Today we’d like to introduce you to Aleyna Jones.
Aleyna, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Northern California. I grew up traveling to San Francisco and soaking up art, culture, and music with my friends. My nose was always in a book, and it became my way to explore the world. Luckily enough, I got to travel to Mexico and Guatemala as a missionary when I was younger too.
When I was 17, I attended UC Santa Cruz to major in Modern Literature. During college, I studied abroad in Brazil for four months and learned Portuguese with a local host family. That’s when my first travel article was published for the University of California Education Abroad Program.
From then on, I became obsessed with writing. After college, I got a remote internship with a media company in Washington, D.C. I virtually interviewed female artists around the globe while I backpacked through Europe. Soon afterward, I began my professional writing business and relocated to Southern California.
For the next few years, my partner and I moved from Ventura County to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, I hosted a yoga class to help women recover from stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. About a year and a half ago, I made the leap to San Diego and I haven’t looked back since. Nowadays, I spend my free time curating my online vintage store @lelesvintage on Poshmark, Mercari, and Depop.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t necessarily been a smooth road, but it has been a rewarding one. In terms of my writing career, I was very naive going into it and made some bad deals with clients. Sometimes, I sold myself short in terms of my rates too. But I had to grow from it, and I learned to look out for myself now.
In life, the best way I’ve dealt with challenges is to practice yoga. I’ve been doing it since I was a senior in high school, and it’s gotten me through some really hard times. Even though it’s tough to find the time to get on my mat sometimes, I do it anyway because I know it’s good for my mind, body, and soul.
Tell us about your work – what should we know?
I started my professional writing, researching, and editing business just about five years ago. It’s called AleynaJones.com and I specialize in press releases, technical, and creative writing. I also do data entry and SEO auditing services for small and midsized companies.
I’m known for creating quality content on a budget for my commercial and individual clients. I’m a top-rated seller on Fiverr and I have tons of repeat customers. I write for Presto Media and the Hoth as well. You can find out more information about my writing services on my website or on Fiverr at www.fiverr.com/aleynajones.
I’m most proud of creating a company from scratch with almost no business capital. When you’re self-employed, every day is different and unique. I love being my own boss, calling the shots, and dealing with clients firsthand. I’m extremely grateful to be able to support myself by doing something I love.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
One of my first mentors was Kathryn Buford, who gave me my virtual writing internship. My mom also played a huge role in pushing me to be an entrepreneur. She even purchased a website domain in my name as a gift. My friend Christine deserves a big shoutout for helping me land my first remote writing job as well. My partner of 10 years, Trevor Wallace (@tw.drums), has been the biggest cheerleader in my life too. He’s always supported me to work on the road as we’ve traveled together throughout the years.
- $20 Articles
- $20 Data Entry
- $35 Editing Services
- $35 Press Releases
- $100 SEO Auditing
- Website: www.aleynajones.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @yoga.jones
- Other: Instagram @lelesvintage