Whenever I’m filling in an official form, my pen (or cursor) hesitates over one question: “occupation.”
I could put a few things in that space, and they’d all be true. I’m an author. But I’m also a stay-at-home mother, a homeschooler, and an audio typist.
Like the vast majority of authors, writing isn’t the only job I do. My husband works hard to support our family, meaning I don’t have to earn a full-time income for us to make ends meet. But I do need to contribute to the family pot.
Writing is part of what I bring, but while I cultivate my author ministry and business, I also transcribe audio and video files for the entertainment industry.
The phrase “don’t give up the day job” is a way of telling someone to drop their hopes of making progress at something they’re not very good at. But for many talented authors, the “day job” is something they do while growing their writing careers.
And it has additional benefits. My humble little side gig as an audio typist provides some very useful income, but it also gives me a window into worlds, lifestyles, and ideas I might never otherwise have heard of. It provides mental stimulation and fuels my imagination.
I asked some of the InspyRomance authors to share what work they do in addition to writing the books that bless so many.
Here’s what they said.
I used to do freelance editing. I found my editing business grew so much I had to give up one or the other. Writing stayed.
Book sales are my only income. For the first couple of years I did what is basically PA work as well, but it’s been about seven years since I was able to drop that. Thankful for hubby’s job because we couldn’t live on mine!
My full time job is director of communication/public relations for a national nonprofit. 😊 Writing is a passion with blessing benefits.
Mine is technically still writing, but I work as a ghost writer.
I’ve done some paid speaking gigs, including writing skills for high school students.
I write blurbs and do marketing coaching for other authors, but it is very supplemental to writing income.
I am a preschool teacher two days a week, a “tax specialist” three days a week, a mommy, and have taken on a few editing jobs lately too. My husband still brings in more income thankfully, but mine helps pay private school tuition.
I do graphic design, but I’m also a full-time marketing director for a community college.
Before the pandemic, I juggled being a stay-home mom, professional crafter, school volunteer, author, and substitute teacher. Now I’m focusing my time on my family, volunteer work with my church, and writing on the side. I’m so grateful to my husband for sustaining us financially so I can pursue my passions as led by the Lord through different seasons!
What about you? What do you fill in on the “occupation” space? Comment below and let me know.