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Freelance Writing Rates: What Hard-Working Writers Earn in 2020

2020 Freelance Writing Rates: What Hard-Working Writers Earn. Makealivingwriting.com

It’s the biggest question many freelance writers have: What should I charge? More specifically, what are going freelance writing rates for the type of project I’m doing?

After all, we don’t want to leave money on the table… or price too high and lose the gig.

If you struggle with pricing your work, it’s no surprise. Writing rates are all over the place, as there are so many variables that affect appropriate pay for a particular writing job. Those variables can include:

  • Size, age and reputation of the client
  • How important the writing is to client’s income
  • The level of competition in their industry
  • Complexity of the subject matter
  • How well you know the subject matter
  • Country and language used
  • Deadline
  • Volume of work on offer
  • Usefulness of these clips in your portfolio
  • How badly you need money right now

And more. See why the whole concept of ‘going rates’ is problematic? There’s also the question of your personal income goals, time available, living costs… all may factor into what you seek to charge.

What we can learn is what real writers are charging, for roughly similar work. I began investigating what writers earn last year, with the 2019 Writer Pay Survey.

It was a good start. But I only asked about rates on a couple of types of writing in last year’s survey — articles and blog posts, mainly. Writers asked for more.

So this year’s survey of nearly 600 writers asks more questions, about case studies, white papers, email marketing, and more. You can grab a downloadable version of all the data and my takeaways at the bottom of this post.

What are freelance writing rates these days? Are rates getting better or worse? Short answer: Some of each.

But I see lots of reasons for optimism in this year’s survey. In reviewing it, I decided it would be most useful to spotlight data from writers who earn primarily from freelancing — it represents 60%-100% of their income.

All the stats shown below are for writers in this more full-time freelancing category. Let’s dig into the data:

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Freelance Writing Tips: Your Top 10 Posts of 2019 + All-Time Faves

Freelance Writing: Top 10 Posts of 2019. Makealivingwriting.com

Looking for freelance writing tips to help you move up and earn more in 2020?

If you’re feeling stuck, just starting out, or want to advance your freelance writing career, you’re in the right place.

In 2019, we published 120 blog posts to help freelance writers get better-paying gigs, self publish, find clients, write better pitches, and more.

Hopefully, some of these writing tips motivated you to take action and move your freelance writing career forward.

With just a few days left of this year, we decided to dig into the data and take a look at the most popular posts of the year about the business and craft of freelance writing.

We also uncovered your most favorite writing tips and resources of all time from over 1,000 blog posts and 10 years of publishing.

Check out the top 10 posts of 2019 and the all-time favorites.

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Blog for Money: The Genius Pitch That Got One Writer $500 Per Post

Blog for Money Like a Genius. Makealivingwriting.com

Wondering how to blog for money and make a living writing?

Maybe you’re pitching businesses and magazines to blog for money, but you never hear back.

Or maybe your pitch to blog for money is good enough to get a response, but you keep getting rejected.

Been there, done that? It’s happened to me a lot.

The catastrophic-thinking part of your brain tries to tell you: “There’s no way in a million years they’re going to hire you. Don’t even bother trying.”

But the truth is, if you do your part to craft a well-written pitch to a prospect, that’s almost never the case.

Don’t give up that easy. You’re smarter than that. That prospect could be your next freelance writing client worth thousands of dollars.

Before you totally write off a prospect that rejected your pitch to blog for money, or gave you the “not-now-maybe-later” answer, take a minute to try and understand why. Follow up. Ask a few more questions.

Here’s how I turned a not-so-sure-prospect into a gig that pays $500 per blog post.

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Writing Jobs for Bloggers: 10 Sites That Pay $75+ for Guest Posts

Writing Jobs for Bloggers That Pay $75+. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you looking for blog writing jobs?

No. I’m not talking about the prolific Craigslist ads and content-mill stuff that pays $5 to $10 per blog post. If those are the types of writing jobs you’ve been chasing, it’s time to get some new clients. You can do better.

If you ask the Interwebs, there’s an estimated 400 million blogs online. Sure, lots of those are dead sites or personal blogs with pictures of kids, cats, and crafts. And you won’t find any writing jobs there. But there are blog writing jobs that pay.

Do a little digging, and you’ll find business blogs in virtually any niche designed to engage readers, drive website traffic, and promote a product or service. You’ll also find niche news-style blogs that operate similar to a newspaper or magazine.

Both of these types of blog writing jobs are money for the serious freelancer. Why? Well-run blogs publish frequently and need content. That means one blog writing assignment can easily turn into a regular gig.

Looking for more blog writing jobs? Check out this list of 10 sites that pay $75 and up per assignment.

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Make Money Writing: 4 Types of Posts That Pay While You Sleep

How To Make Money Writing While You Sleep. Makealivingwriting.com

Anybody with a blog can make money writing. It’s so easy, you can do it in your sleep. Right?

Well, maybe. There’s just one thing you need to do. Make sure you write something that actually sells.

This might seem a little harsh because there are so many bloggers out there who want to make money writing. They publish lots of content, but don’t get a lot of traffic or generate sales.

Sound familiar?

Honestly, I hope the world never runs out of passionate writers. I absolutely love reading insights into specific topics.

But let’s face it—Can you make money writing with passionate, opinionated pieces on your personal blog? Unfortunately, the answer tends to be: “No.”

So, if you’re looking to make money writing with your blog, you need to wake up..change up your game just a bit. I’m not saying sell out and become a spammy marketer…Just look at things from a different angle.

Want to make money writing as a blogger? Here are 4 different types of articles you can (and should) write for your blog—no matter the niche.

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Earn Money Blogging: 3 Ways I Get $500+ Per Blog Post

Earn Money Blogging for $500 Per Post. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you tired of writing blog posts for tiny money? If you want to earn money blogging — real money — this post is for you.

There are several ways I’ve been well-paid for blog writing. And today, I thought I’d run down three great ways to leave terrible, $5-$25 blog post pay behind.

What does it look like, to get paid $500 per blog post? How does that happen? All my tips are below.

I’ve been earning well writing blog posts for a long time, and there’s never been more opportunity for bloggers to make serious money.

We’re going to begin with the biggest obstacle to being well-paid for blog-post writing. It’s not content mills, or Upwork, or Craigslist ads.

It’s between your ears.

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