Freelance writing is by far the best way to make money as a freelance writer.
I am telling you this out of experience because I make money as a freelance writer, and that started in 2017.
And FYI, you don’t need a degree to make money as a freelance writer. The things you should have is a laptop and a stable internet connection.
And oops, I almost forgot – you don’t need to write like J.K Rowlings, Jon Morrow, or whichever writer you admire.
You need to continue sharpening your skills by learning English. There’s no doubt you’ll pick up faster if you have a passion for writing.
Sadly, I have realized that many freelance writers are not making money from freelance writing.
That’s why I needed to share some of my tips to help you make money as a freelance writer.
I am in Freelance Facebook Groups, and I’ve discovered that many online writers have lost direction. They can’t figure out where to b, or they have no idea what to do next.
Below are the reasons why you don’t make money as a freelance writer and what you should do to make money as a freelance writer:
1. You’ve Been Taught to Join Content Mills and Bidding Sites
Content mills and bidding sites are platforms where freelancers can meet clients and get hired for their services.
In the early days, there were few freelance writers, and it was easy to succeed with freelance writing on content mills and bidding sites.
Today, content mills and bidding sites have become stricter, and it’s not a guarantee that they will let you in.
So, you’ll either give up or find black-hat techniques, which will cause you more trouble. In short, you shouldn’t start with content mills and bidding sites as a newbie freelance writer.
It’s either they’ll suspend you or fail to land jobs. But that’s not what you want – you want to earn by doing what you love – freelance writing.
So, what should you do?
The simple, but rather firm answer is to run away from content mills! Pitch instead.
Once you land one or two clients, keep hold of them by producing services beyond their expectation. We are going look into ways of getting hold of your clients shortly.
2. You Don’t Have a Writer Website
No client is going to hire you if you don’t have a writer website.
FYI, a writer website is more of a portfolio – it’s the place where you showcase your skills.
So, when clients look for freelance writers to hire, they can easily find you and match your skills with the abilities they are looking for.
But because you don’t have a writer website, clients will never find you. They have no idea that you are a freelance writer. Sad!
In short, you are like a business with no name. How will customers buy from you?
A writer website puts your name out there. And, the best of all is that you can quickly get hired by clients if you have a unique selling point.
Don’t have a writer website? Don’t worry. I can help. If you join my Freelance Writing 101 e-course, you get a complete writer website + the Divi theme as a reward.
Take action by starting a writing website today. Are you overwhelmed? Just reach out to me, and I’ll help you.
3. You Have No Passion for Writing
You are Interested to make money as a freelance writer because it’s the fastest way to earn, but there’s one thing you don’t understand: To love what you are doing.
If you don’t love writing, but want to make money as a freelance writer, you are going to see it as punishment.
I understand that you want to have time to play a video game or have time to watch your best American TV series. Talk about Power, Lucifer, Gotham City, Hostages, Prison Break.
You must complete your clients’ work before you can retire to whatever activity because that’s the only way you are going to make money as a freelance writer.
I don’t mean to be rude, but before being a freelance writer, determine whether or not you love writing. If not, please stay away because you are never going to make money as a freelance writer.
4. You Don’t Want to Spend a Coin to Invest in Yourself
I know you love freebies, but you aren’t going to succeed using freebies, why?
Freebies are meant to lure you into digging deep into your pocket and paying for something more substantial.
In the mind of a freebie provider, he or she knows that you’ll opt for a paid service once a freebie helps you in a way.
Because you hate investing in yourself, you’ll ask for another freebie. That’s when the freebie provider gets tired.
As expected, few people ask if there are any paid services available, especially if the free stuff helped them.
I have invested in many courses because I want to continue learning every day. That’s why I make money as a freelance writer. Asking for free things today, tomorrow and in future makes you stagnant.
Make a point and invest in yourself. You’ll learn a lot of things and make money as a freelance writer just like me.
5. You Never Put the Effort
I had to talk about this because it’s common these days.
Freelance success stories lure many people to jump into the bandwagon to try this fast technique of making money.
But it’s sad that most bloggers deceive you that making money as a freelance writer is easy.
I’m sorry to disappoint you because making money as a freelance writer is not as easy as bloggers are putting it.
In the beginning, you have to toil, face rejection, be mocked, fail to pay your bills and that’s normal.
Such challenges should keep you motivated and do the work. Unfortunately, most people give up and return to their regular day jobs.
Before you opt to be a freelance writer, make sure you read a lot, send numerous pitches, write blogs on your website, and do guest blog posts.
Doing all these at once isn’t easy, but you can do it if you have a roadmap. You can head over to Google spreadsheets and create a to-do list.
Once you have done that, make sure you are disciplined enough to follow your to-do list to the latter. That way, you are going to make money as a freelance writer.
6. You Don’t Know How to Hold Your Existing Clients
Can I tell you a secret?
Most successful freelance writers don’t have millions of clients. They have between two to five clients.
You could be asking how they hit the $1000/month with only five clients. It’s possible. Let me explain.
Starting, I had only one client in mind. After we worked on a few projects, I asked my client to refer me to other awesome clients.
Guess what? He did, and now, I have three stable clients, and we have been working for almost a year.
But how is that possible?
I know how to build relationships with clients, and I do it correctly. If you need help, contact me. I’ll give you tips FREE of charge.
Every time I deliver my assignments, I make jokes with the client, especially when he or she loves my work.
When you do that, there are close to zero chances that the same client will reject your work in the future.
There was one time, I invited my client for a Hangout call when he was having dinner with his family. It was fun!
I’m not trying to say that you should make a video call when your client is having dinner or breakfast.
My point is that you should be creative and smart. Feel free with your client. Act like the client is your relative. (But that’s when you consistently deliver pure gold)
7. You are Fucking With the Wrong Ballers
Sorry if you didn’t get me right. I meant that you are making relationships with the wrong people.
Look, if you want to make money as a freelance writer, you need to build connections with the right people – people who can add value — not selfish people.
It’s unfortunate that I got along with selfish people in the beginning.
Thanks to God, I now have the best people around me.
These are the same people helping me to design my website, Send more assignments my way.
And I forgot to tell you that they are the same people who made me have the billionaires’ mindset.
I didn’t know I would ever be a co-founder of a web hosting company, but I am. And surprisingly, at the age of 21!
Let me be honest with you: The freelancing industry is full of hatred because most people hate competition.
So, instead of them competing you fairly, they decide to hate you. That’s not business. No wonder most reputable freelance writers fall after some years of reigning.
The reason is simple. Many successful freelance writers don’t want you to overtake them, or they don’t want to see you succeed.
Working as partners is good, and I’d recommend you have business partners.
Partner with the right people and your freelance writing income will shoot high.
Do You Want to Fail?
Are you falling in any of the reasons listed above? If yes, what strategies are you taking to be a successful freelance writer?
I don’t want to condemn you. I’d instead encourage you to join my FREE course today and GET STARTED the right way.