Greetings, Dear Writerpreneur,
I pray that you are well.
I want to welcome you to another Empowering Post. Today's article addresses the topic of finances as a Christian Writerpreneur. If you ever thought about making this career your full-time venture, you can certainly realize this, and within 12 months.
I have worked my business full-time since March 2016. It didn't happen because I longed for it; but because I grew frustrated with being laid off from jobs that I worked hard to obtain.
Becoming a full-time writerpreneur was more about ensuring that I always had employment, regardless of the economy. And this has been the best decision I have made in years.
But full-time writerpreneurship didn't come easily. I had to make financial sacrifices, which took me two years to develop.
What I and other beginning entrepreneurs have done is we have learned to give up immediate pleasures for the prospect of having greater rewards in the near future. As for me, this was not an easy lesson.
But it was something that I needed to employ, and over the years I have continued to use this financial strategy. I am confident that it will also help you as you pursue your dreams.
The concept involves employing the principles of minimalism. Now-a-days, you can read about minimalism from a number of blogs. I personally reference Joshua Becker and his phenomenal blog, BecomingMinimalist. This concept is not new, but it is revolutionary in that it goes against American consumerism.
When I decided to take my business more seriously, I knew that in order for me to be in a position to gain wealth as a writerpreneur, I would need to address an internal problem I had: poor financial management.
I had to take responsibility and make changes that would position my company and my family in better financial situations. I needed to learn how to use finances wisely, otherwise I was not fit to receive all the rewards that come with full-time authorship.
This is something that you must consider as well.
But before I dive into how new authors can make their way towards full-time writerpreneurship, let me clarify some misconceptions of minimalism.
In no way am I promoting the idea of poverty. Many people think that minimalism means having almost nothing, and learning to be content with that. In fact, that very idea would contradict my company's mission to help you generate wealth using your craft.
Minimalism, however, is much more than having less. It teaches us to stop throwing our money at things that don’t truly satisfy our most earnest desires.
It teaches us to be givers when we do see an influx of resources coming our way.
It teaches us that money is to be used to help ourselves as well as others; and in the case of Believers, money is to be used to conduct Kingdom business.
If you can begin to appreciate this aspect of minimalism, then you will see just how powerful it is in enabling you to become what you desire as a Christian Author.
So, let's dive more into this topic.
Why Minimalism Works for Christian Writerpreneurs
Just recently, I read in Isaiah 55 where the prophet of God tells the people, “Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight in abundance” (Isaiah 55:2 AMP).
While the Lord speaks of spiritual food and substance for His children, this same principle can be adopted to your financial situation. And this is how I want you to understand the concept of minimalism.
It challenges you to stop spending frivolously on possessions that won’t fill the void you have internally; instead, invest your time and money on that which will bring true abundance and rewards.
Adopting minimalism does not mean that you become a hoarder of your finances, either. You have to understand that with every bit of wealth you obtain, you are becoming a steward over it. Everything belongs to the Lord: the gold, the silver, it’s all His.
But when He gives us something, we have to use it wisely so that we can make a profit with it. (You can read about this principle in Matthew 25. And to gain further understanding, I encourage you to read my latest book, Wealth and the Believer, which comes with the Empowered Writerpreneur Program.)
Even in understanding this biblical principle, it is still necessary that we practice financial discipline, and for many of you, learning about minimalism can help you accomplish this. More specifically, it can help you get in a position to become a full-time writerpreneur sooner than you imagine.
I first came across minimalism a few years ago when I had experienced a difficult time finding employment.
At the time, I was so desperate to get a good job, get a home for me and my daughter, and provide reliable transportation for us. But nothing was coming together.
I felt lost and confused because I had prayed about these matters, but it felt like I was hitting a glass ceiling.
But that wasn't the only challenge I encountered. At the same time, my spending was out of control. In other words, in spite of my limited income, I still thought I had a right to spend money frivolously because I had never developed financial discipline when I had much more resources.
Even though I had no steady employment, just a few writing and editing jobs from private clients, I continued to waste my money on things simply because I had not dealt with this spending addiction. That’s when I decided to make a drastic life-change.
I know I wasn’t alone in this terrible spending spiral. In truth, this is a trap that many people, in fact the majority of Americans, fall into because we believe that in order to demonstrate our blessing, we have to possess a lot of things.
For years, I shopped at department stores and filled my closet to overflow. In fact, I had well over 1,000 clothing pieces, and that was after I had donated several bags full of clothes to a local Goodwill®.
I spent tens of thousands of dollars on clothing over a period of years. Every month, on pay day, I would take a trip to the mall, and spend around $1,000 on shoes, clothes, and purses; and sometimes I would charge more than that on my card, and simply make payments on the items each month.
I had spent so much money that I didn’t realize that I had a problem until I hit a huge obstacle in my life that required thousands of dollars to fix.
As time went on, I found myself repeating the same habit: I would earn some money and then spend it almost immediately on clothing. I justified this behavior by calling it an “investment” into my professionalism, which, by the way, I had none at the time because of unemployment.
So, while my closets (and I had about 6 that I filled on my own) were full, my bank account was low!
As my personal life continued to take a turn for the worse, I found myself locked in financial bondage and emotional restraints. Had I developed financial discipline before these events, I would have saved myself a lot of time and heartache. And as I began to petition the Lord for deliverance in these areas, I learned the hard way that in order for me to exercise the power to get wealth, I had to crucify the lusts of my flesh and its passions.
This is a lesson that I want you to internalize as well.
Yes, you can achieve your dreams of becoming a full-time Christian Author, but you must first be willing to develop responsible financial habits...and minimalism teaches you how.
How I Killed My Addiction & Positioned Myself for Full-Time Writerpreneurship
As I continued to learn more about minimalism, I knew this was what I needed to become a full-time writerpreneur.
I had to develop a spirit of thankfulness. I had to learn how to be content with much and little.
I had to internalize happiness, regardless of the financial state I was in.
I had to experience what Dave Ramsey calls "financial peace."
I didn't wait to experience this joy and peace once my income increased. I began developing that character when I had literally nothing. And as evidence of my internal change, my behavior soon reflected this.
I learned to kill a shopping addiction.
And here’s how I started the process:
Adjust Your Way of Living at the Start of Your Journey
If you are like many new and aspiring Christian Authors, then you also desire to make this venture a full-time career.
Perhaps you have read articles from various bloggers who have turned their writing into a lucrative career.
I've personally read from bloggers like Regina, Dale Partridge, and Melyssa Griffin, who have all worked to build a million-dollar company as a result of their writing.
But one thing that I have discovered among them, and even with my own company, is that a future of financial prosperity comes when you are willing to sacrifice immediate pleasures.
This is why I strongly urge new authors to rethink their financial goals.
When you adjust your way of living, you remove several barriers, including financial stress, which would prevent you from seeing your dreams realized.
If you are accustomed to living extravagantly but on credit, then you won’t want to spend much time (and money) in developing your writing business and brand because you will be too worried about meeting your massive financial obligations.
But if you could remove many of those restraints and learn to live below your means, you will find yourself with more money and more freedom to write, to create, and to sell. It really is that simple.
The message you need to take away from this article is that nothing great comes to anyone without sacrifice. In addition, you will never experience the abundance unless you can first master financial management according to biblical standards. (I share more about this here.)
So, why not start today.
Now It's Your Turn to Share
What are your thoughts about minimalism? How might this concept help you become the full-time Christian Author that you desire? Leave your comments for me below.
If you would like to learn more about the lifestyle of writerpreneurs, I encourage you to take the next step.
Entrepreneurship is quite difficult to manage on your own. And being a writer, trying to mark your place in a crowded industry, is even more challenging.
But there are ways that you can overcome these challenges, and I want to help you starting today.
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