I’ve been thinking about writing Book No. 2. Thinking a lot. And outlining. Enough that it’s time to share this blossoming project with you.
Here’s the idea — no, better yet, the working title: Creating Your Own Career: How to Make the Gig Economy Work for You. How now, more than ever before, it’s possible to string together several different interests and skills to make a living doing what you love, without working for one employer.
This probably doesn’t come as a surprise considering what I write about on this blog, how we’re pushing the professional envelope at Brazen Life, and the job at U.S News that I recently left — careers editor — to cobble together my own career. I’m not the only go-getter making this work, and I believe it’s the future of the paycheck, at least for those of us who are smart enough to think outside the box.
I’m not talking about another digital guide, though I have plenty of ideas for those going forward. For this topic, I’d aim for traditional publishing.
Why? Because creating your own career is a big trend, one that will continue to grow over the coming years. And shockingly, no one else has written this book. No one has walked readers through the process of figuring out how to make a living doing what you love, of becoming your own boss, of finding freedom in your career and life. And as more people turn their backs on unstable employers and weave together careers as slashers, they’re going to need a guide on how to do it.
Freelancers and consultants and slashers have been around for years, but the Internet now makes it easier than ever before to find success, whether you’re selling a product or selling yourself. Personal branding and online community building bring a whole new dimension to this work-style.
If you’re reading this and thinking, hey, I should take advantage of this new trend — YOU SHOULD. (And that’s exactly what this book would be about.) This opportunity is huge. TAKE IT AND RUN WITH IT.
If you’re reading this and thinking you’d want to read this book, let me know in the comments. Part of the reason I’m sharing this idea is to garner your feedback — both positive and negative. The other reason I’m sharing is to help the idea grow. Because often, blogging about a seed of an idea — or in this case, an outline — makes it more real.
Lastly, if you’re reading this and thinking, hey, I’ve already done that — please get in touch. This project will include interviewing folks who have created their career in one way or another, so I’d love to hear from you.