How office worker, 27, quit his job at a law firm for resume writing side hustle which has earned him $400,000 in 18 months
- Andrew Chong, 27, quit his job at a law firm after making $200k writing resumes
- He started a side-hustle writing resumes for jobseekers during Covid last year
- Mr Chong started off writing resumes for $5 and now charges up to US$100
- His side-hustle saw him earn 200 per cent more than his salary at his law firm
A Sydney man who ditched his job at a law firm to pursue a resume-writing side-hustle has raked in $400,000 in just 18 months.
Andrew Chong, 27, was working as a legal officer at a law firm, which saw him earn $120,000 a year.
The budding entrepreneur had tried his hand at a number of side hustles from selling shirts, teaching dance and offering marketing services to small businesses.
When they all failed to kick off he turned his attention to writing resumes for job seekers.
And the business venture has paid off with the young business man inundated with clients since mid-2020. He now has a team of 15 people who help write thousands of resumes for people across the globe.
Andrew Chong, 27, (pictured) was working as a legal officer at a law firm when he started a side-hustle writing resumes for jobseekers last year
‘I started off writing resumes for $5 which is pretty wild, and now the average resume is about US$100,’ he said.
‘I always knew there would be a lot of money in resume writing, just by looking at how well others were doing.
‘These guys on the back end were making a lot of money just by how much they were charging and how many clients they had.
‘That’s when I thought “I’ll give this a go” and it just so happened to work,’ he laughed.
When the pandemic hit Mr Chong signed up to Fiverr, a global freelance services marketplace, where he offered to write resumes for jobseekers.
The success of his side-hustle saw Mr Chong (pictured) leave his $120,000 a year job at a law firm after making $200,000 a year writing resumes
Mr Chong said he had his profile listed for at least month without any activity before things started to ‘blow up’.
‘It started blowing up from mid-2020,’ he said.
‘Most of it was just from Fiverr’s algorithm which rewards people for putting out good quality and I happened to write really well apparently.’
Mr Chong was soon ‘overwhelmed’ with his workload as orders came piling in.
Finally, he enlisted help from others and now has a team of 15 who have written 3,000 resumes for customers across 87 countries.
The unprecedented success has seen Mr Chong make a total revenue of $400,000, half of which he takes home for himself.
Mr Chong left his job at the law firm in September after he realised he was making more than 200 per cent of his wage earnings with his side-hustle.
He said his resume writing side hustle raked in around $100,000 in the last half of 2020 while this year it generated $300,000.
Mr Chong believes the business is on track to earn the same amount next year.
He encourages anyone interested in pursuing a side-hustle to stick to their guns and make sure it’s something they are good at.
‘Stick to your strengths, anything you’re not good at or average at, outsource it,’ he said.
‘Find what you’re the best at and then do what you’re the best at. It’s the only way that worked for me.’