Elna Cain is a freelance writer and freelance writing coach.
How I Know Elna
I had seen Elna Cain around the Internet — in the freelance writing circles — but I first started to get to know her when she interviewed me on her website in February of 2015. I also became a big fan of her work, both on her site and on Freelancer FAQs. (If you follow any of my social media outlets, you’ve probably seen me share a fair share of Elna’s articles!).
Elna is a fabulous writer, a dedicated mother of twins, and has one of the coolest names I’ve ever heard. Check out my e-mail interview with this super talented lady!
My Interview with Elna Cain
What do you do?
In addition, I run several blogs – my blog over at Elna Cain where I talk about freelance writing, FreelancerFAQs where we answer questions about freelancing and LifeStyleBody – a woman’s lifestyle blog.
How did you start?
Before I was a freelance writer I was a stay-at-home mom. I have twins – a boy and girl. And before I had my twins I was a Special Education teacher helping children with autism.
But, once I had my twins and my maternity leave was done I had to make a choice – do I go back to work or stay home? At that time I couldn’t fathom leaving my children for more than a few hours at a time and the thought of my entire paycheck going to daycare costs made the decision easy. I would stay home.
I just didn’t know what I would do. Since my husband runs his own web design and development company he suggested I try something online.
I learned about mommy bloggers and from there learned you could actually get paid to blog.
I gave it a try and although I made a ton of mistakes in the beginning – like starting with iWriter and then moving to Guru – within six months I was able to replace my full-time income.
I’ve been freelance writing for a little over a year now and in that time I’ve landed a recurring gig on Blogging Wizard, and I recently became a Huffington Post contributor and a writer for OptinMonster.
What’s your favorite part of what you do?
Personally my favorite part out of all this is the potential. There is no limit to how much money you can earn or how much you can scale your business.
What advice do you have for someone looking into doing what you do?
The biggest advice I can give someone who is new is to stop thinking about freelance writing and start doing it.
You can read a hundred blog posts and pick up dozens of free guides all having to do with freelance writing, but it means nothing if you don’t try it yourself.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a website, you can still be a freelance writer. Don’t worry if your pitch isn’t perfect; send it anyway. And who cares if you’re not the best writer? If you have the desire to learn, then that shouldn’t be holding you back.
What’s next for you?
I’m planning for 2016 to start a writer website service. It’s all in my head right now, but ideally, I want to help new writers get a website up and running quickly. I’m hoping it will be a budget-friendly service.
LINKS for More ELNA CAIN
Official Site: http://elnacain.com/
Freelancer FAQs: http://www.freelancerfaqs.com/
Life Style Body: http://lifestylebody.com/
Write Your Way to Your First $1k: https://writeto1k.com/
Elna Cain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ecainwrites
Lauren Spear (née Tharp) is the owner and creator of the multiple award-winning LittleZotz Writing. She’s written hundreds of bylined posts helping freelance writers to become BETTER freelance writers. Thousands if you count all the articles she’s ghostwritten (but she’s not allowed to talk about most of those).