I’ve been full time freelance now for about 7 months, since the end of last May. It’s been a wild time and I owe you an update. Writing about work is always uncomfortable for me, especially when it’s current. Things will change and I can be superstitious about not wanting to jinx things. But you only receive what you demand and I am proud of my work. In addition to being afraid, I’m going to try being direct about what I’m doing and what I want to be doing.
As a freelancer, I have multiple income streams, which vary throughout the year. Some are very small (I’ve made maybe $200 from affiliate links) but I think listing them, in no particular order, is the easiest way to break down my work. Storytelling is at the core of it. Some of these streams are more time intensive than others but this is how the (vegetarian) sausage gets made. If you have any questions or want to work together or introduce me to someone, leave a comment or reply to this email!
This Newsletter: I’ve had paid subscriptions set up for TNHS since late 2019 and I could not have made the leap to full time freelance without this income and support. Unlike the other streams I’ll explain, subscriptions are consistent—many of you have been subscribers for years, either on a monthly or annual basis, and that is the ultimate support. I’ve been in the writing game long enough to see outlets close, editors move on, and budgets slashed. Signing up to support This Needs Hot Sauce long term allows me count on a certain income each month, which is vital for paying bills and planning out life. I value this creative space so much, for so many reasons, and love getting into the real stuff with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Cooking Classes: I’ve been teaching cooking classes online for over two years now and I love doing it. Erica and I teach together and I also do some classes on my own. Right now, we are offering private classes, either as a duo or with just one of us. The reason for this is that people are less interested in spending their weekends on Zoom than they were at other points in the pandemic. We have the data to show that, so we shifted our strategy. I’ve taught classes for companies, groups of friends, date nights, and more and I love doing it. If you’re interested, you can always email me. Usually, we agree on a date and time, share a few menu options and Zoom link and then you and your group get the recipes at least a week in advance to get ready. I also offer in person classes in the New York area if you want me to come over.
Copywriting & Creative Strategy: I’ve been doing copywriting in some form since 2019 and I’m focusing on it a lot this year as it’s creative and a sustainable way to grow my business.
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