Solopreneur Success: A Travel Writer's Village

Solopreneur Success: A Travel Writer's Village


In the words of Helen Keller, ""Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." "I choose the daring adventure, and life rewards me with abundance, rich experiences, and global friendships. 

About six years ago, I set out on a daring adventure. My goal? To develop a secondary income source and fund my travel bucket list. I bobbled a bit in the beginning but now write as a blogger, author, and travel writer.

As a travel writer on assignment, the hospitality industry is readily available to support my work. Even so, this chaotic world sometimes introduces logistical challenges and deadline pressures, which complicate even the most mundane travel plans. 

I had an opportunity to visit the home of Helen Keller, and to see the water pump where she learned to associate words and objects. I think of that moment and the communication outpouring that followed as she learned to express her thoughts. Helen Keller became a world-renowned author and speaker and influenced thousands with her work. She was undoubtedly daring and overcame many daily challenges with grace and confidence.  

Daring aside, the solitude of writing presents challenges too. Writers have extraordinary freedoms but are business owners as well. As solopreneurs, it's not unusual to feel overwhelmed.

That's where a community comes in. A supportive team can help you to regain your bearings and thrive amidst chaos. As a travel writing novice, I had to start somewhere, so I started with online courses and progressed to attending a live seminar. There, I connected with experienced travel writers and found ongoing networking opportunities through an online community of writers and editors. Three years later, I am confident that I've found my village. This group openly shares struggles and successes. I learn from shared experiences and am better equipped to keep my focus on the goal.

It may take some time, but when you find your ideal village, support your community in their lives, projects, and businesses. It's not a one-way street. People need people.  

As you progress, keep the village relationships strong and steady. Lean on your village when you need to, and let them lean on you.

Living inside your village is a reliable way to overcome the chaos of the world and thrive as a solopreneur. Every person can share knowledge about something, and I delight in discovering the hobbies and interests of every person. Celebrate together, and become a mentor to bring others along with you. These daring adventures offer freedom from the mundane and a village of friends can provide direction towards business success.

Gwyn Goodrow

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Gwyn Goodrow writes about culture-rich and historic destinations. She has traveled throughout the United States, including a memorable flight-seeing trip at Denali National Park in Alaska. International escapades include the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. At home, you will find her writing eBooks, doing genealogy research, experimenting with crocheting techniques, or planning another trip. Gwyn is a member of the International Travel Writers & Photographers Alliance and TravMedia.