A newbie’s guide to making a living as a freelancer

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December 17, 2020.

The first day of true freedom — I had graduated from university and was finally free to do whatever I wanted with my life. Everything seemed great until two weeks later when I realized that I had no job and my brand wasn’t generating any income.

A year ago, I was an aspiring investment banker doing interviews with companies on Wall Street so that I could secure a job in the “big leagues” straight out of graduation.

I was heading straight down a road I knew I couldn’t handle.

A trip to Asia and a pandemic later…


Because everybody could benefit from a little more Asian travel

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If I told you that you had one life, one opportunity to squeeze as much out of your world as possible, what would you do to make the most of that one chance?

How you answer this question will ultimately determine the quality of your life.

Now, if you genuinely think about how you plan on making the most of your life, I can almost guarantee that travel is part of that answer.

If I’m right — and I am — then you’ve come to the right place, because I’m about to share the 5 most unique Asian travel experiences…

Things you need to know about yourself if you want to be successful

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Our 20s are the time where we break free from being a child, transform into an adult, and build the foundations for who we are to become in the next decades of our lives.

That being said, it’s not an easy process to transform into an adult and figure out who you are, especially when you may not even know where to start.

I was like this when I first went into my 20s; I had a general idea of the kind of man I wanted to be, but no definitive set of guidelines to get me from point A…

Things I wish I’d known when I was 19 and clueless

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It’s been about 5 months since I’ve graduated from university, and within these past few months, I can honestly say that I’ve learned more about life than I did in my entire degree.

Like most people, my time in university was messy: I zigzagged my way through career aspirations, stresses over grades, the constant searches of my life’s purpose, and, of course, waking up one too many times with a numbing hangover.

Yet, despite all of these stressors, I graduated with full confidence in myself and a plan to find immense success in the next phase of my life.


Master the art of thinking with your heart, not your head.

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It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in one of 250 cubicles on a trading floor, working for a bank that I had no desire to work for.

Despite earning an admirable amount of money for a 20-year-old, I was virtually depressed and constantly worried that I was headed down the wrong path in life.

Fast forward a few months later, and I found myself completely rejuvenated — I was offered a $100k salary job out of university, and I turned it down in favor of pursuing what…

Times when I thought my life was over, but in reality, it was just beginning.

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Have you ever felt that you’re different from everyone else you know and surround yourself with?

I sure do. I used to think that I was a weird kid for being too mature for my age and that I should just loosen up and “be normal.”

Maybe it’s because of my environment — I have loving parents, great relationships with my friends and siblings, was raised to be confident and empathetic, and I have always had my health.

It wasn’t until I dug a little…

Bread and butter tools for any content creator

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If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say they can’t make good content unless they have good equipment, I probably would be eligible to retire right now.

Good equipment gets you better quality pictures and videos, sure, but if you don’t know how to supplement the content you create, you might as well consider all of your hard-earned money wasted.

Instead, understand that design will always play a key role in your success whenever you market your brand. …

What it’s like to say yes when everyone around you says no

Photo by the author on his first date.

On January 17th of this year, I flew across Canada to go on a first date with a girl I met on Instagram.

*deep sigh* Ouf, that is a mouthful.

Initial thoughts (including my own) usually hover towards the why, but I choose to look at it as the why not.

Why wouldn’t I have flown across the country and taken huge risks to go out with someone I had never met before?

I’m a firm believer that life is a series of split-second decisions and the quality of the life you wish to have reflects deeply on the decisions…

Including a full breakdown of my pitch to the client.

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After graduating last December and deciding that I’d become a full-time entrepreneur, I was left to wonder about the one question that I’d been avoiding for a long time.

“How the heck am I going to make money?”

Fast forward through many series of thoughts and I wound up signing up for a freelancing platform called Upwork. I decided that before I moved across the country, I’d make at least $1,000 in the 12 days I had left.

Ambitious, I know.

In my first week, I spent hours browsing through job opportunities and applying for jobs until I received my…

Instant creative boosts to cure any form of writer’s block

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It’s widely said that the key to growth on social media is consistency, but it can be hard to be consistent, especially when you have other priorities lined up. One of the ways to eliminate your inconsistency is by continuously being able to churn out great content ideas. The easier it is to come up with an idea, the more motivated you are to create, and the more consistent you’ll wind up being.

That may be easier said than done, but it doesn’t mean that you have to be a superhuman to figure it out. The way that you develop…

William Rossy

Former banker turned content creator. Now a Travel/Personal Growth YouTuber & Writer focused on making the most of my 20s| www.sprouht.com // will@sprouht.com

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