

Help more patients than you ever imagined

I didn’t leave clinical nursing because I was burned out. But I was frustrated. I learned early on that my nursing passion is patient education. As a PACU and clinic nurse, my favorite part of the job was going over pre- and post-op instructions with patients.

One day, I came home discontented because I’d only worked with 10 patients in a 12-hour shift. Only 10! Then I realized I could reach so many more patients through writing, and that realization sealed the deal. I sought out clients like WebMD (where I directly answer health questions almost every day) and PBS’s NextAvenue. My consumer health articles have reached thousands of people. I feel great knowing I’m contributing to people’s wellness on such a massive scale.

Please don’t be a “reluctant” nurse, clinging to a career you’re no longer passionate about. Become a freelance writer and serve more patients each day than you ever imagined.

And please do use the form at right to subscribe to this blog for the RN2Writer course beginning June 1. I want to help you launch a new career as a nurse writer. Let’s do this together.

Wishing you well!

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