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In the last episode about my student loan debt, we left off with me walking out of my job without anything lined up. As a planner, this was very unlike me and a very uncomfortable situation that I found myself in.

In a normal situation, my first step would’ve been to update my resume and start job hunting. But Jordan and I were in a weird spot. We’d been living in London for almost a year and a half, and we weren’t sure how much longer we would be here. Maybe six months? If we were lucky, maybe a year?

With that uncertainty, I decided that looking for a job wasn’t really the best idea. But since Jordan wasn’t thrilled about my idea to become a lady of leisure, I had to find another option. So I decided that I would start freelancing until we knew where we were going to be long-term and I could find another job.

But the problem: I didn’t really know what to do and I didn’t really feel like I had any skills.

After spending time taking stock of my skills, I decided I’d try two things: writing and marketing for a small business owner.

Up until then, my only writing experience was writing memos at work. And I knew very little about what small businesses owners may need or want from a marketing consultant.

In this episode, I share how I found my first writing client by cold pitching websites. And I also share how I found my first marketing client by cold pitching a small business owner.

Plus, how I:

  • Found my first writing client by cold pitching websites
  • Practiced and learned how to write on the internet
  • Found my first marketing client by cold pitching a small business owner
  • Priced my services for my first client so I didn’t get underpaid and she didn’t overpay

If you’re thinking about dabbling in freelancing and you’re wondering how to get your first client, this episode should help you get started. And, as I mentioned in the podcast, here’s a link to my cold pitch email template that helped me get these first clients.

 

Plus, the journey of getting rid of stuff continues

Getting rid of things is no joke. While we’re no strangers to decluttering — we’ve Marie Kondo-ed now twice — this time around it’s a bit different. We’re getting rid of everything.

Well, 95% of our belongings.

We’ve made over 10 trips to the charity shop in recent days, looking like crazy people pushing bags of things to donate in our stroller while we carry Henry.

Now that we’ve gotten rid of some smaller things, it’s time to move onto some of the more expensive things we’ve accumulated since moving to London.

First up? Jordan’s beloved Nissan Figaro. He spent the weekend going through it and cleaning it with a toothbrush.

A toothbrush.

I respect the hustle though because the car did shine when we took it for photos in front of an English Manor house (where they filmed The Crown!).

And he’s also working on selling his white tie suit. What’s a white tie? We had no idea either. No, it’s not a white suit. It’s the most formal evening attire — it makes a tuxedo look like business casual. It has multiple pieces, including my favorite part: tails.

When we first moved here we met a really nice couple that invited us to a number of events at private members clubs in the city. The private club scene is a London tradition and though we weren’t members of clubs, we were able to visit a few including this special gem, The Royal Automobile Club. And for one of our evenings at a club the dress code what white tie.

Jordan, sensibly figured that he should buy a white tie just in case he ever needed one again. It’s now four years later and, shockingly, he hasn’t worn it again. So out it goes. He’s selling it online and hopefully, there’s a guy out there in Jordan’s size who is currently looking for a (used) white tie suit.

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