I Made Over $2,000 Last Month In My Free Time

Allison Fleck
2 min readFeb 8, 2022

It was my day job that helped me get there.

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I was very happy with my first month of freelancing. I went all-in on Fiverr and Upwork. I created gigs and submitted proposals. I said yes to every special order and invitation to apply.

And it worked just the way it was supposed to. I got a lot of work. Four weeks into taking this seriously, I now have 6 regular clients.

But, the reason I was able to land the work was because of my day job and the day jobs that I’ve had for the last two decades (eek! I’m getting old.)

I know there’s an attitude of damn the man, don’t stay in a job you don’t love in the world today. There’s something to be said for that.

But there’s also something to be said for sticking around and sticking to a single line of work and really learning how to do it.

My side gig is (mostly) writing. I write for financial companies which is great because I’ve spent the last 20 years working in the finance industry.

I know how to explain complex concepts to a variety of audiences. People respond to that. It’s landed me gig after gig and I’m already raising my prices because I don’t have as much time available as I thought I was going to.

It feels good to be busy.

But it feels good to be able to write knowledgeably on topics without needing a ton of extra research. I fact-check a few items and riff on the rest.

I’m on track to double my earnings in February despite the shorter month. I’m excited.

Allison Fleck

Data analyst and life analyst. Proud maker of mistakes. A big fan of learning lessons the hard way.