Are you a fashion blogger? Beauty blogger? An all around lifestyle blogger? In today’s day and age, chances are you have some type of experience in the digital space. So let me ask you: have you been searching for the method you can use to start making a legitimate income off your writing?
Because, let’s be real, depending on where you are in your blogging path, if you clicked on this article, the money probably isn’t rolling in every time you hit that “publish” button. Of course, for some, a personal blog is enough to start gaining a lucrative income, but as most of us who are familiar with the blogging space know, it takes time to develop and grow a brand large enough to make a living.
So, while you’re waiting for your blog’s brand and presence to gain momentum, what can you do?
You have a couple options:
1. You can keep working on your blog, be patient, and and hope eventually the money starts flowing in
2. You can work on your blog during your “free-time,” while continuing to work either part-time or full-time at a job you’re probably not very passionate about
3. Or you can take all the skills and experiences you’ve gained from blogging and make money off that.
Which option sounds best to you?
Today I’m going to share with you how I recognized my passions for writing, fashion, and digital media and managed to turn those passions into a career through freelance writing jobs.
Now, wait, you might be thinking: but Andrea, I don’t want a writing career, I just want to make a little side cash while I’m working on my blog.
Totally cool. No worries. Whether you’re looking for full time freelance writing jobs, or you’re just looking for that side hustle, the advice I have for you today applies to both scenarios.
Let me begin by introducing myself, if we haven’t met already.
Hi, I’m Andrea. It’s nice to meet you. Here’s my brief story into how I got started writing, full-time.
I began my first blog back in 2012. It was called Wear It Better, and it was my complete and total passion project. From working on Wear It Better, I realized I wanted to learn more about fashion in a formalized setting. At the time, I was just finishing up my English degree, and I figured if I could further educate myself in the fashion realm, I would be set for obtaining that elusive “dream job” as a fashion writer.
My plan didn’t go exactly as I hoped. I finished school with an English degree, and then graduated a year and half later with a Fashion Marketing diploma. With my education in hand, I felt more confused than ever. I had no idea what I wanted to do, and I felt I had wasted time in school. Feeling totally dejected, I moved back home, worked part time, and desperately searched for a career that would give me total freedom and complete control over my hours, my work, and my location.
The fact that I ever got so lucky to find all of that still blows my mind to this day, but here’s what I want you to understand:
1. You don’t have to wait on your blog to become your financial support. You can absolutely make money today doing blogging activities.
2. You may not realize it, but every time you publish a new post, schedule a tweet, or shoot an amazing lookbook, you’re adding a set of skills to your resume that not everyone has. These skills and passions are capable of landing you that blogging job you’ve been dreaming of.
3. But please, understand, my advice for you here is not a quick and fast “get rich” plan. It’s either a side project for those who want that, or it’s a new way to hustle for those who dream of becoming full-time fashion writers.
I know all of this because I’ve transitioned from hobbyist blogger, to fashion student, to boutique owner, to unemployed, and have finally landed in my ideal position: freelance writer with the freedom to start passion projects just like this.
Okay, enough talk.
What’s the one completely painless thing you can do right now to start finding those freelance writing jobs to either start making some side cash or jumpstart your writing career? It’s simple:
Get signed up on Upwork for freelance writing jobs.
It’s that easy.
Are you freaking out? Have you heard of Upwork?
If you haven’t, very briefly, Upwork is a platform that allows businesses to post jobs that freelancers (in all sorts of fields) can bid on. Freelancers submit proposals on why they think they’re the right candidate for the job, providing a bid on what they will charge the client for their services. It’s kind of like eBay for freelancing. The client picks the candidate they feel is most suited for the job at the price they feel is most appropriate for their needs.
So why do I think you might be freaking out?
Well, because unfortunately Upwork does not have a very good reputation for obtaining freelance writing jobs. There are many people out there who will tell you it’s all low paying work, for long hours. They’ll tell you that it’s for people who want to make $5/hour, or even less. They’ll tell you it’s not a real way to make money. Trust me, I’ve read some comments floating around that make me shake my head.
When it comes to making money using Upwork, it’s completely false that it’s all low paying work.
With the exception of one, each and every single one of my freelance writing jobs has come from Upwork. And, while I can’t boast that I’m some type of millionaire, I can say that within 3 months of finding Upwork, I quit my part-time job and began writing full-time from home.
Don’t feel you’re qualified? Confused about what kind of freelance writing jobs you’d find on Upwork? Here are some examples that are perfect for you ladies who have been hustling hard to get their blog to take off:
If you have experience blogging, you’ve grown a social media following, or you’ve done any type of work advertising your blog, there’s a job out there for you. I know it. It might start small, but I can guarantee you, if you shift your mindset and work at it, you’re completely capable of landing real jobs that will pay you real money.
It’s all a matter of whether you have the hustle and the heart…
If you’re interested in learning the exact strategy I’ve used to launch my career as a freelance writer, I’ll be releasing my first ebook this year. In it I’ll give you all the tools, skills, and insider knowledge that you’ll need to get your own writing career going. If you’re interested, feel free to pop your information down below so I can keep you updated on the launch of the book.