I Quit My Job In Journalism To Become A Successful Blogger


Daisie Smith is a 23-year-old girl from Essex who started out as a full-time journalist in the beauty industry.

She made the terrifying (but right) decision to quit and follow her passions and go it alone as a freelancer. She is a writer, presenter, social media consultant, vlogger and blogger.

Most of us can only wear one hat, while Daisie wears them all. One of the coolest things she’s done is to start the hashtag #BEABIGSISTER to encourage women to support each other and be more ‘sisterly’. We found out how she juggles it all and the goals she sets to ensure her blog stays successful.


I quit journalism to become a freelancer because…
I am a true believer in trusting my ‘gut instinct’. When I feel deep down that I should do something, I follow it. And it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

My work/life balance isn’t perfect
Juggling work load is so hard! Of course concentrating on my own platforms is one of my biggest priorities. But I also have various clients that I provide content for too. I try to keep a good balance of both; and then when I’m with my boyfriend or friends I’ll put my phone/laptop down and relax. You need a break from it sometimes – even if it’s for an hour!

I wouldn’t say I have much ‘downtime’ – I mean, I can’t remember the last time I watched TV! But with my time I have off of working, I use it to catch up with my friends and boyfriend. The great thing about being in this industry, is that I get to see a lot of my friends at launches and events too!

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Blogging or Vlogging?
This is a tough one. I started out in journalism so I do have a passion for writing, which is why I decided to launch my blog. But as I started to build my following via YouTube, my main love lies in vlogging.

If I had to describe my blog in three words I would say it’s…
Honest. Relatable. Inspiring.

What is #BEABIGSISTER and how did it come about?
It honestly came about when my ex-boyfriend broke up with me. It got to Valentine’s and I realized that the love we have for our partner is always at the forefront, and maybe we need to express the love we have for our girls more than we currently do. It’s so important to be there for one another – I’m all about the girl power!

My advice for any freelancer is…
Don’t jump into it without considering every aspect. It’s a huge decision to make, so you need to be 100% sure. I honestly have never worked so much in my life, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

The key to my success is…
I am always aspiring to be the most successful that I can be, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop. I set myself short term and long term goals so that I’m always pushing myself and striving for more.

How do you find inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere around you, you just have to open your eyes. I like to listen to people’s words carefully – sometimes a few words that somebody says can trigger something in my mind which will inspire me for my work or future.

My advice for bloggers and vloggers is…
Never give up. I never started my YouTube channel expecting instant success – it’s two years on, and I’m still working as hard as ever to grow it. But even when I hit my ultimate goal, I’ll set myself new targets so that I can constantly evolve and grow.

My plans for the future are…
I’m working on some really exciting projects at the minute! My career goals change from one month to the next as my path takes me in different directions. I really want to push with more presenting work this year, so that is a main goal of mine.

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  • Shelby @ The Fernweh Wolf

    Love this insight! Very inspiring and motivating to keep pushing to complete my goals :]
    The Fernweh Wolf / Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  • hanan abdi

    This is so inspiring, thank you very much for the insight xx


  • Noise in Wonderland

    Love this article. I hope to be doing exactly what she is one day.


  • Camille Beygui

    She is so inspiring

  • Alice

    I absolutely love this. In the last year of my journalism degree but loving blogging more than ever I’m currently at that what-the-hell-do-i-do-now stage!

    Thank you for being so inspiring :)

    Alice | Whiskey Jars Blog

  • Dorothy

    Definitely inspiring! :)


  • Gitana Deneff

    Super inspiring :) Thanks for the post!

    Gitana | Books & Bellinis Blog

  • Erin Henry (erinmayfitness)

    OMG Vlogging or Blogging is a tough one- I think vlogging is more rewarding though as its just you, no proofing. Loved this post, very inspiring for someone like myself who has just made a similar leap.


  • TheSeasonAhead

    When I finished my journalism degree years ago the writing landscape was very different and I realized most of the areas open to me as a new journalist weren’t really what I wanted. The freelance world was hard to crack because it was still printed magazine based. Thank goodness for blogging and the empowerment it gives us to be creative and in control. Congrats on making the leap. You sound like you have a great head on your shoulders!

  • Ana

    Love interviews with freelancers *-* ! The girl is so inspiring and beautiful! xx Ana http://www.disasterdiary.de

  • A Hint of Life Blog

    Very nice!! I love this. words of encouragement from fellow blogger
    – Belen
    A Hint of Life

  • Starla

    Very inspiring. But can you tell us how you make money? Is it sponsorship because of high traffic, endorsing products? How long did it take you to support yourself fully as a vlogger?

  • Starla

    Also, I think there’s pressure for vloggers (is this a viable ‘words with friends’ word yet?) to be young and ‘pretty’ – I’m 52 now, still not too hard on the eyes, but it doesn’t appeal to me to be on camera. It’s that a hindrance? Is this a forum for the youth only, or is it just the norm for all? I’m all for connecting with your audience, so will do whatever it takes. Thanks for all of you hot tips!