How a 27-year-old office worker quit his job at a law firm for writing a resume that earned him $400,000 in 18 months
- Andrew Chong, 27, quit his law firm job after writing $200,000 resumes
- He started a side hustle writing CVs for job seekers during Covid last year
- Mr. Chong started writing resumes for $5 and now charges up to $100
- His stampede earned him 200% more than his salary at his law firm
A Sydney man who gave up his job at a law firm to focus on CV writing has made $400,000 in just 18 months.
Andrew Chong, 27, worked as a lawyer in a law firm, earning him $120,000 a year.
The budding entrepreneur had dabbled in a number of side businesses such as selling shirts, teaching dance and providing marketing services to small businesses.
When they all failed, he focused on writing resumes for job seekers.
And the business venture has paid off with the young businessman inundated with customers since mid-2020. He now has a team of 15 who help write thousands of resumes for people around the world.
Andrew Chong, 27 (pictured), was working as a lawyer in a law firm when he started writing CVs for job seekers last year
“I started writing resumes for $5, which is pretty crazy, and now the average resume is around US$100,” he said.
“I always knew there would be a lot of money in writing a CV, just by looking at how well other people were doing.
“Those guys in the back were making a lot of money just based on how much they charged and how many customers they had.
“That’s when I thought ‘I’ll give it a try’ and it turned out it worked,” he laughed.
When the pandemic hit, Mr. Chong signed up for Fiverr, a global marketplace for freelance services, where he offered to write resumes for job seekers.
The success of his stampede saw Mr Chong (pictured) quit his $120,000-a-year job at a law firm after earning $200,000-a-year writing CVs
Mr Chong said his profile had been listed for at least a month without any activity before things started to “blow up”.
“It started to explode from mid-2020,” he said.
“Most of it was just from Fiverr’s algorithm rewarding people for good quality and I happened to write very well apparently.”
Mr. Chong was soon “overwhelmed” with his workload as orders piled up.
Finally, he enlisted the help of others and now has a team of 15 who have written 3,000 CVs for clients in 87 countries.
The unprecedented success has allowed Mr. Chong to make a total income of $400,000, half of which he takes home.
Mr Chong quit his job at the law firm in September after realizing he was earning more than 200% of his salary from his stampede.
He said his resume writing work brought in around $100,000 in the last half of 2020, while this year it brought in $300,000.
Mr. Chong believes the company 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’re good at.
“Keep your strengths, anything you’re not good or average at, outsource it,” he said.
“Find what you’re best at, then do what you’re best at. This is the only way that worked for me.