Treat Your Writing Career Like a Business

As writers, we need a purpose

Darius Foroux
4 min readMar 29, 2021


I started publishing on Medium in 2015. Over the years, I’ve seen many writers who came here with excitement and energy, to only leave with a broken spirit.

I don’t like seeing that. As a writer, I wish success to every writer who pursues this career for the right reasons. And it’s tough to see that so many of my peers are not treating their writing career as a business.

I see people starting paid newsletters to only quit them after a few months. I see writers creating online courses that make no sense. I see writers who focus on the wrong things.

And I know this because I’ve been there too. But I’ve been lucky to learn from some of the best entrepreneurs in the world. So after struggling to build a career for the first four years after I graduated, I made a change.

I looked at my career as a business. And that has changed everything for me. Here are a few things I learned that will help you to build a successful career as a writer. I hope these things will give you everything you want.

1. Have a strategy

A business can’t waste time and money. So every minute and dollar that a business spends needs to serve one of the following purposes:

  1. Generate revenue
  2. Save costs
  3. Improve productivity

That’s it. And this is exactly the same for your career. Every single thing you do needs to have a clear intention.

For example, why do you want to start a newsletter? How will it generate revenue, save costs, or improve productivity?

Here’s example. Last year, I moved my newsletter to Kajabi from Convertkit. Why? To save costs. I already paid for Kajabi to host my courses. And when they introduced email marketing as a part of their plans, it was an easy decision.

Here’s another example. Two years ago, I hired a personal assistant to improve my productivity. It helps me to focus on growing my career. I can go on and on with examples, but you get the idea.

Your writing career is a business that has customers/readers, and you need to be profitable. Otherwise…



Darius Foroux

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