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From a Content Mill to Writing a TV Commercial in 2 Months

From content mills to writing a TV commercial in 2 months.

Fresh out of college, with no real world experience and no real job prospects, I dove into Textbroker in 2013, lured by the appeal of easy money.

Big mistake.

Over the next three years, I slaved for 1.4 cents per word. Even though I was done with school, I was still living the life of a starving college student. Did you know it takes 7,143 words at that rate to make $100?

That’s hard to swallow now that I know it’s possible to make a lot more money from freelancing. If you’ve been writing for traditional-low-pay-race-to-the-bottom content mills, it’s time to rethink your approach to building a freelance business.

I couldn’t maintain such a grueling writing pace for bare bones rations. I wanted satisfying work. I wanted better clients. And I wanted to get paid well. I finally woke up and realized that low-pay work for content mills will never yield pro rates.

Now what?

I put five key strategies in place to transform my freelancing business. The result: Bye-bye, content mills. Hello, better pay and better clients — including a major TV network within two months. Here’s how I did it:

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Can’t Get Organized? Try These 5 Writing Productivity Breakthroughs

Try These Writing Productivity Breakthroughs.

Have you been trying in vain to get more writing or freelance marketing done?

If you want to earn more as a freelancer, improving your writing productivity can be huge. I’ve recently coached two different writers who told me they doubled their income, just by getting more efficient with their work day.

Productivity gains can be truly transformative for your career.

But what if you’ve tried the apps, used the checklists, gotten up earlier…and still nothing? You spend much of the day in a fog, trying to get focused and take action.

I have a confession to make: Often, that used to be me.

Over the years, I’ve come up with some contrarian approaches to productivity out of necessity, as a staff writer who *had* to file 3-4 stories a week or lose my job.

If you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, and it takes all day to get one tiny thing accomplished, I have five ideas for you to try out:

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How Writers Can Stop Procrastinating Forever

Having trouble getting to the writing? Here’s a perspective on writing procrastination that may help you get organized.

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5 Tips to Beat the Inefficient Monday Freelance Writer Blues

Do your Mondays seem to whiz by without your ever getting a chance to write? That has been me, for a long while now. It always seems like by the time I answer Freelance Writers Den questions and blog comments

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Hit the Wall? 8 Marathon Training Tips for Writing Stamina

By Cinthia Ritchie You’re slumped over your desk struggling with the freelance writing assignment you contracted three months ago — and just started today. You cram chocolate in your mouth and send one desperate email after another. Sound familiar? For

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How to De-Clutter Your Mind and Become a More Productive Writer

Have you been finding it harder and harder to get the writing done lately? This happened to me recently. I felt like a rusty engine slowly grinding to a halt on rails that needed some oiling. It seemed super-hard to

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