how to ask for a raise

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!

Tagged with: , , ,

How to Ask for a Raise: Two Emails That Got Results

How to ask for a raise: A guide for freelance writers. Makealivingwriting.com

When I became a professional writer 5 years ago, I had no idea what I should charge. I had an inkling that I needed to raise my rates, but how?

Then I joined Freelance Writers Den. I hadn’t been a member for a week before I realized that I was vastly under-charging. That was easy enough to fix for new clients – I would start quoting appropriately for new work.

But how could I apply what I’d learned about rates to existing clients who were paying me $45-$55/hour for ongoing work of varying types–emails, websites from scratch, blogs, newsletters and more?

I felt especially resentful of my $45 per hour client. I knew I needed to ask for more money, but I didn’t know how to ask for a raise.

Every time I tried to imagine how this conversation would go, it became an ultimatum, which I knew I wanted to avoid.

Then, I searched around the Den and found three key pieces of inspiration that enabled me to craft emails that got me the raises I wanted. Here’s what I did:

Tagged with: , , ,