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What I Learned After 5000 Orders at Textbroker

Last Updated on by Michael Brockbank

I’ve learned a great deal about myself as well as how to write in the past four years. I started my journey with Textbroker in January of 2012. Since then, my writing has tightened up significantly and I feel more successful than I once did. Completing 5000 orders for my favorite writing platform was a great milestone, but I am filled with the sense of being able to do much more than what I am doing now.

Things I Learned About Myself After 5000 Orders

I’ve learned a great deal about myself, both as a writer and as a person. Things I thought were fairly set in stone were not as important to me as I thought. My interests and abilities have shifted after 5000 orders, and these are some of the things I learned along the way.

Changing Interests
After almost four and a half years, I’ve created pieces from animals to travel. Although I center a lot of my work around technology and health, I’ve found that I am interested in far more topics. It’s good to have your favorite niche – you’ll tend to write better in these categories. However, you need to try writing for other topics a few times. You never know what you’ll fall in love with. For instance, I started Textbroker writing for technology and computers. Today, I operate a health and fitness blog that is starting to grow and create exceptional pieces related to business. You never know what you enjoy unless you try something new.

Success as a Writer Requires Determination
If I don’t get enough work done throughout the day, I don’t see a lot of money. It takes a great deal of determination and effort if you want to be successful as a freelance writer and hit the 5000 orders mark. There are days when I just don’t feel like writing for other people. Unfortunately, these are the days where my pay is drastically cut. It can be difficult to move past those feelings, but it needs to be done if you want to keep the lights on in the house.

I Often Lack Conviction
I’ve fallen back on the “I’m too busy to do it” argument way too often. It wasn’t until I started writing as a career that I realized just how much time I waste throughout the day. You see, I don’t get paid while going to the bathroom or talking to friends and family. There is no set paycheck while I am at work regardless if I am productive or not. I get paid by completing a task. It can put a lot of things in your life into perspective when you realize just how much time you waist throughout the day.

I Want to Write More For Me
Although I love creating content for clients and reading the stellar reviews they leave me, there are days when I would just like to write something for me. For example, this and my fitness blog are those outlets. Unfortunately, I don’t get the same pay-per-word writing these posts. I love the idea of being able to create my own content and see my name in print while making enough money that I don’t have to stress about bills. But, none of this will happen unless I try to make something work for me. You can’t expect to be paid for your own content if you don’t put the effort into creating it.

What the Future Holds

After 5000 orders, I started to think just where I am in the world. Sure I have several clients who think I am amazing. But is it enough to keep me going for the next 20 years? I am rounding the horn at 40 in a couple of months. I feel that I am getting too old to keep spinning my wheels like I have been. I need to start taking certain things in my life more seriously. I have potential to make a great deal of money using the ghostwriting services I have found, but I don’t think that is what I want out of life.

Maintaining a Schedule
One of my biggest faults recently has been trying to manage a schedule. My life is a bit chaotic, but I have more time that I think I do if I was to manage it better. Things like Netflix often consume way more time during the day than they should. I wonder what can be accomplished if I reduce how much I actual waste.

Don’t get me wrong, services like Textbroker have helped me make tens of thousands of dollars over the past four years. I have goals to write another 5000 orders for clients. I just think I want to do something more with my abilities. For now, I’ll keep developing myself as a writer and making sure the clients have the best content possible. Maybe in a few months I can rely more on my personal blogs to make up some of the income. Only time and determination will tell.

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