Ever heard the phrase, ” It takes money, to make money” ?
I understand that now.
As a writer I need certain things. Okay, maybe I don’t need them, but I want them. I want coffee. I want a nice keyboard. A fast computer. A chair with good lumbar support. I believe these things will improve the quality and productivity of my writing.
Being an unpaid writer, one that writes for the sake of that dream chase, times can get tough. Money can get tight. So your investments must be worth it.
What I do is set aside money for my “career”. Here are a few things I’ve invested in.
1. New Chair.
2. A new computer/Software
3. Script coverage
4. Good breakfast, quick to prepare and easy to eat.
I also keep track of these expenses. I have a specific folder just for exactly that.
You may see these things as unnecessary, but I see these as investments. There are plenty more. All of them have a purpose. They each play into my objective and help me be a “writer”.
It’s no different from a butcher buying new knifes. Invest in yourself.
This lesson can go across the board with any goal. If you want to work out, lose that weight or get pumped to the max. Buy a gym membership — don’t feel bad. It’s for your “goal”. Go out buy a new hot tub, so after you work out, you can relax those muscles. Okay, so a hot tub maybe too much, but you understand my point.
These investments will have a purpose. Thus eliminating that buyer’s guilt. Remember to be true to yourself.
Let your career guide your investments. Invest in your goals. Invest in yourself. Invest in your happiness. It’s for the long run.