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4 Top Obstacles Young Writers Face — and How to Beat Them

4 Top Obstacles Young Writers Face — and How to Beat Them. Makealivingwriting.com

When you’re trying to build your freelance business in a sea of young writers and seasoned veterans, there’s a good chance it feels like you’re floundering. I know I did.

When I first started writing, I spent a ton of time worrying, procrastinating, and making excuses for why I couldn’t make a living doing what I loved. I wanted to break free from the corporate world and find success on my own terms.

For the first 6 months, I let my fear of being under-qualified hold me back. As one of those young writers, I thought it might take me years to earn well as a freelancer. But I desperately wanted to find a way to speed up success.

I took courses, read freelance blogs like this one, and tried to learn everything I could about being a successful writer.

The only problem? I didn’t know how to get out of my own head and actually do the work.

Today, I make six figures, have a full client list, and teach other young writers how to overcome the same roadblocks I struggled with. As I’ve coached students in my Earn Big as a Young Writer course, I realized that my obstacles were very common.

Here are the top four obstacles young writers face (including me), and how to overcome them.

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Business Writers: Did You Destroy Your Craft and ‘Sell Out’?

Business Writers: Did You Destroy Your Craft and 'Sell Out'?. Makealivingwriting.com

There are a lot of opinions out there about what freelance writers do. One of the big ones I’ve heard lately is that business writers are selling their soul and writing crap just to fill their bank accounts.

In other words, we’re not ‘real writers’ like novelists. Business writers are just paid copywriting hacks.

Writing for businesses also ruins our writing chops for any ‘meaningful’ personal writing we aspire to, such as poetry, essays, or novel writing.

I used to think like this. For many years, I was a reporter who thought advertising writers were part of the Dark Side of the Force.

By contrast, I was finding facts, revealing truths, enlightening readers with vital news and information they needed. Good stuff!

Then I happened into my first business writing gig, ghosting blog posts for a startup’s CEO, and decided to give it a try. Suddenly, I remembered how my first career as a songwriter went wrong, all because of a similar misconception I had about ‘selling out.’

Here’s what happened…

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The 5 Best Types of Blog Posts to Make Affiliate Sales

The 5 Best Types of Blog Posts to Make Affiliate Sales. Makealivingwriting.com

When I first started Kindlepreneur.com, I spent tons of time creating content I believed self-publishers needed to read in order to increase their book sales. I wanted to provide useful content, build an audience, and make affiliate sales.

I got some traffic, but the truth was, that wasn’t converting into income.

Starting my website wasn’t just about helping the industry, it was also to earn a little extra money, eventually making passive income so as to support my writing habit.

But it wasn’t until I started creating the following five post types that I saw real return on my writing efforts. This isn’t to say I stopped providing excellent content – quite the contrary. Instead, I provided a different type of value that also returned value to myself as well.

If you want to make affiliate sales, these five post types can be added to any type of niche, not just one on book marketing. So, check them out and start thinking about how you can create the sort of content that provides for your readers, but also offers natural ways to increase your bottom line.

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Do You Sabotage Your Freelance Writing Jobs? A Gut-Check

Do you sabotage your freelance writing jobs? Makealivingwriting.comAre you one of those freelance writers who can’t seem to win no matter how hard you try? All the freelance writing jobs you touch seem to turn to merde. Things may start out well, but then something often goes wrong.

You don’t get paid. Your client drops you. All your prospects just want to know how little you’d be willing to do a gig for. And you’re always struggling to book more freelance writing jobs.

If this is you, listen up.

I’m going to tell you exactly why that’s happening, and how to fix it.

How do I know what’s up? I recently added a free, 1-on-1 consulting perk for all Freelance Writers Den members who’ve been in the Den a year or more. That turned out to be…500 writers!

So I’ve been talking with many, many writers who’ve been working on their careers a long time, and learning what keeps them broke, and why it’s so hard for many to find and keep freelance writing jobs that pay well.

Turns out, it’s mostly themselves. Let me spotlight the major mindset problems that lead you to choose crummy clients — or screw up better gigs — over and over. See if you recognize yourself in any of these archetypes of the low-paid freelancer:

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Can Revenue Share Writing Still Pay? We Investigate

Can Revenue Share Writing Still Pay? We Investigate. Makealivingwriting.com

Online offers for revenue share writing gigs are ubiquitous. They’ve been around since the early days of the Internet.

If you’ve been looking for writing jobs, you’ve probably seen the ads for this type of work: Get published and make money by submitting articles on any topic you like.

Sounds pretty good, right?

If you’re a veteran writer who knows how to write compelling copy, or can churn out content, maybe revenue share writing could be a stable source of income.

In theory, it’s possible. After all, millions of people are online, and there’s a niche audience for every imaginable topic you might be interested in writing about.

But before you sign up, tap into your creative energy, and start cranking out content for a revenue share writing site, you need to know a few things.

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The Truth About How Much Freelance Writers Make

The Truth About Freelance Writing Income. Makealivingwriting.com

Data on how much freelance writers make can be tough to pin down. But it’s something every writer wants to know. I tackled this topic three years ago when I published this post. And it’s a topic that never gets old. Check out the updated resources. And be sure to ask yourself the two questions at the end to determine your earning potential. -Carol

It’s one of the most-asked questions I get: “Can you tell me how much freelance writers make?”

Let’s face it — we’ve all got mouths to feed. So it’s important to get a sense of whether freelance writing can yield you a real, bill-paying level of income. It’s a good question to ask.

There are two steps to figuring out the answer to this question.

The first is to find survey data on what freelancers make. That gives you a sense of what’s possible, and what’s typical.

The second step is a bit harder, so let’s start with data.

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