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7 Simple Strategies for Getting Paid Big Freelance Bucks

Freelance writer got big moneyAcross the conference table, two business owners sat staring at me, as I explained why they needed to hire me as their writer.

I discussed what they needed — social media, blog articles, employee profiles — and to my newbie surprise, they bought it. All of it. They stood up, shook my hand and eagerly requested a proposal.

I shook their hands, smiled, and nearly collapsed into a puddle of anxiety after I left the room.

This was my first experience with a potential business client, and I had no clue how I’d move forward.

What do I charge? What do I put in my proposal? What do I do next?

Luckily, I had resources, and I put them to work. Here’s what I did to secure my first business client and first big freelance job — at a great pay rate:

 

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Here’s What the Six-Figure Writers Are Doing That You’re Not

Freelance writing looking to earn moreDoes it seem like freelance writers live in two different worlds? Sometimes, it can feel that way.

In one world, writers are excited if they can move up from $10 a blog post to $15. They write entire websites or e-books for a couple hundred bucks. I like to call this the Underworld of Freelance Writing.

In the other, writers land four- and even five-figure contracts with terrific clients to write interesting, fun projects. They get so many great offers, they can’t take them all. And they get paid $200 a blog post, or more, and $35,000 and up to ghost a book.

These writers can afford to take vacations. They have retirement accounts. They eat out. Why? Because they have an entirely different approach to their freelance writing business than writers who earn peanuts.

If you’re interested in earning real money from freelancing, let’s take a look at what makes the difference:

 

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How I Found My First Freelance Writing Client — on Facebook

Woman using tablet computer social mediaI proudly hung my digital shingle out last year, hoping to magically turn my love of writing and editing into a full-time freelance career.

Sadly, my expectations didn’t meet the reality. I worked exclusively for family and friends the first six months, and pay was underwhelming.

I dreamed of expanding my business and finding clients on my own — but I was clueless about how to market myself.

Then I got a great break on social media, and found my first legit freelance client. Here’s how:

 

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3 Emerging Ways to Make Freelancing Less Risky

Freelance writer on a tightropeAre you scared to take the plunge into freelance writing, because it feels too risky?

After all, there’s no regular paycheck coming in. No paid sick time. And for those of us in the US and some other places, no healthcare unless we buy some on our own.

I meet a lot of would-be freelance writers who’re still slogging away at the day job they hate, mainly because they worry about whether they’ll be able to pay the bills as a freelancer.

As the world shifts increasingly over to a freelance/solopreneur economy — we’re expected to make up half the economy by 2020 — it would be nice if our governments did more to support independent contractors. But so far, not a lot progress on that front, as Elaine Pofeldt recently pointed out on Forbes.

Fortunately, there are a few emerging ideas that may help make freelancing less risky:

 

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How I Found 70 Extra Hours a Month to Boost My Freelance Writing Career

More Time, Just Ahead Green Road Sign Over Dramatic Sky, Clouds and Sunburst. This spring, I set a goal to double my freelance income over the next year.

I immediately ran smack into my first challenge: finding time to market to new clients while still delivering great work for my current clients.

I had to take a hard look at how I spend my time and decide what I could postpone or farm out over the next three to six months, in order to ramp up my marketing and grow my freelance writing career.

It wasn’t going to be easy — I’m a single, self-employed mom to a homeschooled teen and tween. I was doubtful I would find much time to free up. But I did — a whopping 70 hours per month.

Here’s how I got more productive:

 

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How I Got to Write a Regular Column — After My Article Was Rejected

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One of the most satisfying freelance writing gigs to snag is a regular column. The chance to write what you want on a regular basis, and have ongoing work you can rely on…it’s a dream.

There are a lot fewer opportunities out there to become a columnist than there were a decade or two back, so these can be hard to land.

But I recently got a contract to write a regular column — in the most unusual way.

I totally screwed up an assignment for a new editor. But I handled it with grace, and turned the situation into a monthly column that’s easy to write — and nets me $150–$200 per hour in ongoing income.

Here’s how I did it:

 

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