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For over five years, Chanell has helped nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and entrepreneurs reach their constituents through the creation of compelling content.
Before becoming a full-time freelance writer a few years ago, she worked in communications and project management for educational nonprofits in the Metro Atlanta area. During this time, she also earned an MBA from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!)
Since then, Chanell has produced content for solopreneurs, startups, and small businesses within the United States and internationally.
What’s your current profession?
Freelance Writer, Content Creator, and Digital Marketing Strategist.
How did you get started with working remotely and how did you make this transition?
During my last in-office and full-time position, I was looking for some flexibility in my schedule as well as the opportunity to work on more projects that I was passionate about. Fortunately enough, I had a friend that I used to meet with in the breakroom for lunch, and she began talking about the benefits of freelancing (including the perk of remote work).
She told me that she did some freelance writing on the side, but we also discussed the possibility of doing it full-time. So, from then on, I created a profile on Upwork, created a basic portfolio (I was writing and managing digital marketing at the time, so I had some pieces to show), and started putting some feelers out there.
I got my first client within a few days, and the rest, as they say, is history.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am creating blogs and articles for a variety of clients (typically solopreneurs or small business owners). Most of the content that I am currently developing relates to digital marketing, entrepreneurship, automotive, and remote work topics. I also handle social media management/engagement and editing for another client.
On the other hand, I am also working on some personal business projects: a potential e-book as well as a journey into stock photography.
Freelancing—particularly remote freelancing—gives me the opportunity to pursue a variety of side hustles and potential passive income streams, which I am definitely grateful for.
What’s your typical workday like?
I typically wake up at 7:30 AM and start the day with a quick breakfast and a walk with the dog (Bacon :-D)
I then sit down around 7:50 AM and start my day.
From 7:50 AM to 10:00 AM, I am usually editing and turning in writing projects I worked on the previous day. From 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM I take my break where I take the dog for another walk and grab a snack.
From 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM I am working on new projects, and taking a few breaks.
I will end the day by planning out the next day. I will look at my Asana calendar, add new projects as needed, and then create my paper to-do list to more easily track my day as it happens.
In the evening (after 5 pm), I will schedule my social media postings, and create strategies for my personal business endeavors (create content, develop newsletters, etc.)
What do you like about working remotely?
I like the fact that I can take on multiple types of projects and side hustles. I can develop multiple passive income streams, travel while I work, take a break to head to a coffee shop with friends, or take on a new work project. There is a freedom attached to remote work that you cannot find in in-office positions.
What do you not like about working remotely?
I would say the isolation as well as the difficulties in making time to level-up. For example, many companies today offer in-house training. When you are working remotely, you have to find these opportunities yourself and really commit to doing them.
Which city or country have you worked at since working remotely? Which one has been your favorite?
I keep most of my work in the United States, but I have had to handle some urgent projects while traveling in California and Rome, Italy. Rome, Italy was definitely the favorite as the views I saw while managing my work was worth the trip.
Do you have a dedicated workspace to work?
I mostly work at the coffee table in my living room. I will sometimes migrate to a coffee shop or co-work space, but the majority of my time is spent at home.
What tools do you use when you’re working?
I use Asana to manage my work week, Grammarly to edit my writing, Hootsuite and Later.com to schedule social media postings, the Wave app for billing, and I will sometimes use PayPal if necessary.
How do you stay focused when working?
I am a focused person by nature, but I do have some tricks up my sleeve:
*YouTube Chillhop Livestream stations – The music really keeps me focused and motivated.
- Taking breaks throughout the day helps me to rest my brain and come back recharged.
- Remembering my goals also ensures I have no excuse to slack.
What’s the best piece of advice that you’d like to give to those that want to work remotely?
Always keep an eye out for opportunities. I know this is more geared to freelancers, but remote workers can benefit from this as well. Remote work is an excellent perk, and it is one we shouldn’t have to give up. As a result, be sure that you always have an eye on other opportunities in case one fails. So, keep your resume up-to-date, network in-person and online, and invest in a couple of side hustles.
What kind of services do you provide, if any?
I offer blog and article writing. I also do social media management/engagement as well as some digital marketing strategy.
Do you have a portfolio that you’d like to share?
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