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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I’m all for getting glam.

You know. Moisturizer, primer, concealer, foundation, powder, bronzer, highlighter…and that’s just the face.

But sometimes, us busy girl’s don’t have time on our way out the door to do a full face of makeup. Sometimes you just want to look polished, whether you’re heading to class or your job. (I’m always waking up 10 minutes before I need to leave for somewhere. Not a morning person.)

I’ve decided to show you all my quick, simple makeup routine! I can usually do this in 5 minutes or less. Woo!

Side note: I’ve listed these products from top to bottom in order of when I put them on 😉 Also, all images are clickable and will you take you to the sale site.

Makeup for Busy Women

5 Minute Makeup Routine for Busy Girls


BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector 4.5 G (0.16 OZ)

This stuff is the real deal. I first found it through Natalie Halcro (yes, I am obsessed with the show WAGS). Natalie’s under eye area is always so bright and highlighted, which is a look I love.

I swipe this creamy corrector under my eyes with my pointer finger after moisturizing my face. It makes a huge difference and makes me look 10x more awake than I actually am.

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Light 120, 0.2-fluid Ounce

Don’t be confused, this is a different product than the Becca product listed above. The Becca product is an undereye corrector, and this Maybelline product is a concealer.

Yes, I find that they are both necessary if I really want that bright-eyed look. The Becca corrector cancels out all of the blue/purple tints under my eyes, and this Maybelline concealer covers and blends into my skin. I also love the sponge tip applicator on this product, because it’s like a built-in brush. And we’re all about saving time!

Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte Plus Poreless Powder, Translucent, 0.29 Ounce

This step is pretty self-explanatory, but I always set my face with powder before heading out the door. My skin is pretty oily, and not in the cute “dewy” way. So, I make sure to set my concealer with this powder + a kabuki brush every morning.

Benefit Cosmetics They’Re Real! Mascara

Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend was using the wrong mascara.

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This mascara is bomb. It really gives you the false eyelash look that it promises, and I’m always complimented on my lashes when I wear it. If I could only pick two makeup products in the morning, I would choose to use powder and this mascara. Seriously, it doesn’t disappoint.

Nivea Lip Butter Tin – 0.59 oz
This is one of my holy grail items. I can’t go to sleep at night without putting this on my lips, and I love it for daytime wear too. It’s super thick, smells amazing, and keeps my lips soft all day long.

That’s it for my quick, 5-minute makeup routine.

I would LOVE to know what your go-to items are for early mornings. Tell me in the comments section!


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?

How to Quit Your Job + Become Your Own Boss

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 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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How to Quit Your Job and Become Your Own Boss


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 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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