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Getting Freelance Writing Jobs at $250 an Hour — The Brainy Way

The brainy way to get freelance writing jobs for $250 an hour. Makealivingwriting.com

I wasn’t always a freelance writer. In fact, I used to be a brainy corporate accountant who made a six-figure income. But I wanted out in a bad way. And I made up my mind that I could earn a decent living by booking well-paying freelance writing jobs.

Here’s how it all went down. I raided my 401(k), a very un-CPA-like thing to do, bought a townhouse, renovated it and flipped it. Pretty smart, right? But I still needed freelance writing jobs lined up before I could quit my day job. And not the content-mill kind.

So I joined the Freelance Writers Den and went through the bootcamp, “Learn to Write White Papers,” by Steve Slaunwhite. That was my light-bulb moment. Writing white papers was the perfect match for my skills and goals to get freelance writing jobs that paid pro rates. Without hesitation, I named my new business and launched my site, “Savvy White Papers.”

With that done I busted my butt until I had a $250/hr contract in my hand and a check in the bank. Want to know how to land freelance writing jobs that pay top dollar? Here’s how I did it:

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How I Got My First $10,000 Freelance Writing Gig

Happy woman with laptopLike most new freelancers, one of my first questions after deciding to take the plunge into freelance writing was, “How am I going to find gigs?”

I knew I wanted to write for businesses rather than publications, but which businesses should I target? I looked at my experience and selected an industry where I had work experience and that tended to have healthy cash flow. Education — particularly ESL — was my strongest potential market.

As I began marketing to companies in this niche, I narrowed my strategy to four simple steps that brought me something I’d never imagined in my first year in business: a $10,000 freelance writing gig.

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The Simple Email Marketing Tactic That Tripled My Response Rate

By KeriLynn Engel When I first started freelance writing full time, I was sending out email letters of introduction (LOIs) left and right, sometimes dozens in a week. Some writing gurus will tell you email marketing is just a numbers

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Why You’re Not Having Any Luck Finding Freelance Gigs

Are you having trouble getting hired as a freelance writer? I hear from a lot of writers in that boat. A frequent complaint: “I’ve been applying for writing jobs everywhere…but no luck!” Well, here’s the thing. I don’t believe there’s

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The Secret of My Proven Freelance Follow-Up System

It’s a question that plagues every freelance writer who’s trying to get new assignments. You send out a query letter or letter of introduction, to a magazine editor or a business’s marketing manager. And then, you wait. And wait and

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How I Found 488 Red-Hot Freelance Writing Prospects

By Ayelet Weisz What is the most urgent need for every new freelance writer? Clients. And finding them isn’t always easy. They may not have the desire or budget to hire you right at the time you pitch. It ends

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