Hi, my name is Julia. I’m a freelance designer + developer, side hustler, and blogger behind Happier Freelancing.
Here’s how I got started:
What is financial freedom to you?
Defining financial freedom is different for everyone. To me, financial freedom is you are in control of your finances and your life choices.
I used to work all day long, even on weekends. I had ZERO personal life and vacation. Therefore, I took action to change my life. I went back to college at age 30 to change my career. It wasn’t easy to earn a college degree while working full-time, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made. When I went back to college, I already had multiple debts. I didn’t want to add another debt like student loans, so I’ve tested out different ways to make extra money. This supplemental income didn’t cover the full cost of college tuition, but it definitely helped me avoid getting into debt.
In fact, I made over $20k net income from my side hustle and earned a college degree without any student loans. This really opened my eyes and changed the way I felt about my career and finance. After graduating from college, I started my own freelance business and left a full-time job. Since then, I’ve been freelancing and side hustling to maintain a reasonable living. (include essential living expenses, emergency fund and vacation cost, retirement savings) I also learned a lot about a frugal lifestyle and how to manage and spend money wisely.
In 2021, I paid off my mortgage and auto loan and became debt-free in my mid-30s. Woohoo! I take one step closer to my ideal financial freedom (: Now, my financial goal is to live on $3000-$4000 for 2 adults, make an extra $1000 a month from side hustles, and travel twice a year.
My side hustle journey started in 2015. I spent an average of 10 hours a week on my side hustle project and made $635.84 a year at first. It’s $1.30 an hour. (Way below the minimum wage.) After 3 years of side hustling, I started to make $12-$19 an hour.
Here is my side hustle income report over the past few years, full report here.
I started this blog to educate and inform others and myself about finance and frugality to improve the quality of life, live happier. I hope my experience and knowledge will help you out in some way.
Thank you for reading about me page! I pretty much live my life online. Let’s be a friend on social media.
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Please email me at happierfreelancing(at)gmail(dot)com if you have any questions, tips, suggestions, requests, and so on. All are appreciated.
If you’d just like to say hi or have a quick question you don’t mind other people seeing, I would appreciate a quick message on my Twitter.