We’re back with another post in the Student Success Stories series. Why are we interviewing these freelancers? Glad you asked! It’s because we want to feature people who took Gina’s 30 Days or Less courses and actually got serious about working on their online business.
Every story in the series is a little bit different from the others. That’s because they’re real journeys, and everyone is on a different path.
This month we’re featuring Ariel Stephens, a writer and stay-at-home mom who is homeschooling her kids while building a career as a lifestyle content producer.
Thanks for joining us, Ariel!
Name: Ariel Stephens
Short bio: SAHM freelance writer/homeschooling mama to four kiddos and wife of one for 12 years
Location: St. Louis, MO
Date hired by first client: July 30th, 2018
Return on investment: I broke even within the first week of freelancing.
Average hours worked per week: about 10 hours (more if I choose)
Average monthly income: about $600
Services offered: SEO Lifestyle/Parenting content writer, ghostwriter, essayist
Hi, Ariel. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a stay-at-home mom to four kiddos ages four through nine. I’ve been married for 12 years, and we’ve been homeschooling for nearly five years. We have two golden retrievers who are giant babies. 🙂
Can you tell us a bit about your business?
I’m a freelance SEO lifestyle/parenting content writer. I’m currently expanding my business and trying to really define my niche. I’ve been working steadily for a company for about two months and I’m continually looking for ways to gain more experience and more clients.
Why did you decide to start an online business?
I knew that I always wanted to be a writer and I knew I could make money from home.
I didn’t finish college, and I want to be able to homeschool my kids as long as I can. Also, with no college education I was out of luck financially if something happened to my husband. I needed to bring in extra income and eventually build a business that I could fall back on if I found myself as a single parent. Morbidly thinking ahead. 🙂
I also have a child with ADHD who needs therapy, and I wanted to be able to provide financially for that.