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Freelance Writing Jobs: The Secret Sauce to Working for Solopreneurs

The Secret Sauce to Freelance Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

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:

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How to Make Money Writing: 113 Grow-Big Actions to Earn More

Grow Big: 113 Ways to Make Money Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

Long ago, I came up with a list of 113 ways working freelancers can grow their writing income. If you’ve been wondering how to make money writing — serious money, that is — this list is for you. If you’re a newbie, you’ll find plenty of useful suggestions here, too.

I’ve given the list a major update, since things do keep changing in the freelance world. Enjoy!

Aren’t you sick of the negativity out there in the freelance writing community? I know I am.

You know the spiel. Uninformed comments like:

Print is dead.

All articles are now $5 or less.

I can’t believe this Craigslist ad asks for three free samples.

The fact is, some freelancers are still earning a great living, and you can, too. But first, you’ll have to stop buying into the gloom and realize that what you earn is really up to you.

Take the attitude that you are an unstoppable force of nature, and you won’t give up until you’ve got your freelance writing biz earning what you need!

To help you take charge of your writing career, I put together a list of 100+ proactive things you can do right now to build your income. Yes, there are a couple of affiliate links below, for things I personally know well and can recommend (plus direct links to a couple useful things I’ve created for you).

Surely, one or more of these ideas can help you bust a move toward better pay? Here we go:

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Magazine Editors on Twitter: 20 to Know + Tips to Connect

How to Meet Magazine Editors on Twitter. Makealivingwriting.com

Magazine editors can seem so unapproachable. Am I right? You send them a query, and nothing.

But there’s one place where many editors seem to be easier to connect with: Twitter. As someone who once got $6,000 of assignments from a tweet, I’ve always been a fan of trying editors on this platform.

If you call an editor, you know it’s going straight to voicemail, every time. Right?

On the other hand, asking a quick question on Twitter can be a useful workaround. Some magazine editors love Twitter, and turn out to be fairly approachable on there.

Interested to learn more? Let me give you my favorite question to tweet to an editor. I’ve also got a list of interesting magazine editors (online and traditional print) you might want to follow on Twitter:

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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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Freelance Marketing: Shape Up Your Pitch to Get More Writing Clients

Shape Up Your Freelance Marketing Pitch to Get Clients. Makealivingwriting.com

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?

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January Slump? Do This Now to Book Early 2019 Freelance Work

Freelance Work Headed for a January Slump? Makealivingwriting.com

I’ve noticed something about my freelance work and writing income. It often goes to crap in January.

Does this happen to you?

One day you’ve got a steady stream of freelance work. And the next, you’re focused on making the holiday meal, hosting a party, buying gifts, or making travel plans.

But that’s not the real reason the first month of the year is often a loser.

My theory: Income sucks in January because marketing tends to slack off in December.

After all, it’s the holidays! Everyone’s on vacation. Editors are out. You’re busy with family. The next thing you know, it’s January 3. And there you are in the office, looking at an empty assignment calendar.

When you’re trying to earn big from freelance work, having a “down” month is a problem.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you do it right, you can still enjoy the holidays and take time off. Here’s how to keep freelance work and income flowing well into January:

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