I've been sharing information about 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success, a freelance writing eCourse by Gina Horkey, for over a year now. The eCourse gives you a complete blueprint of how to start your own freelance writing business and begin generating an income for yourself, as your own boss, in just 30 days.
Since that time, the eCourse has been updated and re-vamped to make it better and better, with the most recent update and re-launch just released.
In the past, I interviewed Gina herself about her freelance writing journey and got some details about the eCourse. But since it has now been out for a while, I wanted to share with you a case study from two students, Alison Willoughby and Cruz Santana. Cruz recently released her own freelance writing refresher course and Alison runs her own virtual assisting business.
Each of these ladies has been all the way through Gina's eCourse, and they were kind enough to participate today and answer some questions for me about their backgrounds and what they got out of it:
#1 – What Made You Sign Up to Take 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success?
Alison: “I kept seeing Gina everywhere! I’d be reading an article somewhere and lo and behold it was Gina who wrote it. I appreciated her style and content plus I could tell she knew what she was talking about. She’s a machine! I figured even though I wasn’t a brand new freelancer, there was plenty I could learn from her about freelance writing.”
Cruz: “A combination of 2 months spent reading everything I could find with her byline on it and an overwhelming gut feeling that wouldn't leave me alone.”
#2 – What's Your Background?
Alison: “I’ve been a VA for about 2-½ years and before that, I worked as a medical transcriptionist. I’ve been working from home since 2007, but only recently started viewing myself as a solopreneur or one woman biz owner.”
Cruz: “I started writing professionally in 2007. At first, it was terrific! Then I got myself caught up in a comfort-trap. Thereafter, I spent the next several years taking on ghostwriting assignments for authors while working for content mills.”
#3 – How Did 30 Days of Less to Freelance Writing Success Help You Accomplish Your Goals?
Alison: “This course helped me to keep taking steps, each day, each lesson, just keep taking action. It gave me tools and systems for accomplishing my goals as well as encouragement from Gina’s wonderful and very active Facebook group. ”
Cruz: “By going through her course, I could easily see what was missing. For example, I'd been pitching forever. But I come from waaaay back when you'd mail in a query letter to an address you pulled off a directory you got in the mail. The first time I used one of Gina's pitching templates, I paid for the course with my first paying gig. That was on Day 11.”
#4 – What One Thing Surprised You the Most About 30 Days Or Less to Freelance Writing Success?
Alison: “I think what most surprised me is that it’s actually easier NOT to work for content mills. I knew the pay would obviously be better with writing gigs than a content mill. But, I didn’t quite understand that when you seek out writing gigs within your network (and beyond as you get more experience) and write about things you’re actually interested in, people will pay you for it, and you’ll enjoy it much more.”
Cruz: “That only a year after finding Gina through Real Ways to Earn while bumming wifi at Mickey D's one night, I'd be here (like, on the day!!) writing the third version of the very course that changed my life. That's BANANAS, Yo!”
#5 – Where Do You Hope to Go From Here?
Alison: “I need to build my portfolio and to pitch like a beast so that I can get more regular writing work. I’m still a newbie to freelance writing, and I’m working hard to improve the quality of my writing. However, I’ve seen the power of putting yourself out there and pitching like crazy from the challenges Gina puts on in her group. It is the best way to grow your business and waiting until you’re “ready” can hold you back indefinitely. There’s always more to learn, so I need just to go for it more.”
Cruz: “I need to pay forward this incredible gift I've been given. Somewhere out there is another single mother in dire need of a plan. I want to give her what you and Gina gave me.”
#6 – Is There Anything About the eCourse You'd Like to See Expanded On or Added?
Cruz: “I once had a list of stuff. But I put almost all of it into version three. The only thing I hope we get to do with it in the future is start a writing agency, like Contena. It feels like the next logical step in the process.”
Thanks so much to Alison and Cruz for participating! If you're interested in learning more about 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success, you can go here for full details. While I am not currently pursuing a career in freelance writing, I had full access to this course on it's original release to ensure I could recommend it. The eCourse more than met my expectations.
The course is $147. And if you're having trouble decided if you'd even be cut out for freelance writing, you can check out this free workbook Gina gives away with a list of 200+ writing niches. No strings attached!