As an Independent Writer, I’m My Own Account Manager
If you’re an independent Writer like me, then just know that you are your own account manager too
For many of us here on Medium (or probably even the majority of us), we’re independent Writers who have a voice and all we need is the platform. Medium gives us that platform — not necessarily to kickstart our writing career, but mostly to get our words out to the public regardless of whether five people read it or five thousand. For many of us, Medium is just something that we do on the side and not something that we strictly rely on as a consistent stream of income. That’s how it is for me at least.
By day, I’m a full-time employee at a tech company in Manhattan. I work in an office with the typical nine to five work hours from Monday through Friday. For me, writing just serves as a side hobby. It’s something that I do if I have enough time outside of work or if I just really need to speak my mind. It’s not something that I really expect to help pay the bills or barely even pay for a nice dinner.
If I make a decent amount of money in any given month (and by that, I mean at least more than $30), then I’m happy. If not, I honestly don’t care. What I mostly care about is making sure that I write quality content with the hopes that someone out there sincerely takes something away from what I’ve written. I care about helping people understand a point of view through my writing that they perhaps never thought of before.
By doing that, I have to be held accountable for everything that happens between the time that I start typing out my first few words and after I hit publish button. I then try to share my content to the best of my ability, monitor my stats, and respond to comments as comments are made. For all intensive purposes, I’m essentially my own account manager — which is ironic because that’s actually what I do for a living in my full-time job.
By day, I’m a full-time account manager where I ensure the success of my clients’ campaigns. By night (and all other hours outside of my day job), I’m still an account manager, but for my own writing — I’m my own client.
It’s kind of funny that much as I try to resist what I do for a living outside of the hours of work, it still carries over into my personal life as an independent Writer. Despite how much I attempt to not allow my career define me, it somehow still does — because the skillsets that I’ve acquired from my full-time job actually transition one hundred percent towards my aspirations of being a successful Writer.
If you’re an independent Writer like me, then just know that you are your own account manager too. The account is you and you are the one who has to be held accountable for the success of your work — your writing. It all depends on how much time you want to invest as account manager for yourself. The effort that you put in directly correlates to the success that you get out of it. You decide.