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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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12 Free Tools to Help You Bid High on Freelance Writing Gigs

Get better pay for freelance writing gigs

There’s nothing more exciting than getting a client nibble. It doesn’t matter where it came from, in that thrilling moment when you open their email or hear them on the phone.

Excitement! Visions of dollar signs dance in your head.

That is, until the moment you ask the client what they pay, and they say, “I don’t know — I was hoping you’d tell me your rates, or put together a bid.”

Gulp. Then you end up second-guessing yourself, bidding super-low, and wondering if you left money on the table.

And you probably did.

If you’re at a loss when you have to name your price, let me acquaint with you my toolbox for sleuthing out appropriate rates, and getting information about a prospect. Whether it’s a magazine or a business, there are ways of getting a sense of whether they’re a $10 million company, they’ve only got 5,000 subscribers, or have just three employees.

You can do this fairly quickly — and it shouldn’t cost a dime. I don’t usually spend more than 10 minutes researching a prospect, using free resources, before I have a clear sense of whether I think they will pay pro rates.

Here’s my list of research tools for getting company details:

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