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I’m a stay-at-home mom who went from making $8 an hour at Starbucks to over $100,000 a year as a freelancer. Here are 5 steps I took to build my client base and income from scratch.


Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson is a freelance writer who five years ago decided to join the workforce after seven years as a stay-at-home mom.
Her first job was at Starbucks making $8 an hour, but she quickly decided she needed a more lucrative role.
She joined Upwork and other freelancing platforms and began to market herself as a writer, and now she makes over $100,000 a year.
By starting small, making her clients’ lives easier as best she can, and setting daily income goals she has been able to reach this level of success.
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Five years ago, I found myself at a crossroads in my life. After spending seven years as a stay-at-home mom, I knew it was time for me to go back to work.

My youngest was just entering kindergarten, so it felt like the right time to re-enter the workforce. The only problem was, I’d never graduated from college and had minimal work experience.

My friends and family all suggested that I finish my degree and get an entry-level job somewhere. So I decided to get a job at Starbucks, reasoning that if I worked the early morning shift, I could still pick my kids up from school every day. And since Starbucks offers tuition reimbursement, I could finally earn my college degree and put myself on the path to a successful career.

I worked at Starbucks for nine months making about $8 an hour. The extra money never seemed to go very far, and our family’s finances were always tight. After a while, finishing my degree seemed to make less and less sense financially.

What I needed was a way to earn more money immediately, and I didn’t see college as a guaranteed way to do that. I realized that the traditional route of “going to college so I could find a good job,” though right for some people, may not be the path for me.

As chance would have it, in September 2016, a friend told me about a global freelancing platform called Upwork. Since I’ve always enjoyed writing, I decided I’d try to make it as a freelance writer.

In the beginning, my goal was to earn an extra $1,000 per month. But over time, I became a better writer, started getting higher-paying clients, and grew my income.

This past year, I’ve brought in over $111,000 as a freelance writer. Here are five essential steps I took to make it happen from scratch:

1. I made it my job to find a job

When I was just starting out I didn’t even have any writing samples, but I decided I was going to start looking for work anyway. Applying for jobs on Upwork made sense to me because of the wide variety of writing jobs that were constantly posted on the platform, like blog posts, copywriting, press releases, and more.

My goal was to send at least three proposals a day, six days a week. I figured that if I just kept sending proposals then …read more

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