Make More Money As A Freelance Writer

By on October 15, 2018
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Let’s face it; no freelance writer is going to say no to the opportunity to earn more money. Sometimes it can be tough to find well-paid gigs and to get enough work to keep your head above water.

So what are the things freelancers can do to make more money? Follow these helpful tips.

Understand your income

When it comes to managing your money, you’ve got to be savvy. What salary are you already bringing in? Which gigs are ongoing and stable? Which are one-offs?

It’s also important to evaluate your clients, be clear about which ones are more valuable to you. Which give you regular work, which provide you assignments you enjoy and can complete more efficiently? What is the word count to pay ratio like?

Once you have more clarity about which clients are your biggest earners and which aren’t, you can start to make room for better clients that will earn you more.

Understand your time

It’s important to be realistic about how much time you have to work on each project and to understand how long it takes you to write. Remember it’s not just the word count you need to pay attention to. Some pieces will require more research or referencing or simply take more brain power because you are not familiar with the subject matter. Work out how much time you have and then you can figure out which projects to take on.

Set financial goals

Once you know how much you aspire to earn you can set goals to work towards that figure. Having an amount in mind will keep you clear and focused, and as you start to earn more and more you’ll feel more inspired to keep going and begin to realize your own worth.

Raise your rates

Of course, you can’t earn more money unless you raise your rates. It’s important to be able to assess your own skill set and experience and don’t undercut yourself. If you sell yourself short you are not only doing yourself a disservice but also clients will be suspicious of those offering their services for very low amounts and you may actually lose jobs because you seem too cheap!

Build your reputation

Remember, good feedback and testimonials are invaluable. So make sure you always ask happy clients for reviews that you can use on your website or profile. Building up a reputation as a skilled writer who meets deadlines, is communicative and easy to work with will help you win bigger and better clients.

Stop taking on low paid projects

At the end of the day, there are always going to be businesses out there that think they can take advantage of freelance writers and offer them a pittance for the work they do. By avoiding these low-paid jobs we can all force businesses to offer a decent wage in return for work, and earn more money in the process too.

If you want to make more money as a freelance writer you need to get organized and put the work in. Breaking down your goals into clear, actionable steps will help you clarify what you need to do to achieve them. Remember, this doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient, work hard, believe in yourself and you will make the money you deserve.

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

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