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Freelance Writer Envy? Read This for a Sobering Peek Inside Real Life

Freelance Writer Envy? Peek Inside Real Life. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you find yourself sometimes feeling jealous of that successful freelance writer who seems to have everything dialed in?

You know, the freelance writer who has plenty of clients, earns a healthy income, networks like a boss, and seems to have all the answers to marketing, pitching, copywriting, and business.

You spend some of your precious free time thinking your life as a freelance writer would be pretty sweet if you could just trade places.

Sound familiar?

In today’s social-media driven world, it’s easy to get sucked into thinking everything you see is the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. But we all know, it’s just the highlight reel…the best part of that freelance writer’s business, minus reality that isn’t so rosy.

If you’ve ever felt jealous or envious of another freelance writer’s success, it’s time to put things in perspective.

I have a story for you…and some things I need to share with you about my own life.

First, the story:

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Checking Online Ads? Here’s How to Get More Writing Jobs

Online Job Ads: The 30-Day Challenge to Get More Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you frantically scan the online writer job ads each week — or worse, each day? If you’re applying to lots of these writing jobs, you’ve probably discovered a painful truth.

It’s rare to ever hear back, much less get hired off an online job ad on any popular, public job board.

I don’t care if you’re viewing an Upwork dashboard, scanning Craigslist, the ProBlogger board, or any other online set of job listings that are free to view and can be seen by thousands (upon thousands!) of writers.

I hear complaints about this from writers all the time. Things like:

“I often see ads for something near my expertise, but rarely hear a peep after I apply.”

If this is you, here’s a bulletin: If you spend so much time applying for online job ads that you ‘often see’ certain types of listings, that’s a red flag.

You’re putting too much of your marketing time into the least-productive method for getting well-paid writing jobs.

Now, I’m no job-ad snob — I used to check them three times a week, like clockwork. That is, until an analysis of my marketing results proved to me that writer job ads aren’t the road great-paying clients.

How can you get more writing jobs, for better pay? Here are three big tips for dealing with online writer job ads:

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11 Urgent Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Writing Coach

Earn More: How to Choose a Writing Coach. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you ever wondered whether you could achieve your freelance dreams a lot faster if you hired a writing coach?

Spoiler: You definitely could. I know because I’ve been coaching freelance writers for about 5 years now.

But.

There are a ton of people on the interwebs today, offering to coach you to freelance success. How do you know if a particular coach could help you, or if you’d be wasting your money?

Remember, there is no official freelance-writing coach school. Anybody can hang out a shingle.

Since a key part of my mission is helping writers avoid ripoffs and scams, I offer this guide to vetting a writing coach. It’s derived from my experiences on both sides of the table, as I’m not just a coach myself but have also productively invested about $20,000+ hiring coaches during my career.

Yes, I know this list means you may ask me tougher questions before you hire me as a coach. I say: Bring it on.

What do you need to know before you hire a writing coach? Here are 11 key question to ask:

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Two $120K Earners Reveal Exactly How They Make Money Writing

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 …

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Three Magical Words to Earn More as a Freelance Writer

Freelance Writer Income - 3 Magical Words to Earn More. Makealivingwriting.com

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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Stop Hearing Crickets: These Pitch Changes Get You More Writing Jobs

Hearing Crickets? One Change Gets More Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you desperate to find more good-paying writing jobs?

I hear from a lot of writers who send out pitch after pitch…and hear absolutely nothing back. Crickets.

Recently, I met a writer who said they had sent 800 pitch letters out, and gotten zero responses!

That’s just wrong.

If you never get a response to your pitches — even just to say, “We don’t use freelancers” or “We already have this topic assigned” — you’ve got big trouble.

Stop what you’re doing. It’s time to re-assess.

Getting off the intermediary places like Upwork, content mills, and Craigslist ads, is key to earning better rates. To do that, you’ve got to be able to target better-caliber clients you want, pitch them, and get them to say ‘yes.’

If you’ve been hearing crickets from your pitches, and you’re confused about how to change things, good news: there are basically only three things you can do to make this better. The road to a better response rate isn’t complicated.

There are three big levers you can throw to improve your situation. Ready to start getting more responses, client meetings, and assignments?

Here are the only three things to focus on, if your pitches aren’t getting results:

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