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How Close I am to Quitting my Job: My Progress (and lack thereof) Report

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As I said in a previous post, I have a general idea of how I want to create enough income to eventually be able to quit my current job. The one I’m most interested in is freelance writing, but it’s been a surprisingly slow start…

Starting a Career as a Freelance Writer

I’ve really sprained my brain over this one. What do I want to write? Who do I want to write it for? When do I make time to write? And how do I get paid for it? Over the last couple of months, I’ve been trying to figure all this out and develop a clear plan. The result? So far, I’ve done one helluva’ job confusing myself with more information, possibilities, and options than I can shake a stick at.

If you’re not the least bit Southern and you don’t get the stick-shaking thing, my point is just that I’ve whole-heartedly overwhelmed myself with information about the whopping number of various ways to make money writing.

When I consider too many options at once, I tend to get myself stuck in a big gooey pile of indecision and I end up not doing a damn thing about any of the options. Doing nothing is easier than trying to figure out a mess. But in this case, doing nothing isn’t an option. In the last week or so, I’ve reached waaay back into the old grey matter and dug up my old motto: Do SOMETHING, even if it’s wrong. So, I’m refocusing and forcing myself to take the first steps to becoming a real honest-to-God paid writer. Here’s where I’m at with this goal: Continue reading

The Plan: Quitting My Job and Creating Multiple Streams of Income

The stubborn folks at the Virginia Lottery are simply not cooperating with my plan to be the next multi-million-dollar lottery winner. So, I figure I’d better come up with a more attainable plan for bringing home the bacon if I want to be able to quit my job in the next couple of years. Here’s how that plan shakes down:

  • I want to develop multiple streams of income, because it’s just good logic.
  • I don’t want all of my income to be related to Internet-related earnings. I have a recurring nightmare that I turn on my computer and see nothing except a blue screen and the words “Cyberspace is full. The Internet is closed. Move On.” Ok, it’ll (probably) never happen, but I’d feel better if some money was coming in through some other avenue. I’m just saying…
  • I want some passive income. That’s right, and I’m not ashamed of it either. I want money pouring into my bank account that I’m not even aware of. I want to be making money while I sleep, while I eat, while I’m avoiding my exercise routine, and while I’m breathing. I’m usually engaged in at least one of those activities at any given moment. It’s not that I’m lazy. Well, I’m a little lazy. But if I have to put a lot of effort into every stream of income, then I’ll end up working more than 40 hours a week, and that would kind of defeat the purpose of this whole thing, wouldn’t it? And by the way, “lazy” is such an ugly word, don’t you think? With all the political correctness crap these days why can’t we come up with a more non-judgmental term…say, “activity-challenged” for example? I’m sure all my couch-oriented friends will agree with me on this point. Moving on… Continue reading