How I Started Freelance Writing and Blogging with the Help of the Travelista Club
March 4, 2018
And How You Can Too!
Have you always wanted to try freelance writing and just had no clue where to start?
Do you want to stay at home instead of waking up to go to a job that just brings down your soul?
Do you have something that you love and want to share with the world through writing?
Then freelance writing may be for you.
I personally fell into all three of the categories above. I’ve always loved writing. For me, it was a way of expressing myself and the thoughts in my head, as well as exploring new ideas. Don’t ask me why, but things always made more sense on paper than inside my noggin. I started with journaling at a young age; just writing down my hopes and dreams. Then I started writing stories and poetry, and now I have my own blog!
Over the years, I’ve read books about freelancing, I’ve watched youtube videos and read other blogs. But it just seemed so hard, and I didn’t have the first clue how to begin. I made a free WordPress account not once, but TWICE and immediately got discouraged with how hard it was to navigate and how many people actually went on to read my posts. If you’re curious- only two people (thanks, mom, and dad). But that’s just it, I didn’t do anything with it. I didn’t market it on social platforms. I didn’t edit the format of my posts. I didn’t do anything. I didn’t know HOW.
The Third Time’s the Charm
This time around, I have a very pretty blog. (If you’re reading this then you’re currently looking at it.) And I have the knowledge and the motivation I need to succeed- and really, its all thanks to the Travelista Club. This site made it so simple for me to take that initial leap into the freelancing world.
I found their listing on freelancewritinggigs.com. I used to check sites like that once and a while just to see whats up. I never really intended to do anything though, I just didn’t think I was ready. But I changed my mind when I saw the listing for the Travelista Club
My curiosity made me click on the link, and it brought me to this beautiful page shown below. I read the entire thing twice- just to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. It promised an easy and simple startup, no formal experience required and free training. That’s too good to be true right? I clicked the ‘Sign Up Now’ button at the bottom just to be sure.
It brought me to an application form. It asked me for my name and email, as well as if I had any formal education and special skills. This is where I hesitated. In today’s world, you always hear about scams and hackers and identity theft and honestly, I was a little nervous. What if this site wasn’t as legitimate as it looked?
And then I remembered that I literally click on so many risky sites a day in order to try and stream Rick and Morty- and I filled out the form. And boy am I glad I did.
Creating Your WordPress Blog
It only took a day to receive an email back from them saying they reviewed and accepted my invitation and I could continue with the next steps and create a blog.
Wait Wait Wait. Create a blog? If you’re like me, then you probably got confused reading that too. I thought I just signed up to write a travel article? But Travelista is so much more than that. It gives you the professional development tools you need in order to really kick-start your freelancing career.
When I followed the prompt, it led me to a page that led me step-by-step through creating my very own WordPress blog. No headache. No confusion. No popping of the Ibuprofen bottle. Just an easy, clean setup process.
It only took me 15 minutes to complete all the steps. I will warn you though, it did cost me 12$. Don’t get alarmed. This is a really good deal for website hosting and website startup. The link that Travelista provides for you, leads you straight to GoDaddy.com, and the preloaded hosting plan that only costs 12$ for an entire year of internet hosting, as well as hooks you up with a free domain.
I’ll be honest with you, I don’t completely understand the whole server vs. hosting vs other complicated internet terms out there, so I won’t pretend I do. But I do know that is a pretty great deal. I had done some surface level research on website hosting before, and I found rates on other sites anywhere from 10-60$ dollars a month. So trust me- 1$ a month is a pretty solid deal.
And if you’re still uncertain, let me just tell you, through Travelista, you’re also guaranteed your very first freelancing job (remember that travel article thing we clicked on?) and immediately make that money back.
Free Job Training
Once you follow their instructions and set up your blog, there’s another small waiting period. This time, it only took a few hours for them to check everything out and approve my site for me to start working. Now, I was getting excited.
I followed the link once again and it opened up to my Writer’s Academy account, where I could view the articles I had pending and the training.
Let me stop there. You are given pages upon pages of training in order to give you all the information you need to get started and succeed. The lessons are listed out by category- anything from WordPress Setup, to How to Create a Writing Portfolio, to Social Media Marketing, to Monetizing your Website. I was stunned the amount of information that had just been given. I felt like I hit a goldmine.
This is what I needed years ago when I had tried to start a blog the first time.
I read all the lessons back to back. I let them consume me. And when I was done with that, I went back and re-read the one labeled Writing Articles/ Posts.
And then I started writing.
Write Your First Freelance Article
It took me a few hours to compose my piece and edit it; Another half hour to find the pictures I wanted to submit with it in my computer, And 10 minutes to type up the title and keywords and press submit.
I was so nervous. I kept biting my nails (bad habit) and checking my watch and pissing off my teammates by fidgeting around so much. But FINALLY, after a day I got the email telling me my article had been approved and would be posted on https://travelista.club/ in a few days. If you think I didn’t immediately jump out of my seat and do a happy dance, you would be wrong. I was absolutely elated.
I had to take a moment for myself there. It is still so surreal to me that after years of wanting to tap into the field of writing and see my name in print, I actually will! On a real-life website! Cue happy dance.
When it was posted, you can be sure I posted the link in this article and shared it on all my social media accounts.
Now you can start your own freelancing journey with writers.academy and the Travelista Club too! Just click here!
Full disclosure, because I believe in honesty. The link does contain a referral code for me and in the event that you choose to sign up, I will get credit for directing you to the site. However, that does not mean that you should take my word any less seriously.
I truly think the greatest part of this is I now have the resources and knowledge I need to succeed. Using the training I received when I signed up, I know how to market my posts out on social media to get more traffic to my site and ultimately, more page views. I also know how and where to find more freelance work.
With that being said, it is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. There hasn’t been a day that went by yet where I haven’t sent out an email to other bloggers in my niche to try and get a guest post, or where I haven’t posted a page on Facebook and begged people to share. But I feel empowered and hopeful because I already had one job, and because that job dropped a check into my bank account.
Just a note: Travelista advertises that it pays 40$ per 1000 word article. But keep in mind, it is an Australian company. So if you’re in the United States like I am, that’s going to turn into around 30$ dollars. It’s still a paycheck, and you still earned it from WRITING, so take that proudly. Plus, that 12$ investment you made at startup- absolutely paid back in full.
I hope this article helped some of you, and if you have any questions about the Travelista Club or anything else, feel free to send me a message on my About Me page.