Ever wonder if there’s a well-trodden path to being a six-figure freelance writer?
You know…a step-by-step plan, without any twists and turns, that leads you straight to that sought-after income goal for a lot of freelance writers.
If you’re just starting out or you’ve been a freelance writer for some time, you’ve probably experienced the ups and downs of freelancing. It’s part of the gig.
So how do you get to be a six-figure freelance writer?
Here’s the thing. There’s more than one way to get there. Everybody’s path is a little different.
In fact, one freelancer almost gave up on writing for a living to teach English in Asia. And then unexpectedly found her way back.
At first it was a rough and winding road that included a stint on food stamps. But she hustled. She worked hard. She got some help along the way. Last year she broke the six-figure mark as a freelance writer. And so can you.
Want to be a six-figure freelance writer? The path is this way…
Are solopreneurs good clients for freelance writing jobs?
If you’re shaking your head (no), I get it. There’s no shortage of one-person business owners out there who are barely scraping by.
Is the person selling widgets to their family and friends a good source for freelance writing jobs, referrals, or a potential client that will pay professional rates. Probably not.
Then there’s the solopreneur who says they’re starting their business on a shoestring…in their parent’s basement…with no money. Not a good prospect for freelance writing jobs either.
But that doesn’t mean you should cross solopreneurs off your potential client list.
Solopreneurs can be great clients. I earned about $15,000 last year writing for solopreneurs, which represents about one-fifth of my total income.
In fact, the right soloprenuer client can be a dream to work with, compared to a larger company with a staff of employees, bigger budget for freelance work, and bureaucracy that slows everything down.
So what’s the secret sauce to finding solopreneur clients that will pay you pro rates for freelance writing jobs? Here’s what you need to know:
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:
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?