Leaving Work Behind

How I Increased My Freelance Blogging Rate from $50 to $150 an Hour

Written by Guest Author on September 25, 2014. 48 Comments

Twenty Dollar NotesTom: the following is a guest post by Gina Horkey – a freelance blogger and a friend of mine.

She’s made incredible progress since she started on her journey back in April 2014, and in a recent Skype call I asked if she would be interested in sharing that story with the Leaving Work Behind audience. She was, which is why I am delighted to introduce her story today!

If you are looking to break into freelance blogging, or looking to increase your rates, Gina’s story offers some invaluable lessons.

Last week I got my dream freelance writing gig – I’m the blogger for a personal lending startup getting paid $150 per post.

We’re starting with two posts per week, but have a schedule to be at 5-7 within a few months. That’s at least $1,200 per month to start, with the potential of $4,000 per month in the near future – from one client. Wanna know how I did it? Keep Reading

The One Small Seed I’m Planting That Could Grow Into a Six Figure Business

Written by Tom Ewer on September 23, 2014. 10 Comments

Long RoadI’ve been all about audacious goals recently.

A few weeks ago I announced that I plan to make Beginner Blogging a six figure blog (in terms of monthly net earnings) by the end of July 2015. Last week I revealed my plan to make $2,000 in 16 days in order to reach the first milestone of that larger goal.

Today I can say that I am likely to fail in reaching that milestone. It doesn’t really bother me at this stage though; I feel like I’m heading in the right direction and on track for the bigger goal. In fact, over the past week I’ve been working hard on something small that could eventually lead to something huge… Keep Reading

How I Plan to Make $2,000 in 16 Days

Written by Tom Ewer on September 15, 2014. 24 Comments

Time and MoneyLast week I revealed that I plan to turn Beginner Blogging into a six figure blog in less than a year.

Since then I have decided to adjust my plan somewhat. I now intend to earn a net income (i.e. minus expenses) of $9,000 per month from April 2015 onwards, rather than only turning over that amount.

My thinking behind this is straightforward: there’s little use in me turning over $9,000 if it costs me $8,000 to do so. To ignore expenses is to encourage a way of thinking that does not promote profitability.

If the original goal was challenging, this one is much more so, which means I have a lot of work to do!

My goal for September is to make $2,000, but I’ve generated only $600 in affiliate revenue so far this month. Last week’s post was about the bigger picture; in this post I want to lay out exactly what I intend to do to make an additional $2,000 in the next 16 days.

Why $2,000 more when my goal is only to make $2,000 total, you may ask? Well, I’ve got some expenses to pay for the month (perhaps $300), and I figure that if I aim higher than the goal itself, I have a better chance of succeeding. Keep Reading

How I Became The Leaving Work Behind Guinea Pig

Written by Terence Gilbert on September 11, 2014. 9 Comments

Tom: The following is a post by Tez Gilbert, a friend of mine from the real world! He has agreed to become a guinea pig for Leaving Work Behind and will be sharing the trials and tribulations of his efforts to build a successful online business with us over the coming weeks and months.

Guinea PigSometimes progress comes from being in the right place at the right time. This may be one of those times.

I’ve known Tom as a friend of a friend for a while. I’ve always been interested in what he’s doing, and slightly envious of how he makes a living. Having wanted to leave work behind for the past six years, meeting someone who has actually done it has been a real eye opener.

Before I met Tom I didn’t actually believe it was possible for an ‘ordinary’ person to make a good living online. It was something I read about other people doing, but it was always so abstract to me. Meeting someone who’d actually done it made me want it more, but it also made me realise how far I was from reaching my dream. I wanted to leave work behind, but didn’t really have a clue where to start. Keep Reading

How I Plan to Make Beginner Blogging a Six Figure Blog

Written by Tom Ewer on September 9, 2014. 35 Comments

Dollar sign lighterI love Beginner Blogging.

Everything about it feels right to me. I get to provide an awesome service at no charge. I get to see people start with nothing and build blogs they love. Even the domain name beginnerblogging.net was available (I couldn’t believe that).

Furthermore, the scope is huge. I don’t just want to stop at helping people set up their sites; I want to empower them to grow their blog into something they consider truly meaningful.

But to be able to pour the necessary time and energy into making Beginner Blogging what it should be, the site needs to provide a return on my investment. In August it made $1,700, but that was the honeymoon period (i.e. when I was able to best leverage the existing Leaving Work Behind audience). If I want to sustain and build upon that kind of return, I’ve got work to do.

With the above in mind, in this post I want to introduce a number of ideas I have for building Beginner Blogging into a six figure blog. Keep Reading