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Clearly Clueless

Updated on August 4, 2017

I started with a Rant

Six years ago, newly on the path of a Freelance writer I started with a basic rant. How I couldn't get a job because I didn't have experience and the very important question of how does one get experience?

Getting Started... (9-9-2010)

It's Thursday, though it feels like Friday, and I am not sure why really since I didn't work on Monday, so really it should feel like Wednesday. Three official days into the week and I still haven't accomplished anything, except to get a rejection letter on an article that I rushed to write. The sad thing is I don't think they even read the article since they rejected me on my "lack of credentials", but let me pose this rethorical question then, how does one acquire credentials when in order to get some you must already have them... A condrum if you ask me. So other then another rejection letter stating that I just don't have enough experience I haven't really done anything this week... until today, when while sitting in front of my computer at two o'clock thinking why break with tradition this late in the game and actually attempt to get something accomplished I come across this site. A site that is supposed to be exactly what the Freelance writer is looking for... so here I am at 2:45 pm on a Thursday, that feels like a Friday, still not accomplishing anything for the week, but playing around with creating another website that probably no one will visit, three months into my "Freelance Writing Career" with a big fat 0 as the amount of money I have made to show for my efforts. Am I anxious over the fact that I am just getting rejection letters? No, not really, will I give up... no because you are only a failure when you fail to try or so I am told. Besides I have approximately three years to start making money before I really need to panic, so I will go back to drinking my coffee and wondering what is the point in doing anything today... since I haven't done anything all week.


I am sure that a lot of Freelance writers have been caught up in the kind of despair shown above. I shared in this post the article that got rejected. A short piece about starting a small business.

The Article as Mentioned in the Above Paragraph:

Small Business

R. Lynn Robinson

Having trouble finding a job in this economy? Everything looking dire, have you thought about: Starting a Small Business? Seriously, starting a Small Business can be an exciting and thrilling way to go. Especially now when traditional jobs are hard to come by, starting your own business could be the answer you are seeking when it comes to employment. If it is a small business that you seek start something that you can do from home. One of the major perks is not having to find a location for your business, if it is easily done from your own home the first hurdle is completed, now let’s move on to the next few, they may seem daunting at first but they aren’t and the rewards are immeasurable.

Start with what you know if you are having a hard time finding good child care and have a desire to work with children this would be a good way to go. Research the state laws. Since the federal laws for businesses are not going to generally change state to state a good place to start is the official state website. Contact your city hall. They will know if you are zoned for the kind of business you want to do by looking up your address they will also be able to tell you whether or not you need a city license and who to contact for other licensing information. Make an appointment and sit down with a CPA. A CPA is going to be able to tell you exactly what you need to keep track of prior to scheduling a time to do your taxes, nothing is worse than waiting until last minute to try to gather up information.

Before going any further figure out exactly what you aren’t willing to do in order to make this work, then you know exactly how far you can go without getting in over your head. One small business owner I interviewed stated that he wouldn’t borrow money from a bank in order to make it, starting out in debt can be one of those hurdles that is impossible to overcome. It’s taken him longer than most to make his business a success but he hasn’t failed which is important.

Realize that you probably will not see a profit for a minimum of five years. No matter if it’s a restaurant, or the first example we used of childcare, the idea that you will make it rich in your first six months is a major hurdle to overcome, don’t set yourself up to fail by assuming that this will be easy. If you break even realize that you are doing better than most.

A wholesaler that I spoke with laughed and said when they first started out if they made $100 dollars in a day they treated themselves to a nice dinner out. Now if they make a $100 dollars in a day it is a major let down, they’ve been in business for almost twenty years.

No matter what you do, do it with the following in mind; if you don’t love it it’s probably not worth doing. You’ve only failed, when you stop trying, and last but certainly not least it took Sam Walton several try’s before he could convince “Ben Franklin 5 and Dime” that he had an idea worth trying out, and now Wal-Mart is one of the largest retailers in the world, so if it takes you more than one or two times to make your idea a success that doesn’t mean it won’t be the next big thing, it just means you have to have the gumption to put it to the test.

What have I learned?

That the original article that set me on this path is correct, something worth doing might take time to achieve and there could be many failures along the way. Thank you for taking the time to read and reminisce with me about how I got started on HubPages. I hope you will stick around and read some more of my writing. Don't forget to follow and share.


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    • rachellrobinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Woodruff 

      8 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Oh that made me laugh. You are so right about the amount of hours, if I thought about how many hours I put in, and then how much I made I'd probably go back to Wal-Mart tonight. I guarentee I don't make per hour what I did for Wal-Mart, but I love my job, and I make enough money to be financially sound and so that is all I care about. Working for yourself you will end up working more hours then for someone else, nights, weekends, holidays, (Though I've done all that with various companies too) But I think in order to be a sucess some days you work 20 hours, and then get up and do it all over again with out a break. My thing is since I left Wal-Mart I haven't had a sick day. I've been sick, I just haven't had the luxury to laying around doing nothing. My job continues no matter what. Which is nice, it's hard, but it's nice. Thanks for the compliments. :)

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      Old Poolman 

      8 years ago

      I think the article was great. I says pretty much what I have been preaching for years. However I must be a very poor preacher because I can't even entice any of my own children to join me in my small business. They claim they like the "security" they get working for large companies. Fortuately they have not been caught in mass layoffs or business closures yet.

      You are so correct, starting a business on borrowed money can spell disaster. There are also a few basic questions a person needs to ask themselves before they plunge into starting a business.

      Can they work unsupervised? Many need that boss standing behind them or a few doors away to be motivated.

      Are they willing to put in the required hours and days of work it takes, sometimes for no pay at all.

      Are they willing to take all the risks involved with running a business and give up their claim to unemployment insurance, workers compensation, etc.? It all goes away when you are self employed. If you want health insurance you buy it yourself. There is no 401K plans with employer matching your investment amounts.

      Dang, after reading what I just wrote I think I will close my business and go to work for someone else.

      Keep up the writing, I love what you have to say.


    • rachellrobinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Woodruff 

      8 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Logic and Commonsense, Thank you for your comment. I feel somedays like I have commonsense. Especially when I get something that seems so beyond other's comprehension.

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      8 years ago

      Some people wouldn't know commonsense if it bit them on the ass!

      Never give up!

    • rachellrobinson profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Woodruff 

      8 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Mr. Happy, thanks for being the first to comment. My appologies for taking so long to respond, I wanted to thank you, just trying to get this off the ground so hopefully more people will comment and so on (: Thanks again.

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      The article was good, perhaps it didn't give the rosy image that the publisher was looking for. Either way keep writing and welcome to Hubpages!


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