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#YourFirstHustleDollar: Chonce of My Debt Epiphany Talks Freelance Writing

Another #myfirsthustledollar series post my friends.

In this series, I ask peeps how they made their first independent dollar because often the first one is the hardest.

Our mission here is to demystify the whole thing.

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This week, we have superstar blogger Chonce Maddox of My Debt Epiphany. She’s a freelance writer that was able to jump her income from $0 to $3,000.

And she’s dishing all of her secrets!

Take it away Chonce!

 

ChonceWhat’s your hustle, industry, niche?

Personal finance freelance writing and blogging

 

What’s the very first product/service you ever tried to sell in life?

I set up a ‘Hire Me’ page on my blog about 4 months after I started it in order to sell my article writing, copywriting, and VA services

 

How did you market it?

The page itself was a great way to market my services and let people know I was hiring but I also optimized the page for SEO and mentioned it in my blog posts.

Another thing I did was send pitches to potential clients and send them a link to that page. I included links to writing samples on that page along with testimonials.

 

What were the challenges you faced?

Finding someone to hire me was intimidating at first but I paid for a coach right off the bat to look over my resume, introduce me to the industry, help me with networking and teach me all the tricks of the trade. I didn’t want to make rookie mistakes and I wanted to earn money fast.

 

How much did you make from your first independent dollar?

My coach let me know about a paid guest post opportunity on AFineParent.com. I sent in an outline for approval and I was selected to write an in-depth post about teaching your kids about street smarts for $100. I was thrilled!

My first consistent client however, actually reached out to me and found my site a Hire Me page somehow. I’m not sure how he found me, but I was happy he did and I started producing weekly posts for his site for $30 per post.

I pitched my second client and it seemed as if timing was on my side because they mentioned how they were considering taking on a staff writer. I am still working with that client and even secured a raise a few months ago.

 

Did you have trouble setting the price and asking for what you’re worth? Why or why not?

I still have trouble with this. At first, I was stuck in the mindset that I need to be flexible with my price and not appear too greedy. I also have a tendency to quote my rates for assignments based on how much I think the client can pay.

I know this way of thinking is flawed though because I should set my rates based on my experience, the complexity of the assignment, and what I believe I am truly worth. I also feel like a common obstacle writers face is dealing with clients who don’t believe in paying writers an adequate wage (because they don’t understand how much goes into it) or even ones who expect free work. I’m still working on this though.

 

How did the first sale make you feel?

When I first got paid from freelance writing it felt awesome! Most of my life people told me writers can’t earn a decent wage and it felt so good to prove them wrong. I also earn an income from my advertising on my blog and I hope to set up a few products to sell once I build up a bigger audience.

 

What advice do you have for budding side hustlers anxious to make the first sale?

Get a coach if you honestly feel you need one. I made back the investment from hiring my coach quickly and learned a ton of tips and strategies to help me catapult my income to go from $0 to at least a consistent $3,000 per month while only dedicating 15-20 hours per week aside from my full-time job.

That’s no chump change but it’s helping me meet my goals so much quicker and it all started when I simply believed I could earn more money and took action.


 

Thanks Chonce for giving us the tea on your writing success! I can’t stress enough how much hiring a coach can help you learn quickly about what it takes to be a freelance writer.

If you want to check Chonce out, be sure to visit her at Mydebtepiphany.com.

 

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Taylor K. Gordon is a writer and money blogger. She writes on how to live your best life without going broke.

4 Comments
  1. Reply Latoya @ Life and a Budget July 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I lobe when she said she believed she could make extra money and she took action. This is a CRITICAL step! Once you take action on what you already know to be true, you in there!

    • Reply Chonce July 8, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Yes, so true Latoya. It can be so hard to take the first step and stop procrastinating, but it’s so worth it!

  2. Reply Shirria July 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    This is great advice. Once I’ve successfully paid off all credit card debt, I’ve decided to hire a coach to direct me and my blog. I’d love to have that extra cash to help achieve debt freedom much sooner.

    • Reply Taylor July 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      For real, for real. What I learned later than sooner is that investing is super important! It could really just be one piece of advice or affirmation that changes everything. Plus, in my experience coaches may also refer you work.

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