I enjoy writing and knew that it would present me with many opportunities as both an individual and a member of the labor force. This is precisely why I elected to make a business out of it; sure, it isn’t a business that sprouts trees with monetary bills as leaves, but it certainly leaves me with a job that I enjoy doing without having much of any start-up costs that so many local business owners have to go through.
With my niche for writing came opportunities to use my skills for not only the benefit of myself, but also for those who seek my services. I’ve been impressed and fascinated with it all, learning that a lot can be done with a degree in English with a concentration on creative writing.
The funny thing about all of this is yes, writing and proofreading and editing are all something I do for money, but they also led me to another business: dog sitting and walking.
Word of mouth is an amazing marketing tool that allowed me to get a gig from another gig and so forth. That is, upon graduating with a B.A. in English-Writing, I marketed myself via online platforms such as Craigslist, Twitter, and blogging.
I ran into a nice gal who hired me to help tutor her son that was having difficulty in his 8th grade English course. I had never viewed myself as much of a tutor, but believed in my abilities as I had gone before him and knew I could share a thing or two to help guide in the right direction.
We all got talking and one thing led to another and eventually I landed a gig walking their pet husky. This, unbeknownst to me at the time, would be the genesis to something much greater.
Two weeks or so later, the nice gal that originally hired me to tutor her son in English was so impressed with my dog walking abilities, she told her friends. Before long, I was able to land several weekly jobs walking dogs whose owners would normally leave them alone in the house all day while they were at work; it was a win/win situation for all parties involved.
I have now been marketing myself as not only a person with an English degree, but also someone who has a love for animals and is willing to watch or simply give them a nice afternoon walk. The internet has made things easier for me and I now walk six dogs weekly, as well as landing bigger jobs where I actually get to dog sit for owners who go on business trips or vacations. It may be a side business that helps supplement my writing gigs, but it certainly is something and is a wonderful way to pay the bills.