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Ep 43: How to Make Serious Money as a Freelancer

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“We’re not bothering anybody by asking for more money. We’re not bothering anybody by asking, ‘where’s my late payment?’ We need to be assertive and direct.”

— Lola Méndez

Six years ago, Uruguayan-American journalist Lola Méndez packed up her New York apartment to travel around the world full-time. From Hong Kong and Chiang Mai to Mexico and Morocco, Lola has written about sustainability, social justice, identity and more for publications including CNN, ELLE, and Architectural Digest. 

Unable to travel from her homebase of Montevideo, Uruguay, during the pandemic, Lola diversified her portfolio as a writer and even had her best earnings yet, making $10,000 in one month. Rather than keep the wisdom she’s acquired about negotiating and pitching to herself, Lola advocates for financial transparency in the journalism industry and for freelancers as a whole. 

On this episode of Live & Earn, Lola takes us behind the scenes of what it’s like to travel for a living. She also shares some of the secrets to her success as a freelance journalist.


  • How to make a living as a traveling journalist
  • Why there should be more advocacy for pay transparency
  • How it’s possible to make $10,000 in one month as a freelance writer
  • Why having pitches rejected by editors can be a blessing 
  • How to negotiate with confidence and ask for what you want
  • Common negotiating and career mistakes first-time freelancers make 
  • Advice for solo travelers

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about helen ngo

Helen Ngo, CFP® is a financial empowerment coach dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs own their worth, flip their money scripts, and smash every ceiling on their way up. The Self-Made CEO®, founder, featured speaker, and host of the Live & Earn podcast has unlocked the key to financial freedom that most people get wrong.

Use this simple, uncomplicated planner I created to help you stay on top of your money and create predictability in your business.