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As some of you may know from reading my previous blog posts, I have worked as a freelance social media manager + content creator for over a year now.

I love being a freelancer and being able to work from home, while still being in college. I have a post where I specifically go into depths about what it means to be a social media manager, and the job details, which you can read by clicking here.

However, today I am going to be talking about a certain “hack” that I came across while freelancing that made me a lot of money and gained me more clients than I could keep up with.

When I first started freelancing, I was a novice social media manager and, in turn, was working many hours a week for low pay. I thought that I had to undersell myself in order to gain people’s trust. Which to some extent, is true. At the beginning of your career, you will need to gain experience and build your resume before you can charge more.

Not sure how to become a freelancer yet? Read my post on how to quit your job + become your own boss here. 

But, something I realized after some time is that people are somewhat more inclined to hire a freelancer with a higher pay rate. For example:

After I had worked with a couple different clients, I raised my hourly freelance rate for social media management by $10 or so. Not a huge increase in my rate, but noticeable enough. Right after I did this, I started getting tons more of responses to my job applications, invitations to interview, etc.

Why is this so?

People looking to outsource in their business and hire a freelancer are looking for quality. They want the job done well, and to their standards. So, when they see someone charging $3 an hour (trust me, there are tons of people like this on freelancing websites), they question how valuable the person will really be to their company.

Think about it. If you were working for someone, and being paid only $3 an hour, would you want to work very hard? Would you be determined to create awesome content? Please your client to the fullest extent? If you are being honest with yourself, probably not. Because you aren’t being paid for that level of carefulness and perfectionism!

By raising your freelance prices, you are showing people that you are worth it.Your services take a lot of work on your end. You need to be compensated for your time. Do not sell yourself short! You deserve to work with your dream clients.

So, I challenge you to raise your prices (even just a little bit)! Let me know any results you see, and I wish you the best!

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This isn’t one of those spammy articles you see on Google about how you can make $15,000/week. This isn’t a “get rich quick” scheme. This is the true story of how I quit my job and became my own boss. And how you can do it too.

True story!

If you are already a freelancer, read this post to find out how I raised my rates and got more money + clients here.

Two years ago,  I was working as an after-school babysitter for minimum wage. Now, I work from home as a social media manager, managing different brand and blog Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

How did I do it?

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My Story

I did it by trusting my intuition, knowing I deserved better, and oh…a little thing called freelancing.

After deciding that I didn’t want to be a babysitter for the rest of my life, I took to the worldwide Internet to look for ideas. I spent the better part of the summer after my senior year of high school searching for answers to my “what’s my next job?” situation.

Just when I was about to give up, I discovered that people were becoming creative entrepreneurs, and getting to work for themselves while doing what they loved. Seriously, it’s not a hoax.

I did a lot of soul-searching and tried to pin point what my possible service could be as a freelancer if I were to really go through with it. It was my impression that you had to be a super-genius to work for yourself or invent some world changing cure to disease to be able to work at home…or in your laboratory all day.

But that’s not the case. Everyone can freelance. Everyone has a passion that they get excited talking about, or do in their free time. That passion or hobby can become your saving grace and the good/service you offer to the world as a freelancer.

You’re probably thinking…okay, that sounds great. But what about the whole quitting your job story? Being your own promise you made at the beginning of this post?

Well. After all of this self-discovery, I realized that freelancing was a possibility for me. It seemed to excite me, something I hadn’t felt towards work in a long time. So…

I closed down my Care.com account and told friends/family that I wasn’t looking for new babysitting gigs anymore. Sure, I may not have stormed out of some corporate office yelling curse words; but I still did close down and quit a certain phase of my life.

Since the summer I discovered freelancing, I haven’t looked back. I now work as a freelance social media manager when I am not working on this blog. Honestly, I love my job and look forward to the new challenges and clients I get to work with on a daily basis. I truly can’t relate to my peers when they moan and groan about long work hours, demanding bosses, or minimum wage anymore.

I’m not a special case. I’m just a girl who decided I deserved to do better for myself.

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And you can have the same success story as me. You can change the course of your life, be your own boss, and do what you love for work.

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But instead of having to be swamped with all the information out there about freelancing, searching for jobs blindly, and being turned down for your inexperience…I’ve created The Broke Girl’s Guide to Freelancing for you.

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You don’t have to come into the course with everything together and your mind made up, I’ll help you find your perfect service to offer as a freelancer. I’ll give you the template you need to apply for your first ever freelance job, and how to land it. All you need to do is be willing to do the work.

 

Are you ready to take the leap that will change your life?

Click here to read more testimonials and get information about enrolling in The Broke Girl’s Guide to Freelancing.

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I was recently introduced to Nicole Smartt, a living, breathing success story. This girl knows her stuff.

Nicole wrote a book, From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work, and it has become an Amazon Bestseller (for good reason). Nicole “started her career fresh out of high school at a local staffing firm, where she worked as a receptionist. In a very short time, she worked her way up to business services manager where she oversaw the clerical placement division.”

Nicole’s book, From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work, shares her story of success and instructs others how to move up in the work world. The book is described on NicoleSmartt.com as having “dozens of priceless insights into the life of a woman who has succeeded independently and strived for everything she has achieved. From Receptionist to Boss is a comprehensive guide to not only working hard but also working smart. Nicole has given her keys to success, from tips on time management to taking risks and overcoming doubts and negativity. All of her advice is broken down into easy-to-digest chapters, compiled into a quick read, giving you a head start on your time management.”

Nicole gave me a copy of the book to read, and I couldn’t put it down. It felt so genuine and personable to me, and I learned something new on almost every page. Nicole has a whole chapter dedicated to social media tactics in business, and I learned new things…and I am a social media manager.

This book is AWESOME. I’ve read a decent amount of career/self-improvement books, but this has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. Nicole is extremely real, down-to-earth, and unassuming. Unlike a lot of other career books, Nicole realizes the importance of first being a good person, before being a good businesswoman. One of my favorite quotes from the book was from her chapter on networking:

“If you want greatness in your life, then you need to surround yourself with great people. If your goal is to become a better person, a smarter person, a more fulfilled person, then surround yourself with individuals who possess those qualities.” 

Nicole is so generous and was able to gift me with another signed copy of her book to give away to YOU, my awesome readers 😉

It’s free to enter the giveaway, and I will pay for all of the shipping/etc. All you need to do to win a copy of From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work is enter using the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will stay open until August 24th.

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I am seriously so excited to be writing this interview with Sam Landreth for my girl-boss interview series.

In case you missed it, I recently interviewed Reese from Yes Supply Co. I loved learning more about Reese, someone that I admire in the blogger world. (If you missed that blog post, click here to read it.)

But now, I am interviewing Sam Landreth, one of my best friends in the world + also an AMAZING creative/photographer. You are all going to love Sam. Seriously.

I met Sam when I was still in high school, although we lived in different cities. Sam and I bonded over our mutual love for The 1975 + good coffee. We quickly became inseparable, and she is one of my closest friends to date.

On top of being a great friend and person, Sam is super talented. One look at her Instagram feed will leave you in jealous tears. Sam is constantly traveling around the country (+ world) to shoot photos and collaborate with other creative people in her field. I’ll include a little snapshot of some of her latest Instagram’s below for you to get a feel for Sam’s style.

Sam Landreth Instagram Feed

An Interview with Sam Landreth

Can you start by introducing yourself and what you do?

Hi! My name’s Sam Landreth, I’m a nineteen-year-old freelance photographer living in Portland, Oregon. I shoot weddings, brand commissions & social media content.

When did you realize your love for photography?

I picked up a little point & shoot Kodak camera in 5th grade & started taking photos of flowers & plants & my dog. Basically, from that point on, it was impossible for me to put down my camera.

What is your favorite thing about being in your field?

Working for myself! Everything I do is entirely dependent on how much work I put into it. I can travel wherever I want to whenever I want to & I get to meet the most wonderful people. Having no restrictions in anything I do is incredibly liberating.

Has it been hard for you to “stray from the normal path?” Attending college, traditional career, etc.

The only slightly off-putting thing about not attending college & not working a 9-5 desk job is that adults sometimes feel the need to put their two cents in or flat out don’t understand my life. Working as a freelance creative goes over a lot of heads in the older generation. I have to explain everything a handful times before people vaguely grasp the concept of what I do. But if that’s the worst thing I have to deal with, though, then that’s okay!

What is one piece of advice you would give aspiring bloggers + photographers?

Just go for it! Take risks. If what you’re doing doesn’t scare you a little bit then you’re probably too comfortable. If you don’t just take the jump & give it all that you’ve got then you’ll never know what you’re capable of.

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What is your favorite collaboration or project to date?

I loved working on a project with American Eagle. You can read the blog post here if you want 🙂

Also, one of my best friends, Evan Sheehan had a photo that he took of me at Camp Wandawega in Wisconsin purchased by Apple & featured on the back of Better Homes & Gardens + The New Yorker. So that was neat!

Where are you currently in the world? Upcoming travel plans?

I’m writing this from my friend’s kitchen in Chicago. I’m flying back to Portland, Oregon tomorrow night & then in a couple days roadtripping to Utah for a week & then heading to San Fransisco a couple days after I return. Sometimes it’s nonstop but I love it & wouldn’t have it any other way!

Can my readers follow you on any social media to keep up with you?

Twitter

Instagram (daily life)

Instagram (photo work)

Websites: samlandreth.com + samanthanicole.co

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