Leaving Work Behind

From Zero to $4,000 Per Month: How I Pitch and Land Blogging Clients

Written by Guest Author on November 20, 2014. 8 Comments

Tom: The following is another guest post from Paid to Blog Jobs success story Gina Horkey.

While I’ve shared my pitching tips here on Leaving Work Behind in the past, what I found interesting was that Gina has gone her own way and been successful in doing so. It just goes to show that there are varied paths available to becoming a successful freelance blogger.

Take it away Gina!

Baseball PitcherPitching for jobs as a new freelance blogger can be daunting.

But getting that first (then second, then third) client is exhilarating. Hopefully your momentum continues to build from there.

But what if it’s doesn’t? What if you haven’t even gotten your first client yet, or you’re having trouble building your business into something dependable and sustainable?

Don’t fret, most of us started with zero clients – this definitely includes me! With that in mind, in this post I want to reveal how I went from a zero to hero freelance blogger (at least, that’s what I like to think ;-)) in just a few short months. Keep Reading

Should Freelance Bloggers Work For Content Mills?

Written by Tom Ewer on November 13, 2014. 26 Comments

MillI recently read a post over at Be a Freelance Blogger by Razwana Wahid rather controversially entitled Deception Revealed: 6 Bullshit Blogging Myths Created by Famous Bloggers.

When I look back at the advice I have doled out over the years, I found that I had avoided all but one of Razwana’s ‘bullshit blogging myths’. The one piece of advice mentioned in the post that I have supported in the past is not to work for content mills. With that in mind, I was interested to read about the author’s reasons as to why one might consider working for content mills.

In this post I want to explore the author’s reasoning as well as my own, and then open the topic up to discussion for you in the comments section below. Keep Reading

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

Written by Guest Author on September 25, 2014. 45 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

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

Freelance Blogging: What I Would Do If I Had to Start Again

Written by Tom Ewer on September 1, 2014. 17 Comments

ResetI’m excited that you’re reading this.

Why? Because it means you’re interested in freelance blogging, which is the best way I know to start making money online.

Freelance blogging enabled me to quit my job, and ultimately served as the catalyst for everything my online business has become. These days I run a blogging agency (which grew naturally from my freelance blogging career), but it all began with no qualifications, no experience and a few long-shot pitches.

That’s all well and good, but what about the all important question: How do you get started? That is the question I intend to answer in this post, by telling you exactly what I would do if I was starting again from scratch. Keep Reading