If you’re looking for more freelance writing work, you’ll be pleased to know that the jobs are out there. Today, 93% of companies are doing some form of content marketing: that means lots of gigs.
Judging by this study of freelancers however, many freelancers aren’t doing too well:
“The median income for all respondents is $10,001–$20,000. A little over 19 percent of respondents made more than $50,000 last year, including about five percent who earned six figures.”
“When only looking at full-time freelancers, median income jumps up one interval, to between $20,001 and $30,000. Both ranges are well below the average U.S. salary (about $47,000) and the average salary for writers and editors (about $67,000).”
Ouch. If you’re stuck in your freelancing career, and aren’t making the income you’d like to make, let’s look at a couple of tips which will help.
1. Assess the marketplace, and yourself
When I coach freelancers who want to make more money, they have several challenges:
- They’re not aware of what to write to be paid well;
- They’re not aware of how much to charge;
- They don’t have a plan for making a great income;
- They don’t have a strategy to get better clients…
Most importantly: they don’t value their writing. Listen up. If you don’t value what you do, no one else will, either.
Do you have any of the above challenges?
Here’s the solution. When you don’t know something… ASK.
Fill in the gaps in your knowledge of how freelance writing works — ASK
Do you know any successful freelancers? Chances are that you don’t. A freelancer who’s charging $25 an hour finds it unbelievable that other freelancers (who may or may not be better writers than the $25 writer) make $250 an hour.
ASK. Find people to ask. The answers are out there. A freelancer who’s making a six-figure income isn’t all that different from you. He just knows more.
You can ask people directly — pick up the phone. Or you can ask on social media networks. Ask! 🙂
2. DO IT: make yourself more attractive to quality clients
Once you know how freelance writing works, it’s up to you to make yourself attractive to the people who hire you. Inevitably, this means that you need to fill in the gaps in your knowledge. Get coaching. Take courses.
Practice your writing. Blog. Yes, blog… Not only does your blog act as your writing sample, it’s a chance to practice your skills painlessly.
Take marketing seriously: help your clients to find you
We’ve discussed one-page websites.
Create a one-pager for every writing service that you offer. Next, create a social media marketing plan to promote your one-pager, and put it into action.
Get PAID to promote yourself: find trade magazines
Most industries and professions have trade magazines.
In the 30 years in which I wrote for magazines, I made every article I wrote do double duty. Not only did I get paid for the article, the article also acted as publicity for my writing services. I parlayed articles into more articles, writing gigs, and books.
Researching articles for a trade mags paid off too. You’ll find that if you interview people at three companies for an article, at least one company is good for a gig or two.
Trade magazines tend to welcome writers. Make them work for you.
In a nutshell: HUSTLE!
Today, you have unlimited opportunities to get wonderful freelance gigs. They’re out there, mostly unadvertised. Be determined, and hustle. You’ll surprise yourself. 🙂
Achieve the professional writing career YOU want with Team Up
Never have there been so many writing opportunities. We writers are very spoiled. You can achieve almost any writing goal you care to set. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. You need to create a strategy to achieve your goal, and a plan. Team Up’s been helping writers to achieve their goals for several years.
Today, YOU can begin to build a great writing career too. Write with Angela — Team Up is fun. 🙂
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