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:
Is your life and writing career moving along in a linear fashion, continuously getting better?
Be honest. It’ doesn’t work that way for anyone.
The reality is bumpy.
Sometimes you have to abruptly take off work for personal reasons:
I didn’t pick those examples randomly. They’ve all happened to me or my writing friends.
If you step away from your writing career to deal with major life events, hopefully you’ll reach a point where it makes sense to resume work.
But how do you get back on track?
If you’re restarting after taking a break because of trauma, illness the death of a loved one, or some other traumatic life event, here are five tips to reboot your writing career:
Do you know where to find golden freelance writing clients?
You know, the kind of clients that make it possible to work less and earn more.If you’re thinking that sounds impossible, you’re not alone.
A lot of writers settle for freelance writing jobs that don’t pay well, drive down hourly rates, and leave you feeling broke after finishing a one-off job.
Been there? Done that? It doesn’t have to be that way.
When I started freelancing, I stumbled upon a little trick that helped me find my first golden client. This little trick transformed my freelance writing business, and helped me scale from earning nothing to $100,000 within a year.
The same little trick helped me land freelance writing gigs with companies like Google, Sony, GM, St. Jude’s, Goodwill, Verizon and dozens of smaller, but golden clients that pay well.
Want to know how to boost your freelance writing income, work less, and always have plenty of freelance writing work? Here’s the key to finding golden clients:
If you’re looking for freelance writing jobs, you might be looking in all the wrong places.
Bid sites and content mills? Craigslist? You’re bound to find the usual bottom feeders there.
Maybe you’re in the habit of sifting through Writers Market to find high-paying magazines to pitch. Or using LinkedIn to make connections and pitch prospects.
Both are excellent marketing strategies to find freelance writing jobs. But they’re not the only places you can find work.
Curious? Just think for a minute about all the places content shows up in your life.
In today’s content-saturated world print is still alive and well, and more digital content is flooding the Interwebs every day. And that’s a good thing for freelance writers.
You might grumble about information overload. But turn that around and take a curious look at where all that content is coming from. You might be surprised by what you find.
When I started doing this, I found prospects in some unexpected places. And so can you. Check out these curious places to find freelance writing jobs:
Want to write a book? I know I did.
When I made up my mind to one day leave my regular 9-to-5 job and become a full time writer, I knew I had to change my life. I wanted to write a book.
But where would I find the time? It’s a question you’ve probably asked yourself.
To really become a legitimate writer, I needed to start making it a part of my everyday activities. As a father, husband, and full-time military officer at the time, this was hard. Life just finds a way to consistently keep us busy, and side dreams, like writing, consistently take a back seat.
I failed for years by just trying to fit writing in when I could. It wasn’t until I used these three incredibly effective time hacks that I started to see real improvements in my writing that lead to something greater.
Since implementing this, I’ve created a website that gets over 210,000+ visitors per month, 7 consistent bestselling books, and ultimately, was able to quit my job and become a full-time writer.
Want to write a book, even though you’re already busy? Here’s how to make it happen: