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Finding Happiness: Leaving a Full Day Job to Become a Freelance Writer

Updated on June 23, 2013

I did it! I have just resigned from my full time, monthly salary job to become a Freelance Writer and to work for myself....

This wasn't an easy decision to make, nor was it one based on the sole impulse of diving straight into something that I think I'm slightly good at. No, I took my time, I spoke to people, I researched...I've been planning this since January 2012.

Why Did I Decide to Leave the Security of my Full Time Job?

I had already decided in January after my annual reflection of what I want out of life and where I see myself going (New Year's Resolutions some might call them), that I was no longer feeling fulfilled in my current job.

My job until the end of August 2012 is an HR and Accounts Administrator at an ISP(Internet Service Provider). In a nutshell, I handle all types of queries on client accounts (almost 2000 clients) - including recons, billing, payments, as well as internally being the HR Administrator for all staff queries or disciplinary matters, keeping records up to date and handling the company's payroll function.

In January 2012 I discovered HubPages and started writing hubs - it uplifted me, and it awoke something inside of me that had been dormant for the past 2 years. I didn't think I'd leave my job back then, I only knew that I wanted to pursue writing actively - even if it was only on the side.

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I wasn't happy in my job - especially the issuing of warnings to staff and sitting in on disciplinary matters, as well as following up on debt collection and black listing clients for non payment. I thought that because I'd had some solid experience in the Recruitment industry, that HR was what I was meant to be doing with my life. There were definitely some parts to the job that I did enjoy: coming up with ways to motivate staff, promote a positive team environment and organize staff events. But, the opportunity to have these ideas approved and implemented were few and far between, and slowly but surely I became aware that being in HR was a lot more difficult than simply being there for the staff. You actually need to be able to switch between the roles of being a cold heartless (almost robotic) employee for the company, and being a caring and sympathetic colleague for staff in order for them to feel comfortable enough to speak to you.

After a few discussions, I went about my work as best I could but I just couldn't see myself doing the same thing a year from now. The stress was also taking its toll on me. I'd been to the doctor a few times for the impact it was having on my body, I'd skip lunch because I was "just too busy", and I'd work on Saturdays sometimes to simply "catch up". I simply decided to put my health and my relationship ahead of my job at that point - even if it meant taking a drastic salary cut.

My "Light bulb" Moment...

And then we went on holiday in April 2012. We took two weeks, and went on the most incredible journey into nature along the beautiful Garden Route on the South Eastern coast of South Africa. Those walks through the forest and on the beach, the lazy days of lying in the middle of nature and listening to the birds and to the water flowing, of looking up into the sky full of bright stars, of walking alongside elephants, of being with the man I love and feeling at peace - in those moments I truly realized just how short life is. Too short to spend 8 - 10 hours a day at a job that doesn't make you happy, and this one unfortunately wasn't. I started to think of where I wanted to be three years from then, that definitely didn't include sorting out accounting queries for clients!

Meeting Resistance

Yes, I've already had quite a bit of resistance and negative remarks to my choice of profession. I'll often be met with a lifted eyebrow and an "Oh", when asked what I'm going to be doing with my time. As if writing full day is a luxury career or a walk in the park. I don't think people understand just how difficult and competitive the world of writing is. I am taking a huge risk going into this field, but I'm doing it because I don't want to look back with regret on my life one day and wonder why I didn't just go for it.

I don't really care what other people think - they can say what they like, and think what they like. I have my own goals that I need to reach - I have my work cut out for me! It is certainly not child's play or an "easy career". No. But, it is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career that can be done from the comfort of my home office, or anywhere in the world. When I have children one day, I'll be home to look after them. That's another reason for this career choice. If we need to relocate one day because of my husband's job - we can pack up and go without me needing to worry about my job.

The only person's opinion that mattered with this decision was my husbands. I'll admit, I had to do my research properly in terms of a game-plan for income over the next few months. There are things that we have to sacrifice - I am giving up part of my independence, my car that we are selling - in order for me to follow my dream. He has always supported me in everything I do, and he is right behind me with my writing career. I can always count on him. If I didn't have his 100% support for this, I probably wouldn't have gone for it full time right now.

Research and Preparation

I don't proclaim to know everything there is to know about becoming a Freelance Writer, in fact, I have a lot still to learn about writing full time.

I have a plan of action for the upcoming months, and I have a goal that I want to reach by 1 January 2013. I'll probably add more here once I get closer to reaching that goal, but for now it's a work in progress.

I am currently working on exposing my personal blog, continuing to write articles on HubPages and other similar websites, and marketing myself as a freelance writer to various establishments and companies.

I've been working on this since April and what I've come to realize is that it's a long process. It's also something that I am not able to do for the rest of the year on a part time basis as I had initially planned. Some people might be able to do this after they get home from work in the evenings or on weekends, but I personally prefer to spend this quality and precious time with my family or friends, or just simply relaxing.

My Advice for Leaving a Full Time Job for your Dream

If you don't need to worry about money or think of anyone else but yourself - it's an easy decision to make. But, if you have other people relying on you for your part of the income and you are used to living with this income, you need to plan well ahead of time and do your research.

Here are a few tips I would recommend if you have the same passion and desire to follow your dream career that I have, but you're unsure of how to go about it:

  1. Find out as much as possible about your chosen career. Speak to people already in the industry, find out how they started out or what they would recommend that you do to get into the field.
  2. Research the need in the world for your skills in this particular field. There's no point in starting something that you love, when only a few people are going to buy your product or will be needing your services. (I learnt this the hard way with my home business a few years ago - I didn't plan properly and the business didn't last long). Make sure there is a need for your product or service first.
  3. Come up with a plan of action. Write down exactly what you want to be doing a year from now. How do you plan to get there? List your monthly goals, your weekly goals - even your daily goals if you need to. It's great to have the dream, but if you don't have the plan to achieve it - it's going to be just that - a pie in the sky dream, and not the reality that you're imagining.
  4. Find back-up source of income. You might be earning a great salary right now. When you stop working, that's going to fall away. Are you able to survive on one salary for a few months? Do you have something to sell that can tide you over in the beginning? Can you take on a part time job to earn some extra money while you live out your dream?
  5. Talk to your partner. Now that you have a plan of action, you've done your research and you have means for some sort of income during the time that your new career is taking off - it's time to have that conversation with your partner. Be open and honest, ask for their feedback and let them know that you are in this together. You need their support on this in order to follow your dream, but you also need to be realistic. Have a time-frame for meeting your goals, if it takes longer - have a backup plan. The last thing you want to do is to cause stress and resentfulness in your relationship.
  6. Go for it! Once you have your partner's blessing - it's time for the second hardest meeting - resigning from your job. As you don't have a starting date with another company, you can be gracious and give your employer 1.5 or even 2 months notice so that they have ample time to find your replacement.

The Author

Melanie Chisnall is a freelance writer from Cape Town, South Africa.

After years of writing on a part-time basis, and working in various industries throughout her career, she decided to follow her dream of becoming a full-time writer earlier in 2012. She's determined to prove that by sheer persistence, commitment to prove her success and an "I don't quit" attitude - that anything is possible!

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      Melanie Chisnall 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Karen, hi!! I haven't been here in forever it seems! Had a break from HP, but now I'm back and so happy to be back. So glad you had time to write more recently, that's great! I've heard a few other writers using Bubblews but haven't been over to check it out yet. I think I'll have to go take a look, thanks! Hope you're doing well... will catch up soon! :)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi!

      Wow, it's been 7 months since we last connected??? How are things? I spent the summer writing full time to try it out. Didn't do so well financially, BUT learned so much and found 2 new websites to earn from: WebAnswers and Bubblews. Are you on either of them?

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      cmoneyspinner1tf - Exactly! I think for some people, it's their own insecurities that are being projected when they get all nasty or sarcastic about others who have taken that terrifying leap. I'm so glad you're happy being your own boss and that things are going well! :)

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      Treathyl FOX 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Always nice to read a story with a happy ending. Particularly when it involves making a major decision like doing it for yourself! I'm happy to be working on my own, being my own boss. I wish others would respect and accept the decision. It's not as if they could have made the decision for me.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Karen! So good to see you hear, as we started on HubPages around the same time. :) I'm still trying to work my way up as a full-time freelance writer from home. There are days when I want to throw in the towel, but most days I'm ecstatic that I'm still able to do what I love, and that I took the chance to do it. I'm still learning as I go, but one thing I have learnt is to stop writing for content mills such as Elance, and to try and approach businesses and to write for them. So far, I have nabbed one client - which is a huge achievement. I've also started two blogs - one personal and one career, and just started a 3-month internship from home for a women's online magazine. That outnumbers just about any bad day I think! Thanks for checking in, I'm going to pop by your profile now and see what you've been up to. :)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Just wondering how you are doing in your quest to write full time from home? Can you give your faithful readers an update?

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi creativegenius, I agree with you 100%, and that's why it's rarely a good idea to jump into this kind of thing full-time, especially if you are supporting a household by yourself. If you are lucky enough to have a partner support you, or can do this part time while working full-time, then that's probably your best option.

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      Brian Scott 4 years ago from United States

      The most difficult part of freelancing is perhaps the healthcare costs, especially if you have children. This contributes greatly to the overhead costs of freelancing full-time.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Scribenet - You are so right! It doesn't feel like it....sure, we can't go on any holidays for a while, but I have faith. Just got to keep pushing at it. Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words! :)

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      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It is important to find what you love to do and wonderful if you can pursue it. Great you have a supportive husband and are willing to sacrifice for your dream. It won't feel like sacrifice though because you are already doing what you love! :) You have great attitude! Congratulations!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Wow, thank you so much homesweethomebiz! What a pleasure to come online this morning and find your comment - a brilliant start to my day! :)

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      Millicent Perry 4 years ago from Columbus, Ga

      This was so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing. I know you made the right decision. This is absolutely what you should be doing! I wish you much success in your endeavors. Be blessed. :-)

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Irc7815 - I know what you mean! HubPages can become addictive, and is also a good source for some extra income. Just be careful as whenever Google decides to do their updates every couple of months, it means us at HubPages get our earnings squashed. That's the only bad thing I've come across, but I'm still loving it here - when I find the time to write a hub! Thanks for the wishes, and best of luck to you too! Sometimes, you have to take a step back to get forward in life - and that's exactly what I'm doing. We'll hopefully look back on these decisions next year and have something to really celebrate! Thanks for your kind words :)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kudos to your courage Melanie. I was laid off a few months ago and came to HP just to explore. I am now so obsessed that I don't want to return to work and am willing to do the hard work to earn a living writing. I have resigned myself to being poor for a while. :-) This was a great hub for anyone contemplating a change. Best wishes!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi ComfortB - Thank you so much for your kind words, for reading and for voting. Much appreciated! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi James - Thank you for your words of encouragement, and for saying that this article is inspiring and motivational - that's one of my goals, to inspire others. Our lives are so short, we should be enjoying what we're doing and taking those calculated risks - be it in a career, or fighting for the one we love. I've never heard of that quote before, but it has just become my new favourite saying! Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to read, comment and share - I appreciate it! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi nanderson500 - It's great to meet you, another person following their passion! Thanks for your comment and vote - much appreciated! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi CrisSp - That is probably the most inspiring story I've ever read! Traveling AND writing? That is fantastic! It just goes to show that we shouldn't give up on our dreams, that we should keep going and believe in ourselves until we reach the place where we discover ourselves and absolutely love what we do.

      I am happy to have met someone else who is as persistent in following their dreams, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I am feeling even more inspired just after reading your comment! :)

      Cheers to us and to all who take the courage to follow their dreams....even if it takes a few weeks, months or years - after that first big step, the dream becomes a reality.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi carozy - Thank you! Appreciate you stopping in to read and comment :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Natashalh - That's fantastic...Go for it! I'm looking forward to reading about your writing venture when you've finished planning. Thanks for reading and I'm so glad this hub was inspirational :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi jainismus - Thank you! That's what I was hoping for - anything is possible, we just need to believe, persist, have faith, plan and keep going. :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Happyboomernurse - It wasn't an easy decision I'll be honest, and a lot of people still look at me as if I'm crazy when I tell them that I've decided to write full time - but, I've learnt in life that nothing worth having or getting is ever easy. The best things in life aren't free - it takes a lot of work and commitment to live the dream or at least reach a part of it.

      I'm extremely lucky to have a husband who supports me in whatever I do - he is sacrificing a lot and I certainly have my work cut out for me! But, we're in it together and with the planning, right frame of mind and support - anything is possible!

      Thank you for reading and for your kind words, I appreciate it! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi mary615 - I can only imagine the experiences you've had, places you've been to and people you've met - that you are able to write about...you are indeed lucky to be retired and have a lot of time to write when you want to! :) Thank you for your kind words and votes :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi rajan! That's great news to hear that you've also decided to join the ranks of writers full time! It feels good, doesn't it? To know that you've made the decision and the commitment and now just need to work towards making the dream a reality.

      Good luck for the next few months, and thanks for commenting and sharing - much appreciated! :)

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Congrats MelChi - Fulfillment comes when we are doing what we're designed to do. You found your calling, and you were brave enough to embrace it. I wish you the best in your journey.

      Voted Up and Useful.

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your decision to write full time. I am reminded of the quote, "the future belongs to the risk takers and not the security seekers." This quote certainly applies to your situation. By taking this calculated risk you have put yourself in a situation to live your dream and I applaud you for having the guts to make the necessary changes in your life. This article is both inspiring and motivating for myself and no doubt many others. Vote up and a I am sending a tweet out to my followers. Thank you for sharing.

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I did something similar to this as well! Great hub, great advice. Voted up.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Welcome to the club! I did the same after feeling exactly the same way as you've written here. I left the very routine, very exhausting office job that I had in almost 7 years (++ from previous company). The pay was great but it wasn't filling my creative and adventurous soul plus I can't survive the toxic environment anymore. I had my "AHA" moment after sleeping for a long time, then I woke up and happy to discover myself again. There were struggles though but hey, I couldn't be more happier.

      I started my own community magazine but heck the internet killed my publication. Distribution declined and I had to stop after 2 years. But that didn't stop me from writing and finding what I really want to do.

      Then I discovered myself. Now, I am doing what I love doing: Travel and Writing. I am a mighty Flight Attendant and a passionate free-lance writer.

      Inspiration and motivation...I always look for it. This hub is one of them. Thanks for sharing. It's a great hub! Voted up and useful!

      And, as Confucius say: “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

      Cheers to your courage (in creativity)!

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Voted up and useful. Wish you luck on your new career.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I really, really want to do this, too! I haven't sat down to right out a plan, though. I think that is a much-needed next step. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      This hub will surely inspire all those who want to choose freelance writing as their full time career. Thank you for sharing the great tips.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Like Mary, I admire your decision to follow your dreams and to set writing goals for yourself.

      It takes courage to follow your passion, especially when it means giving up a steady income, but as you've written in this hub, sometimes a safe harbor of income isn't safe if it's affecting our health and the quality of our family relationships.

      You have surely given this much thought and reached this decision with your husband's full support which bodes well for the future.

      I wish you good luck in your freelance endeavors.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I admire you for your decision. I am lucky to be retired, and I'd like to spend more time writing, but I let other things get in my way.

      Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is a terrific write and one that will be useful and inspiring to many of those wanting to go into full time writing. Any job requires application and dedication. Might as well apply it to something that one loves and is not stressing.

      Voted up, useful and awesome. Good luck to you, Mel Chi.

      Incidentally it'll be a few months from now that I'll be wholly into online writing.

      Sharing this hub for others to get inspired.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan - Thank you so much! I will second that shout out to Bill :) Thanks for stopping by to read my hub - much appreciated!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      This is an awesome hub and so inspiring. How brave that you did this and I hope you have great success and happiness. A shout out to billybuc for highlighting you and this hub in his hub.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Sunshine! Indeed we can do just that - whatever we set our minds to...we just have to have the faith and the drive. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Wishing you good luck Mel...you could do whatever you set your mind to do! Kudos to you for making a change that benefits you! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Lovelovemeloveme - I start writing full time as from 1 September 2012, and I can't wait. So far, it's been a bit difficult trying to fit in as much writing as possible while working a full time job - but I do manage to put out one or two blogs / articles a week. I'll update this hub every couple of months with my progress. Thanks for stopping by to comment, I appreciate it! :)

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      Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

      Hi melchi, how has being a freelance writer worked for u so far?

      thanks for the good hub. :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi naimishika - Thank you very much! Appreciate your comment :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Dr Pooja - Research and planning are the wheels of this dream, without them - there's no getting anywhere! Thank you for your words of encouragement - much appreciated! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi nikkiraeink - Thanks for stopping by to read this hub and for your kind words! I look forward to writing more and to connecting. Am on my way to go check out everyone else's hubs now! Have a good one! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi fpher48 - Thank you!! You are right, it really shouldn't matter what others think, in fact someone else mentioned that it was probably their own fear of not having the determination to do something similar that was being projected - still, it does take some getting used to. But, I most certainly won't let that stop me! :) Thanks for your kind words of encouragement - I appreciate it! Enjoy your day :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi daisydayz - Now that's inspiring (and very clever) - writing while working a part-time job. I'd probably be doing the same if I had the transport, but unfortunately I had to jump in with both feet and sell my car in order to make this dream a reality. Some say crazy...but we'll see in a few years time if it really was that, or if I managed to get to where I want to be then! Congratulations on landing a part-time writing contract for a magazine company, that's fantastic! Best of luck for the road ahead - for both of us, may our dreams of writing full time and supporting ourselves with that income come true! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment - I appreciate it. :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Mr Archer - Your words are so encouraging, thank you! It's slowly setting in that this is a profession and it's going to take a lot of work (the most work I've ever had to do) to get this to where I envision it in a few years time. I admire the work that you've done, and I see that you've already published a book! I'll be sure to keep a lookout and read more of your work. It's important that those of us with the dream and the passion to write, continue to support each other and to never give up. Thanks for your comment and for reading, have a great day :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi CCahill - I haven't been here long, only 6 months - but I think if other people can make a success out of this platform, then why can't we? Of course it might take a few years, but the world is our oyster for writing - there are so many opportunities out there - we just have to have the determination, the will and the passion to go out there and grab them! Thanks for your comment and for sharing, appreciate it :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi carter06 - Wow, thank you for such a beautiful comment! I'm a little terrified if I must be honest, but my love for writing and my determination to prove everyone else wrong and to make this dream a reality outweigh that terror :) Thank you for your comment and for sharing, I really appreciate it!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi beingwell - Thank you so much for your kind words - much appreciated! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Emma - That's fantastic! I always find it so inspiring to read about Moms that have a passion and a drive for fulfilling their dreams. That is something that children can really look up to, strive to be like and respect :) HubPages is a great platform and a creative outlet - I found that it helped me a lot on those really stressful days. You sound like you already have some great exposure for the articles that you've sold, it's something that you can add to your portfolio. I would recommend possibly networking with some of the other writers on here in terms of finding regular income from writing, they might have a few ideas of places that you could try in your area or online. The great thing about HubPages and other writing platforms is the ability that we have to live out the writing dream for just a little bit each day :) Thanks for your comments and for the wishes for luck, I appreciate it!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi GoForTheJuggler - That's GREAT! Life is too short to not follow your dreams and your heart (although not blindly..). It's so uplifting to hear of others that have made the decision to follow their own passion and really make a go of it. Congrats!! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment - I really appreciate it :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Jools99 - wow! It is so encouraging and refreshing to find someone else out there with the same dreams, who enjoys writing so much that they are prepared to throw caution to the wind (well, not really - planning, research and a back up plan like a part time job are part of the package) - to just go for it! I'm also a creative person and working in admin felt like I was caged and constantly trying to break free. Here's to both of us following our dreams, and going for our passion. I wish you plenty of happiness and success in your road ahead into the world of writing! Thanks for your comments! :)

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      Dr Pooja 5 years ago

      Hat's off to you! Wish you all the luck in future.I agree with you that research and well laid down business plan is required to start a new venture.

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      nikkiraeink 5 years ago from So. Cal.

      Congratulations! Best of luck to you on your future adventures. I look forward to reading your future hubs.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      MelChi........Bravo! and more power to you. I applaud your tenacity and allowing yourself to be motivated by what you truly want in this life.

      What "others" think or say has absolutely no valid impression on what individuals choose for themselves.

      Your talents are obvious and your goals are clear to you......Wishing you much success. You GO girl!!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Wow congratulations on making this change and on a great helpful hub. I am a part time freelancing journalist and work part time for the council. I have slowly been making changes in my life towards full time writing but I think I'm another year away from going it all out. I left a full time job for a part time one to be able to write more, so I am getting there slowly and I landed a proper part time writing contract last month for a magazine company I had been interning for for a year, so it paid off eventually. Its just a matter of finding more clients now, until I can leave the council job completely. This hub is great for helping people really think about making the life change to self employed. I wish you all the best of luck and hope you manage to make a real go of your new career and fulfil your dreams. Voted up and shared

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      Mr Archer 5 years ago from Missouri

      I envy you. To have the opportunity, ability, drive, and desire to fulfill your dream is an inspiration to the rest of us here on Hub Pages. May your thoughts never end, may your pen always remain full, and may you continue to prosper in your chosen profession; for that is what you are now: a professional writer. Best of luck, and may God Bless you.

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      CCahill 5 years ago from England

      Hope your decision pays off, people have been very wary and cynical of the earning potential of Hubpages and just dont seem to take it very seriously when we say it can make a full time income, your an inpsiration in this sense.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Love your story MelChi...good on you for giving it a go and I wish you the very best and will purposely make sure to read your hubs...you will get there for sure with such a great plan...voted up,awesome,useful & shared...cheers

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Good for you! I wish you all the best in your new endeavors!

      Voted up and shared!

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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Wow, congrats, this is an amazing story! You are so honest and committed to your dream

      I hope to one day move onto freelancing and leave my current job. I too have a stressful time, work long hours and struggle with childcare.

      For me, it's knowing where to go to get work on a regular basis. I've sold articles before and earn a little on HP but chicken out when it comes to applying for jobs! Good luck for your future - I hope it works out for you :)

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      Joshua Patrick 5 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on your decision to follow your dreams! I did the same when I went to film school, and even though it's a lot of work, there's nothing like pursuing your passion in life - voted up!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Mel, SNAP! I made the same decision as you at about the same time for exactly the same reason. After two years working as a senior manager in a school, I decided the aggro and stress and lack of lunches (been there, done that!), weekend working, poor health etc was part of my life I could happily forego. I decided in March that I would see out the academic year and that was it. My last pay slip arrives on 31st August. I intend to write more for Hub Pages and maybe start a blog. If I get bored, I will get something part-time but joining HP was like a wake up call for me - I love writing and being creative and this was stymied in my job where everything else just took over my life. Good Luck to you Mel in this new adventure - you sound like you have a resolve strong enough to succeed and I wish you well!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Lightshare - Thank you for your kind words and for reading this hub - I appreciate it! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi one2get2no - Thank you! I hope so, I hope to look back on this one day and say "that really was the best decision of my career life that I ever made." Not an easy choice by any means, but anything that's worth having in life is neither free nor easy.

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      Lightshare 5 years ago

      Fantastic MelChi! You are so professional and confident in your writing and enjoying it well. Great steps and decision. Best of Luck!!

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      Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

      Congratulations.....a tough decision to make but one you will be proud of.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank you lord! It is a HUGE step and I'm quite terrified, but it's more excitement mixed with nerves. I have a lot to prove and this is my shot to really make something out of my life career wise - it's my niche, of that I am certain. And, it's now or never. My partner is most definitely my rock :)

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Congrats Melchi. You have have taken a big step from a giant leap. I guess your partner was there to listen, and back you up. There are so many doors being opened, when we boldly make the changes for our own good.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks ChristyWrites - it's inspiring to know that you've enjoying writing and still going strong after six months! I'm sure I'll find the answer to that question at some point - hopefully soon :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank you shiningirisheyes! :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great hub and I hope you have great success in your writing journey! I have been writing for the past six months and am loving it. You know you are doing the right thing when.... I vote up and awesome too.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Good for you and I wish you nothing bust success and fulfillment!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Julie, I'm glad this article inspired you - us, as new writers need all the inspiration, support, determination and faith that we can get/find in order to reach those dream goals. Thanks for reading :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      So inspiring. I too am going to try and make a go of it as a fulltime writer. Thanks for writing this :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Karen - Thank you so much! I know that you've had a similar experience recently leaving your job, so here's wishing both of us lots of happiness, luck and success! It's a tough, tough road - but it's so worth the challenge, negative feedback and other setbacks that might take place along the way. Life's too short not to at least try. Will keep you posted, thanks for your kind words - much appreciated! :)

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Melchi,

      Congratulations and good for you! It is exhilarating to read stories like this, where people actually follow the plan that is best for their lives, even when it takes courage and planning and faith to step up and actually do it. You are fortunate to have a husband who supports your dreams and believes in your talent. I look forward to reading updates about your success as a full time writer!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Mhatter99 - I've read many of your poems and you definitely have incredible talent when it comes to writing. You even have a book that's been published - that is very inspiring to those of us who are new to the writing field! I wish you continued success with your poetry and limericks, even if you are unable to do it full time - your work is unique and I look forward to seeing the next book you put out. Thanks for reading and for your comment :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Omniscient - I hope I can inspire many writers out there to follow their passion and to push for their dreams, no matter what the obstacles are. I have a tough road ahead and my work cut out for me, but I think that's what makes the reward so worth it - knowing what's at stake, and knowing what's up for grabs - for anyone. We just have to make the decision (with some planning) to do it and to stick to it. The best things in life might be free, but they certainly aren't easy! I would love to have a book published - that would be my ultimate goal :) Thank you for reading and for your kind words - much appreciated!!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Ron - Wow, thank you for your honesty and your inspirational words! I never thought about seeing the negative comments in that light - what you say has truth to it and makes a lot of sense. I will need learn to let those words run off me like water runs off a duck's back, but, luckily I've had practice with this before - it still takes some getting used to though. You are right, I have a lot of people to prove wrong, and I have a lot to prove to myself so I am more determined than ever. I really appreciate you taking time to read my article and comment - thank you!! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi kennynext - Although you might not be able to do writing full time right now, things could change tomorrow, next week or next year.. I think you're lucky in a sense to be doing this part time as you still have a full income, and you can write whenever you feel like writing, or for however long you feel like writing. You don't have to worry about someone waiting for you to make food, come to bed, go out and do things together, or just watch a movie together. You have the luxury of writing whenever the moment strikes you the minute you get home from work. I'd probably be doing the same in a similar situation. Thanks for your comment and I wish you the best with the writing :)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing your insight. I write, because it is all I can do and though I could make a living at it my condition prevents it.

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      Albert 5 years ago from Miami

      Congratulations on your decision! It's not often that someone can say that they're successful at what they do -and that they're actually happy doing whatever that may be. I'm sure your story will be an inspiration to writers all over the world that are trapped in a rat race.

      I wish you much success in the future -maybe one day we'll be able to pick up a book that you've authored.

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      Ron Hawkster 5 years ago from United States of America

      @MelChi,

      I applaud your decision and your guts. This is neither an easy decision nor an easy road to follow. When you meet resistance and "oh?"s that's really projection. They are projecting their own fears, indicating they themselves are too chicken to do something this gutsy. Then again, you have to prove them wrong. There is a hard road ahead, especially at first. I hope you settle for nothing less than your ultimate goal and allow nothing to deter or dishearten you. I'm delighted that you have listed in your advice what needs to be done. They are all important but item number 3... that one can simply not be overemphasized. Then again, that one applies to anything in life. Lastly, if one is to do something like this, taking risks while pursuing one's dream, it's best to do it while young. So, your timing couldn't be better. I wish you boundless success and happiness, my friend, and thank you for sharing your gutsy decision making process with us.

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      kennynext 5 years ago from Everywhere

      Unlike others, I can only write part time because there is no other income to fall back on. Being single means just one income, which makes it almost impossible to pursue writing full time.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks Bill! It's because of that, that you've been one of my inspirations over the past few months while I weighed out this huge decision. It's a risk and it's a little intimidating, but I've never been one to back out of a challenge - especially if it involves following my passion and making my dreams come true! Thanks for your words of encouragement as always - they mean a lot. Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well my dear friend, as you well know I did exactly this two years ago and I have never been happier. It was the best decision that I have made in decades, so I wish you nothing but happiness and success.