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Professional Writing Win: How A Young Writer Ramped to $5K a Month

Professional Writing: How to Earn $5K a Month. Makealivingwriting.comWhen I started professional writing as a freelancer, things were hard.

I’d just graduated high school and needed a remote job, so I started freelancing. But after working for a year, I was only making $800 a month.

I thought professional writing was supposed to pay well, but that definitely wasn’t enough to live on. Something needed to change. I needed a win.

Sound familiar?

Maybe you’ve got a few professional writing clients or landed some assignments, but you’re not making enough money.

Or maybe you’re just starting out, and have a lot of questions about professional writing, finding clients, and how much you should charge.

When I was really struggling, I signed up for the Freelance Writers Den 2X Income Accelerator program to get help from Carol Tice.

That’s where I learned how to ramp up my professional writing career and my income. Now I’m consistently making over $5,000 a month as a 20-year-old freelance writer. Many months, that number is over $7,000.

You can do it, too. Wondering how? Check out these key strategies I used to build my professional writing business and my income.

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How to Be a Freelance Writer: 8 Tips for a Mindset Makeover

Mindset Makeover: How to Be a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.comIf you want to learn how to be a freelance writer, what’s your game plan for bad days, self-doubt, and lack of motivation?

How’s your mindset? Optimistic or doomed to fail?

If you’re the latter (even once in a while), those little thoughts that cross your mind when you’re about to hit send, sign a contract, quote a project, or wonder if you can actually make money writing can wreak havoc.

  • What if I’m not good enough?
  • Should I charge this much?
  • Can I really make a living writing?
  • I’ll never be as good as her at writing.

When you’re hustling to learn how to be a freelance writer, there’s a good chance you work alone…in isolation…and your thoughts can make or break you.

Ever felt depressed, anxious, or fearful that you’ll fail as a freelance writer? Do those thoughts and limiting beliefs keep you from marketing, being creative, or making more money?

It happens. Just about everyone who’s traveled the path to learn how to be a freelance writer experiences some kind of struggle. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Ready for a mindset makeover for freelance success? Here’s what you need to know.

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Tired of Junk Job Boards? Pitch These 10 Hand-Picked Writing Jobs

Pitch This Hand-Picked List of Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.comIf you’re looking for writing jobs online, there’s a good chance you’re sifting through a pile of junk.

Does this sound familiar? You search for writing jobs and freelance work online and turn up stuff like:

  • Blogging or writing assignments for less than $50
  • The promise of exposure to a non-existent audience of potential clients in exchange for your well-crafted words
  • A racket to get hundreds of freelancers to audition by writing a “test” post
  • Offers to write for free until a “paid” opportunity opens up

If you’re using made-for-the-masses sites like Craigslist, Indeed, and Upwork to find writing jobs, you’ll have to sort through a lot of rotten apples to find work that pays pro rates.

But not all places that publish writing jobs are filled with rotten leads and low-paying work.

In fact, if you know where to look (like the Junk-Free Job Board inside the Freelance Writers Den) you can find great clients that pay pro rates.

Check out this hand-picked list of writing jobs:

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Health Insurance for Freelancers: 17 Smart Options + Creative Solutions

Health Insurance for Freelancers: You've Got Options. Makealivingwriting.comTrying to figure out health insurance for freelancers? Enrollment time for many plans is right now. The choices can be confusing—and expensive.

But decent health insurance for freelancers doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. With the explosion of the gig economy, promising and creative alternatives are emerging.

Some options bypass the insurance system completely. Or if you choose traditional insurance, there are several ways to lower your costs. Planning to quit your full-time job? Short-term options exist to get you over the healthcare hump.

Even if your health coverage is working well for you, now is a perfect time to re-evaluate and make sure you’re still getting the best value.

If you’ve been going without any health coverage, take advantage of this open enrollment period to research health insurance for freelancers.

You have until December 15, 2019, to pick your plan. Health insurance for freelancers comes in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to choose the plan that meets your needs and your budget. Choose, but choose wisely.

Need help picking the right plan? Check out this list of 17 health insurance options for freelancers, plus some creative solutions.

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Writing Contest: Share Your Biggest Freelance Fear to Win

Writing Contest: Share Your Biggest Freelance Fear. Makealivingwriting.comNOTE: Writing contest extended until Dec. 3, 2020. What’s your biggest freelance fear, and how did you overcome it? Enter our writing contest for a chance to win.

Fear has a way of holding you back as a freelance writer. It suffocates creativity. It gets in the way of taking risk.

Let it dominate your thoughts, and fear prevents you from putting yourself out there, marketing, sending query letters, connecting, pitching your dream clients. Sound familiar?

When fear plagues your freelance writing career, it’s like being in the middle of a Stranger Things episode. You’re expecting the Mind Flayer or the Demogorgon to rip you to shreds at any minute. Only it never really happens. It’s all in your head.

But if you don’t face your fears, fight back, and pursue your freelance writing goals, the results can be devastating. You roll around on the floor. You procrastinate. Days, weeks, months, maybe even years go by in this state of mind. Your freelance career goes nowhere. And that’s a terrifying thought.

In this writing contest, we want to hear about your gnarliest freelance writing fear, and what you did to overcome it.

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Crazy Schedule? 8 Writer-Recommended Tools for Time Management

Crazy Schedule? Time-Management Tools for Writers. Makealivingwriting.comHow are your time management skills as a freelance writer?

If you’re in a constant frenzy trying to keep up with clients, deadlines, marketing, and everything else on your to-do list, you’re not alone.

Your work day ever look like this? Check email, work on client project, check social media, work on client project, buy stuff on Amazon, work on client project…

It’s a recipe for missing deadlines, killing creativity, wasting a ton of time, and leaving money on the table from clients ready to pay you.

What can you do to get a handle on time management?

One answer is to brainstorm with your network. Recently, a freelance writer who’s a graduate of my Freelance Writers Den 2X Income Accelerator mastermind coaching program, Stacy Stein, asked for some help  with time management (after surviving the summer trying to write with kids at home). And her mastermind peers came to the rescue.

Got a plan in place to manage your freelance schedule during the holidays? Ready to boost productivity and set yourself up for success in 2020?

Check out these writer-recommended tips and tools for time management.

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