When a person is searching for a new skill, no matter what field of endeavor, the person needs to have an interest and willing to research, read, and learn the new skill. There may be classes available for specific skill changes, on college sites in a classroom setting or online in order to achieve the highest level of success in the new skill.
Is It Possible to Learn a New Skill, Especially After Retirement?
After 43 years of nursing, I retired. I found it difficult to sit still. I decided that I wanted to write a biography of my dad, then 81 years of age. Since his memory was starting to falter, my dad and his next younger brother, Herman, and I compiled this book. Herman was a storyteller by heart (Herman’s nitch), and we totally enjoyed working together on this project.
My uncle taped my questions, and I typed the information into the computer. This project kept me busy for one year. After my book was completed, I wanted to write a cookbook with a focus on the women in my family, a small biography, followed by favorite recipes.
It Is Important to Find Your Nitch
It was difficult finding my nitch when I did not know what a nitch really entailed. A nitch is an enjoyable pass time, an interesting job, or hobby. I certainly enjoyed writing and I liked doing research. It did not take long to discover a number of freelance writing sites on the internet; I just had to find the right freelance writing sites. I loved to write on most any topic, especially health and fitness topics, so I was sure I had found my nitch.
In 2012, I started freelance writing for pay. My experience was a roller coaster ride, and a learning process. After three years, I am still learning. Anyone at any stage or age in life can learn a new skill. Learning a new skill takes motivation and desire. One just has to enjoy what they are doing by finding their special nitch and then learn all they can about their new skill.
My Learning of Freelance Writing Process Never Ends
I worked solo for one year and then my husband opened a freelance account with my company and began to write. However, there was no interest in writing for my husband and therefore not his nitch. When a so-called nitch is a chore and one finds no enjoyment to the nitch it is not really a nitch.
Soon after starting my new skill, I found a writing site and wrote 52 health and fitness articles, linking the articles to a new health and fitness website. My husband sat up a fitness store in our website on Amazon. Fitness, weight lifting and supplements are my husband’s nitch. He enjoys giving me insight to some of my weight lifting articles. After 40 years of weightlifting, one might say this is my husband’s passion or nitch.
I researched freelance writing sites and found three that pays me for articles I write and topics that interest me. I have learned quite a bit about plumbing, law, automobiles, health, fitness children, and so much more.
Each writing site have levels of writing expertise generally from a level two, beginner, to a level five, professional. This is always a goal for all freelancers to improve their writing ability and expertise. I developed a writing business with a DBA and name of my business. I am writing solo, but sometimes different members of my family will contribute articles of expertise.