Episode 100 – Holly Johnson is a professional freelance writer, author, and blogger.

Show Overview

  • Holly Johnson is a professional writer and blogger. She and her husband Greg tell it like it is, “We’ve been able to ditch our 9-5 jobs, travel the world, and take control of our lives…all because we learned to manage our money. We want to help you do the same! In 2016 she earned $270,000 – $225,000 from freelance writing and $45,000 from blogging. Holly is “obsessed with money, travel and budgeting” but stresses she also loves frugality and using your money wisely. This focus has helped her become a staff writer at Get Rich Slowly, The Simple Dollar, Frugal Travel Guy, and U.S. News and World Report Travel. Her work has been featured on The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Forbes, Lifehacker, Yahoo!, and many other online publications. She loves freelance writing because she starts a piece, finishes it, and gets paid. She currently writes about travel fifty percent of her time and money the other fifty percent.


  • Nonfiction, blogger, and freelance writer.

My Book

My First Challenges

  • When I first started I was doing lower paying work. It was a challenge to get the really good jobs. But once you get one big job, it validates you. I learned that once I got that one big job, It helped build my portfolio. and it was easier to get other jobs.

On Success

  • Be a a really hard worker. Do what you have to do to get ahead.

On Long Term Success

  • When you find those awesome clients who pay well and treat you well, treat them like gold. Be an awesome freelancer for them.

On Getting Started

  • It’s okay to take non- or low-paying jobs to build a portfolio of your writing.

On Becoming Known

  • Start a blog to build your online experience and build your social media accounts to create your online portfolio.
Start a blog to build your online experience and build your social media accounts to create your online portfolio. @ClubThrifty Click To Tweet

On Social Media

  • If a client has to choose between two writers where one has several thousand followers on social media and the other one doesn’t exist in the Internet, who do you think they will hire?

On Writing Well

  • Be a good writer. Learn from your client’s style guide. Follow directions and follow your editor’s lead. Ask the right questions. What are they looking for? What is the word count? What style do they like? What value can you add?

Starting Local

  • Nearly every business has a website and many are starting blogs. They need content. You can write their web copy.

On Monitizing Our Blog

  • We use advertising and affiliates to monitize our blog. We like that passive income.

On Holly’s Earn More Writing Course

  • My Earn More Writing course is a self-paced course about freelance writing. At the website you can signup for a free webinar about the “6 Keys to Online Freelance Writing Success.”

On Limitless Opportunities

  • Opportunities to get jobs are really limitless if you are extremely focused on your niche, hard working, and willing to put in the hard work. It’s all you.
Opportunities to get jobs are really limitless if you are extremely focused on your niche, hard working, and willing to put in the hard work. @ClubThrifty Click To Tweet

My Writing Motivation

  • To live my best life. To get out from under the 9 to 5 grind. To have more time with my kids.

My Most Rewarding Moment as an Writer

  • It was very fulfilling to get my husband out of his job and join me.

My Most Difficult Writing Challenge

  • Sometimes it’s just getting started. Find the one place where you can start. Maybe if you are stuck on the intro, move down to write in the body of the piece.

The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received

  • Stand out by being yourself.

My Best Advice for Struggling Writers

  • Network with other writers and bloggers. Writing can be very lonely. I started to comment on other blogs and networked online. I made valuable friendships. Think of people as your collaborators. Get to know people in your niche.

What Writing Success Means to Me

  • I just want to make enough money to support my family and take care of my kids. I want to retire early and not worry about money.

How To Find Me

From My Perspective

  • The From My Perspective segment of the show takes a looks at Holly and Greg’s highly recommended Earn More Writing course for those who want to do freelance writing.

Disclosure – The links to Holly and Greg’s Earn More Writing course is an affiliate link.

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