I had no idea when I started freelance writing on the side almost two years ago where it would take both my business and personal life. It’s true, I was looking to it as a way out.
My Way Out
I didn’t have it bad per say at work, I just wasn’t really passionate about what I did all day/week/month/year long as a financial adviser and support person to a large financial planning practice in my area. In fact, I had it pretty good.
- A 10-minute drive to work
- A decent salary (that supported our family of four)
- Nice co-workers (that were family and treated me as the same)
- And a whole lotta potential to grow
But it wasn’t what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Even if there was a lot of opportunity for advancement and pay. I had already spent the previous decade figuring that out.
And since I had another 30 working years or so ahead of me, I didn’t want to succumb to something I wasn’t passionate about so early.
So after I became honest with myself, I decided to buck the trend of Corporate America by starting a freelance writing side hustle instead.
And then I added virtual assistant services. And it grew – so much so that I was grossing $4,000 per month WHILE working full-time and having two toddlers at home.
Less than six months after I looked into it in the first place. And I’ve since more than quadrupled that since going full-time. In fact, in November 2015 I grossed over $18,500 from my little freelance business.
How’d I Do It?
- I got started. And I learned a heck of a lot on the fly.
- I put myself out there. A lot.
- I asked to be hired, rather than waiting for clients to find me. (Because trust me, they won’t!)
- Then I started teaching what I learned. (‘Cuz, that’s the best way to start building an audience.)