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 was temping as a Copywriter creating product descriptions, landing pages, and blog posts for eCommerce sites. I earned $12 an hour.
I earn $120,000 as a Head of Content and do some freelance consulting and earn an additional $2,500 a month, coming to a grand total of $150,000 a year.
All my biggest salary jumps have been job hopping. My biggest jump was the most recent, going from $90,000 to $120,000. I owe it all to developing a personal brand and attracting recruiters. I actually got two job offers for $120,000 and accepted the one I wanted more.
Making meaningful connections. It's not just about being good at your job. It's about knowing the right people to get you to your next job and knowing the people who will help you thrive there.
Everybody Writes by Ann Handley is one of my favorites.
I've had many unofficial mentors. They've mainly been people I've worked with in the past. I've learned that you have to advocate for yourself and learn how to sell your ideas to people.
Being curious and immersing myself in the communities I'm serving with my content.
Stick with what you enjoy even if it doesn't pay well at first. If you enjoy it, you'll devote time to it and improve your skills enough to make the money you want. Also, don't be afraid to change jobs.
My most stagnant years both in terms of earnings and learning were the ones where I'd stuck around too long. If you've been somewhere for two to three years and you feel stagnant, consider starting to interview.
I’m a Caucasian woman living in Syracuse, New York.