My First Year As A Freelancer

one-year-as-afreelancerI started freelance writing last November. I can’t believe that it’s been a year already. I went from no clients to have several of them over the past year. If someone had told me in July 2015 that I would be freelance writing for people, I would have told them yeah right. It’s amazing how things have changed have changed this year.

I went from not thinking about freelancing at all to it being my highest earning side hustle at the moment. Freelance writing wasn’t one of my goals when I started TBJ. I didn’t even know what I was doing when I first started blogging. Heck, I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay on course with it. I’m glad that I did. More than three years later it’s going strong, and I’m nowhere near my peak yet. I went from having a tough time writing 250-word posts to being able to write 500 – 600-word posts with no problem. As I continued to get better, other bloggers noticed. I ended up getting my first freelance client after FinCon 2015. I’ve been working with more and more people since then.

I’ve also noticed my writing get better during this last year. I guess that was bound to happen after writing over 100 posts. My sentence structure has gotten much better. It’s also been easier for me express myself with my writing as well.

Something else interesting happened after I started freelancing.  I began to learn more. I usually write about a lot of finance related topics such as credit, debt, and savings. Because of that, my knowledge has expanded. I understand things that I didn’t even attempt to know a couple of years ago. For example, last year at this time I didn’t know of the different options out there to help you try to get better credit. One of those options was something called a credit dispute letter. After researching them, I found out you could send a letter to your creditors and ask them if they can wipe away or cancel a late payment if it’s on your credit report. I even sent a couple of letters to a couple of my creditors to see if I could get some things fixed on my own credit report. While it didn’t work for me, I’m still glad that I took the time to learn about it.

Freelancing has allowed me to receive other opportunities. I’ve been able to build my readership because of it. I’ve also been able to get other jobs because I’m pretty established now. The way I’m feeling now is that the best opportunities haven’t even happened yet. I’m going to continue to do my best for my clients.

It’s been an amazing year since I started freelancing. I’ve been able to save more money, pay for trips in cash and eliminate some debt. I plan on doing even more (especially reducing my debt) next year. The way I look at freelancing is that the sky is the limit. I can make as much money doing it as I want to. It just depends on the amount of work that I want to take on.

Having a blog has helped me out a lot. It serves as a portfolio for me. Potential clients can read different posts. They can see my writing style and figure out if I’m the freelancer for them. If you are considering becoming a freelance writer, you should consider starting a blog.

Freelancing has changed my life for the better. It has done a lot for me. By reading this, you may think that everything has been peaches and cream during this time. It hasn’t. Next week, I have a post coming out titled ‘What people don’t tell you about freelance writing?” That one should be very good. Make sure that you subscribe to my newsletter here so that you can be one of the first to see it.

Are you interested in freelancing? Do you currently freelance?




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  1. Leon

    Great article. I’ve thought about freelancing from time to time in the past but never anything more than that. Starting a blog is something I’m working on now and who knows… that may lead to a few freelancing opportunities. Thanks again for this!

  2. I do not currently freelance, but I am interested in getting into it. I have recently created an UpWork profile and hope to start getting serious into that within the next couple of weeks. I have heard some folks manage to make freelance writing their full time job and make $50k+ a year! I can’t wait to get started, but truth be told I am a bit nervous about taking the plunge.
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    • I was nervous when I first started as well. I think it’s natural to be that way. Start asap. In a year from now, you will be happy that did.

  3. Man freelancing is a game changer. It takes a bit of time, but after a while you get better like you said and it becomes easier AND pays the bills!

  4. Great article!!!

    When did you feel comfortable taking the plunge as an freelancer after starting your blog?

    I’ve thought about freelance work but don’t know if I have the chops to do it yet.
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  5. Thanks for the encouragement 🙂 I definitely will.
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