Has remote working levelled the playing field for writers?
As many of us have spent more time at home working, than ever before, there are advantages in many industries. Remote working has levelled the playing field in a way never experienced before. As we work at home we all have the same equipment, we are all producing alone.
Big companies are like cruise liners navigating the new waters. They have huge overheads etc. You are a sleek speed boat you can create and be who you are. This is your moment to create without worrying about the major competition.
As writers, we are now faced with extra time to work on our side hustle. The time you spent travelling home to work can be used to write. Best selling authors now have the same stresses as us. They were homeschooling their children whilst writing their next edition. The competition is equal.
Now is the best opportunity you will ever have to achieve your dreams. If you want to be a clothes store, then set it up. You will be navigating the online market the same as the big competitors. With fewer overheads, you have an advantage. Many of the big companies have shut their doors for good, Debenhams being a prime example of this.
Writers act now.
If you want to write a book or start your time blogging there is no better time. Yes, the amount of writers blogging has increased, but with that so have the readers. Incentives to achieve are everywhere. This month Medium gave one thousand writers a bonus of $500. How did they afford this, my guess is the money came from their big publications. Medium recently announced a reduction in the editing team. These wages as well as the money they used to pay for articles, went to the writers.
Writers with under a hundred followers were given the bonus. The playfield was levelled and an incentive to produce better content was given to all.
Medium is not the only area where this has happened, other content sites offer challenges and bonuses for good writing. You are as likely to get these as someone with a bestselling novel. In some ways, you are more likely to get them, as you are writing with your voice, not one engineered for a certain market.
I urge you no matter what your passion, now is the time to take your dream to the next level. With everyone trying to navigate this brave new world you have as much chance of success as anyone.
I’m not saying it will be easy. You will need creative thinking, boundless energy and a unique idea. This should not stop you and neither should competition, because the playfield just became a lot leveller.
One thing you can control in life is effort – Mark Cuban