From broke ass to stackin’ cash (as a beginner writer and college dropout!)

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(Not like, “obnoxiously flexing my 7 Lamborghinis on IG” cash, but definitely “travel wherever/whenever I want and buy lots of overpriced Whole Foods vegan food” cash!)

When I started freelance writing, I was a college dropout who had just lost my job and felt totally lost in life and my career.

Fast forward to today, and I run a successful online business that has allowed me to travel full-time, achieve financial stability, and buy my Chihuahua all the treats he wants (the main priority, obviously).

Read on to learn exactly how I did it, and remember…

If I can do this, you can too!

Oh, hey! I’m Jorden, the leader of the Writing Revolt.

…But not long ago, I was a broke, clueless college dropout whose work experience consisted mostly of soul-sucking retail and call center jobs.

I felt so hopeless and confused. I couldn’t afford college, I had no one to help me out financially, and I felt like all my creative potential was going to waste at dead-end jobs.

My last-full time job was so stressful that it made me physically ill. (Hellooooo stress eye twitch and excruciating neck pain I was WAY too young to have!) And then…

I unexpectedly got laid off from my job... on the same day's my husband's work contract ended.

My husband and I walked out of work that day scared and uncertain of our future. What were we going to do? We barely had any savings, and I didn’t have any impressive work experience on my résumé.

All I knew was I needed to make a living, and fast. I had wanted to start freelance writing for so long, so…

Instead of crawling back to another dead-end job, I decided to bet on myself. I decided I would go “all in” on my dream of writing for a living and do whatever it took to make it happen, even though I was terrified.


It wasn’t glamorous at first, and honestly, writing for a living felt like a long shot. But I sat down at my old laptop in my cheap apartment, and I did the work anyway.

I made a portfolio site for myself, and then, I started pitching and cold emailing. In a matter of weeks, I had my first $1,000 freelance writing from home!

Just 4 months after losing my job, I had my first $5,000 month as a freelance writer!

Thanks to my business, I’ve been able to travel full-time, retire my spouse, and devote tons of time to creative passions like writing and music.

This all happened in spite of my lack of experience and a college degree. It happened because I believed in myself and boldly chased my dreams. I want you to know –– you can do it too!


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I started the Writing Revolt to fight against content mills and bidding sites – and to help writers like you make an incredible living working from home (or anywhere in the world!).

At Writing Revolt, we stand for:

  • Fair pay and respect for writers
  • Charging what you’re worth
  • Boldly chasing your writing dreams

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