I wrote Freelance Writing: How to Make $500 a Day over 18 months ago; I’ve just updated it. Here’s why: I get email messages every week from writers who want to quit their day job and write full-time. However, life gets in the way.
Some of the messages truly touch me, because the writers are trying very hard. However, they end up writing for low-paying clients, and lose their confidence.
As I said in the article:
$500 isn’t a huge amount to make daily. Any competent writer can do this. However, in my work with my writing students, I find that many are not making anywhere near this amount. Let’s look at how you can make $500 and more, every day. With my students, I start by helping them to establish their mindset, then I tweak their workflow.
Both mindset, and workflow, are vital if you want to make $500 a day.
I added this to the original:
In 2014, I wouldn’t consider works you license (ebooks and similar) truly optional. If you want a secure income, they’re essential.
Yes, it’s a challenge to find time to create ebooks. However, most writers leave money on the table, both when they write fiction, and when they write nonfiction. I discussed Draft2Digital adding Scribd to their distribution. You need to distribute as widely as possible. However, considering your formats is essential too.
Are you leaving money on the table? I know that I am. I could do much better with both distribution and formats. Believe me, I’m working on it. More on formats here, in our new nonfiction program.
If you want and need to make $500 a day, and more, from your freelance writing, everything starts with your mindset. Happy writing.
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