Do you wonder sometimes if it’s really possible to make money writing? I’m talking good money, not the kind that barely covers a weekly latte.
I meet a lot of writers who believe reliable writing income that truly pays your bills is an urban myth, like alligators in the sewers of New York.
But I can assure you, it’s not. Real writers just like you can start out earning small, and ramp up to six figures. Or more!
How do I know? Because I’ve been coaching working freelance writers on how to double their income for several years now. My Freelance Writers Den 2X Income Accelerator program has grads who routinely earn $80,000-$120,000 per year.
Recently, I sat down with two of my top earners — Laura MacPherson and Emily Omier — at a monthly mastermind call for my Den 2X program grads.
With Laura’s and Emily’s permission, excerpts from each of their insight-filled interview videos are included below! Along with show notes on exactly how each of them discovered how to make money writing.
Laura and Emily didn’t start out with any special advantages. They were just hardworking freelance writers who weren’t earning enough. In fact, Emily had a lot of life struggles to overcome, which she recently wrote about here on the blog.
Get ready to change your worldview on what writers can earn, because here are their insights into building a $100K+ freelance-writing biz:
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Ever wonder if there’s a well-trodden path to being a six-figure freelance writer?
You know…a step-by-step plan, without any twists and turns, that leads you straight to that sought-after income goal for a lot of freelance writers.
If you’re just starting out or you’ve been a freelance writer for some time, you’ve probably experienced the ups and downs of freelancing. It’s part of the gig.
So how do you get to be a six-figure freelance writer?
Here’s the thing. There’s more than one way to get there. Everybody’s path is a little different.
In fact, one freelancer almost gave up on writing for a living to teach English in Asia. And then unexpectedly found her way back.
At first it was a rough and winding road that included a stint on food stamps. But she hustled. She worked hard. She got some help along the way. Last year she broke the six-figure mark as a freelance writer. And so can you.
Want to be a six-figure freelance writer? Your path is this way…
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What if there were some magical words you could utter as a freelance writer and earn more money?
You’d probably chant those words in front of the mirror, calling on the Money Fairy to grant your freelance writer wish.
But in reality, it probably sounds too good to be true. Right?
That’s what I thought when I quit my job as a business reporter to be a full-time freelance writer. It seemed like every day was a hustle, and earning more money meant working more hours.
But then something happened.
A prospect called to see if I could do some writing work for them. I took a deep breath, and then I uttered three magical words that unlock the key to making more money as a freelance writer.
Do you know what those words are?
“I’m fully booked.”
This might not be on your radar as a freelance writing goal. But trust me, when you can start telling prospects this, you’re on the edge of a major breakthrough as a freelance writer.
Here’s what happens to your business when you’re fully booked:
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No one ever said being a freelance writer was easy.
But do you beat yourself up when things don’t go as planned?
Or are you doing things that set you up for failure, increase frustration, and spoil your attitude?
It happens. No matter how talented you are, you’re your own worst enemy when it comes to being a freelance writer.
Believe me. I know what it’s like to wallow in self doubt and negative thoughts. And while I don’t claim to have completely cured my own pessimism, I’ve come a long way on the road to optimism.
If you want to succeed as a freelance writer, you need some mental toughness. You need the ability to wade through disappointment, doubt, and failure, and keep going. It’s part of the gig.
But that won’t happen if you’re plagued by a pessimistic attitude every step of the way.
The solution: Be an optimistic writer. You can learn to develop a positive mindset.
And when you do, it can transform your life and your freelance writing business. Here’s how it’s done:
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You write a pitch letter, send it off, and get nothing.
That ever happened to you? Every freelance writer knows what it’s like.
You crank out queries and letters of introduction to editors and marketing managers.
You try some heavy-lifting techniques to engage prospects and land assignments.
You even flex your writing muscles and try different approaches to crafting pitch letters.
That’s exactly what you should be doing. But your pitch has to be strong enough to get noticed.
If your pitch letter is weak, it’s gonna feel a lot like working out at the gym, even though you’re not really sure if what you’re doing is working.
And that’s not what you want. You want to connect with prospects, land assignments, and make a living writing. Right?
If you’re not getting the results you want when you send a pitch letter, it’s time to get some help.
Ready to buff up your pitch letter? Here’s a chance for a free review:
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What’s your freelance writing game plan?
If it’s “keep your butt in the chair,” that might not be enough to help you win at freelance writing.
That advice translates to: Stay focused and avoid distractions. It works. But only if you’re completing work that deserves to be done in the first place.
I’m talking about work or tasks that further your writing career, such as posts for your blog, podcast interviews, letters of introduction to prospects, and of course client work you’re getting paid for.
But spending hours researching a 200-word article or shopping online for office supplies? I don’t think so.
If you want to get more out of the time you spend writing, researching, and marketing your freelance writing skills, you need a game plan.
Want to see my playbook for earning a six-figure income as a freelance writer?
Here’s how it’s done:
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