How I Made $4,740 Extra From My Couch In April

And why I will never ever drop freelance writing as my side hustle

Nina Quist
May 6 · 3 min read
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

I’m not a full-time freelance writer today, but most of my life I have been. And considering how lucrative freelance writing is, I find it an amazing complement to my salary.

For me, freelance writing is also a stimulating hobby that actually helps me reduce stress, take my mind of (my regular) work, and that keeps me diving deep into new and exciting topics. Which is one of the things I’ve always loved about freelance writing.

Why a breakdown of my earnings?

I know that sharing how much you earn doesn’t sit well with everyone. And that’s totally fine, I would for example never disclose my salary.

But when it comes to freelance writing, I’ve always been super inspired by and learned a lot from reading how other writers make their money. That’s why I figured maybe my numbers could have the same uplifting effect on someone else.

Making money from freelance writing is actually very much about wrapping your head around the different possibilities, and understanding which ones are for you.

Because that’s one thing we should start by establishing: the possibilities are pretty much endless. Where ever you live, whatever your daytime job — if you can write well in English, you can make money doing so online.

It’s actually amazing when you think of it! If I take myself as example, I live in Sweden. I’m not even a native English speaker, but I’ve learned to write reasonably well over the years. And today, I work with well-paying clients from all over the world. Sometimes it’s even better when they’re in different time zones, considering I work pretty regular office hours in my day job as Head of Marketing at a Swedish HR Tech Company.

By the way, if you’re not a native English speaker either, check out this article:

But I digress.

You’re here to get a good ol’ breakdown of my freelance earnings in April, as promised in the title. Am I right?

Well, here we go!

A breakdown of my April writing income

Writing on Medium: $60 Which, when you think of it, is actually not that bad, considering the fact that I only published two new articles in April.

Affiliate marketing: $960 I’m not doing affiliate marketing myself, but I am helping one of my copywriting clients manage their affiliate program. Setting it up took some time, and I am paid solely on commission, but lately, it has been bringing a steady flow of around $1000 per month. This is not a writing gig per se, but it’s something I’m helping a writing client with, so I’ll count it!

Translation of email copy: $280 I have an ongoing collaboration with this company where, from time to time, they send me their email drip series in English, and I translate them to Swedish for them.

Website copy: $3000 Now, to be fair, this is a project I’ve been working on in increments ever since February, as it has entailed a lot of wait and lead times from other stakeholders. But it’s certainly a nice round number to add to my April invoices!

Writing on Scripted $440: This comes from writing three short articles about topics I’d be able to write about in my sleep. Scripted is my #1 favorite platform when it comes to finding freelance work that pays well. Highly recommend.

It’s easier than you think

Now, when you break it down like this, it doesn’t seem like all that much work, does it? It’s work that I thoroughly enjoy and that I can do on my own terms, in the evenings and weekends that my kids spend with their father.

And yet, $4,740 in one month is a pretty substantial number. At least to me, it is. This is why I will never ever drop freelance writing as my side hustle!

Let me know in the comments if you appreciate this type of breakdown, and if you do, I’ll make it a monthly habit.

Happy writing! ❤

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Nina Quist

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Helping B2B & SaaS companies grow through strategic content marketing. Head of Marketing at www.eletive.com | Founder of www.contechi.com

Freelancers’ Pharmacy

Sharing experiences and insights from my +10 years as a freelance writer and editor.

Nina Quist

Written by

Helping B2B & SaaS companies grow through strategic content marketing. Head of Marketing at www.eletive.com | Founder of www.contechi.com

Freelancers’ Pharmacy

Sharing experiences and insights from my +10 years as a freelance writer and editor.

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