move up and earn more

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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Writing for Money: My Best Resources for Growing Your Income

Make money writing: The best resources. Makealivingwriting.com

There comes a point in every freelance writer’s life when they get sick of writing for pennies. You look up one day, realizing you’re burning out fast, and that you need to be writing for money — real money. The kind that pays the mortgage.

Helping writers move up and earn more is my favorite pastime, so I love it when writers tell me they’ve hit this point.

I’ve written a ton on how to grow your writing income here on the blog. But over the years, with 900+ posts, it’s gotten harder to easily find my best tips for leaving the gerbil-wheel of lousy gigs behind.

So I’m happy to announce that I’ve now got my very best ‘earn more from writing’ material organized on a single page.

If you’re ready to earn a serious living at freelance writing, read on for details:

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5 Urgent Reasons to Stop Undercharging for Writing Jobs

Are you undercharging for writing jobs? Makealivingwriting.com

It can seem like a great strategy, when you first start looking for writing jobs. If you simply charge a bit less than everyone else, you’ll get more clients.

Right?

You might. But sadly, undercutting market rates is a loser’s game.

I’ve coached thousands of writers at this point, and have yet to meet one who says they’re earning a great living by being the cheapest writer around.

The good news? There’s never been a better time to charge premium rates for your writing, as changes at Google have brought the rise of longer-form online content — and have helped a growing number of companies understand the high value of what we writers bring to the table.

It takes a major mindset change (and a little research) to go from low-price-leader to a writer who charges serious fees. But trust me — you’ll be ever so much happier and earn a crap-ton more if you stop undercharging. Let me help you make it happen.

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Stay Fully Booked: Tips From a 6-Figure Freelancer

Be a fully booked freelancer. Makealivingwriting.com

True or false: It’s normal for a freelancer to have ‘down’ months with no money coming in. It’s feast or famine in the freelance life. Right?

Actually, no. Well, it’s not normal for me, anyway.

Don’t know if I’ve ever shared this before, but I never had a zero-income month, in over a decade of paying all my bills entirely from freelance writing gigs.

I didn’t have the option of having drought months, because for many years, I was the sole support of a family of five. Terror clawing at my gut at the idea that a month might come along with no money in it.

So I designed my freelance life so that I always had money coming in, every month. Because my mortgage was due every month, too. And my kids weren’t interested in taking a month off of eating.

How did I do it? Well, there are some fundamental steps that always-booked freelancers take that most writers don’t bother with. Now that I coach writers in my Den 2X Income Accelerator Program, I’ve seen how reliable and powerful these steps are for taking a writer from just scraping by to earning a major income.

If you’d like to banish ‘down’ months from your freelance life, here are the basic steps you need to take:

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Freelance Writing Gigs With Great Pay: 50 Niches to Explore

Niche Nectar. Get the best-paid freelance writing gigs. Makealivingwriting.com.

Do you ever wonder where the better-paying freelance writing gigs are hiding? It can be hard to believe a good income is even possible, especially if you’re trapped in low-pay assignments that don’t even earn you the minimum wage.

The good news is, there are plenty of niches that pay better than writing, say, a 300-word blog post or a 50-word online product description — to name just two classic bottom-of-the-barrel niches where pay is often miniscule.

The problem is, many writers aren’t aware of all the different types of freelance writing gigs that offer better pay.

Below is a list of writing niches that I can report writers are seeing strong rates for. I’ve noted rate ranges as I’m aware of them, from talking to thousands of writers through Freelance Writers Den and my coaching. I’ve also included tips on industries and approaches for connecting with these clients.

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