You’re not making the income you want to make. You have no real idea WHY that is.
Tip: it has nothing to do with LUCK… 🙂
Here’s the answer. You’re not targeting the right buyers: the people and businesses which have a real need for your services, and which pay well.
Who can pay you?
The short answer: lots of people – these days, EVERYONE, from one person micro businesses to global giants needs content.
Decide for whom you want to write, and approach them.
Clare, one of my writing students, built up a full calendar of writing jobs within three weeks. I asked her how she did it. She said: “I talked to people – that’s all. My hairdresser gave me the idea when she asked me about creating a blog. So, I thought, if a hairdresser in a very small town knows about blogging, and wants a blog, others do too.”
As this writer says:
Small business owners are so overwhelmed that they aren’t creating job postings seeking writers. They just continue to push this need aside or slap something together and publish it themselves. The business owners I’ve approached have all been thrilled to hand over their content to-do lists.
Clare’s over-booked now, she has too many clients – uncomfortable, but profitable.
The key: be proactive, and ASK
You can make a brilliant freelance income. These days six figures are not only possible for writers, they’re common.
That said, you need to be proactive.
We talked about querying:
Basically, a query is what it seems to be: a question to an editor, or to anyone else who can buy your writing.
Queries can be short, if you’re known to the person you’re querying and write for the publication regularly: you can shoot your editor a quick email, or even a tweet.
Query. Use email, the phone, Twitter… it doesn’t matter, as long as you get in touch with people, and talk to them.
Start targeting the right buyers today. You’ll make a great income as a freelance writer.
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