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How I Went From Disgruntled Chef To Freelance Superstar

Written by Monika Mundell  · November 4, 2009

I do admit the title of this post is a little on the ‘heavy side’ but I’ve chosen it for a good reason. Today (4 November 2009) is the day I’m launching my first ever paid-for info product Freelance Superstar.

Freelance Superstar is a step by step guide for newbie freelance writers or those existing entrepreneurs who currently struggle in their business. It is a labor of love and seasoned with plenty of hardship as everything I had to learn in order to run my own successful business is contained within. Basically, the Freelance Superstar guide will save you weeks of frustrations – guaranteed.

My early days:

When I first got started as a wannabe writer I had one thing going for me – passion to reach success once and for all or face another 20+ years in a job I absolutely hated. This drive was pushing me to work long hours and sacrifice many weekends in order to succeed.

In hindsight I have to say that every single tear I shed, every dollar I spent and every ‘not so lady-like word’ I ushered was worth it.

I got my first long term client while answering an online ad for a paid blogger job. By the time I saw it it had early been published 6 weeks and I figured ‘oh well, what have I got to lose by applying for it.’ So I did. Interestingly enough I got the job!

And guess who my first client was – yep, it is no other than my current partner in crime for the Freelance Superstar product – infamous online ‘guru’ Gobala Krishnan. Gobala employed me as a staff blogger on one of his sites which later lead to being the editor in charge on a couple of his blogs. Plus it also brought me several big name marketers as new clients.

The rest as they say is history – I wish.

My seven months journey to freedom and success:

From that very first job I landed with Gobala it took seven months for me to earn a full time income. Those seven months were perhaps the toughest ever for me because I spend hours online in order to brand my name and my business with my blog and social media. It was extremely time consuming but also very rewarding because by the time I quit my offline job for good (January 2008) I never had to look back.

In fact, from January 08 until March/April 09 I was fully booked at all times without having to seek one single client. You could call this the honeymoon period I guess. Life was perfect.
The suddenly I realized…

... that I had priced myself out of the market. When things started to slow down in those early months of 2009 I didn’t know yet that the GFC had already crowded my style. Only when I got an increased ‘lack of replies’ to my quotes I figured something was seriously wrong. My business was still rolling nicely but the cracks were slowly starting to show due to having bigger gaps in my schedule.

It was time to take action once again:

The first thing I did was to take down my rates and customize them for every single client. This has worked a treat for me ever since. Only later did I make the connection between this sudden loss of bookings and the global recession.

Luckily for me I did act on it immediately and only had to experience two slowish months.

I also realized that unless I got into the info product market I could keep writing forever and never achieve true time freedom. So I wrote Freelance Superstar to help newbies find their feet in the industry.

The supercharge formula:

A lot has happened since and while I normally never talk about my income I can proudly say that I had my first $700 day late last month. Naturally not all days are this crazy but my income has doubled from September to October this year already and things are looking good for the future.

My personal supercharge formula can be accredited to the power of outsourcing. Outsourcing is the way to go in this industry and I will talk about this in detail if you head over to my new site Writing Pod. That site is dedicated to take a freelance writing business to the next level and only my list subscribers will find out how I did this because it isn’t for the faint-hearted or the person scrambling for their last dollar.

What it takes to reach success in business:

If you want to be widely successful in your own business you need to be dedicated to your success. Expect late nights, weekend work, last minute orders from clients and a whole heap of time consuming tasks.

You also need to be passionate about what you do, otherwise it will never work out for you. The magic word is to take massive action day in and day out. Even after you reach acceptable success levels you have to keep on pushing. I’m happy to say though that it beats the alternatives for me every single day.

I LOVE my business, I LOVE my clients and best of all, I really LOVE my life. Do you have it within you to be the next Freelance Superstar?

In success
Monika Mundell

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9 Responses to “How I Went From Disgruntled Chef To Freelance Superstar”

  1. George Manty on November 4th, 2009 7:59 am


    Thanks for the great guest post. I always enjoyed working with you when you wrote for this blog.

  2. Monika Mundell on November 4th, 2009 4:29 pm

    @ George: Thank you. Likewise on the working together bit. It’s been a long journey (at least it feels that way) but I don’t have any regrets. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to write this.

  3. andrej on November 5th, 2009 5:54 am

    This story reminds me myself a little. I was starting as a logo designer and I sacrified a lot of time to make a few bucks.

  4. Monika Mundell on November 5th, 2009 5:39 pm

    @ Free Mobile Games: No sure what hosting tip tips have got to do with my story as a freelance writer?

    @ andrej: I hear you Andrej. Any business needs sacrifices, often to the expense of family and partners but in the end we claim that time back and more because we can sit back and enjoy life more than trying to slave our days away for a boss. I wish you much success. šŸ™‚

  5. George Manty on November 5th, 2009 9:03 pm

    I think Free Mobile Games is spam… I will delete it…

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  7. Dave on November 19th, 2009 9:45 pm

    I have a love-hate relationship reading articles about people being successful online. On the one hand I get great tips from an article and knowledge how someone made it, on the other hand it constantly reminds me how miserable I am in my current stage. Oh how I would love to be as good as you guys. šŸ™

  8. Monika Mundell on November 20th, 2009 6:44 pm

    @ Dave: While I do understand that some people might feel frustrated, yet enlightened to read about success stories I have to tell you that I’m no better than you Dave.

    The only thing that separates us in the success stakes is that I have taken MASSIVE ACTION while you probably haven’t. So many people WISH for success but they are not prepared to put in the hard work.

    There is NO QUICK FIX to success – it takes work and consistency and you can do this – IF YOU REALLY WANT TO!

    I wish you only the best and hope you find it within you to succeed. You’ve got every right to do so. šŸ™‚

  9. Susan on March 1st, 2011 7:13 am

    Thank you, Monika!
    It was very interesting to read your post for me as a newbie in freelancing.
    Your story is a good example for me, thanks!