This month makes a year since I’ve been a Content Producer on Associated Content. However, I haven’t consistently contributed, mostly because of my own self-doubt. I’ve always wanted to write but never felt that I was good enough. But just recently, my family hit a road block that caused me to rethink my commitment to writing on Associated Content. My fiancé was laid off from his carpentry job. With me as a stay at home mom, we really won’t have much income coming in, even from his unemployment compensation. So the question I had for myself was: Do I go back to work outside of the home, either full-time or part-time? Or do I look for another way to earn extra income?
It wasn’t until I came across some articles on Associated Content that I decided to give it another serious try. These articles seemed to be the answers I was looking for. After reading them, I realized that I had another option instead of going out and working for someone else again. If it was possible for these Content Producers to benefit financially from their writing, then it was possible for me to earn money for my family by doing something that I love without leaving the home.
1. Make a Living Writing for Associated Content by Amy Brantley
This is a great article by Amy Brantley. It is actually the very first article that inspired my quest for making a living on Associated Content. I stumbled upon it during my search for articles about the benefits of writing for the site. It left a lasting impression on me because she was a prime example of a full-time Content Producer. She gave me hope that it was possible although it wouldn’t be easy.
2. How Associated Content Changed My Life by Amy Brantley
Amy Brantley does it again! She writes this inspiring article about the positive things of writing for Associated Content. As a beginning writer, that is the kind of motivation that I need during this challenging economic time. I came across many articles of this kind, but this article stood out because outlines in detail what Associated Content has done for her.
3. How to Make Associated Content a Full-time Career by Mrs. Gossett
I love the way Mrs. Gossett explains, without any fluff, what it really takes to write full-time on Associated Content. She gave me a realistic look into being a writer, that it takes dedication, passion, and the acceptance of rejection. Of course, I already knew this, but even Content Producers on Associated Content need to be reminded of this often.
4. Associated Content: An Opportunity for Stay at Home Moms by Jennifer Foote
This is the first article I found that was written specifically about stay at home moms. I related to this article because she mentions that her family, too, faced some financial trouble and that she also tried out some unsuccessful business ventures just as I have. She saw the benefit in writing for Associated Content and how it allowed her to contribute to her household income. Although she doesn’t see it as a full-time career, she is able to make extra income nonetheless.
5. Why This Stay at Home Mom Writes for Associated Content by Melissa B
This is another article about a stay at home mom who decided to write seriously for Associated Content after also experiencing some financial difficulty. Melissa B doesn’t sugar coat her experience as a full-time mother and Content Producer. She realistically explains how difficult it is to write with the kids around, but she is able to make it work and produce a good amount of articles, thus earning a substantial amount that still allows her to stay home.
6. Why Aspiring Writers Should Submit to Associated Content by Jack Oceano
This article is perfect for the hopeful writer, which would be me. I liked that he called Associated Content a “stepping stone and training ground”. He made it seem welcoming and less intimidating for the inexperienced. For years, I’ve held myself back from writing because 1) I don’t have a degree in English or writing, and 2) I didn’t take the time to practice and develop my writing skills. I became so intimidated by the thought of query letters and rejections that I never took a chance. But this article gives me hope that it’s not too late to pursue my writing career.
7. 8 Reasons to Freelance with Associated Content by Steve Thompson
The freelance writing world scares the living daylights out of me. Trying to start with no experience, credentials, or published work is difficult, especially in writing for print. But the internet makes it possible for anyone, regardless of experience, to share their work with the world. Steve Thompson’s article describes the benefits for freelancers. I like that he points out that Associated Content allows freelancers to gain experience and readership, develop writing skills, and to be a beginner.
I read these articles almost everyday to motivate me. Associated Content has changed the lives of so many Content Producers. Not only that, it has helped them improve as writers. So I think that I will continue my journey with Associated Content. I may not become as successful as these eight Content Producers overnight, but I know in the long run, with a little blood, sweat, and tears, I will be able to help my family during this tough economic time. Associated Content gives me the opportunity to do just that!