My new FB friend works as a telemarketer. She wants to earn extra income from home as a freelance writer. She has a medical condition that restricts her from working outside.
Her friend told her that she is unlike to succeed as she doesn’t have the qualification.
Has anyone told you that you won’t succeed if you don’t have the piece of paper?
Let me tell you the truth.
That piece of paper is only good for use when you apply for a job as an employee in traditional-thinking companies in Singapore.
If you are a freelancer, your clients don’t care what certificates you have, or how much effort you put into the work. What they care is whether they get what they pay for. They pay for the results.
I can give you plenty of real-life examples of people who are successful without the piece of paper.
I once walked into a prestigious govt IT company. The HR won’t employ me because I did not have a degree. I went by the backdoor, directly to the director. They need a software engineer urgently. By the power of a strong recommendation from a high-ranking officer and from the most influential person in the director’s life, I got the job. They threw me into deep water. I performed to their expectation.
For the last 9 years, I had been making a living without a job. When the world don’t give you a job, you create one. You can create your own future. You don’t need anyone’s permission.
Kimanzi Constable was once a bread-delivery man. He submits his articles to big publications. Today he is an international consultant.
Ask Jon Morrow. He cannot move anything but his face. Today he is making more money than most able bodied people put together. https://unstoppable.me/life-lessons/
Ask Johari Sa’ad, the author of his upcoming book, “Success without Cert’. He said, “Your grade does not define who you are. Your grade does not define your level of intelligence.” Johari succeeds as a video storyteller and he does not have a certificate. He makes enough money to get married and drive a car. He has two businesses.
Here are 7 life-lessons:
#1: Get advice from the right people.
I asked her who is the person who gave her the advice that she cannot succeed without a certificate. “He is a real estate agent who is now driving Grab taxi.”
Don’t listen to the wrong people. Don’t get advice from people who don’t know what they are talking about. What does her friend know about the business of writing? Is he qualified to advise her? Don’t hang around negative people.
#2. Shut the negative chatter in your head.
“I am not a pro. Will people use my service?” Oh, shut up!
#3. See the Positive.
From today onwards, change your vocabulary from “I cannot, “I am not…” to “what is possible for me, “What can I do”. Focus on your CAN, not your CANNOT.
#4. Serve the Marketplace
You can look for writing assignments in marketplaces such as Fiverr and Upwork. Go to Fiverr and create an account. Sell your article writing and article rewriting service.
#5. Who else need your service as a writer?
Who needs content? Internet marketers need content. Book authors need ghostwriters. Where do your prospects hang around? You find them in online communities such as Facebook groups. Mingle with the people who need your service.
when you want to do work for your prospects, they will ask you for a portfolio (ie sample of your work. They won’t know how good you are or what your writing style is or what standard is like. So naturally, they will ask you for samples of your work.
Create a blog. Start blogging to showcase your writing.
#7. Get a mentor
Get a mentor who has been there, done that. You save yourself the time running in a circle and getting stuck in a maze. I am a writer. I make a living by selling words. Contact me if you like me to mentor you.
“You can literally take a laptop and build an empire” ~ Roberto Blake