Freelancing

This 27-year-old quit her job ‘with no backup plan.’ Now she makes $10,000 per month freelancing on Fiverr – CNBC

Summary

In 2017, I quit my full-time consulting job at a Fortune 500 company, where I had an annual salary of about $40,000. At 23 and right out of college, I had no backup plan — but I knew I was unhappy working a 9-to-5 in the corporate world and needed a change.

Luckily, I had saved up enough money to buy me some time to figure out how I could turn my passion for health, fitness and writing into a lucrative career. I went back to school for a master’s degree in nutrition and got certified …….

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In 2017, I quit my full-time consulting job at a Fortune 500 company, where I had an annual salary of about $40,000. At 23 and right out of college, I had no backup plan — but I knew I was unhappy working a 9-to-5 in the corporate world and needed a change.

Luckily, I had saved up enough money to buy me some time to figure out how I could turn my passion for health, fitness and writing into a lucrative career. I went back to school for a master’s degree in nutrition and got certified as a personal trainer.

A year later, I noticed that world of “Instafamous” fitness influencers was booming. I found it exciting, so I created an Instagram account and posted fitness-related photos, along with my diet and exercise tips in the captions.

Six months later, my follower count grew to 10,000.

One day, a popular boxing gym reached out to me. They came across my Instagram captions and asked if I could write a few 500-word blog posts for their website about how boxers can improve their performance. The pay was $25 per post.

I ended up enjoying the process, so I decided to advertise my services as a health and fitness writer on freelancing platforms like Fiverr. After all, I was living at home and could use the money.

Within just a few weeks, fitness influencers, gyms, athletes and health brands started reaching out to hire me. I expanded my services to writing Instagram captions, copyediting and selling fitness plans. By the end of 2019, I went from earning less than $100 per month to more than $10,000 per month.

Quitting my job to be a full-time freelance writer was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It allowed me to redefine what success meant to me and live an authentic life doing what I love most.

Here’s my best advice on how to grow your wealth as a freelancer:

1. Make yourself stand out

Unlike many freelancers, I had more than just a portfolio of my sample work.

What set me apart from my competitors was having a consistent presence on Instagram and a growing amount of followers. I showed the effectiveness of my work by sharing metrics of reach and engagement on my social media platforms.

And even though I was taking on more and more clients each month, I put time, thought and care into each project. I made sure my writing matched the voice, style and tone of each client.

2. Introduce yourself in a video

According to Fiverr, freelancers who include explainer videos in their profiles get 220% more gigs than those who don’t.

In an explainer video, you can talk about your products and services or topics and issues related to your industry. It also gives you a chance to break down confusing subjects that …….

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/04/27-year-old-quit-her-job-with-no-backup-plan-now-earns-100-a-month-as-a-freelance-writer-on-fiverr.html