Tina's Office

Jan. 2017 Blog Post:

In December I shared some of my upbringing with you and how I discovered my niche for editing. Now we will chat about the transition stage.

The Feeling: Leaving my job of 15 years was kind of scary. I was going from a crazy, fast paced, 10 hours a day plus ½ day on Saturday job to my home office, in my basement, by myself. I really did not know what to expect or how it was going to affect me. Part of me was afraid that I might go into depression mode or start bouncing off the walls. But, that first day was perfect. I transitioned into my new world without any problem. I walked down my stairs, looked at my new office all set up waiting for me and this HUGE smile appeared on my face and my heart even skipped a beat. Even now, a year later that happens every day. This is where I am meant to be and what I am meant to be doing.

My First Year: Before leaving my job at the concrete company, I was able to acquire 5 clients, all by word of mouth. That made me excited, I was sure that I was going to be successful in my first year. I soon discovered that just because I have 5 clients, does not mean they are ready for me. That brought me to more research and webinars. I went through “The Stages”: What am I thinking? Can I really do this? Where are my clients? How am I going to find more clients?”

 Eventually, I kicked myself in the butt and said, “Enough is enough. You can do this it just takes time. YOU GOT THIS, GIRL!!” I sent emails out to my clients just to check in with them. I did not even mention their books. All I did was send an email with a “Personal Touch.” This helped them to know they were not alone in the process they were going through with their writing. They knew I was available if needed.

My first year has been full of many emotions with many questions. I seem to always come up with the same answer:

            “My heart has always been with helping others, so that is what I will do. I will help you to bring your vision to the written page and then to people’s bookshelves.” 

See you in February when we talk about New Year’s Resolutions. Have you kept yours or did you give in to the temptation of something else?

Keep up the writing!

Tina

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