Thursday, September 22, 2005

Freelance Success Story: From the Military to Freelance Writing

Today's entry is our monthly "Freelance Success Story." This series features first-hand accounts of successful freelancers. We hope you find them useful -- and inspirational.

When I told my co-workers I was leaving the Air Force after 13 years of successful writing to go freelance, they thought I was crazy.

"Stay in for seven more years and get your retirement,” they would say, “You can do seven more years.” I always replied the same way. “I haven’t got seven years to waste waiting around for things to happen.”

I was stationed in South Korea when I finally decided to break with the military, move stateside and go freelance. It was a difficult decision because getting out of the service from overseas meant transitioning back to the USA with no apartment or guaranteed income of any kind lined up, except what I could get saved from my part time writing.

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3717 National Drive, Ste 208
Raleigh, NC 27612
Submission Guidelines:

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