Awesome forum you have here!
I'm hoping to get some advice. I've been looking around for a while to get ideas and I'm just stuck on which way would be the best to start. There's a lot of information just at this site. I'm hoping to get some help filtering out the fluff.
I'm looking to start freelance writing/blogging. I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan until next Spring. I'd like to start at night, writing to get my foot in the door at places and start to learn the ropes. Once I get back, I'll be going for my MBA. I'm hoping I can make enough money writing then to cover what the GI Bill doesn't.
My expertise lies in Intelligence (counterintelligence, source operations, analysis, investigations, interrogation, etc), survivalism (prepping it's sometimes called) as well as general military (I'm a prior-enlisted officer and joined back in the Cold War) and have a lot of unrelated background in electronics and some in sales.
Any suggestions as to where I should start? I was thinking maybe if I could find some places that take articles in something from above that I could send them a pitch for some articles. I've started looking for places but so far I've mostly found sites looking for articles on how to make money writing or mass collection points for freelance writing; nothing yet that fits what I know. I am also interested in writing sci-fi and fantasy fiction.
I'm considering putting up a website that is at least a landing page with a few example articles at first and then use it to showcase different published articles as they come. I've ordered Stephen King's 'On Writing' and 'The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency As a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less' from Amazon to read when the Internet is down.
I've found that I keep coming back to writing and have written a LOT of stuff at home but I need to start putting that desire to some financial use.