Are you sick of slaving away on bid sites for anonymous clients, no bylines, barely making any money? Wondering if better writing jobs are even out there?
If you’re feeling stuck and think your goal for freelance success is just a fool’s game, you’re not alone.
Believe me, I know what it’s like.
I worked my tail off on bid sites for $1 per 500-word article my first year of freelancing. You read that right…One…Measly…Dollar…Per…Article. I earned a whopping $2K for the whole year.
The crazy thing: I thought I was doing well. In reality, I was clueless.
So if you think bid sites are your ticket for freelance success, please, for the love of all that is Holy, get that idea out of your head.
Want to learn how to ditch bidding sites for better paying writing jobs? Here’s how:
It’s that time of year when people go nuts about getting into shape. So how are your freelance marketing muscles?
Scrawny? A little weak? Barely strong enough to lift the bar?
If you’ve lost hours to composing emails for target clients, but still find yourself with no paying work, there’s a better way.
Your freelance marketing efforts may need to be put through a workout to help you learn basic skills to pitch clients and land assignments.
I know I needed some training to strengthen my freelance marketing muscles.
As a newbie writer in the health and fitness niche, it would take me a week to churn out two letters of introduction to pitch potential clients.
To survive, I developed a way to streamline the pitching process, increase productivity, and start filling up the calendar with paying clients.
Ready to whip your pitch skills into shape?
I’ve noticed something about my freelance work and writing income. It often goes to crap in January.
Does this happen to you?
One day you’ve got a steady stream of freelance work. And the next, you’re focused on making the holiday meal, hosting a party, buying gifts, or making travel plans.
But that’s not the real reason the first month of the year is often a loser.
My theory: Income sucks in January because marketing tends to slack off in December.
After all, it’s the holidays! Everyone’s on vacation. Editors are out. You’re busy with family. The next thing you know, it’s January 3. And there you are in the office, looking at an empty assignment calendar.
When you’re trying to earn big from freelance work, having a “down” month is a problem.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you do it right, you can still enjoy the holidays and take time off. Here’s how to keep freelance work and income flowing well into January:
Are you a digital hoarder? There’s a good chance the way you organize your freelance writing jobs is a complete mess.
Take a look at your inbox, computer, and work space. If there’s clutter, junk, and “important” information everywhere, you may have a problem.
When I started freelancing, I hustled a ton of work just to make money writing. Getting started was great. But it didn’t take long to realize I wasn’t organized.
I wasn’t doing a very good job at keeping track of assignments, pitches, contact information, deadlines, story ideas, invoices and payments from clients for freelance writing jobs.
My digital hoarding habits were preventing me from being able to move up and earn more. And I knew something had to change.
If you think digital hoarding habits may be preventing you from freelance success, it’s time for an intervention.
Use this strategy to organize your freelance writing jobs:
The clock is ticking. Every day you’re hustling to move up and earn more. And you’re wondering if you need to carve out some time to learn a new writing skill, too.
There’s always a new writing skill you can learn or improve on. And it can pay off in a big way.
Believe me, I know. I’ve been a copywriter for more than 30 years. You know, like before the Internet, social media, blogging, and digital marketing.
And I’ve had to learn a lot of writing skills over the years to make a living as a freelancer. Consider it part of the job.
Now think about this. What’s your hourly rate? You probably use it to quote a project for a client. But have you ever thought about your rate per minute?
There’s a writing skill every serious freelancer should learn that pays $200 to $300 per minute or more. And it’s in demand by thousands of businesses and organizations.
Got a minute? Here’s a tutorial to learn this lucrative writing skill: