Experience True Freelancing Freedom with Kirsty Stuart

Experience True Freelancing Freedom with Kirsty Stuart

Better Freelancing Episode 023:

Experience True Freelancing Freedom with Kirsty Stuart

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Kirsty Stuart – Freelance Writer
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Episode 023 Takeaways

  1. Courses, eBooks, and affiliate marketing can supplement your freelance earnings.
  2. Consider pitching your past employers to hire you as a freelancer.
  3. Freelancing can allow you to work where and when you want.
  4. You don’t have to be an expert — you just have to get started and learn as you go.
  5. Routine is important in the early days of freelancing… work when you work best.

Episode 023 Quotables

“I’m completely self-taught … and as I went, I blogged about it. And that’s where Freelance Writers Online came about.”
— Kirsty Stuart

“I think that’s one of the biggest mistakes people could make. They think they have to be an expert and everything has to be perfect before they can take any sort of a leap. And it’s just not the case.”
— Kirsty Stuart

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14 thoughts on “Experience True Freelancing Freedom with Kirsty Stuart

  1. Hey Kirsty and Brent,

    Great interview. Like others have mentioned what stood out was the lifestyle part. Sometimes I like to work in the evenings or late at night, definitely not regular office hours. However, it’d be nice to get some more daytime as off-time for myself..so those are definitely the more exciting things about freelancing. 🙂

    It was nice to see your passion for travelling, especially when you mentioned going out of your comfort zone — it mostly seemed to excite you! Already stopped by your blog earlier today, loved your top 10 writing tips.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, both of you!

    – Jasper

    • Hi Jasper,

      Glad you discovered Kirsty and all she has to offer — her blog is a great resource!

      I think the flip side of that flexibility is that you can also choose to work more when necessary, rather than begging for overtime at a traditional job. Freelancing is whatever you make it!

      Thanks for commenting and sharing.


      • Hey Brent,

        You made a good point. It’s not inspiring to try to work as little as possible, but it’s a very liberating idea to me to know that you can work when and where you want. It’s a luxury billions of working people around the world simply do not have.

        Oh, and I’ll definitely keep my eyes on Kristy’s blog. No doubt about it. 😉

        Thanks for your response, Brent!

    • Thanks so much Jasper. I really loved the comment you left on my top 10 writing tips post. I’ve checked out your site, and you’ve got some great posts on there – keep ’em coming!

      It’s the lifestyle part that drew me to freelancing, of course. As I wrote in my travel blogging eBook, I thought to myself one day: “If I love travel and love writing, how can I get paid to do both?” I’d recommend everybody who wants to go freelancing (but doesn’t know quite how that will look yet) to think about what’s most important to them and then ask themselves that same question, i.e. how can I work out a way to get paid to do this? There’s always a way.

      Glad you enjoyed the interview. It’s been good to virtually meet you!


  2. I would like to go into freelancing. I totally agree that fear stops us from taking that leap. Your heart screams “yes” but your head says “how”.

    • Hi Phoenicia,

      Thanks for commenting.


      Well, if freelancing is something you really want to do, there are a number of free resources out there to help you get started.

      You could always spend $40 or so to purchase Kirsty’s course — she’s offering 80 percent off for viewers of Better Freelancing. She has some great insights for you.

      Also, there a number of resources I can point you to on my blog… and a great one publishing next Monday, featuring 70+ freelancers sharing how they find new business.

      If I can help you in any way, please let me know.



    • Hi Phoenicia,

      “How do I start?” is a common question or fear. It’s easy to think about and even plan, but making the leap is always the hardest part. Fortunately, all you have to do is to take the first step; simply work out what that first step is for you and then take it, without hesitation. Don’t worry about the other steps and the future just yet or you’ll likely do nothing at all! Just take that very first step towards carving out a freelancing career for yourself.

      That’s all you have to do… for now.

      Wishing you all the best,

    • Great point, Alicia. Thanks for commenting!

      The thing is, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with treating freelancing like an office job — especially in the early days. As Kirsty said, newer freelancers often need a bit of a firmer schedule to get things going.

      (And if you ask me, anyone quitting their day job cold turkey to build an online, service-based business ought to be investing 100+ hours per week to start…)

      But I digress.

      Eventually, we learn to strike a balance… to enjoy some of the flexibility freelancing allows without letting our work suffer. Everyone is different, and so too are our working styles.

      Have an awesome day, Alicia!


  3. Loved this interview! Kirsty, it’s so true what you said about working the when you’re at your best. That’s one of the beautiful things about freelancing that I think some people misinterpret. It’s more about understanding your strengths and having the privilege to capitalize on that!

    • Glad you liked the interview Andrea! I agree completely agree. Why freelance if you can’t go on to enjoy the freedom that all that hard work (hopefully) leads to?!

      It’s about taking responsibility for our own working lives, and that includes our daily schedules.


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