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Tired, Broke, and Desperate? Steps to Triple Your Freelance Income

Need Money? Steps to Triple Your Freelance Income. Makealivingwriting.com

How’s your freelance income?

If you’re working for low-paying clients barely getting by, it’s a pretty frustrating place to be.

But if you want to change your situation and increase your freelance income, you can’t keep doing the same things, working for the same clients, and expect anything different.

If you really want to grow your freelance income, sometimes you have to take a step back, and take a closer look at what you’re doing right, and what you need to change.

Improve your marketing efforts. Find better clients. Get a better handle on how you’re using your time. Raise your rates.

It might seem like big to-do list, but you don’t have to change everything all at once. You just need to be strategic about it to move up and earn more.

When freelance writer Sylvie Tremblay’s found herself tired, broke, and desperate for work, she made a mindset shift, changed her approach to running a business, and managed to triple her freelance income. Here’s how it’s done:

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How to Make the Terrifying Leap to Charge Higher Freelance Rates

Make the Leap to Charge Higher Freelance Rates. Makealivingwriting.com

Terrified of charging higher freelance rates, even though you know you’re worth it?

If quoting big is outside your comfort zone, I get it. It seemed too risky.

What if you lose the gig?

In my family, income from my freelancing is pretty important. We depend on it being there every month, so I’m not in a position to take huge unnecessary risks. A lost gig equals lost income (and lost income doesn’t pay the mortgage).

But at some point, you’re bound to reach a tipping point. You might be terrified of the outcome, but you’re finally willing to take the risk to find out if you can command higher freelance rates.

I reached a tipping point like that earlier this year, and something pretty crazy happened.

Want to learn how to punch fear in the face, and take the leap to raise your freelance rates? Here’s how it’s done:

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How to Attract Customers Who Are Your Ideal Freelance Clients

How to attract customers for freelance writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you stuck trying to figure out how to attract customers to build your freelance writing career?

If you’re taking any old gig, it’s hard to get any real traction. You have to constantly market yourself, and never acquire expertise that helps you raise your rates and grow your income.

The solution: Learn how to attract customers who give you clips that will impress the best clients in your chosen industry niches, like I teach my Den 2X students.

Sit down right now and make a list of your 10-20 top prospects. What great-paying markets would you write for? Think big! For me, this list includes Vanity Fair, Costco, and American Express (wrote for the latter two in the past, but would love to get back in!).

Once you have that list, you need to figure out who you could write for now. Do it right, and those great clients will be contacting you. Wouldn’t that be sweet?

It’s one of many strategies I teach in my Freelance Writers Den 2X Income Accelerator mastermind program to help students identify who to pitch now to land dream clients, often in 6 months or less.

Here are 15 different approaches I’ve never shared outside of Den 2X before, to help you build the portfolio your ideal clients will love:

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Writing for Money: The Path to Your First $3,000 Month

Writing for money - The path to move up and earn more. Makealivingwriting.com.

Ever wonder what smart freelancers are doing when it comes to writing for money?

I did. I thought about it a lot when I was working in retail.

You know, minimum wage, run the cashier, stock shelves, talk to customers. Same shift, different day.

When I finally decided to quit, I thought I had freelancing figured out.

But it didn’t take long to realize I couldn’t keep going without good pay from writing for money to cover my bills.

I expected an immediate, steady income. I’d heard some really great stories about successful writers and thought I could be one of them.

So imagine my surprise when the new clients I desperately needed didn’t magically appear at my door with handfuls of cash.

It was frustrating. And I knew I had to do something about it if I wanted to stick with freelancing.

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Asking for Referrals for Fraidy-Cat Freelance Writers

Scared to ask for referrals? One Writer’s Essential Tips. Makealivingwriting.com

For some freelance writers, it seems like asking for referrals and selling comes easy. They have a huge network of people they’ve cultivated relationships with. Their network hooks them up with new clients. And it’s easy for the same freelance writers to talk about their business in any situation, and get referrals.

That’s what successful freelance writers do. And I wasn’t sure I was cut out to be one of them if asking for referrals was part of the gig.

If you’re afraid to ask for referrals, you’ve probably heard that fraidy-cat freelance writer voice inside your head. You know, the one trying to convince you that:

  • People will think you’re desperate
  • You’re running some kind of scam
  • You can’t possibly provide a service valuable enough to help in any meaningful way

That cat needs to go. It took me a long time to figure this out. But when I finally did, I got a response in 10 minutes, a potential project, and scored another referral for more work. Here’s how I did it:

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