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Are you an aspiring writer who wants to ditch her 9-5 to work from home as a freelance writer?

Then we’re going to get along quite well, my friend!

Every day you have to get up too early (long before everyone else) to get showered and in your car so you can hurry into rush hour traffic. Once you get through bumper to bumper traffic, you get to work in a boring gray cubicle with 50 other people surrounding you (yayyyy!).

After all those efforts you get back in your car and get stuck in rush hour traffic for even longer only to get home just in time pick the kids up for soccer or baseball practice and hit a drive-thru to get food. That certainly doesn’t make you feel like mom of the year.

Your job essentially never gives you any quality time with your family, much less a better work-life balance. And certainly no time to devote to writing.

But you believe someday you’ll be free from all the painful tasks you have to do. Someday, your mornings will be beautiful where you’ll simply enjoy your coffee with the kids and the pets without having to worry about having to go to work in a cubicle farm.

And so you read post after post, buy a zillion e-courses on working from home as a writer (that you don’t have time to take). What you need is a short cut, but you haven’t found one yet. A lot of the stuff you see isn’t geared to freelance writing, just a broader work from home approach.

So, you get frustrated and resigned to your life in a dreary cubicle farm.

Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the end and that’s where I come in.

Hi, I’m Heather and I help women who want to leave their 9-5 jobs to work from home as a freelance writer with proven strategies that I personally used to achieve my dreams of becoming a freelance writer working from home. I’ve certainly been in your shoes with information overload.

If you’re tired of people just compiling the info they found online without the experience of having been in your shoes, you’ve come to the right place. Because what you’ll find on this site is purely derived from my experiences, education, and what’s worked for me.

So, why should you listen to me?

I have about 20 years of writing experience through my education and career as a police officer. I’m also a content marketing strategist and I’m quite proud of this accomplishment because it was a class taught by the guys over at Copyblogger. Police officers have to be articulate both verbally and in writing. I have a Master’s Degree in Intelligence Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

I’ve been a freelance writer specializing in writing blog articles for the security and law enforcement industries for about three years now.

I went from tired and stressed out from my health problems and trying to go to an office every day to actually being able to spend more time with family and friends because I wasn’t spending every bit of my spare time recouping from my day job.

Pitching and following up for testimonials and thereby annoying my clients is not my style (if you know me). But who doesn’t admire the love notes that come straight from the heart? Here is what one of my clients had to say.

I had the pleasure to work with Heather in June of 2018 and it was a total pleasure. She’s got the skills to make the storyline come alive as she did for my company, Noll Inc. With great writing skills and a technical mind, she has the goods to get your message out there.

JOHN NOLL

Owner of Noll Inc.

Ghostwriting + not wanting to bother my clients means I don’t have as many testimonals but I’ve been featured on website such as:

Make a Living Writing
A Self Guru
It's All You Boo
golden bloggerz

Back in 2011, I had a brilliant career as a police officer and was working on my Master’s degree with the hopes of possibly working towards a job with the federal government. I purchased my first house when I was 22 years old and have always been goal-driven. My boyfriend was also a police officer, and we had been dating for several years. We had great friends and loved to entertain. You can probably tell where this is going obviously.

Heather Ritchie Police Academy Graduation
My academy graduation back in 2003

When I became ill things slowly began spiraling down. It affected my job, my personal life, and soon I couldn’t work. The process of going through disability is very difficult.

And it was during this time that I lost it all.

I had to move out of the house that I’d had for 11 years. I was heartbroken. There was no place for me to go, so I had to stay with friends since I had no income. My career was gone as well as my health and my house……and then my boyfriend of six years came to the house I was staying at to break up with me. I even lost friends in the process. Some I had known for years, but it’s difficult to understand the actions of someone who has lost everything unless you’ve been there.

After several years I climbed out of that giant hole and starting working part-time as an administrative assistant to a police chief I’d know for years. But my illnesses meant I missed work and spent any hours that could have been with family and friends trying to recover from having to go to an office job every day.

Fast forward three years.

Now I have a full life with many friends and a lucrative career as a writer for the security and law enforcement industries (Ritchie Writing).

The journey was definitely not easy, though because I had no experience with working from home as a writer. It took me a long time to figure out what I needed to start working from home as a freelance writer.

As you can imagine there were many moments of despair, pain and hopelessness. I thought I’d never be able to leave my day job.

I don’t want you to give up and resign yourself to years of spending more time in your car and at work then with your family. I also don’t want you to have to go through a long drawn-out process like I did to become a writer. So, I have the shortcuts you need to get you out of your car and rush hour traffic and back into your life with more time for family and friends. Sign up for my free eBook on how to get started as a freelance writer making money from home.

You Deserve to Succeed!

You deserve a career you love that makes you happy and offers freedom and flexibility to help balance your work and home life. I won’t hold back or sugarcoat…..so BEWARE! I’m upfront and honest. I can tell you now that this journey requires hard work on your part, but we’ll do it together. 

Two great places to start are the resource library and the free resources to help build your blog and business. Check them out below. You’ll need to sign up for the newsletter to get the password for the library. Here’s a hint, you can sign up for the free eBook above and I’ll send you the password. Let’s start your journey together!

FREELANCE WRITING CATEGORY

BLOGGING TOOLS AND RESOURCES

Fun Facts About Me

Writing has been a passion of mine since I was in elementary school. I wrote my first novel in 6th grade and won a Young Authors Award.

I’ve been in law enforcement over 21 years as a police officer, police lieutenant, general instructor, dispatcher, jailor, and administrative assistant.

I’m laid back and enjoy making other people happy and creating beautiful things. I have a quirky sense of humor, well some may say morbid. It comes with the career.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.