Let’s welcome Jessica Williams.
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got started writing?
It all started one bitter cold day in November when out of nowhere, a beautiful golden humming bird landed on my forehead and whispered….No I’m just kidding. I began writing in elementary school when a classmate told me I had a good way with words. I began writing professionally however, after my mentor suggested I try becoming a freelance writer. I didn’t think it’d be easy to make money by just writing. I mean, who just writes for a living, right? But to my pleasant surprise, there is a high demand for good writers.
Were you always freelance or did you work full/part-time for a company?
I have always been freelance as it pertains to writing. Before that, I tried several other business ventures. I’ve never really had a job for more than 3 months. A 9 to 5 would be sickening. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit.
Have you always been interested in writing?
I have always been creative and as a result, creative ideas call for writing. No, I haven’t always been interested in writing. In fact, I am waiting for the day I am able to hire someone full time to transcribe for me. My clients have no idea how much effort goes into their final product.
What are your favorite topics to write about?
I love creative writing. It allows me to imagine without boundaries. Usually, I write creatively for my personal projects. My clients typically want technical or persuasive writing. Persuasive writing is fun too. Ever since I was a little girl, I found it so fun to talk my daddy into giving me something I wanted. Now when I write persuasively, I still have that angle in mind. It works like a charm
What keeps you motivated?
Success, reputation and growth motivate me. I’ve watched myself establish a reputation on my own which wasn’t easy. I’ve witnessed my success through diligence and I see myself grow as a business woman and as a writer. People trust me and not because of some company I work for but because of the merits I have earned.
What’s one lesson you have learned along the way?
Take charge in any situation with a client. My job requires me to take the position of expert. If the client was the expert, they wouldn’t need me. So I’ve learned not to be timid. I have to listen to my client’s needs and from there assure them that their needs are in good hands.
If you can give one piece of advice, what would it be?
Recapture your adventurous spirit from when you were a child. If you want to embark on an entrepreneurial journey, do it. Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure only occurs when you give up. People are soooo afraid to fail. Just because you didn’t get a desired result the first time doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It only means you have to tweak and try again. When we first learned to walk or talk, we didn’t just all of a sudden do it. We had to keep at it until we got it. It’s the same with everything else. Just do the darn thing and keep at it until you’ve got it. What fun is life if you always play it safe?
How can people get in contact with you?
People who want to contact me to write, brainstorm or even chat can reach me at www.thebest4you.elance.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Skype me at Jessica.jew85 . Don’t be shy to reach me.
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