Starting a Writing Business

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Starting a writing business takes some planning. There are many ways to go about starting a business, and it’s hard to say what is the “right” path to take. I’ve only been fumbling my way into the business world for a few months now, and am learning what works and what doesn’t. Every day presents new lessons in marketing, accounting, and business decisions.

In some ways it very easy to start a business. You basically only have to call yourself a business to be a business (I’m talking of being a sole proprietor of a writing business, other types of business take paperwork and state approval, according to what business you are going into, doing research is a great start). As you go along it gets a bit more complicated. Take it bit by bit, chunk by chunk, and it is less overwhelming.

As a sole proprietor, it’s liberating to be the one making all the decisions, no one to answer to, pay is based on performance and not on an hourly rate, and other benefits, you mark your own path . . . however, your success and failures do fall solely on your shoulders. There is no one to get you out of bed, to light that fire beneath you, or to tell you to not procrastinate. You make all decisions on your own (indecisive ones beware!) It’s all on you. And that can be a lot to take on. Not for the faint hearted!

For me, the things I hold to — my education in writing and business, my passion for writing, my optimistic attitude, and never giving up no matter what.

What motivates you to keep on keeping on?

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