Andrea Lard is a professional writer for clients around the world, writing about business, social issues, economics and current events. She holds a graduate degree in corporate leadership, an under graduate degree in behavioral sciences and is a member of the Editorial Freelance Association.
I have always enjoyed research and writing. I have a masters degree, two undergraduate degrees, an associates degree and several licenses and certifications to prove it! I love being given a subject to research and write about. However, I never considered the option as a full time career. It was more of a hobby unless I was writing for a class.
I have two... maybe three books sitting on my computer unfinished. They are not fun, fantasy novels... they are research heavy and factual. I check in on them, read them, make some modifications and then let them sit some more. I guess I am fearful they are never finished and frankly, no one but my mother would pick any of them up and read them. So they sit.
At some point, I found something people WILL read is blog posts, articles and social media blips. So this gave me an outlet to write and that I did! I have blogged on and off for over a decade now. I have actually deleted more blog posts than most people write in a lifetime. And most of this writing revolved around real estate because... well, my "real job" was in real estate sales.
While I love writing about real estate trends and doing market research... after awhile, I needed to write about other things. So, I would blog about recipes, family, business, children, almost anything else. Yet, I felt that I often couldn't justify spending the time on it.
In 2018, our twins turned 18 and my husband began to dream about retirement... and moving. I told him I needed a five year plan to decide what I wanted to do in his retirement (he is older and I'm not ready!). I figured now is the time! So, I began freelance writing and editing.
During 2020, writing kept me sane and brought some joy. So, I started writing regularly for others. I figured I had been in sales and marketing, had a creative streak and enjoyed blogging. I am still not sure how I grew a client base... it's all a blur. But, I can say that I now write daily for paying clients from around the world.
I have written blogs, articles and bio/about me pages. I have copyedited children's books, completed eBooks for consulting firms and coaches, designed social media posts, re-designed some brochures and logos as well as written sales copy for several companies. The feedback has been nothing but positive and I am loving it!