How I Made $10,016 in October Freelancing

Without selling courses or doing the blogging grind.

Jyssica Schwartz
The Startup
Published in
6 min readNov 8, 2019


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In September 2017, I wrote a post about how I made $6500 that month as a full-time freelance writer.

In that post, I shared my breakdown of how I made that money and what kinds of work and clients I had to get there.

Two years later, in October 2019, I had my first $10,000 month!

While I have made a livable and decent salary since I started freelancing in October 2016, this was my first $10k month. I have seen many articles from people about ramping up and making $10k and more right away; that is not the case for me, and I want to show a view of the more realistic way freelancers can ramp up and raise prices and client quality over time to earn more money.

I have had several $8,000 months in the last two years, and even more in the $7–8,000 range.

But October was my first ever $10k month, and I want to show you how.

It wasn’t easy, but it was not a blogging grind, either.

What’s changed?

In 2017, I was still doing quite a bit of blogging for companies on a monthly retainer basis (example: $1000/month for 4 blog posts per month for 1 client).

Not an overwhelming amount. Here is the breakdown from that original article:

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My business has evolved, as businesses are wont to do, in the last two years. As my experience has grown and changed, my love for editing books has grown and I have gotten more opportunities to do that than in past years.

So, in October, I edited more books, whether it was as a developmental editor or as a copyeditor and proofreader (they are different and the pricing is different!). I’ve raised my prices since 2017 (scaling my business)…



Jyssica Schwartz
The Startup

Manging editor. entrepreneur, writer, editor, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.”