mindset

11 Mind-Blowing Epiphanies to Go from Broke to Professional Writer

Mind-Blowing Epiphanies for Professional Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

“You don’t know what you don’t know.” Not exactly the most mind-blowing piece of advice when you’re trying to go from broke to well-paid professional writer.

This quote frustrates me every time I hear it—of course you don’t know what you don’t know.

As a newbie writer, I spent way too much time making mistakes, working for low rates, and racking my brain trying to figure out how to find well-paying clients. I didn’t know.

Fortunately, I’ve learned a lot from the school of hard knocks and other professional writers. And I thought it was about time to give that tired quote a makeover for up-and-coming freelancers:

“Here’s what you don’t know, that I do. Learn from me, and you’ll be ahead of the game.”

Ready for some mind-blowing epiphanies about being a professional writer? Here are 11 things you need to know:

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Warrior Mindset: 3 Ancient Principles Every Freelancer Needs to Know

Warrior Mindset: Ancient Principles for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

When you’re trying to navigate a path to freelance success, you’re bound to encounter obstacles that can get in the way. Do you give up at the first sign of struggle? Or do you keep going with a warrior mindset until you find the way?

When I was a newbie freelance writer, I spent a lot of time going nowhere. I read hundreds of how-to articles. I studied everything the so-called gurus published. Even the “ninja hacks” seemed to fall short. But I wasn’t making progress.

Ever felt like the path to freelance success is a treacherous one?

You write queries and LOIs, and all you get is crickets or rejection. You get close to landing a client, and the deal falls apart. Your niche skills are a perfect fit for a writing job, but you don’t land the gig. Productivity suffers. Creativity dwindles.

The path to freelance success isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the struggle. When you have a warrior mindset, you’ll find a way. On my own journey, I discovered 3 ancient principles every freelancer needs to know:

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Do You Sabotage Your Freelance Writing Jobs? A Gut-Check

Do you sabotage your freelance writing jobs? Makealivingwriting.com

Are you one of those freelance writers who can’t seem to win no matter how hard you try? All the freelance writing jobs you touch seem to turn to merde. Things may start out well, but then something often goes wrong.

You don’t get paid. Your client drops you. All your prospects just want to know how little you’d be willing to do a gig for. And you’re always struggling to book more freelance writing jobs.

If this is you, listen up.

I’m going to tell you exactly why that’s happening, and how to fix it.

How do I know what’s up? I recently added a free, 1-on-1 consulting perk for all Freelance Writers Den members who’ve been in the Den a year or more. That turned out to be…500 writers!

So I’ve been talking with many, many writers who’ve been working on their careers a long time, and learning what keeps them broke, and why it’s so hard for many to find and keep freelance writing jobs that pay well.

Turns out, it’s mostly themselves. Let me spotlight the major mindset problems that lead you to choose crummy clients — or screw up better gigs — over and over. See if you recognize yourself in any of these archetypes of the low-paid freelancer:

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Young Writers: Earn Big With These Vital Mindset Changes

Young writers: Make these 3 vital success mindset changes to earn big. Makealivingwriting.com

I quit my corporate job in February 2015 with $300 in the bank. I had no idea what I wanted to do besides make a living writing. I was 25 years old, and a total newbie in the writing world. There wasn’t a lot of demand for young writers, I thought.

The extent of my experience was winning a third-grade writing contest and getting a book published for my school library. I was motivated, but didn’t exactly have a plan or success mindset to build a profitable freelance business.

I didn’t have a degree, any experience, or, if I’m being completely honest, any idea how to get someone to pay me to write. Call it crazy. Call it youthful enthusiasm. Because it was.

I wanted to build a successful freelance writing business, but I wasn’t sure how to make it happen. Sound familiar?

After a rocky start, I realized that when you approach freelancing with a success mindset, it can have a big impact on growing your business and your income.

Fast forward two years, and I’m making over $100 an hour. And I’m constantly booked out two months in advance.

Here’s how I made that happen…

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7 Hacks to Unleash Creative Thinking (When Writers Need It Most)

7 hacks to unleash creative thinking (when writers need it most). Makealivingwriting.com

You’re on deadline. You must finish your article on time. That’s when your creative thinking decides to take a leave of absence. And it does so with no notice.

You’re stuck. You have to write, but you just stare at the computer screen and your fingers do not move.

Every writer has been in this situation. But knowing you aren’t alone won’t help you finish your piece and turn it in on schedule.

These seven creativity hacks will, though.

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Here’s Why You Have Crummy Freelance Clients

Why you have crummy freelance clients. Makealivingwriting.com

Hang around the water cooler with writers, and you’ll hear a lot of gripes about their freelance clients.

Since we have a “Water Cooler” forum in Freelance Writers Den, I get to do that a lot.

The stories are colorful:

“Get a load of this guy’s laundry list of requests for my content — which he wants done for a pittance!”

“Can you believe how little this website offered me?”

Yes. Yes, I can.

The world is full of business owners looking to see what they can get for nothing. The problem is, many writers suffer from low self-esteem — and are only too happy to oblige.

Writers like to blame their clients for their low pay or dull assignments. They love to skewer clients’ annoying personalities.

What writers don’t seem to love so much is doing the work to get better clients. Because mostly, it’s work you have to do on yourself.

Do you see a pattern?

Now, anyone can get one bum client. If you freelance for very long, it’ll happen. We all make mistakes.

But if you find it’s happening over and over again, then you’ve got a problem. It’s time to look at your attitudes towards your freelance writing career, and make some changes.

What do I mean by changing yourself to get better clients? Here are a few big reasons why writers end up with crummy freelance clients, time and time again.

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