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Richard Lowe Jr. is the owner and senior writer for The Writing King. He was the Director of Computer Operations for Trader Joe’s for 20 years, and took an early retirement in 2013 to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a professional, bestselling author.
1) How did you get started working from home?
One of the reasons I retired was to form my own company, become a writer, and work from home. The idea has always appealed to me, being my own boss, making my own hours and so forth. I telecommute to customers all over the world from my home. It’s quite interesting.
2) How did you choose the work-at-home career you do?
Becoming a professional writer has been my dream since I was 6 years old – the day I first went into a library. I decided I wanted to write books also. Unfortunately, life, work and family got in the way and I wasn’t able to do it, except for work-related writing, until I retired.
3) How did you get started (basic initial steps)?
I retired at the end of October 2013. I’m also a photographer, and I’ve got over a thousand model, dancer and belly dancer friends. Because I was moving out of state, the ladies gave me a huge going away party. I had over 70 dancers show up and throw me a dance party.
Then I moved to Florida (from Los Angeles) and immediately started my writing career. I got a consulting job as a ghostwriter, learned a few things, left that position, landed another one as a LinkedIn branding expert and am still there. But my real passion is to write books, and since 2013 I’ve written and published 58 of them.
4) How did you get your first client or customer or job?
My first client was as a consultant for a ghostwriting company. I met the owner at a writing critique group. He hired me on the spot.
5) How do you market your business?
I market my business using my blogs (3 of them), social media and in-person networking.
6) What does your usual day look like?
I get up in the morning and do my social media routine. Then I write two blog articles and cut a video, all of which get posted. After that, I spend a few hours on any paid gigs, then get to writing books for most of the rest of the day. In the evening, I finish up with another round of social media. Usually, I attend a critique or networking meeting either at lunch or dinner.
7) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I had known the importance of researching the popularity of a book subject before writing. I wrote quite a few books that didn’t sell because the market was small.
8) What advice would you give someone who wants to work from home?
Working from home requires hard work and discipline. You have to set a schedule and treat it like a real job. Otherwise, it’s too tempting to goof around and before you know it, you’ve lost another day with nothing done.
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