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

Twenty Dollar Notes

Tom: 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?

How I Became The Leaving Work Behind Guinea Pig

Guinea Pig

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 here on the blog over the coming weeks and months.

Sometimes 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.

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


I’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.

How to Find Freelance Blogging Clients That Will Pay You What You’re Worth [Introducing Paid to Blog Jobs]

Paid to Blog Jobs

Any regular Leaving Work Behind reader will know that I’m a huge fan of freelance blogging.

It got me my start in terms of making money online and being able to quit my job, and my writing business (which evolved from my freelance blogging efforts) is my largest source of income to this day.

I see it as my responsibility to help others achieve the same success in freelance blogging as I have. That is why my team and I have spent the past several months developing a service that enables freelance bloggers to:

  1. easily find freelance blogging job opportunities, and
  2. pitch effectively for them.

That service is known as Paid to Blog Jobs, and today I am delighted to announce that it is finally ready for you.

Read on to discover how Paid to Blog Jobs can help you land more jobs with quality clients, and ultimately make more money from working on your terms.

The Key Ingredient of My Success as a Freelance Blogger


As I reflect back on my beginnings as a freelance blogger, I consider myself quite lucky in a way. After all, my first two clients were WPMU (now the WPMU Dev Blog) and ManageWP.

James and the team over at the WPMU blog were wonderful to work with, and I still work with Vladimir and the team at ManageWP nearly three years later (as the blog’s editor).

How did I land those first two clients? I scoured the ProBlogger Jobs Board twice, submitting about 5-7 pitches each time. Each set of pitches landed me one quality client.

But regardless of the quality of my pitches, my writing skills or anything else, I was fortunate to be able to pitch two quality clients.

In my experience, “good” clients are generally harder to find than that on job boards – you have to sift through a lot of less-than-stellar opportunities across multiple job boards to find the diamonds in the rough.

But it wasn’t just luck that got me off to a decent start. Luck was certainly a factor, but it wasn’t the factor. The factor was something we are all capable of: hard work.