Ugly Economy Doesn’t Have to Spell “Doom” for Writers By Darcy Maulsby

Ugly Economy Doesn’t Have to Spell “Doom” for Writers By Darcy Maulsby

The current recession reminds me of why I pursued a freelance writing career and have never regretted my decision.

After college, I worked as an online content editor (and loved my job), but was laid off in 2002 following the dot-com bust. That’s when I began pursuing a lifelong dream – to provide a valuable service to the business world, and be my own boss. I quickly picked up some work freelancing for a regional farm newspaper, and gradually built my client base through various ongoing marketing efforts, including networking, querying and cold calling.

Through the years, I’ve written for magazines, websites, real estate firms, cooperatives, retirement communities, insurance companies and more. As I’ve narrowed my focus, I now specialize in business, agriculture, food and garden writing. For someone who loves to learn and enjoys plenty of variety, this arrangement suits me well, and keeps the creative juices flowing. My writing has even led to a few speaking engagements and teaching opportunities in my area, which boosts my income.

When my husband and I decided to move back to my hometown of Lake City, Iowa, (population 1,800), it was such a relief to have a job that was also portable. Today, I continue to build my business. Earlier this year, I landed work from a company (Tree Care Industry Magazine) that was listed in the Paying Markets And Jobs section of WritersWeekly.

If I can do this from rural Iowa, you can, too. There are no secrets to this business