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How This Freelancer Traveled the World to Fund Her Profitable Passion

Three years ago, Avary Bradford founded her freelance company, The Hive, offering content writing, and deeper mindset and business growth coaching. She's a world traveler, digital nomad, minimalist, poet, manifestor, health nut, and (as she puts it) a pretend chef.

But her journey wasn't so linear, as is the case for many successful freelancers. Here's her story. 

 


 
What did you do before becoming a freelancer?

Soon after graduating college, I moved straight to Los Angeles where I worked as a technical recruiter. I took the job as a means to pay the bills as I transitioned from small-town living in Iowa to big-city bills in Los Angeles. After a few months, I felt confident in my ability to navigate the new city and started looking for jobs that better suited me and my skills. Many months later, I landed what I thought was my dream job as a Marketing Director for an international real estate company.

While there, I still felt a longing for more. I wanted to help more people and make more of an impact, so I started The Hive as a women empowerment blog. I started getting inquiries from businesses and entrepreneurs about writing blogs for them but didn't take on clients yet because of my full-time job. It didn't take long for me to realize that I wasn't fulfilled in any way at work, and needed to challenge myself more to start my own business.

I quit my job, sold all of my belongings, and moved across the globe to Vietnam to live cheaply while I taught English to fund my business.

I began freelance writing at night after working during the day, and about 9 months later I had enough clients and revenue to quit teaching and transition into full-time freelancing. Since then, The Hive has evolved a lot and has become the business of my dreams.

 
 
 
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What's been your biggest learning experience as a freelancer?

Over the past 3 years, I've had to jump many hurdles and grow a lot as a person in order to get my business to where it is today. My greatest triumph was changing my mindset and eliminating my limiting beliefs.

For the first 1.5 - 2 years of freelancing/owning The Hive, I faked it because I wasn't certain that I could actually achieve the success I dreamt of. I self-sabotaged by poorly managing my time, and not using my skills to their fullest potential. Instead of selling myself and my services, I sat back and passively got clients using freelance websites.

It took MONTHS upon months of inner-work to get to where I am today. Journaling, meditating, trainings, and SMART goal-setting helped me break down barriers and eliminate limiting beliefs that held me back.

What's your biggest piece of advice for new or aspiring freelancers?

START. Don't wait to have the perfect portfolio, website, or Instagram feed. Do what you can with what time and skills you have, and you will make more progress than if you wait until everything is "perfect."

What would you say is your most profitable service?

My most profitable digital freelance service in online course writing. I have written courses for a variety of industries and companies. Many of these clients find me through Instagram, Upwork, or via referrals.

When I meet a new client I can quickly find areas for professional and earning potential, and then develop valuable content and coaching strategies to turn possibilities into profit.

What does freelancing mean to you?

Freelancing means freedom for my life. Freedom for my time. Freedom for my location. Freedom from the mundane.

 


 

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