Professional writing — is a writing career your dream?
I work with many writers who, although they have an income from their writing, aren’t making the money they’d like to make.
As a professional writer, you’re always looking for ways to increase your income. Words are your fortune, and you can make them very profitable indeed.
Let’s look at five tips you can use to make more money from your writing.
1. Raise Your Rates TODAY.
Charging more is the easiest way to make more money. You should raise your rates at least once a year to keep up with inflation. However, few writers do this. I know writers who haven’t raised their rates in the past five years. This is silly, you’re learning more and you’re worth more to your clients because you’re creating additional value.
Many writers worry that their long-term clients will become annoyed when they raise their rates. I’ve never had any client comment. Remember that clients are dealing with suppliers every day. Most won’t even realize that you’ve raised your rates. If they do realize it, they won’t comment, they expect you to do it.
2. Always Be Prospecting: Get Great Clients — They’re Everywhere.
Don’t get too comfortable. Even if you have a full order book, and a waiting list of clients, your situation can change very quickly. Clients can cancel projects, and may even go out of business. However, great clients are everywhere.
If you make it a habit to constantly be on the lookout for new and better clients, the natural attrition of your client list won’t bother you. Here’s the big benefit of constant prospecting: if you prospect for new clients while you have plenty of work, you’ll be more confident.
3. It’s Who Knows You: Be Visible.
If you’re the kind of writer who hides his light under a bushel, realize that it’s time to shine as a writer. The more people who know your name, the more work you will get.
Be proud of your achievements. Of course you need a website, and you should be active on social media. By “active”, I mean that you should spend 5 to 10 minutes a day on it. I know some writers who spend hours on social media; this tends to be a waste of time.
In the off-line world, attend networking events. You need to be aware of what’s happening in your local business community. You can form partnerships with other small businesses, which will benefit everyone involved.
4. Write More: 5 Minutes Makes a Difference.
Few professional writers write as much as they could be writing. Always look for opportunities to write more. If you’re working with clients, get started on an ebook. If you’re already working on an ebook, increase your word count goals each day.
Even five minutes a day makes a difference in your income.
5. Set Goals You Suspect You Won’t Achieve.
If you don’t have goals, create some today. You can’t achieve goals you’ve never set.
Today, there are unlimited opportunities for writers. Make sure that you take advantage of them while they exist. No one knows what will happen in the future, so make the most of today.
Create big, inspirational goals, but don’t allow them to intimidate you — you may surprise yourself when you set goals you suspect you won’t achieve… and then achieve them.