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Work at Home: Profile of Freelance Writer Lisa Kroulik

Updated on September 20, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Lisa Kroulik, Internet  Freelance Writer
Lisa Kroulik, Internet Freelance Writer


Lisa Kroulik has found her voice as a freelance writer and online article writer. And she feels now that she has found that voice, there is no stopping her! She hopes to be doing this type of work till she retires. Lisa is an inspiration to would-be writers everywhere in showing that following the dream of writing for a living can be accomplished!

Business Snapshot

Lisa has been writing online since March 25, 2011. She gave her notice at her day job on April 27, 2011. She took a ten-day vacation to see how much money she could make writing online. At first, it was less than the $12.50 per hour she made at her regular job. But most days now, she doubles that rate. And some days, she evens makes three to five times more than that. She has tried approximately ten various online formats for which to write, including Hub Pages. She became disillusioned with many of those sites, and currently only writes for Hub Pages and Textbroker.com. She currently spends a block of time each day writing articles for specific clients. She has found it is best and most profitable for her to work through direct or team orders because they pay better than open orders where anyone can sign up to write a particular article. There has been enough work for her to keep her busy for the last year and a half.

Regarding Hub Pages, Lisa appreciates this format because she can write about whatever she wants. She tries to write one hub ( article) per week. She feels appreciated by the feedback from Hub Page readers who comment about her articles. Especially when she writes about a subject near and dear to her heart: abusive relationships. She has been writing for Hub Pages for 18 months under the name of nybride710 and has written 106 hubs.

Lisa's work space is a desk and computer in the corner of her bedroom. That's all she needs, and there were no start up costs because she already had these things in her home before she started her writing career. She writes 5 - 8 hours each day. She usually starts after 9:00 a.m. when her girls are at school, and stops around 4:00 p.m. She takes approximately one hour each day to eat lunch and do errands. She will sometimes write an extra hour or two at night when her family is asleep.

Lisa's favorite topics to write about include: abusive relationships, mental health, Minnesota history, Christian testimony, her writing career, finances, health, travel, parenting, relationship issues, articles for legal blogs, articles for heating and air conditioning blogs, adult education, business profiles, home and family, and press releases.

Personal Snapshot

Lisa is 44 and lives in Minnesota. She has been married to her husband Darrell for the past two years. This is the second marriage for Lisa and a first for Darrell. Lisa's two daughters from her previous marriage live with them, as she was awarded full custody after her divorce from her first husband. The girls are 16 and 13.

Lisa finds the flexibility of working from home an awesome plus for her family life. Her two teen girls need to be driven to activities, and she can work her writing schedule around those activities. Her family also likes to vacation often in Summer, and she no longer has to ask a boss for time off. She is her own boss! She acknowledges that she doesn't get paid for the days she doesn't work, except for passive earnings from Hub Pages, which is currently over $100 per month.

Background

Lisa graduated from high school in 1986 and bounced in and out of community college. She finally earned an associate's degree in 1993. She has thought of going back to school to get a bachelor's degree but could never decide what she wanted to do.

Lisa has always wanted to be a writer, but before the internet, the only way she knew of to be a writer was to become a journalist. Since it's a very competitive business and Lisa is shy by nature, she gave up on that career. For the next 25 years, Lisa moved from one job to the next. Most of her jobs were in data entry or clerical.

Miserable in her last data entry job, and not being able to advance without a higher degree, she started researching writing from home. She found the website,"Freelance Writing Jobs" which led her to experiment with all the websites listed above. And the rest, as they say, is history! She enjoys working from home because not only does she not have to get up at 5:00 a.m. anymore, but she also saves money on gas by not having to drive 35 miles round trip anymore either.

Pros

Lisa feels there are many positives of working from home as a freelance writer. The first is being able to do something she loves. She also loves the flexibility and the fact that she is making better money now in her dream job as a writer than she was making in her previous job. She also finds great satisfaction in the fact that she has personally taken control of her career and made her dreams of becoming a writer come true.

Cons

Lisa feels the cons of this career are that it can be lonely and isolating and provides no vacation pay. She also has some anxiety about the work running out.

Financial outlook

Without putting in a quite a full-time effort, Lisa currently makes approximately $30,000 per year. The amount she makes can vary from month to month depending on what jobs there are available to her.

Advice to Future Online Writers

Her advice to future online writers is to be very persistent because you will face rejection in the beginning. Finding the sites to write for that work well for each writer takes time. It does take time to build up to a steady income, so one should not expect to be making a full-time income as a writer overnight.


Lisa's cat Angel who keeps her company at her desk while she writes!
Lisa's cat Angel who keeps her company at her desk while she writes! | Source
Lisa and her husband Darrell
Lisa and her husband Darrell | Source
Lisa's 2 daughters.
Lisa's 2 daughters. | Source

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      Deanne 3 years ago from Bronx, New York

      This is cool. I was wondering what a writer's profile was supposed to look like compared to a resume', so I appreciate the fine example. I'll be writing blogs and doing a lot of virtual assistant stuff to fill in the gaps, and also taking a lot of jobs on oDesk and eLance, because I'm not satisfied with $30K/year and know I can do better... even if I'm writing terms of service for some website to make ends meet. At least I'm doing something and won't have to be as anxious about where my next job is coming from. If you think in abundance, you surround yourself with it. Perhaps you can take a few jobs on there as well? Good luck!

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      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kudos to Lisa! Very inspirational to say the least. Thank you for sharing this story which shows it is possible to earn a living writing. .. like everything else it requires effort and Lisa has applied herself by creating working hours and doing her research!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      upal19,

      Yes, she has inspired me. ice to hear about success stories because of the encouragement it gives the rest of us.

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      Ashraf Mir 4 years ago from Dhaka

      This is so nice to know about her. She is a success. Many of us are inspired by her success. Wish her best of luck.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Eiddwen,Thanks for reading and commenting, and saving for later. Lisa is quite an inspiration for the rest of us. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub and thank you for sharing;I am saving for easy reference.

      Great work.

      Eddy.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Victoria Lynn,

      I am glad you stopped by to read Lisa's profile. Good luck to you in your freelancing goals. I hope you become as successful as Lisa!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Lord De Cross,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, it is wonderful when people can read about real life stories of others who have dreams and goals and are making them come true. Lisa is an inspiration to us all!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Karen, for sharing this inspiring profile. I've been working on my freelancing since my full-time job kissed ME good-bye. What a blessing! Loved this hub!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Nice profile on Lisa and the fact that we can make this dream happen. Great bio and exciting pics! Thanks for sharing Karen!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you billybuc. I really enjoyed writing this about Lisa because I think that her success is truly an inspiration to all the rest of us at Hub Pages, and other online writing sites. Online writing for a living CAN be done, and she's proof of that!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was very interesting Karen! She makes a darn good living writing; she and I went freelance about the same time but I don't make that much...but then I monitor how much I write for customers too, so I have more time to write for HubPages. Great words of advice and a really good job of writing this hub.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Anjili! She is inspiring, especially to Hub Page writers.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      penlady,

      I totally agree!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      teaches123,

      I am so glad you found her story inspiring. I do too...that's why I wanted to write about her! Thanks for your comment!

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      Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Well done. Good profile you got here.

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      penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Congratulations to Lisa for taking a big leap and doing so wonderfully!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Karen, I also follow nybride710 and enjoy her writing. She has a lot of great hubs and she is very talented. I am happy that she is so successful at writing and she is inspiring me to continue my pursuit of it as well. Thanks for the share. Voted interesting and useful.

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      lupandiomo 5 years ago from nairobi,kenya.

      thanks alot sister

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      Lisa Kroulik 5 years ago from Minnesota

      LOL. My family is great. I have two more big sisters and one big brother.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Dear Sharon,

      You should be proud of her. She's done amazingly well. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Dear hawaiianodysseus,

      Thank you, as always for your kind and encouraging comments. I am humbled by your words, and so happy you enjoyed Lisa's story. I hope it serves as inspiration and encouragement for all those who hope to someday write for a living, or to follow their dream. I know both Lisa and you inspire me. I love to read your Hub Page comments. you put so much effort and thought into each one.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      nybride710 ( Lisa),

      You are most welcome. Thank you for inspiring me, and many other writers...both on Hub Pages and on the internet. My hat is off to you, and I thank you for your inspirational story!

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      Sharon 5 years ago

      Proud of you Lisa !

      A big sister

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I love these success stories of everyday people! It gives me hope! Congratulations to Lisa Kroulik for persevering through the rough spots and developing a schedule and lifestyle that enables her to make a living with what she is passionate about. What a wonderful story!

      And congratulations to you, Karen, for yet another professionally written and presented article. As a reader, I see the finished product and am intellectually and emotionally "fed" by it. As a fellow writer, I know the behind-the-scenes challenge and hard work involved in the writer's process. Once again, you've taken an embryo of an idea and turned it into an evergreen Hub. I am very proud of you, and I am really thankful that I made the decision to be one of your followers. You see, I get stuck sometimes, but one of my best ways to get going again is to read the works of the established writers on HubPages, and you are definitely one of my top 5!

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      Lisa Kroulik 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks again for profiling me, Karen!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello wetnosedogs

      Yes, Lisa is an inspiration to all of us here on Hub Pages. I was happy to profile her because she is an encouragement to all of us, myself included, that want to write full time some day. She amazes me with her success. And it's so great for her family that she can be available to them, all the while doing a job she loves!

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      What a great hub. It gives hope that hard work can definitely pay off. I can't wait to kiss my day job good bye. Very happy for the kind lady you wrote about.

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