Recently, one of my freelance writing clients told me they’d be cutting my workload — which meant less income for me.
I decided to get proactive and do a week of cold pitching to seek new freelance writing jobs. Before this, I’d gotten all my clients from job boards or referrals.
I know what you might be feeling right now — cold outreach? Yikes!
But, if you shift your mindset and just start doing it, it’s not nearly as scary as it seems. And the results might just surprise you.
Here’s how I got started, got great results in just 7 days — and how you can, too.
Freelance writers often ask, “Should I get a writing degree?”
The answer is different for everyone. I hold a master’s degree in professional writing, but plenty of highly successful freelance writers don’t have a degree.
If you’ve got the time and money, there can be a lot of benefits to getting a writing degree — but you can also get some of them through experience.
My degree didn’t guarantee that I would have my pick of high-paying clients or even that my pitches would get accepted. But it did help me become a better writer.
The good news? You can get these benefits without a degree. Here are five benefits I got from my degree that you can get for free:
One of my goals as a freelance writer is to increase my monthly revenue and start building a sustainable income.
I’ve accomplished a lot since I started. My rates have gone way up. I’m getting better clients. And I’m always thinking creatively about maximizing profits.
One day I submitted an article to a client, who let me know it would run as soon as his designer finished creating an accompanying image. That got me thinking: Couldn’t I provide comprehensive services, with an article and a custom image, for a higher rate? It would save the client time and money and increase my rate — benefiting both of us.
There was just one problem: I don’t know much about graphic design and have zero access to the industry-standard — but expensive — software programs Photoshop and InDesign.
Here’s how I got past that obstacle and learned how to earn more by creating blog-ready graphics:
It seems like there are always new sites coming into the market, offering to give freelance writers a little pay. But few sites pay based on traffic anymore (which makes sense, since traffic does not equal dollars).
Blasting News is one opportunity that is new to the U.S. and does pay based on the number of visitors you attract. They contacted Carol about referring writers to the site — and she asked me to take a look and learn about the pay and requirements.
Is Blasting News a good way for writers to earn a living? There are highly mixed reviews on Glassdoor and on Indeed (in several languages).
We decided to find out more, and talked to several writers around the world with experience on this platform. Here’s our report:
Like it or not, sales is a necessary part of your freelance writing business. Strong closers get more business. Weak closers don’t.
To close more sales, you need a follow-up strategy.
What do you do when a prospective writing client says “I’m interested” but doesn’t pull the trigger? You gently wrestle them to the ground and wrangle a “yes” or a “no” from them.
Here are three strategies you can use to turn a “maybe” into a “yes” or a “no.”