5 Things I Never Expected When I Started My Freelance Writing Business

Small Business surprises

There are the things you plan for and the things you never expect.

Creating a business you love will definitely present you with a few things from each category.

When I started my freelance web writing and social media marketing business, there were things I knew to count on – the occasional flaky client who disappears into the ether and doesn’t pay; the high-maintenance client who expects the world on a silver platter, haggles over every insignificant detail and expects you to make yourself available for phone meetings at the ungodly hour of 10:00 p.m. on a Sunday night, when most sane people are enjoying normal activities like catching the latest episode of Mad Men; the feast-or-famine cycle that dogs you until you finally get your marketing right, and so on.

Then there were the things I never counted on, things I couldn’t have predicted.

Here are five that come to mind:

1.  That one of my best clients would come from answering a craigs list ad, and that I’d still be happily working for her over two years later.

2.  That people would offer $10 per blog post/article/piece of content with a totally straight face, then when you kindly object to working for such a rate, act shocked, haughty, self-important and stunned that you find this insulting. The corollary to this is people who will actually take those assignments.

3.  That I would have to subject myself to a drug screen, a breathalyzer, a TB skin test, a pertussis vaccine, having a vial of blood drawn, and a lengthy discussion about worker’s comp and who would cover me if I got injured on the job, for a freelance writing contract with a healthcare client.

4.  That people find it odd that I’m skilled in, a:  writing web copy, blog posts, email marketing campaigns, case studies, press releases and so on, and at the same time, b: social media marketing and strategy.  I don’t say this to brag.  It’s just that several people – including a few clients – have expressed surprise about someone being able to both write well, and plan and implement effective social media campaigns.  Yet I know many other people who have this same skill set.  Hmm, it’s a mystery.

5.  That the stories I wrote in 7th and 8th grade, and the “books” I made with handwritten content together with images torn out of a magazine as illustrations, would be turn out to be good preparation for one day launching a writing-oriented business in my adult life.

Maybe you have similar stories.  If you own a business, whether you’re a one-person show or a 10-person or more operation, you’re bound to.

If so, I would love to hear them.  Let’s all share, shall we?

Please share your story about an interesting or curious thing that happened to you as a small business owner or solopreneur that you didn’t see coming.

This should be fun.  ; )

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