Once upon a time, if you wanted to make a career change, such as taking up teaching or accounting, your options were limited. Getting another degree was your only recourse—something that cost significant time and money. How often have you said, “I wish that were my job,” or “I’d love to make money doing that”? What held you back? Experience? Reputation (or lack thereof)? No time or money to undergo training? What if you could make a career or thriving side-business out of things you already know you love? What if you could become an expert in your chosen field? And, what if you could do all this without sacrificing too much time or extra cash? The answer is incorporating a professional writing practice into your career path.
Writing is a powerful means for expression. Professional writing offers you the ability to share your experience and insights. More than that—it offers you an opportunity to gain more knowledge through research.
You don’t have to be an expert writer to make more money through a writing career. Professional writing offers an opportunity to speak intelligently about your chosen topic in a way that sets you apart from others in the field. Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, the simple act of creating a body of information is useful and can help you find new interests and passions through your writing. As you cultivate your work, a writing career has the ability to turn you into an expert on that topic as well.
What professional writing can do for you…
Once you have written a body of work in your chosen topic, you are establishing yourself as an expert. When you have the right sources, citations and research to back up your point, your knowledge and expertise become completely traceable. You know exactly what you say you know with the click of a link. You won’t need a degree to prove your knowledge. Your writing and clear understanding of the topic will prove the extent of your experience and research.
I have seen this dynamic play out in my own life. Due to personal health issues, I had always had a strong interest in alternative healthcare. In high school, I played around with making my own cosmetics, and tried different types of herbal teas and tinctures, but could never be considered a health expert, by any means.
After college, where I obtained my degree in communications and journalism, I tried to break into jobs where I could expand my health knowledge, but to no avail. I never had the experience needed for a competitive job market.
I could go back to school, but any degree in the field of health would require quite a bit of time and money I didn’t have.
My break came as a writer for a local newspaper where l had the opportunity to pitch stories about health-related topics. I used this as an opportunity to learn more about alternative health, to research news and studies in the field, to interview and connect with experts and practitioners.
Eventually, I was offered a weekly health column where the topics of discussion were at my own discretion, and where I had the opportunity to delve even further down the rabbit hole of what it means to live healthy.
How writing made health my career
These articles and the ensuing column gave me the resume experience and clips I needed to land freelance jobs with trade magazines in the field of health. In two years, my pay as a freelance writer increased ten times what it had been before. I had the opportunity to supplement this experience as a health writer with some classes, expanding my health knowledge even further. What I didn’t realize was that this “hobby” (I had considered health studies just that—a hobby) was building the basis for a solid career in the health field.
Today, my experience as a health professional has blossomed. Not only do I write widely about topics of health and nutrition, but I also offer health coaching and consultations and help others in the field of health build their websites, blogs and social networks online.
I can teach you how to do the very same with your career—whether your intent is to build a private practice with a following, gain more experience and exposure as an expert in your chosen field, or to shift gears and move into a completely new field or career.
How to make writing work for your career
Whether you are already established in your field, or whether you are breaking into a new one, professional writing can help you see how easy it is to boost your exposure, your credibility as a professional, and your income with little time investment.
Mind Key’s professional writing seminar will show you how to take work you’ve already done—research, reading, questioning, investigating—and compile it into an intelligent, well-written and informative article. The trick is in learning how to create content that people can trust, rather than reading it and saying, “well, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.”
This seminar teaches you the skills needed to distill your research so others can understand and apply it in their daily lives. This is a great class for students, researchers or anyone who loves learning and talking about their passions. This is so important for those who have written (or hope to write) a book, too.
The course will leave you feeling confident in your ability to research, source and cite your writing, build a portfolio of published pieces, and how to place pieces you’ve written where those you want can find them. If time allows, the course also touches on the process of submitting your writing to publications that build prestige and experience, and how to post on your website and social media for exposure.
Better than a money-back guarantee
Mind Key prides itself on providing the tools you need to find the career that is the best fit for you, a career you love and are great at doing. This means that at the end of this course, you will receive a free discovery consult with Danielle Rose. These consults help us match you with the right experiences. They also provide you with experts to help you get where you want to be.
You can also choose to use your consult with Danielle to obtain valuable resume guidance. This will allow you to craft a groundbreaking resume and cover letter, which will help you reach your career goals. In other words, after this webinar, you’ll have solid direction and advice for springboarding your career, no matter what. That’s almost as good as a money-back guarantee!
Hard to ask for more from a donation-based course that could change your life.
If you want to learn more or see when the next course will take place and where (they also run monthly online), visit http://mindkey.me/marketplace/professional-writing-seminar/ or contact danielle@mindKEY.me for more information.