Sep 26, 2023
Freaked out about the negative implications of AI on your side hustle?
Or to your side hustle idea? You're not alone.
As a freelance writer and copy editor, Gabrielle Gerbus had huge concerns especially once business started to drop off. But then…
She knew she needed to jump onboard and figure out HOW the proliferation of AI could work to her benefit. Then, her business grew.
Her agency now brings in over $15,000 a month in revenue. While she is paying out subcontractors, the business expenses are particularly low for this digital nomad.
I spoke to her after she had just arrived in Thailand.
In addition to hearing how she started her freelancing side hustle, scaled it, and pivoted to profit in this age of AI, you’ll also hear about some unexpected benefits of life as a digital nomad.
It sounds to me like she’s found her tribe.
For guidance on how to lead your best life…one that you deem to be wonderful and well-lived, be sure and check out the end of episode Wrap Up!
What You’ll Hear:
05:10 Job dissatisfaction led Gabrielle to start her side hustle
07:03 Discovered she doesn’t need years of corporate experience to start freelancing
07:35 Being encouraged to put up a seller page on Fiverr
08:11 In 2 months she replaced her corporate salary!
09:50 She was thankful to be told not to quit her day job without a backup plan
12:07 Being obsessed with professional and personal development fueled her success
13:54 Her offerings grew in number organically out of client requests
14:24 Gabrielle was counseled by a mentor to say “yes” to every client request, and then figure out the "how"
14:59 That led to scaling early as she had to hire talent in other disciplines
17:40 In life we have our successes and our "learning experiences"
18:54 Learning the art of delegating and managing others
20:10 Sales dropped when AI became more mainstream
22:10 Why someone using AI to write still needs an editor
23:25 Decided she had to get onboard and figure out how to use AI to her advantage
24:11 Gabrielle is part of Fiverr’s “Seller Plus Program”
26:39 She charges double when editing AI as it involves much more work than if it was written by a human
27:17 Her AI editing gig gets 250,000 impressions per month - shows the demand
29:06 She’ll take text that’s 80%-100% AI written, edit it, and bring that down to being flagged as 10%-15% AI generated
31:36 How Gabrielle uses AI
32:55 Current revenues $20,000-$30,000 per month including passive income
36:52 One challenge spending half the year in Thailand is the different time zones
37:11 The benefits of connecting with like-minded digital nomads overseas
38:49 Gabrielle’s best tips for starting and growing your side hustle
40:36 “Consider the consequences of inaction”
40:45 The “Rocking Chair Test”
41:45 Don’t play the “what if” game
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