How I Went from Full-Time Worker to Full-Time Writer Online

It was the last day of August, 2012.

She stands on the train. She always stands. Even if there’s room to sit, she stands. Why? Because she sits down all day.

All day.

But this day is different. This is the last time she will be crammed onto a commuter train heading for a steel building in the city to work a job she doesn’t care about.

September 2012

She starts a blog without thinking of an end goal. It just comes naturally from all the hours spent reading other people’s blogs and a sort of knowing that, yes, she can create something of value.

She likes the new online world that’s emerging. It appeals to her. It’s based on helping people, not on manipulating them into buying something useless and then forgetting all about them.

She writes online articles for minimal pay just to get by. She works her way up and soon gets regular travel clients that pay much better.

She blogs about it all, sharing everything she learns along the way. People respond. She’s not sure why… but that was never the end goal anyway, remember? The process is enough.

Until it isn’t.

September 2013

She sees there are people out there just like her. She wants to let them know they can do what she did – quit their day jobs and make a living from writing, if that’s what they want to do.

Life’s too short.

She starts to think she can help.

She launches a book on Amazon about how to make money from travel blogging, followed by a PDF course, downloadable on her website about how to make an actual living from writing online.

It goes well so she travels the world for a while, her laptop in tow. (Well, why not?)

January 2015

Boring yet significant European VAT laws change, forcing her to take down the course she had worked so hard on and, yes, that was making her money.

She vows to find a different model.

October 2015

I FINALLY stopped talking about myself in the third person(!) and FINALLY launched: The Complete Freelance Writing Course: Beginner to Pro. I had some ups and downs with producing it, if I’m honest. But I’m finally happy with the end product and proud to get it out into the world…

Here’s what’s in it for you:

I’m offering a MAHOOSIVE discount on the course just for all you lovely readers, old and new – you’re all important to me.

If any of the below rings true for you, it’s likely to be a good fit (although there is a 30-day money-back guarantee if it turns out not to be, so don’t fret too much):

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  • You’re stuck in a day job but want to earn a living writing online instead
  • You want more time, money and freedom to spend as you please (who doesn’t?)
  • You want a new career working from anywhere but don’t know where to start
  • You’re sick of spending all your time earning a pittance writing for content mills
  • You pitch for individual writing gigs on freelancing sites but don’t have regular clients


To say a huge thank you for all your support (and for reading this far!), I’m offering the course to you guys with 50% off.

I spent so much time, energy and love on this and I can promise you it’s packed with value, including pitching templates I use myself and exclusive, step-by-step instructions on how to make a living as a freelance writer online.

Here’s the link again: The Complete Freelance Writing Course: Beginner to Pro

Finally, thanks for all your continued support and comments.

It means more to me than you could possibly know.

4 thoughts on “How I Went from Full-Time Worker to Full-Time Writer Online

  1. Hi Kirsty, It’s so inspiring to see how far you’ve come and in such a short time span too.
    As for me, I jumped into freelance writing directly from colledge, so I have no experience of working 9 to 5. Sometimes I wonder if this is a good thing at all. What do you think?

    1. Hi Jamila,

      Good for you! I think it’s certainly not a bad thing. I’m sure you learned pretty quickly how to tackle life as a freelancer, and that can only be a good thing.

      Thanks for your kind comments, by the way. 🙂

  2. Hi Kirsty,

    I subscribed to the newsletter after doing your course on Udemy – it is very good, thank you! I am curious about that legal thing you mentioned in the article that made you take down your previous course – what was it exactly? Is it anything one needs to know about before putting up a course online? Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Olga, thanks for getting in touch and for being a student of the course! It was to do with a change in European VAT law that made it unsustainable to sell the course via my own platform. I’m really happy with the Udemy platform though, so things worked out for the best! Thanks again for getting in touch.

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