Ever wonder what it takes to become a successful freelancer? Alexandra Fasulo, The Freelance Fairy herself, is here to share how she became a Fiverr millionaire (at age 28). Talk about #goals.
I have asked myself about a million times this past year, "have I chosen the right path?" Following my passion, creating a platform for post-grads, and straying from the "norm" to focus on writing has been challenging, especially when most of the people I look up to have 9 to 5s. The moment I realized that I chose the right path was when I found @alexandrafasulo on social media. I didn't technically find her (I can't take all the credit) my boyfriend did and he sent me her article in Forbes about how she is making six figures as a freelancer. Learning about her success gave me a role model and not just for monetary reasons. She became my new role model because of her work ethic and commitment to helping other freelancers along the way (if you are a copywriter and/or freelancer and haven't checked out her TikTok, what are you doing?) She just gets it and she's here to break down how she got to where she is today with our Dear Diary readers.
DD: Introduce yourself to our Dear Diary readers.
AF: “My name is Alex Fasulo, and I am a full-time freelance writer on Fiverr.com. I have been freelancing since 2015 and hit the $1 million earning mark on Fiverr in September 2020. I am now working to scale my business into the 7-figure per year realm, and give back in the form of educational content.”
DD: What originally inspired you to become a freelance writer?
AF: “I ended up becoming a freelancer by accident, merely because I knew I just couldn't spend another day in an office. I hated every second of it. I ended up quitting my job when I was 22 with no plan. I started to freelance as a way to make ends meet and discovered that I completely and unequivocally loved doing it. Here I am 6-years later and happier than ever!”
DD: What has your journey been like throughout your 20s, specifically after college?
AF: “I graduated early at 21 and went right to work in the NYS Assembly. At 22, I moved to NYC for a PR job (that I quit). By 23, I was freelancing full-time on Fiverr and traveling, going to music festivals, and living my best life. Now at 28, I have more of a desire to settle down (just bought my first house). Looking to dive more into my time, myself, and reading books as I head to 30!”
DD: You are breaking glass ceilings left and right, reaching goals through Fiverr as a freelancer that many people find hard to believe, what has been the most rewarding part of your post-grad journey so far?
AF: “I would say having a platform that allows me to help people. That's really important to me and part of who I am.”
DD: What is a piece of advice you would share with any young writer who is struggling to pursue their passion in 2021?
AF: “I would say go easy on yourself and do what you want to do with your life. Follow your passions and work hard. This all requires hard, dedicated focus and work. Remove the distractions and get rid of the procrastination triggers. You got this.”
DD: What is the best piece of advice (from all of the amazing advice you give both on your social media platforms and podcast) to anyone who wants to be successful on Fiverr?
AF: “I would say to be patient and willing to do the work, even if you feel the pay is not fair at first. It will catch up and more than pay you back down the line. Keep your head down and in due time, it WILL pay off.”
DD: How do you see your business and personal brand expanding in the next five years?
AF: “I would love to head into the media/news realm and maybe manage/host some news shows, newspapers, magazines, etc. dedicated to the gig economy. We need more support out there!! I'd also love to start writing my OWN books :)”
DD: Now for our final question of each interview, what now?
AF: “Haha, great question. I am anxiously awaiting the launch of my freelancing blog site Freelancing Stories next month. I am also looking to pivot off of Fiverr and run my own copywriting business as Alexandra Fasulo (need to file that LLC). I'd love to also do some more traveling this year and find some time for hobbies. I want to learn how to golf and grow fruit trees lol.”