Welcome to another post in the $100k Club series. You can see the full series here. This is "My Morning Routine" for content marketing folks making six figures. The goal is to shed light on the skills and habits that enable people to achieve lucrative jobs and help get more people in this club.
These will be anonymous and updated regularly. If you make more than $100k/year and want to contribute, email me.
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I started out as a copywriter earning $45,000 as my annual salary.
Today I earn $100,000 and as a Director of Content Marketing.
Going from $75,000 to $100,000 was my biggest increase.
My ability to translate other peoples' big picture ideas (which are often a bit nebulous/chaotic) into actionable strategies.
I had a mentor early in my career. She was my manager—I was lucky that she had a personal interest in mentorship. I learned a lot about how to navigate the corporate world and how so much of any job is managing others.
Never leave a meeting without an agreed action item. Get it out of your brain and into a system. Assume your memory is fallible. Build processes that allow you to make strategic tradeoffs, rather than sacrificing at the margins.
Be a sponge. In content, your role is to distill complex subject matter into something digestible (and hopefully interesting). It's all fair game—test your research skills by writing on technical topics, interviewing engineers and artists, and exploring all sides of an issue. Treat learning as a skill to be sharpened, not a means to an end, and you'll be able to write about anything.
I'm a white woman living in Los Angeles, California.