On today’s show, I have Alli Hoff Kosik who is a freelance writer living in New York City.
I found Alli’s blog a few months ago while reading a Brit + Co article and quickly realized we had a lot in common. Alli started her freelancing career about a year after I started my business and I could really resonate with many of the struggles and successes that happen to you as someone who’s self-employed.
During the episode, we chat about what it was like for her to leave her dream job and work as a freelance writer, how she got started, advice for people who want to break into the freelance writing industry, how much she gets paid per article, and a whole lot more!
Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!
Alli Hoff Kosik | Freelance Writer
In today’s episode, you’ll find out:
- What it was like for her to leave a dream job to work as a freelance writer.
- How she got started as a freelance writer.
- What she thinks people misconceive about being a freelance writer.
- What makes a really good pitch.
- Advice for people who want to bring into the freelance writing industry.
- The price range she gets paid per article.
- Her struggles with being a freelance writer and working for herself.
- Her proudest moment thus far while being a freelance writer.
- The one thing she’d stock up on if she found out it was no longer being sold.
In September 2016, Alli Hoff Kosik walked away from her what she thought was her dream job to pursue her love of writing professionally, with only a few contacts and a general idea of how to make that happen. Today, she is a full-time freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire and on a variety of Web sites including Racked, Bustle, Brit + Co, Refinery29, and The Kitchn. You can also find Alli blogging at Finding Plan A. She is passionate about reading, running, rainbow sprinkles, her lipstick collection, watching embarrassing reality TV, and wandering her neighborhood listening to podcasts. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and (in her dreams, at least) three golden retriever puppies.
Key takeaways from this episode
I'm a rule follower. I played by the books my entire life. - Alli Hoff Kosik Click To Tweet
“I didn’t want there to ever be a question as to whether or not I had been fully focused on my work until I left my corporate job.” – Alli Hoff Kosik
I think being in New York jumpstarted me and motivated me to meet with people more quickly. - Alli Hoff Kosik Click To Tweet
“About 90-95% of what I’m doing, I’m pitching myself and coming up with the idea”. – Alli Hoff Kosik
I think the biggest struggle with being a freelance writer is that you're both working for yourself and employed by many people. - Alli Hoff Kosik Click To Tweet
“I’m a creature of habit and I’m most successful working from home when I’m on more of a routine.” – Alli Hoff Kosik
“I have to be more forgiving of myself if I can’t always stick to my routine because it probably means I’m setting myself up for better work.” – Alli Hoff Kosik
“I have trouble being kind to myself.” – Alli Hoff Kosik
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