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From anywhere. Blog by Mridu Khullar Relph - Award-winning writer. Author. Founder of The International Freelancer. Dog pillow. Book nerd. Travel junkie. Insomniac. Cake thief.
Being in India was my biggest disadvantage back then, but today, it is easily my biggest strength, the number one reason editors find my site and want to give me work they can’t hand off to anyone else.
What changed? I decided to take my biggest disadvantage—my foreign roots—and turn it into a specialty.
Expat journalists do certain things that make them more desirable to editors back home. They come with specific characteristics that endear them to UK and US-based editors. Here’s what expat journalists do that you most likely don’t.
In 2002, my first full-time job in India paid Rs 6,000 (approx. £60) per month.
In 2002, my first freelance assignment paid $5.
In 2013, my husband and I sat outside our house in India and realized that we didn’t have money to pay the next month’s rent.
In 2013, I gave up on all my dreams and went into a deep depression.
In 2014, we moved to London £15,000 in debt.
In 2017, this evening, I retired my husband.
Grandma based her financial advice on the fact that you held a 9-5 job and intended to keep it. As a freelancer, you clearly don’t want that option. So here are some money strategies we suggest instead.
It is now April and for many of us in the UK and India, the financial year 2016-17 will end this week and a new one will begin. Here's what I'm planning in terms of business and income goals for the year.
It was my first time at the London Book Fair and I was reminded, once again, of how despite the challenges and the long journeys we undertake as authors, publishing (no matter how you do it) is still the best game in town.
Here are a few lessons I walked away with that may be helpful for you, too.