Do you want to get paid to write? You can. It’s easier than it’s ever been. However that doesn’t mean it’s simple to make a great income. There are pitfalls to avoid, but luckily it’s easy to avoid them.
People have been paying me to write for 30 years. When I started out writing in the 1970s, writers expected to collect many rejection slips before they become real professionals. That was wonderful training, because rejection builds determination.
Today, it’s much easier to find writing jobs and wonderful clients. However, unless you build real determination, you’ll never make the income you could be making.
Let’s look at three pitfalls to avoid:
1. Resting on Your Laurels
Writers are always told that they need to market themselves. Unfortunately, 99.9% of writers believe that this applies to others, but not to them. It applies to you!
A writer friend once told me that the harder she works the luckier she gets, and she wasn’t talking about working for clients. She was talking about marketing.
Failing to market yourself and your skills is a huge pitfall.
2. Expecting Your Clients to Know What They Want
The world is changing rapidly. In publishing, The Atlantic made a profit for the first time in ten years, thanks to the Web. Major publications are bleeding money at an alarming rate. These days, with the high cost of borrowing, any publication which doesn’t start to show a profit is doomed.
If highly professional people in publishing are unsure how to stop bleeding red ink, you can imagine that your everyday client has no clue about how to make the best use of your services.
You need to become proactive. Educate yourself about how the Internet works. The Internet is the last best hope for many businesses, not just the publishing trade.
Discover how words work online. Learn how the search engines work, learn about social media marketing and how to help your clients. They need your help. If you do help them, you’ll build an outstanding career.
3. Not Knowing What You Want
Writing is an excellent skill to have, but it’s useless unless you decide on what you want, and make plans to achieve it. There’s a big difference between writing as a hobby, and writing as a career or business.
A few years ago I talked about “Cinderella writers”. These are the writers who scratch around in the cinders — low-paying writing ghettos — and wait for a fairy godmother to come strolling past and change their lives.
Forget the fairy godmother. See pitfall #1 above.
Set goals, and commit to achieving them. Believe it or not, all it takes is a simple decision. Are you ready to make that decision and start making a professional writing income?
Blog for Big Companies, and Make a Six-Figure Income
If you’re looking for writing gigs, you’ll have seen that many businesses advertise for bloggers. Unfortunately, the businesses which advertise are all doing so because they’re looking for cheap content.
You can do much better.
You can find clients who don’t advertise, but who pay well for blogging. Did you know that experienced professional bloggers charge their clients a minimum of $1000 per month, per blog? Consider that if a blogger’s working for 20 clients, that’s $20,000 a month.
You can blog for businesses too, if you’re prepared. Discover how, with Blogging Ace: Make Six Figures in Nine Months by Doing What You Love.
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