freelance income

The Journey From Bottom Feeder Content Mills to Six-Figure Freelancing

How to Go From Content Mills to Six-Figure Freelancing. Makealivingwriting.com

If you want to carve out an income in the six-figure freelancing club, it might seem like a long shot based on where you’re at right now.

Maybe your $20-per-blog-post client feels like a soul-sucking, dead-end gig. Maybe every query, pitch and LOI you send seems to fall on deaf ears.

Or maybe you’re doing all the right things. But that six-figure freelancing goal still seems impossible. It’s not.

Freelance success takes more than hard work and dedication. It also requires something too many writers overlook—a well-planned strategy for moving up.

Five years ago, rookie freelancer Nicole Dieker swam with the bottom feeders, churning out content mill pieces for a few pennies a word.

Now she’s a rockstar columnist, blogger, copywriter, and novelist. And she’s fast approaching six-figure freelancing status.

Want to know how she did it? Check out her proven methods for increasing your income, moving up and earning more.

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Get Paid as a Freelance Writer: 5 Reliable Options

Reliable Options to Get Paid as a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

There’s a basic freelancing question that mystifies many writers: “How do I get paid, exactly?”

When you’re used to an employer handing you a paycheck every week or two, it can be intimidating to realize that as a freelancer, you’ll only get paid if you figure out a method — and make it happen.

That’s probably why many writers gravitate to content mills and mass platforms that act as intermediary. Then, you know your payment will come from the platform.

Of course, once you see how tiny that payment is after the platform takes its cut, you’ll likely be looking to cut out the middleman.

Fortunately, there are several reliable ways to get paid directly by your freelance clients.

First, I’ll go over payment methods — and then, I’ve got a few quick tips on how to structure your contract to ensure you don’t get stiffed.

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Side Hustle to $50K in 6 Months: This Writer Made It Happen

How to Go From Side Hustle to Full-Time Freelancing. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder if you can turn your side hustle as a freelancer into your full-time gig?

I know I did.

Maybe you’ve got a handful of clients, but you’re not earning enough to quit your day job.

You’re feeling good about the freelance work you’re doing, but you’re not sure how to move up and earn more.

Or maybe, you’ve been banging your head against the wall wondering how to turn your side hustle into the real deal.

Sound familiar?

For the last few years, freelance writing was entirely a side hustle for me. I fit in marketing and writing around being a mom and going to school.

But I finally reached that tipping point where I wanted more from freelancing like better clients and better pay.

So at the beginning of the year, I decided to go all-in, work smarter, do more marketing, and earn more from writing.

And in the first six months, I made $50K writing for magazines, newspapers, and digital publications. Here’s how I made it happen:

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Copywriting Skills: The 4 Principles That Will Accelerate Your Income

Master copywriting skills to accelerate your income. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you thought about improving your copywriting skills?

You probably should. Why?

I hear this lament from writers all the time: “How can I make a good living when fees for articles and blog posts keep dropping?”

My response: “If your copywriting skills are identical to thousands of other writers—many of whom willingly work for peanuts—why do clients have to pay more?”

The answer is….they don’t, and they won’t.

Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for cheap clients.

Master essential copywriting skills

To boost your writing income, you need to offer something different than the next writer. You need to find a way to stand out. (It’s true for a professional in any field looking for a way to move up and earn more.)

You need the kind of copywriting skills that will help a client build an audience, generate revenue, and keep people engaged.

Do you need an advanced degree in psychology or human behavior to know how to write copy that gets results? No.

You just need to master four principles of copywriting to stand out. And when you do, these copywriting skills will accelerate your income.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Double Your Rates With This Writer’s Proven Negotiation Techniques

Negotiation

If you want to earn more as a freelancer, you need to sharpen your negotiation techniques. Seriously. When a prospective client makes you an offer, your ability to negotiate the scope of work and your fee can pay off off in two important ways.

First, negotiation techniques can help boost your cash flow. Second, and more significantly, negotiation techniques can help you establish a higher rate for each subsequent piece you write for a client.

Let me share an example with you that went particularly well.

I’d been wooing a potential content marketing client in one of my niche areas. We discussed a project on the phone for a while, and then the editor made me a low-ball offer of $300 per piece. Based on the time it would take me to deliver what we’d discussed, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do the work quickly enough for it to be worth my while.

I wanted to work with this client, so I countered the offer by using a couple of key negotiation techniques. The result: I managed to get a contract for $750 per piece — more than double the initial offer.

Want to know how I did it? Use these proven negotiation techniques to get paid more:

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How to Make Money Blogging: All My Best Tips

How to make money blogging: All my best tips. Makealivingwriting.com.

Here’s something I hear a lot: “I’ve got a blog, but nothing’s happening. I’d love to diversify my income and lessen my reliance on freelance clients. What am I missing? Can you tell me how to make money blogging?”

Over the years, I’ve shared a lot of my own blogging journey, as I grew this blog into the platform for a thriving online business.

But as the blog got bigger, it’s gotten harder to quickly find my best earn-from-blogging tips.

As a coach dedicated to helping writers find financial freedom, I think helping writers develop their own income streams is super-important.

The answer? I’ve created a special page that pulls together all my best information, blog posts, and resources in one handy spot.

Introducing: How to Make Money Blogging Central

I’ve combed through the 900+ posts on here, and created a headquarters for all my best information on how to make your blog earn.

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