freelance

How I left my day job and became a full-time freelancer in 9 months

How I left my day job and became a full-time freelancer in 9 months

About 4 years ago, I was working as a social media manager for a tech incubator in Toronto.

While it wasn't the worst job I've ever had, it didn't meet all of my goals.

...Goals to be location independent and to travel more than 2 weeks of the year.

I wanted to travel the world, have more control over my working hours and achieve my dream of running my own business.

(I also knew I was kinda bossy... and wanted to channel that energy towards my own biz versus my co-workers. 😛)

But I was stuck.

I had no idea how to make any of this happen – even after reading The 4-Hour Workweek.

That was until one day... I received a casual Facebook message that changed my life (more on that below).

How to turn your side hustle into a full-time business: a 6-month plan

How to turn your side hustle into a full-time business: a 6-month plan

"Hey Elise. I've really enjoyed your series on kickstarting my freelancing business in 2018!"

Sweet!

"But what I really want to know is what does a feasible plan actually look like for me to go from my full-time job to running my own business online as a freelancer?"

Great question, valued reader. 😁

You're not alone in wondering this and I think not enough people are talking about the steps and tactics you can ACTUALLY take.

Here's how you can realistically turn your side hustle into your full-time business in just 6 months.

SEO tips for freelancers: how to boost traffic to your website

SEO tips for freelancers: how to boost traffic to your website

Dream about landing a spot on the front page of Google?

On-page SEO is a powerful weapon in any freelance business owner's arsenal.

What is Search Engine Optimization?

It’s the practice of optimizing your blog posts and website pages to rank higher and win more traffic from search engines.

Learning a few SEO tricks will help you get more exposure for FREE, be seen as an authority in your industry, and bring in leads that are ready to do business.

If you're struggling to get onto Google's good side, I've put together 9 of the best SEO tips for freelance business owners.

How to win your first client with my cold emailing secrets

How to win your first client with my cold emailing secrets

So you wanna be a freelancer...

But you're finding yourself spending hours on sites like Upwork and Freelancer.

And you're feeling frustrated with only finding clients that want to pay hardly anything.

And you're starting to think that this whole "freelancer thing" is some sick, cruel joke 'cause how the hell are you supposed to actually land your first paying gig?

Well, I'm about to blow your mind with a mega #TruthBomb.

Cold emailing is the number one tactic all newbie freelancers should be using to land clients.

Why?

  • You can start doing it right away, with zero experience.

  • You don't need to have thousands of followers, crazy connections or features on Forbes.

  • You can set your own rates and choose your clients.

All you need is an email account, and some well-crafted copy that makes working with you sound irresistible.

4 digital nomad skills that you can learn online for free (or less than $10)

4 digital nomad skills that you can learn online for free (or less than $10)

Starting your own freelance business and becoming a digital nomad can be scary AF.

I know. I've been there. The fear of the unknown and leaving the security of a 9 to 5 job is the most crippling part.

The good news is that it doesn't have to be a total leap of faith. You can improve the chances of your freelance biz succeeding by making sure you have the right skills that people are willing to pay for.

But isn't learning a new skill expensive and time heavy?

Nope.

In fact, you only need as little as $10 and less than 5 hours a week to make yourself more hireable.

Sound too good to be true?

It's not!

With a little elbow grease, you can equip yourself to become an in-demand service provider. So much so that clients will start seeking YOU out and you'll have job requests lined up without even lifting a finger.

Tools to start your freelancing business for under $100

Tools to start your freelancing business for under $100

Starting your own freelance business is one of the most rewarding career changes you can make.

No longer do you have to sit in traffic to and from the office, work those rigid 9-5 hours, or have to ask your boss to approve your vacation ever again.

But all this freedom comes with greater responsibility.

You're going to be wearing the hat of the accountant, marketer and sales manager all at once – and that means you're going to need some extra help.

Luckily, that doesn't mean you need to hire a team straight off the bat. There are tons of tools out there that make running a freelance biz easy and affordable.

How affordable you ask?

Well, what if I told you that the tools I used to start my freelancing career way back in 2013 cost me less than $100/month?

My top 3 moments from my month in Bali {in photos}

My top 3 moments from my month in Bali {in photos}

Arriving in Bali on November 4th, I had no expectations. 

I just just journeyed over 30 hours to meet my PACK (of peeps) in Ubud, bringing my laptop and phone – AKA my business – in tow.

Maybe it's best to always enter a new situation with zero expectations?

Because what followed was a month of *explosive* surprises. 

Here are my top three favourite moments from my month in Bali with PACK.

Why a digital nomad retreat is a game-changer for any freelancer

Why a digital nomad retreat is a game-changer for any freelancer

It was my first time, but surely – not my last time. 

I’ve been in the freelancer world since 2013, and the digital nomad world since 2014. 

And in all that time, I had never experienced a “digital nomad retreat.”

I mean, I've worked from some amazing co-working spaces in Nicaragua, Portugal and Australia. 

But never had I joined in on a retreat – where all details are planned and taken care of for you.

So what is a digital nomad retreat, exactly?

I liken it to an all-inclusive resort.