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This Woman Went From A Minimum Wage Job To Earning £92,000 Per Year

Amelia Ward

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This Woman Went From A Minimum Wage Job To Earning £92,000 Per Year

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There's probably not a single person that wouldn't like a bit more money, but one woman took her finances into her own hands - taking her salary from minimum wage to more than £92,000 a year.

Sarah Hughes was sick of her job as a cinema attendant and decided to start her own business, writing and performing jingles for TV. Hey, if you can then you probably should, right?

Now aged 28, Sarah first advertised her musical skills on freelance site Fiverr about six years ago, and has now been able to cut down her hours and earn a wedge at the same time - the absolute dream.

Sarah can now afford to go on amazing holidays. Credit: PA Real Life
Sarah can now afford to go on amazing holidays. Credit: PA Real Life

She's celebrating her amazing achievement by buying her first home with husband Gareth, also 28.

Sarah is a trained musician, with a degree in creative sound from Newport University. Explaining her talent, she says: "Not many jingle artists can play, sing and produce an entire jingle themselves.

"Because of my degree, that's something that's second nature to me now and I think that's why I've done so well."

And now, she only works for three to four hours a day and gives herself a four-day week. Can't be bad.

She charges £200 per jingle, and up to £100 more if she writes the lyrics herself. This brings in as much as £7,700 a month, which - if the workload stays consistent - means she could earn as much as £92,400 a year.

After strumming a guitar in class at the age of 12, she realised music was her passion.

Sarah explains: "I remember picking it up for the first time and feeling an instant connection with the strings. For the next three years if I wasn't playing the guitar, I was writing songs to play on it."

After graduating in 2012, she struggled to get a job, eventually taking one at her local cinema.

Not only can she travel the world now, she's also bought her own house. Credit: PA Real Life
Not only can she travel the world now, she's also bought her own house. Credit: PA Real Life

"After years of being told an academic career in music would land me nowhere, I suddenly found myself, as predicted, going nowhere," she recalls.

A friend told her about Fiverr and then Sarah decided to start advertising her skills online.

"I knew there was quite a demand for cutesy, light-hearted instrumental pieces, so I started off by advertising 30-second instrumentals with toy instruments for £4 a pop," she explains.

"You'd be surprised how many people out there are looking for a jingle.

"It's not just toy companies and children's adverts. In fact, my biggest source of income for the first few months were podcasts and YouTube channels."

As Sarah's portfolio grew, so did her ratings on Fiverr, leading to her becoming a top trade seller in May 2013.

"After spending my entire education studying music, I couldn't bring myself to apply for a bog-standard graduate scheme after leaving university," she says.

"Everyone loves to tell arts students that their degrees will get them nowhere and I'm so glad that now I've managed to prove them wrong."

Topics: uk news

Amelia Ward
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