This coming Friday, I’m launching my first ever interview series here on the blog. While it may not carry the same fanfare as another recent launch, it’s something I’m super excited about!
I’ve named the interview series, “Freelancer Success Stories”. Once a week (on Friday’s for now), I’ll publish an interview with someone who has made the leap into freelance work, either on a full-time basis, or as a side hustle. My goal is to interview all sorts of freelancers; writers, designers, developers, artists, you name it.
Why I’m Doing This
In my experience, starting a freelance business is one of the best ways for people to increase their income. Whether the goal is to earn a little extra cash on the side of a 9-5, or ditch the day job altogether, freelance work offers the potential to do both.
The problem is, most people don’t realize that they can take control of their financial future by developing and monetizing skills they already possess. And if they do, they often have no clue where to start.
That’s where this interview series comes in. By facilitating conversations with people who have successfully made the leap into freelance work, I hope to learn from them. I want to know what led them to freelancing, what they love about it, and what they hate. After all, it ain’t all roses. I’ll ask them where they find new clients, and for their favorite tools. Lastly, I’ll get them to share their #1 piece of advice for aspiring freelancers.
Where The Idea Came From
The idea for an interview series was borne out of my own personal experience with freelancing during the past year.
In June 2018, I decided to start a side hustle providing freelance writing/editing/SEO services to small businesses. I thought that if I could make a couple hundred dollars per month alongside my 9-5, it would be mission accomplished.
In my first month, I earned $164.
I have to admit, I was pretty pumped. Here I was, making money from my laptop, working only a few hours a month.
Fast forward 1 year, and that monthly income is about to cross the $1500 mark. In other words, my freelance side hustle has become a 5-figure business. If you told me that a year ago, there’s no way I’d believe you.
For me personally, the benefits of starting a freelance business extend far beyond any monetary gain. Here are a few ways freelancing has made a difference in my life:
- having a side hustle that allows me to be creative acts as the perfect counterbalance to my very non-creative corporate gig.
- I feel much less pressure in my 9-5 today, because I know that if things were to go south (terrible boss, downsizing), I’m developing other income streams to fall back on.
- Freelancing has brought some incredible people into my life, and I feel like in that aspect, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
- I’ve been able to share my experience with others. I have a number of family & friends who say that my journey has inspired them, and they’re now considering doing something similar.
- I’ve done more learning in the past 12 months, than I’ve done in several years. I’m not old by any stretch (early 40’s), but I’m proof that it’s never too late to start something new.
In this gig economy we live in, there’s a lot of talk about side hustles. But not all side hustles are created equal. While there are pros and cons to everything, freelancing offers several advantages that other side hustles don’t (sorry Uber, sorry Survey Junkie).
- You can make GOOD money doing something you love;
- Choose the clients you WANT to work with;
- LEARN all aspects of running your own business;
- FIT your work around YOUR life, not the other way around;
- Enjoy the FLEXIBILITY of a laptop lifestyle
So…have I piqued your interest?
If so, here’s how you can get the most out of the interview series, as well as other side hustle/freelance content here on the blog.
- Become an email subscriber. You’ll be the first to receive new interviews each week, delivered right to your inbox.
- Subscribe to the Mystery Money Insider, my monthly newsletter. Every month, I share details from my freelance journey, which includes my monthly Freelance Income Report.
- If you want to binge read the interviews, head to the “Freelancer Interviews” category in the main menu. Of course, there’s
nothingnot much there yet, but with a new interview being added each week, the content will grow quickly.
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If you are a freelancer, and would like to be featured in my interview series, please drop me a note using the form below, along with a brief description of the type of work you do. It doesn’t matter if it’s a part time or full time gig, if you’ve made the leap, you have tremendous insight to offer the rest of us!