In January of 2019, I was laid off from my full-time editor role with a major media company. During that week, over 200 media professionals and journalists were let go from their jobs. Journalism was experiencing a downfall and job opportunities were scarce due to the lack of funding and a large amount of people applying for the same roles. After receiving several rejection emails from companies I had applied for, I decided to accept a job outside of the media industry and freelance write until the market turned around.
This was my first time working as a freelancer and I had no idea where to start. Twitter became my best friend, as there were many accounts dedicated to retweeting freelance gigs and paid opportunities. Eventually, I landed a byline at three media outlets and consistently received assignments and approved pitches from them. I started averaging 4-5 articles a week, which is similar to the workload of an average staff writer. Freelance writing has done more than just sharpen my writing skills, it has taught me to hustle, to be persuasive, to network and most of all, to budget. Here’s what a week in NYC as a freelance writer with another job, looks like.