Last Updated on: May 4th, 2017
I’m pleased to present you with a guest post today from Ryan Biddulph, the nomadic dude who lives all over the world… island-hopping, traveling to new and exciting places, encountering strange people (like the guy who stole his $1 flip-flops!) and living life on his terms as a blogger, an author, and a freelance writer.
I met Ryan online when he first became an author. Ryan and I have a lot in common. We are both authors, bloggers, and freelance writers.
He, however, is a bit more famous than I am (wink wink!) because he has been featured on Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, John Chows Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com.
Ryan has also written and self-published 126 bite-sized e-books, which he sells on Amazon!
Some of his top-sellers include:
… and many more!
Be sure to check out his books later, after you read this post!
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Take it away, Ryan!
Peanut butter and jelly.
Frick and Frack.
Bert and Ernie.
We all love a good match.
Blogging and freelance writing, like the above duos, are perfect together.
When I asked my buddies if they wanted me to write a guest post for them, Lorraine was all over the opportunity like bees to honey. Or like feisty critters to the house where Kelly and I are currently living in Thailand, with centipedes, scorpions, tarantulas and foot-long Tokay geckos!
Anyway, I love the blog topic we both agreed on because Lorraine and I are freelance writers as well as bloggers. I see a few parallels between running a thriving freelance writing business and a successful blog.
Let’s dive into these parallels.
1: Each Teaches You the Art of Attraction
I attract freelance writing clients… and I don’t even have a freelance services page!
I also attract blog readers. I do run an established blog but tend to allow in readers versus hunting them down, stalking them, or bribing them to visit my blog.
Being a freelance writer and blogger teaches you the art of attraction. At least if you want to enjoy this online ride and get paid without going batty.
I think of attraction as doing things primarily from a place of fun, love, and service, versus from a place of seriousness, fear, and self-service. My freelance clients all found me and hired me because they enjoyed my writing. My blog readers sought me out because they enjoyed a guest post or comment I made on another blog, or perhaps they found me through a ReTweet.
In both cases, I let them in versus sending people emails saying “Hire me!” or “Read my blog!”
Building a successful freelance writing business or rocking blog requires you to stop chasing and to start giving.
Sure, you’re entitled to get or receive in terms of money, clients, readers and customers. Just focus your attention on giving and helping so all that sweetness can head your way.
2: Each Income Stream Complements One Another
Freelance writing is an active income stream. Getting paid requires active work. You trade time and effort for money.
Blogging is a passive income stream. I work on the front end by writing and publishing blog posts but then e-book, audiobook, online course, and affiliate revenue flows into my bank account 24-7, around the clock. I work then get paid passively with no real limit to what I can earn.
It’s wise to establish active and passive income streams. Active streams like freelancing are fun, fulfilling income channels through which you work with individuals, 1-to-1, in most cases. Passive income streams help you earn money while you sleep or enjoy fresh coconut juice on the beach (I like doing both).
Freelancing complements blogging nicely. Each activity diversifies your overall cash flow which boosts your online income significantly.
For more information about how to earn via different income streams, read The Essence of Blogging (+ How to Earn Money Online).
3: Each Teaches You How to Handle Feedback
I vividly recall receiving my first incendiary criticism from a freelance writing client.
She told me she’d be better off ordering articles through Fiverr.
I apologized but noted how she knew my writing style before she hired me and reminded her all sales are final (Side note: this is called “having posture” in the face of cheap, unhappy folks).
I also remember landing my first few nasty blog comments. Factor in a few scathing e-book and audiobook reviews from unclear folks and I’ve received colorful feedback through my freelance writing and blogging businesses.
Both blogging and freelancing open you up to a wide array of people. A handful of unhappy, unclear people may criticize your freelance work, blog, or any of your products and services.
Running a freelance writing business and a blog help you to face, embrace, and release all forms of feedback so you don’t get caught up in the opinions of others.
Some offer gems in the form of helpful feedback while others are secretly ranting about their life and simply project on you. You learn which advice to catch and use and which feedback to let sail over your head through freelancing and blogging.
I developed greater clarity and confidence in my abilities by receiving some snarky feedback from disgruntled clients and also became more bold, light-hearted, and detached by fielding harsh criticism about my blog and brand.
4: One Feeds the Other
Writing articles for my clients helps me become a more skilled blogger.
Writing blog posts helps me become a more skilled freelance writer.
True, some clients order a distinct writing style for their articles. I may go short and punchy sometimes. Or I may write more Tweet-able style posts. I certainly would never venture into the irreverent waters I regularly explore on Blogging From Paradise if I’m writing for a client. But writing is writing.
If you practice writing – no matter the style – you become a better writer. You can apply your improved writing skills to both your freelance writing and blogging careers.
How About You? What connections do you see between blogging and freelance writing?
Leave a comment and let’s discuss this!
And be sure to check out (and buy) my books on Amazon! 😉
7 Steps to Build a Full-Time Income-Earning Blog is particularly good! (LORRAINE’S WORDS, NOT MINE!)
How to Land Guest Posts on Authority Blogs is also good, and takes into account Lorraine’s advice (which she provided for free in How to Land Guest Posts on High-Traffic Sites: An Interview with Wording Well Founder Lorraine Reguly).