A teacher takes a leap of faith and becomes a full-time freelance writer. This then opens up lots of amazing opportunities down the road, including her authoring a book and giving 2 TEDx talks.

Going from Teaching to Being a Freelance Writer, with Laura Briggs

Key Points on Going from Teaching to Being a Freelance Writer

going from teaching to being a freelance writer
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  • Started at a traditional education job
  • Went to graduate school right out of college
  • Realized she didn't want to have to work at the job for 30 years and try to hang in for retirement
  • Taught in Baltimore City for one year before resigning and becoming a freelance writer
  • Didn't know it was coming but, resigned right before her husband was put on leave without pay by the navy
  • Was forced to put her nose to the grindstone to provide for her family and took day job to help pay the bills
  • Set small financial goals to help her establish herself as a freelance writer before going full time
  • Slowly built up her client base and learned some of the ends and outs of the industry
  • Was fired by her day job before she could hand them her letter of resignation (she had the letter in her hand when she was fired)
  • Has been very successful freelance writer and has had her schedule full pretty much every day
  • Gave TEDx talks because she believes people are not being properly prepared to be freelance workers in high school and college
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  • What is your success role model? Yolanda Black
  • What is your biggest success? Getting a $50,000 book editing job from a five minute phone call
  • What does a typical day look like for you? Working as a freelance writer and on her own editing projects, helping her one-on-one clients, but her days are very flexible
  • What is your favorite quote? "Aim at a high mark and you'll hit it. No, not the first time. Maybe not the second. Maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting, for only practice will make you perfect." –Annie Oakley
  • What are your hobbies? Tap dancing
  • What is the best business book you’ve read? Company of One by Paul Jarvis
  • If there was one key piece of advice you could leave our listeners with about achieving success, what would it be? Get used to hearing the word no, but don't take it personally

About Our Guest, Laura Briggs

Laure Briggs

Laura Briggs is a former inner city teacher turned entrepreneur, freelance writer, speaker, and author of one published book and two forthcoming books on freelancing and online writing.