When I decided to take the leap and leave my corporate communications job for a full-time freelance writing career, I knew I’d make most of my money writing for businesses. So I spent entire days creating a spreadsheet of hundreds of potential clients to pitch.
That spreadsheet hasn’t yielded a single client (or dollar). So I don’t recommend you do that!
Here are the more effective actions I took, which helped me bring in $11,000 within my first 60 days of freelancing:
Do you think all you can find are $5-per-article blogging gigs? And those stories you hear about freelance writers earning $50, $75, even hundreds of dollars per post are nothing but fiction?
Bottom-of-the-barrel rates are definitely *not* all that’s out there. I’ve compiled the stories of four freelance bloggers who are earning $200 and up for blog posts. No joke!
Here’s how they landed those gigs — and what better-paid blogging gigs are really like.
Are you trying to break free from writing for content mills?
You’re not alone. How to quit content mills and earn more than their rock-bottom rates is probably the single question I get asked the most.
It can be so easy to get sucked into content mill work, but it takes so much time and effort to write enough articles — and deal with the often contradictory edits — that it sucks up all your time, and you never can market yourself to find better paying work.
I’m doing a survey about content mill writing right now, and the pay rates writers report are appalling. We’re still collecting results, but with 300 in the can, I can report nearly half say they earn $5 an hour or less writing for mills, or for mill-type quickie-article gigs on the bid sites.
Man, that makes me mad to hear.
I’ve done quite a few posts on how to escape content mills, so I thought it was time to pull them together into one useful guide to help you move out of content mills and into better paying freelance writing gigs.
It’s only been a couple of years since I decided to start freelance writing to supplement my full-time income. I have a degree in writing, so I figured I’d put that degree to work.
I quickly learned that my degree meant nothing in the freelance world.
After half a year with no prospects, I decided to seek out successful freelancers and learn from them.
Here are the five most useful tips I learned:
For many freelance writers, hitting six figures in income is the brass ring. I’ve been privileged to grab the ring once in my career, but it can be a grueling effort to earn six figures. I learned I’m too lazy…
Ever had a pitch rejected? It happens to all freelance writers — we get used to it. But what about being rejected by the same editor twice? Three times? Four? How about eight times? That’s how many times it took…