KEMI ADEYERA: A SINGLE MOM’S JOURNEY TO BECOMING A TOP RATED FIVERR WRITER
Kemi Adeyera is a top Fiverr writer that has been writing from way back in 2009. She has been growing stronger and stronger in content writing and it is well known that she is extremely knowledgeable about it. As a single mom, before writing gave her the big break, life wasn’t a bed of roses for Kemi.
Content writing has afforded Kemi the opportunity to give her wonderful daughter the life that she deserves. It is obvious, at first sight, that Kemi really loves her daughter and will do everything that is in her power to make her happy and successful in life. Something all parents can relate to.
Kemi was chosen to be the official writing trainer at the all Africans writing conference because of her vast experience and expertise.
Now, to get answers to questions about Kemi like ‘How did Kemi get here?’, ‘What struggles did she gone through?’ and many more, check out the interview below and ensure you leave a comment.
What were you doing to get money before you ventured into writing? Also, tell us about a few of the difficulties you encountered.
I am a trained pharmacist, therefore, I was running my own little chemist at the estate where I lived. While this is considered a rather lucrative business, mine was a just a startup and I had no prior experience running a business.
As much as I tried, I found that I was barely making it and I was struggling to stay afloat. It was very challenging considering that was my only source of income. Being a single mom, I found myself struggling to make ends meet.
What led you to freelance content writing?
I was introduced to Fiverr by a friend, Edwin Otieno, who I remain indebted to. It was back in 2009 when I had just gotten fired from my job as a pharmacist assistant. He trained me and was telling me about the various techniques. I would get hired, work a bit then things would get dull after some time. This would then get us straight back to being idle again.
However, he managed to get direct clients so he started outsourcing work to me whenever it was too much for him. He was quite patient because even when I did not deliver client-ready work, he would edit it, pay me for work done and still give me more jobs. This enabled me to get better at it and with time, I became an expert.
How long have you been writing professionally and What keeps you going?
As I said earlier, I started back in 2009. While working for my friend, I never really took it seriously. I saw it only as a side hustle. So whenever I got a job in my professional field, I would hang my gloves and then return when the circumstances forced me to.
However, in 2012 I decided to get more serious since I found out I could earn some money to supplement my earnings from the chemist. After some time, I decided to close the pharmacy as it was too time demanding and it wasn’t picking up as I had hoped.
I was also the sole provider for my daughter’s upkeep so I realized that I needed to rethink my strategy. That was when I decided to go into full time content writing, working for some local clients before I got the courage to open my own account on Fiverr.
Why have you decided to begin training others on content writing?
I realized that there was a gap in the field. I believe I can offer a hands-on approach to the trainees since I come to them as not only a trainer but an experienced writer.
I believe I am in a position to mentor them and give a realistic view of what to expect and how to go about it. Writing has helped me through a lot. It will be my joy to see others succeed too.
You’re now a top writer. What challenges have you faced in your writing journey and how did you counter them?
Hmmm! I would say my first challenge was in understanding what was expected of me. When I was introduced to writing, I honestly had no idea what it was. I had the minimum basic writing skills, and almost zero typing skills. All I could say was I understood English, which is the language mostly used. However, I thank God I had someone to hold my hand and guide me through it.
Another challenge is getting genuine people to work for. I have been conned, whereby you work for someone, and then when they are supposed to pay you, they go underground. This made me so mad that I decided to conquer my fear of owning my own account and I opened one.
The rest, as they say, is history.
What is your work schedule like?
I work from home, so I really have no schedule per se. That’s one of the joys of being a freelancer.
But basically, I wake up early, prepare my daughter for school. When she leaves, I go about working on any task that I may have picked earlier on, or set about looking for one if I hadn’t.
I don’t only work on Fiverr. But most of the other freelancing sites are US based so job flows peak at night or very early in the morning, say 3:00 a.m. so I have to be up so as to be able to pick clear, workable jobs.
I then work on what I got and try complete it before my daughter gets home from school, so that we can have some time together as I help her with homework and prepare dinner.
I try not to work on weekends, but when circumstances dictate, I do take on jobs.
What limiting beliefs must online workers get rid of?
I think a major one is seeing this as a side hustle. Online jobs can really provide for all your needs and some, if only people took it seriously.
While they are not to be mistaken for get-rich-quick schemes, online jobs can offer a consistent source of income. All you have to do is identify what area you’re comfortable with and put in the effort. The rest, such as finances, will fall in place.
How has writing changed your life?
Freelance writing has really changed my life in that I can now pay all my bills and take care of my daughter, all the while being with her at home. I never thought I would do it, but here we are.
I’m mostly glad that I’m able to work at my own time, as this means that I can schedule my time accordingly with no pressure at all.
Oh, it has also made me sharpen my English skills, both listening and spoken!
What are your future plans?
I really like to take one step at a time, but I’m glad that I have now started training people because I know I’ll be able to impact someone’s life positively.
I only hope to be able to see my child grow, and be there for her as we make strides in this industry, because I feel there is so much potential. We have barely scratched the surface.
That’s really great! Now, give some final words to upcoming writers…
Take the leap of faith, and believe that you can do it, because you can actually become a top writer and while I would want to have as many people as writers as possible, if you feel that writing is not your niche, try something else. Freelancing is meant to be enjoyable, so I believe.
There are many fields, programming, blogging, graphic design, web design, etc., that one can get into and make a living.
Finally, avoid the major freelance mistakes and don’t get into writing solely to make money. If you do so, you may end up being disappointed. While it does pay, it is not an easy walk in the park. You need the determination and resilience to make it. But it does pay in the end.
Just put in the effort and God will bless your hand work.
Thanks a lot for the taking your time to share your experiences with us. Good to have you here!