Ep. 13 How to Freelance Your Way to Success Without Going Broke

November 25, 2019

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In this episode of the Side Gig Central Podcast, Elena talks with Laura Pennington-Briggs, founder of the Better Biz Academy, TEDx speaker and author of Start Your Own Freelance Writing Businessabout how to succeed as a freelancer and how you can scale your sweat equity side gig from a part time side hustle to a fulfilling career. During my conversation with Laura, we talk about:

  • how to transition your side gig into a full time career, without going broke!
  • what it takes to start your own (profitable) freelance writing business
  • the biggest challenges that face all content creators today 
  • how to successfully hire a virtual assistant to help you maximize your precious time
  • how to leverage your “Genius Zones” as you work on building your side gig

This is a cannot miss episode if you’re working on a sweat equity side gig and you’ve got plans to scale it in 2020. Laura’s background in education really shines through as she teaches you exactly what you need to know in order to achieve freelancing nirvana! 

For more freelancing goodness, check out Laura’s podcast Advanced Freelancing. 

Ep. 13 Timestamp

(0:40) What to expect from today’s episode

(4;00) Laura’s background and why she started her freelance writing side gig

(5:00) How Laura was able to transition her side gig freelance writing business into a career

(9:00) What are the barriers to entry for freelance writing?

(11:06) What are some of the biggest challenges facing writers and content creators today?

(16:09) What are some of the signs that let you know you’re ready to outsource some tasks for your sweat equity side gig?

(19:43) The best way to outsource a Virtual Assistant for your side gig (on a shoestring budget).

(23:52) Laura’s TEDX talk: “Why Self Education Can Help Solve the US Skills Gap”

(28:30) “Now more than ever, we as individuals have to be forward thinking, we can’t wait for someone to tell us what the next trend is.” 

(36:16) What’s my unique value proposition?

(38:08) When it comes to turning my side gig into a full time gig, never would I ever… jump without a safety net