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How to Rev Up Your Income as a Part-Time Freelancer

Tips to Drive Up Income as a Part-Time Freelancer. Makealivingwriting.com

I wasn’t planning on being a part-time freelancer. Six years ago I made the move to full-time freelancing after my third career layoff. I knew financial potholes existed. I also swore I’d avoid the worst ones. I wasn’t planning to blow through emergency funds and my family’s patience or stiff-arm friends asking for updates.

Fast-forward five years. I was stuck in a major client drought and bottomed out financially. I realized I had to find a part-time job FAST and settle for being a part-time freelancer. Like it or not. And I didn’t.

It felt like failure — you thought you could do this and couldn’t, dumb bunny. But monthly expenses had become monthly drama, plus some ugly debt was staring at me.

Ever find yourself wondering if you can make a living as a writer and do work you love? I did.

I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of becoming a part-time freelancer just so I could collect a paycheck from a J-O-B. When I made the switch, it had a big impact on my money situation. But there were also some positive and unexpected benefits to being a part-time freelancer.

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Self-Publishing to Get More Freelance Clients: Use This Writer’s Strategy

Get More Freelance Writing Clients with Self-Publishing. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever thought about self-publishing a book? With all the tools available now, it’s relatively easy to do. It might not be your ticket to fame and fortune, but self-publishing can be a great way to help you get more freelance clients.

I’ve been a freelance writer since 2007. When I transitioned to ghostwriting in 2014, I quickly learned that I needed a better marketing strategy. The problem with ghostwriting is that you can’t exactly tell anyone what you have written. This is especially true when you sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Has a prospect ever asked you for writing samples, but you don’t have anything in your portfolio to show off your skills?

That’s what happened to me. When a potential client would ask if I’d ever written a book, for example, my answer would be, “Yes, but I can’t tell you what I’ve written.”

Not exactly the response to turn a prospect into a client. That’s when I started to think about self-publishing. I decided to write books of my own, under my own name, simply to have something to show to help me find more clients.

Here’s the self-publishing strategy I developed to land more freelance work:

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2 New Content Mills That Suck + 3 Promising Freelance Websites

Promising Freelance Websites for Writers + New Content Mills That Suck. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re a writer who spends time looking for freelance websites where you can find work, you’re not alone.

Job boards, move-up mills, and agencies can be places to find good clients. But freelance websites for writers can also be a cesspool of low-paying gigs.

How do you know what freelance sites are worth your time, and which ones to avoid?

Do your homework and read this blog. We like to check out freelance websites for potential opportunities and let you know where to find great gigs and what sites totally suck. And believe me, there are a lot of freelance sites for writers out there that suck.

While doing your own marketing by sending LOIs (letters of introduction) and query letters is one of the most effective ways to grow your freelancing business, picking up work on freelance websites is a great way to help you move up and earn more.

We recently vetted five new freelance sites for writers. Three turned out to be good places to find clients that pay decent rates. But two new content mills we haven’t featured before didn’t measure up to Make a Living Writing standards.

Here’s the scoop on two new mills that suck and three promising freelance sites for writers.

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Get Paid to Write: 26 Sites That Pay Freelancers $100+

Sites that pay freelancers $100 and up. Makealivingwriting.com

What would your income look like if every assignment paid $100 and up? Sites that pay writers that much or more are out there. Seriously.

But you’re not going to find them on Craiglist or low-rate content mills that pay pennies per word, or worse. And even a large number of job boards that promise well-paying writing gigs turn out to only have gigs that pay enough per assignment to fill your gas tank.

Skip those gigs, and move on to sites that pay better rates.

Sites that pay freelance writers $100 and up

In this list of 27 sites that pay freelance writers, we’ve identified new markets we haven’t featured before. And even though these sites represent a variety of different niches (e.g. finance, parenting, health, technology, travel, etc.) they all have one thing in common.

These are sites that pay $100 or more for blog posts, articles, essays, tutorials, and other types of writing assignments.

The way you’re going to land a gig with one of these sites that pay $100-plus, is by writing a solid query letter, pitching a well-thought out blog post, or sending a customized LOI (letter of introduction).

Have you been looking for sites that pay better rates? Check out this list. Squeeze your marketing muscles, and start pitching to earn $100 or more per assignment.

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Flash Marketing: How I Booked $25K with Sales Copy Packages

How I booked $25K with sales copy packages. Makealivingwriting.com

Imagine being able to bring home a five-figure paycheck in a week without having to drive anywhere, send any emails, or even put up a page of sales copy.

It might sound crazy if you’ve  been writing for low-rates and doing small one-off projects. But it’s not. This. Is. Happening.

I created a plan to write sales copy packages for businesses–all the content a client would need to get up and running (landing page, thank you page, blog posts, sales page, social media posts, and an email series).

Have you ever thought about offering sales copy packages? It’s an incredible way to boost your freelance writing income and work with great clients in your niche. And it’s not as hard as you might think to do this.

After mapping out a plan to write sales copy packages, I invited people to sign up for an introductory price of $4,999.

The goal was simple. Book five clients at this rate. Within a week, those five spots were filled, and more prospects were practically begging for this sales copy package. Since then I’ve raised the price…twice, and currently charge $7,499 for it.

Want to know how to create an offer for sales copy packages and charge pro rates? Here’s what you need to know:

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How I Turned An Unpaid Guest Post Into $4,000 Per Month

From guest post to landing $4K a month. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you taking advantage of in-person networking opportunities to find freelance writing clients?

Write a guest post for free? When you’re trying to make a living writing, it might seem counterintuitive to give your best effort to a piece that won’t put any money in your pocket.

But you can’t look at it that way. One of the first things I tell writers who are new to the freelancing world is that opportunity is unpredictably predictable.

You never know where writing opportunities will pop up. But if you cast enough lines in the water, you will inevitably reel something in. Some good marketing strategies you should be using to land freelance writing gigs include:

  • Send query letters and LOIs
  • Make cold calls
  • Create a direct-mail marketing campaign
  • Introduce yourself to prospects using social media
  • Use LinkedIn to connect with prospects
  • Attend in-person networking events

When you focus your efforts on marketing and do it consistently, you’re going to get results. But there’s at least one marketing strategy that sometimes gets overlooked:

Write a guest post. For free. For a popular blog.

If you’re looking for a way to throw new lines in the water, start pitching and writing guest posts, even if you won’t be paid. It’s a smart marketing strategy that can help you land new clients and lucrative gigs.

Here’s how I turned an unpaid guest post assignment into a $4,000 per month contract in four steps.

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