By | Emilina Lomas | www.cnbc.com
In 2017, I quit my full-time consulting job at a Fortune 500 company, where I had an annual salary of about $40,000. At 23 and right out of college, I had no backup plan — but I knew I was unhappy working a 9-to-5 in the corporate world and needed a change.
Luckily, I had saved up enough money to buy me some time to figure out how I could turn my passion for health, fitness and writing into a lucrative career. I went back to school for a master’s degree in nutrition and got certified as a personal trainer.
A year later, I noticed that world of “Instafamous” fitness influencers was booming. I found it exciting, so I created an Instagram account and posted fitness-related photos, along with my diet and exercise tips in the captions.
Six months later, my follower count grew to 10,000.
One day, a popular boxing gym reached out to me. They came across my Instagram captions and asked if I could write a few 500-word blog posts for their website about how boxers can improve their performance. The pay was $25 per post.
I ended up enjoying the process, so I decided to advertise my services as a health and fitness writer on freelancing platforms like Fiverr. After all, I was living at home and could use the money.