Last Updated on: August 4th, 2017
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.)
I launched 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success.
Then I continued to add to and improve the material and the value I was offering to those that took the course.
I launched a private Facebook group for writers to connect with each other, support each other and cheer each other on.
After building a platform and an email list, I launched my second course, 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success.
And it was a smashing success!
So I launched a matchmaking service to pair all of my entrepreneur friends with the fantastic VAs I was teaching.
And that’s about to be a smashing success.
So What Should You Do?
Figure out what you want to be when you grow up. (Just kidding!)
Start by figuring out something you want to pursue.
If you work full-time, start a freelancing side hustle.
But learn by doing. Not by reading everything out there on the web. Sure you can take a course or two (especially if they’re mine ;-), but don’t let learning get in the way of doing… because you’ll actually learn a lot more by putting yourself out there, trying and making a few mistakes than you will trying to absorb everything you can about online business through osmosis.
It’s actually a really simple three-step process:
Again, take the first step by starting. Pick something – anything and give it a try. Then if it seems like a viable option for you, learn more about it. But learn the most by doing – by actually trying it out.
Why Not Me, Why Not Now?
This was my mantra for 2015. (I’m keeping it for 2016 too.) And I’m throwing it your way: Why not you, why not now? Step out. Take a chance. Maybe it’ll change your life pretty drastically too!
Gina Horkey is a married, millennial mama to two precocious toddlers. Additionally, she’s a professional writer and online business marketing consultant with a decade of experience in the financial services industry. Gina enjoys helping other freelancers gear up to quit their day jobs and take their side hustles full-time.