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People in your life mean well. They really do.
They want to protect you. They want you to have a “safe” career (aka, one they understand).
So, after you start your content marketing business, you’ll hear a lot of concerns when you mention your new venture.
I’ve been there. In 2008 when I started freelance writing and editing, no one I knew thought it was a good idea.
Believe me, I had my own fears about it, and the disapproval I received from others magnified those doubts. I looked at other working content marketers with popular blogs and wondered how I could compete.
One day, I had to make a choice.
I had to choose to build a business … strategically.
Which meant two things:
- I had to invest in training that would help my company grow.
- The writing and editing services I offered had to get business results for clients.
I couldn’t just sit back, browse low-paying job ads on freelancing sites, and hope I’d stay busy.
That was unsustainable, and the type of work I’d get on those sites would be soul-sucking and meaningless. I wanted to write for companies I believed in and help them reach their marketing goals.
But how was I going to get connected to those great clients? Didn’t they already work with other content writers?