Ever wonder what new freelance writers should do to ramp up, land clients, and start making money?
Some go with the slow-and-steady approach. But it could literally take years of trial and error to master essential marketing skills, get good clients, build a portfolio, and make good money.
Have you been trying to get your freelance writing business off the ground?
Most new freelance writers need a faster way to jump start their career. You know, like one of those rapid chargers for your phone that can get your battery to 100 percent…quick.
You don’t have to be one of those freelance writers who spends months or years waiting around for things to take off. In fact, that’s usually a sign of a bad battery plagued by fear, uncertainty, and a poorly-working, take-action mindset.
Fortunately, you can change that just as easily as you can replace or recharge a battery.
Ready to power up your freelance writing career? Plug into these five super-charged resources to get started:
NOTE: Want to know the secret to boosting your freelance writing income? I learned this a long time ago, and it’s still true. Change this one thing, and you’re on your way. Enjoy! —Carol.
Would you like to create a drastic shift in your freelance writing income?
There’s really only one way.
The good news is, this is something you can do no matter where you live, or how the economy is doing.
I was reminded of this when I ran into a mom I know casually — she’s the mother of one of my son’s longtime friends.
I hadn’t seen her in a while, and I about fell over when I ran into her at a local bike race I did with my family recently.
She has lost probably 80 pounds or more, and looks 15 years younger!
Between slimming down and growing her formerly very short hair out to ponytail length, she looked almost like a teenager. Even the shape of her face had changed.
And you know what? Her approach to losing weight was so smart, it can even help you boost your writing income. Here’s how:
NOTE: Want to know how to think like a successful freelance writer? It’s starts with getting a few things straight, beginning with this advice I shared a while ago. Enjoy! —Carol.
The Internet has brought us many gifts, as freelance writers.
But it also brings with it a lot of misinformation and confused notions as to how to go about building a successful freelance writing career.
If you make assumptions off the bat about how freelance writing works, you can waste a lot of time and energy.
(Here’s a hint: If you’re just starting out, don’t assume anything. Ask successful freelance writers and find out what’s really working today.)
Frustrated? Confused? Spinning your wheels about how to be one of those successful freelance writers?
Let’s iron this out right now.
Take a look at my top seven wrong-headed notions that leave new freelance writers floundering in their quest to get paid:
Note: If you’ve been looking for freelance writing jobs on content-mill sites and job boards, you’re probably frustrated. Most pay bottom feeder rates. It’s something I’ve been hearing from writers for a long time. But great freelance writing jobs are out there, you just need to know how to find them. Check out this post from the past to learn how. —Carol.
Do you feel like it’s a pipe dream to find freelance writing jobs that pay pro rates?
I hear a lot of comments like this from writers who are about ready to give up on their writing dreams.
They write me to say:
“It just seems like there aren’t any good-paying clients out there.”
Have to say, I disagree. But whether you think freelance writing is a land of unlimited opportunity or a field no one can earn a living at seems to depend on your personal experience.
If you want to start landing well-paying freelance writing jobs, you probably need to do two things. Here’s what you need to know:
If you’re feeling stuck, thinking, “Maybe I’ll screw this up and ruin my writing career,” read this post from a couple of years ago. Face your fears, learn from your mistakes, and keep going. –Carol
When I asked readers recently what’s holding you back from breaking in and earning big as a freelance writer, I got many different answers. But one I heard a lot:
Melissa: “I am terrified. Of succeeding, of failing, of just simply doing!”
Kifayat: “Fear of getting things wrong and also selling myself short.”
Cindy: “I fear looking like a fool.”
DeAnn: “I just don’t want to start out on the wrong foot and jeopardize my career before it really gets going.”
Jane: “The idea of succeeding (or even testing myself) too quickly just scares the living hell out of me. Without faithful cheerleaders freelancing success is just too scary (because the bigger success the bigger the failure that might follow).”
To sum up: Many of you are afraid of doing something so awful that it will ruin your freelance writing career.
So today, we will confront these fears. I’m going to tell you something shattering:
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ever wonder what the secret sauce is to writing a guest post pitch that gets accepted? This was a popular topic on my blog five years ago, and it still is. Study these examples to learn how to pitch a guest post and land an assignment. Enjoy! –Carol.
A few weeks back, I talked about bad guest post pitches I’ve received, and outlined some of the elements of a good one.
One writer asked if I would show some examples of pitches that were accepted here — so here are three.
One needed a little back-and-forth and refining before it was accepted, as you’ll see.
I also noticed that each of these pitches had weaknesses to them, too. Guest post pitches don’t have to be perfect — but they do have to convey that you have a strong, unique idea, know how to execute it, and have some experience in freelance writing.
The idea also needs to be something I haven’t written about before, and probably wouldn’t have thought to do otherwise.
Want to learn how to write an effective guest post pitch? Here’s what you need to know.