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How One Writer Ditched Crappy Bid Sites for Better Writing Jobs

Ditch Bid Sites for Better Writing Jobs! Makealivingwriting.com

Are you sick of slaving away on bid sites for anonymous clients, no bylines, barely making any money? Wondering if better writing jobs are even out there?

If you’re feeling stuck and think your goal for freelance success is just a fool’s game, you’re not alone.

Believe me, I know what it’s like.

I worked my tail off on bid sites for $1 per 500-word article my first year of freelancing. You read that right…One…Measly…Dollar…Per…Article. I earned a whopping $2K for the whole year.

The crazy thing: I thought I was doing well. In reality, I was clueless.

So if you think bid sites are your ticket for freelance success, please, for the love of all that is Holy, get that idea out of your head.

Want to learn how to ditch bidding sites for better paying writing jobs? Here’s how:

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Freelance Writing Fears: A Writer’s Doubt-Filled Path to Success

Freelance Writing Fears and the Path to Success. Makealivingwriting.com

What freelance writing fears are holding you back?

If you’ve struggled to get started or you’ve been writing for a while but plagued by self-doubt, you’re not alone.

Every freelance writer, from the newbie to the pro, battles their own freelance writing doubts and fears.

I’ve been there. I know what it’s like. And even after plenty of freelance writing wins, fear is always there waiting to strike, wear you down, fill you with doubt, and bump you off the path to success, if you let it.

That might sound like a lot of gloom and doom. But you can actually turn your freelance writing fears into a catalyst for change.

When I made the switch to looking at fear, doubt, and the journey into the unknown as a freelance writer as an adventure, things started to change.

Want to learn how to use fear to your advantage? Here’s the path to freelance writing success:

Best Editor Tips: How to Get in Magazines Over and Over

Best Editor Tips to Get More Assignments. Makealivingwriting.com

Here’s a little secret: The best editor in your niche frequently gives the same freelance writers story assignments.

Sounds pretty good if you’re one of those writers, right?

But what if you’re not? Is there a best editor Book of Commandments you can follow to move up and earn more?

That’s kind of the million-dollar question.

You spend a lot of energy and time sending out pitch letters and letters of introduction. How do you catch the attention of the best editors to expand your freelance writing business?

If you’re feeling like trying stay fully booked is an exhausting effort, you’re not alone.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s a more energy-efficient way to get repeat freelance work from the best editors.

Want to learn how to get more assignments with less effort? Here’s how it’s done:

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Freelance Marketing: Shape Up Your Pitch to Get More Writing Clients

Shape Up Your Freelance Marketing Pitch to Get Clients. Makealivingwriting.com

It’s that time of year when people go nuts about getting into shape. So how are your freelance marketing muscles?

Scrawny? A little weak? Barely strong enough to lift the bar?

If you’ve lost hours to composing emails for target clients, but still find yourself with no paying work, there’s a better way.

Your freelance marketing efforts may need to be put through a workout to help you learn basic skills to pitch clients and land assignments.

I know I needed some training to strengthen my freelance marketing muscles.

As a newbie writer in the health and fitness niche, it would take me a week to churn out two letters of introduction to pitch potential clients.

To survive, I developed a way to streamline the pitching process, increase productivity, and start filling up the calendar with paying clients.

Ready to whip your pitch skills into shape?

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Upselling Techniques: 6 Cash-Cow Tips for Freelancers to Earn More

Cash-Cow Upselling Techniques for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you struggling to meet your income goals? Many writers face this challenge. But you might be sitting on a cash cow and not even know it.

Curious?

Maybe you’ve just had a contract end, and need to replace that income. Maybe you just want to make more money to save for a special trip. Or maybe you’re ready to move up and earn more, but you’re not sure how to make it happen.

Whatever the case may be, your gut instinct might be to fire up your computer and start looking for new prospects.

There’s nothing wrong with that. If you have zero clients, that’s what you should be doing.

But if you’ve been in the game long enough to have even one regular client, it may be time to take a step back. There’s a way to make more money without the hustle of finding another client.

When I figured out this cash-cow technique works, I turned a $200 a month gig a $1,500 per month contract.

Want to learn my upselling techniques get more business from your current writing clients? Let’s do this. Moo!

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Freelance Writing Jobs Forecast 2019: 10 Experts’ Predictions

Expert Predictions for Freelance Writing Jobs in 2019. Makealivingwriting.com

Wondering where to focus your efforts to find well-paying freelance writing jobs in 2019?

Let’s start with the obvious. It’s not content mills or bids sites, and never will be. (Check out last year’s forecast, and I think you’ll see that’s been true for a while.)

If that’s where you’ve been spending your time, you’re only going to get more of the same crap freelance writing jobs.

The good news. There’s never been a better time to be a freelance writer. If you do it right, you can absolutely make a living writing.

Trade pubs and niche magazines always need writers. And every legit business trying to capture a piece of their market needs content: blog posts, web page copy, case studies, email campaigns, etc.

So what does the freelance writing jobs forecast look like for 2019?

This year, I’ve reached out to a wide variety of commentators, including other coaches, freelance experts, and working freelance writers — and you’ll find not all of them agree on what 2019 will bring. Check out these predictions from 10 experts to help you move up and earn more.

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