Gary Vaynerchuk’s Biggest Strength That Helped Him Build an Empire 123

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If you’re an entrepreneur, you must know who Gary Vaynerchuk is.

He’s the CEO of VaynerMedia – his digital agency with more than 600 employees. He’s also a successful businessman, social media guru, an investor, a YouTube celebrity with 2 popular shows, a public speaker and bestselling author.

But most of all, he’s a hard worker.

You can hear him say stuff like ‘My hustle is better than everybody else’s’, or ‘I’ve got a dream worth more than my sleep’.

When you watch his videos on YouTube, you’ll be receive advice such as ‘stop focusing on dumb shit’, ‘the easiest way to work is to fucking love it’ and ‘battle scars are attractive’.

When you open his Instagram account with more than 1.8 million followers, you’ll see passionate posts like ‘you can make shit happen’, ‘working hard is the cost of entry to anything’ and ‘life is about grabbing it’.

That’s the language he uses, that’s the life and business wisdom he shares from the bottom of his heart, and that’s how he motivates millions of people all over the world to actually do something about their goals, to get out there, start making things happen and make money and do work that matters at the same time.

Gary Vaynerchuk, aslo known as Gary Vee, is an advocate of simple hard work, and that’s his biggest strength. He’s realized that early on.

Let’s see how he started, what helped him become such a hustler, and whether or not he’s really like that 24/7.

Gary Vaynerchuk: The Beginning of The Hustle

He admits that many people have talents and can easily be compared to him. There are also things he sucks at. But the one thing he’s absolutely sure about is that he works harder than each and every one of them, makes more sacrifices, invests more time, focuses more, takes more action and makes no excuses.

When he’s awake, he works every minute, there are no unproductive activities on his to-do list or free time on his calendar. He spends time with his family whenever he can as family always comes first, but the rest of the time, he’s an entrepreneur and hustler before anything else.

How did he become such a hard worker?

Mostly from seeing his parents create a life for their family although being immigrants.

His father was working really hard too, doing stuff for his wine business all the time. Gary actually worked there as a teenager, where he learned all he knew about wine so that later he could combine it with the best medium for him – video, and start his own little empire.

He was also admiring his mother for taking care of 3 kids and doing everything else at home, without complaining. He took that attitude towards life too.

He says that one part of his success is his DNA. But that’s no excuse or a reason not to work hard, of course.

At an early age he identified his 2 best gifts: good communication skills and the ability to make money. And as we know, being a people person and good at sales are two very profitable and respected qualities these days.

He was truly grateful about having these and worked on improving them. But the 1 thing he added – over which he had full control – was the grind.

In an interview for Foundr mag with Nathan Chan, Gary Vaynerchuk said that the hustle was just in him and admitted that he felt like a businessman even when he was in 7th grade.

Even then he found ways to make money from side projects.

Gary Vee as a Kid and Keeping The Hustle Alive

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As a kid, he was an immigrant, didn’t speak the language, was short and a bad student.

All that makes people feel less than average and they rarely find the confidence to take chances in life, speak up and create a business of their own later on.

But Gary Vaynerchuk was different.

His success started with Wine Library TV, where he combined his experience in the wine industry with how good he was at selling it, but did all this using a platform that was just a year old – YouTube. This combination, together with his confidence and attitude that can be easily felt from the screen, crushed it.

He started VaynerMedia, his agency, a few years ago and built it up to $100 million business.

He never imagines a reality where he could be working for someone else. That was just not an option.

He has always been one of those people who don’t wait for things to happen, don’t wish for them to happen, but simply go and make them happen.

What Else is Different About Gary Vaynerchuk

He knows who he is – a businessman and a hustler. He loves working hard and believes that’s his destiny.

He’s happily married now and his wife understands his passions and lets him do his thing. But that’s not a coincidence. He made it clear to her from day one that he’s grinding when others are sleeping.

Gary Vaynerchuk doesn’t just think big or aim high, he openly shares one of his goals – to buy the New York Jets. Although he’s not that much about the goals, but about going after them long enough and loving the journey.

When people ask if he’s getting tired of all this popularity, social media domination, 24/7 hustling and business growth, he says that the older he gets, the more motivated he becomes.

He admits that he gets overwhelmed like once or twice a year but quickly gets back on track as he doesn’t let himself whine.

He doesn’t waste any time complaining, he just does what he does, which is usually hard biz-related work.

He actually calls himself ‘the purest bred entrepreneur you’ll even find’.

Gary Vaynerchuk is a player and he loves the game of entrepreneurship. It doesn’t tire or bore him, it gives him energy and focus.

Competition also doesn’t scare him in any way, it excites him and makes the game more interesting.

I too believe in hard work and that it’s the solution to most of the things we consider problems.

We can all be like Gary Vee. The least we can do, is watch his videos for daily motivation, try to have his attitude, and whenever we’re wondering what to do, we should just get to work.

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How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice 6

clear voice review How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice

There are many sites for freelancers where anyone can build their portfolio, pitch clients and earn money. If you’ve been following my monthly income reports, you know that half of my income comes from sponsored posts on Let’s Reach Success while the other half is from freelance writing.

I’m mainly earning through Upwork which is a great website for newbies and a place where I managed to become a Top Rated freelancer.

However, they don’t pay much, there are a lot of freelancers from cheap countries there who’d charge just a few dollars per hour (or for a few thousand words). That means low-quality clients come there too and it’s hard for me to meet my hourly rate with businesses and individuals who don’t have a budget for content creation.

That made me look for better platforms and sites for freelance writers that pay more. I will be writing about all of them soon. While they aren’t for newbies, it never hurts to create your profile there when you’re starting out and slowly build your portfolio. Because one day you’ll get found on them and they will pay you hundreds of dollars for a single article.

My years of hard work paid off in a new way this month. I made $375 for a 2000-word article (that I enjoyed writing and which didn’t take more than 2 hours to complete). That happened on Clear Voice.

Let’s talk more about that site and how you too can get paid what you deserve.

Freelancing is the best way to get started online. That’s what I did and began without experience. Now, I’m earning over $4,000/month blogging and freelancing as you can see from my lastest income report. I wrote down all the steps I took to get there starting from $0 and created a blueprint: the free course How to Make Money Online Freelancing:

Check out How to Make Your First Money Online Freelancing. A free course I created using Teachable that will help you get your online business start and earn your first dollars from home by offering your services as a freelancer.

What is Clear Voice? isn’t the traditional site for freelancers. It’s a great marketplace where you just create a profile, showcase your work (they have their own CV portfolio feature) and get found.

While you might not receive job opportunities when you haven’t been freelancing for long, it’s worth being there while improving your personal brand as a freelancer.

Of course, the best way for that to happen (which is how I did it too) is to have your own blog. Let’s Reach Success had hundreds of articles on it before I signed up for Clear Voice. So it served as my ultimate portfolio.

If you haven’t set up a site yet, I suggest doing it now.  Here’s how to start a blog that will make money forever (not just by helping you land freelance clients).

The best thing about Clear Voice is that it gives access to quality brands, companies and individuals. As you know, in the blogging world it’s all about networking. But with sites like Upwork, that’s hard.

Big brands are elsewhere and Clear Voice is one example.

How Clear Voice Works for Freelancers

Clear Voice is all about content marketing and can connect creators with agencies and brands. But for the purpose of this post and all of you who are freelance writers and want to get paid more for your services, we’ll talk about how it works for us.

Their goals are to help freelancers showcase their best work, find high-quality clients, get paid what they deserve, build their brand, receive payments quickly, and secure better jobs.

If you think about it, these are all the things we struggle with on other platforms, especially those that include bidding.

Okay, let’s see how Clear Voice works.

For a start, it’s absolutely free to sign up and create your portfolio as a freelancer so go do it now.

From then on, you’ll receive an email with a notification whenever you have a writing opportunity. If it sounds like something you’d do, click the link in your email and hit ‘Apply’ next to the job description.

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The rate you see is what you’ll earn after Clear Voice fees (which are around 25% and high but still you get paid much better than expected).

My Experience with Clear Voice Over The Years

Now, let me tell you how I received $375 from Clear Voice, because I myself didn’t believe it until the money arrived to my PayPal account.

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I’ve been registered with Clear Voice for a long time now. Because I’m making changes to my online business (focusing on more quality work and clients, charging more, eliminating old activities, etc.), I was also updating my profile on sites that had potential to get me freelance work.

It’s hard to put the effort when you haven’t landed a job with a certain platform, but I did it anyway.

I’ve been receiving email notifications from Clear Voice for job opportunities but never took them seriously (although I did apply to some).

After updating my profile and adding a ton of my best articles in my portfolio, I applied for one assignment on the topic of relationships. I could see who the client was, trusted Clear Voice for handling payments, and also thought it’s worth giving it a try to see if I can make my first money there.

There are instructions (not too long) with each assignment and you see when you’ve been hired for it. You can always contact support or message the client there, which is great.

Once he reviews it, or after the end date for the completion of the article is over, you receive your money.

Actually, while I was waiting for that client to react (he didn’t get back to me, by the way, but I still got paid as the Clear Voice system clears payments even if the client disappears), I applied for another assignment that seemed like a good fit for me. I wrote an article on how to start a business blog for one brand. It was for around $120 and was 800 words. They paid me immediately.

But the point of this post is to share the case about the other article. It’s not about the $375. It’s about believing freelance writers can make nearly $400 for one task thanks to their reputation in a niche for years.

It’s a common fact that freelancers underprice themselves. It took me years to find the courage to stop doing that and say ‘no’ to clients.

That resulted in doubling my blogging income, which I’ll write about more soon.

Once I got paid $375 for one article for a freelance client, I finally felt appreciated. For years I’ve been struggling with clients reluctant to pay more than $30 for a short article or an hour of my time. And to this day I accept lower rates just because the income of a freelancer is unstable.

This gig, however, helps me rethink it all. Just like when I made $250 from one sponsored post, I stopped accepting anything less than $50 and often ask for up to $100. That means rejecting many opportunities that could make me a few hundred dollars more each month. But thanks to these higher prices I get more serious clients and also increase my income.

PS, Clear Voice did a survey on what people pay or charge per project. You can check it out here.

What It Takes to Get High-Quality Freelance Clients on Clear Voice

Sign up now.

Fill in your profile and portfolio. Here’s how mine looks like.

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Check out emails from Clear Voice. (It’s okay if the first one arrives weeks after signing up.)

Create your blog and start writing content like crazy in the niches you cover.

Next Level Tips for Succeeding on Clear Voice

Keep updating your portfolio.

Don’t apply for an assignment simply because of the money. It’s not fair.

Feel free to contact support and see how you can get found by clients sooner.

Here are some resources to help you with making it as a freelance writer on Clear Voice:

Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer Want to use freelancing as a way to ditch the 9 to 5 and be location independent? Great. That’s what I did. Check out this article to see the steps I took to build a new mindset, start making money online, leave my country and design the life I want.

How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to building your personal brand as a freelancer.

Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a freelance writer.

My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how I make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – The income from freelancing is unstable so it’s worth diversifying it. One of the best ways to earn more is through affiliate marketing (it can happen by placing links on your blog, through Pinterest, your newsletter, or else). This step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and also the first online course I’ve ever taken).

Pin this post to inspire others to create profiles on more sites for freelancers like Clear Voice.

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