5 Freelance Lesson From Freelance Great Writers

You may have read tons of freelance success stories all over the social media and perhaps learned at least a freelance lesson, but have you ever interrogated these people to know who they are and how they made it?

Maybe yes, maybe not.

Don’t worry.

That’s what I want to share with you today, so that it may shape your freelance journey in the right direction.

By the end of this post, I’m hopeful that you’ll have learned something and taken action.

So, let’s dive into the first lesson.

Freelance Lesson #1 You Don’t Need a Degree to Succeed in Freelancing

Yes. It’s true, and I’m not just saying it for the sake of it. Most of the successful freelance writers I know dropped out from campus.

A good example is Walter Akolo. Walter Akolo, a Kenyan freelancer, top rated on Upwork and founder of the most popular blog in Kenya.

His story is a little bit touching though. Walter says that he had the desire to pursue law. Instead, he was selected to take Architecture, which he never liked. He had just missed his dream course (which was also my dream course some years back)

As if that’s not enough, he lost 17kgs!

The architectural course had a unit called design – it was all about drawing. Walter didn’t know how to draw, but he tried, tried and tried. Unfortunately, he failed in the design unit.

In Architecture, if you fail in the design unit, you repeat a whole year. The worst of it is that when you repeated and failed again, you’d have to quit. He failed!

So, he had only two options; to either repeat the second year and get a pass in the design unit or drop out of campus. What would you do if you were in Walter’s shoe?

He dropped! Did he make the wrong decision?

Well, in Kenya, tons of people still have the traditional belief; if you don’t have a degree, you’re nobody. So, Walter had decided to be nobody. Painful!

He struggled, not for days, weeks, months, but years. And finally, at the age of 26, Walter found his feet once again. This time around, bigger and better!

Today, Walter has trained over 2,000 trainees on how to make money online. Additionally, he is the founder of the most popular blog in making money online niche and top-rated on Upwork.

He can comfortably take responsibility for his family and keep things rolling!

Keep struggling and turn things around, just like Walter did.

Whether you own degree or not, you will only get your pay for what you do, not what you know.

Do things that matter.

Freelance Lesson #2 You Can Get Fired and Still Make it

Jorden Roper was fired from her 9 to 5 job.

Wait. Have you ever imagined of what you’d do when you’re fired from your 9 to 5 job today? Think about it!

So, on the same day, her husband’s contract had just come to an end in the same workplace. A coincidence? Was it some lousy omen?

Maybe, maybe not.

Santiago, a character in the novel, “The Alchemist” would readily believe that was a bad omen.

Away from that. As if that is not enough, Roper had been diagnosed with skin cancer a week ago.

It would be regular bills + Medical bills + Stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. Was she to lose hope and blame her boss who fired her?

No! She took a bold step to start her full-time freelance writing.

She was broke, but she never cared.

Guess what?

After four months, she was earning $5000 per month.

Learn how she made $5,000 within four months here.

Freelance Lesson #3 Negative Feedback Shouldn’t Weigh You Down

The next freelance lesson is from my experience on Upwork.

“Bad English, Poor English,” a message from Upwork popped.

It was my second client on Upwork, and I thought it would have ended well.

In fact, I had to end an ongoing contract to work on this client’s project.

After doing all the eight articles, all he had to say was that the pieces are spin contents and he wouldn’t pay for them.

I tried to solicit the Bristol client to at least consider a revision, but he seemed to have made a decision.

So, what’s next Denzil?

Winners never quit, quitters never win.

Nonetheless, I let go!

I stopped bidding on Upwork for more than a week, thinking my writing was weak.

So, what did I do?

  • I downloaded an application called HI NATIVE. I used this application to learn both American and British English and a bit of American culture.
  • Joined several Facebook groups like Writing Revolters, which I’m still a member up to date.
  • Read tons of freelancing blog posts.
  • Subscribed to lots and lots of emails.
  • Signed up for training.

Read more on how I used negative feedback to improve my writing here.

So, my point is; Never let any negative feedback weigh you down.

Instead, strive to always perfect whatever you’re working on and always prepare to meet hurdles in life because they are the bridge to your success.

In life, you’ll fall seven times and rise the eighth time, and stronger!

Freelance Lesson #4 Even the Disabled Can Make It

Another freelance lesson that would encourage you is Jonathan Morrow’s personal life story.

When he was one year old, he was diagnosed with the neuromuscular disorder; Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Wait do you know Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)?

Let me take you through a bit so that you get the rough idea of what this is.

SMA is a neuromuscular disorder that’s caused by genetic defect. It leads to loss of motor neurons and progressive muscle wasting, which leads to early death. Usually, it attacks children, and it’s almost impossible to live more than two years.

So, Jon wasn’t going to live past that, right?

A miracle happened; He did live. In fact, more than anyone can ever imagine!

Besides God’s miracle, his mother did everything possible to make him live. He narrates how his mother slept in a chair beside him in hospital, sometimes up to 30 days consecutively. Today, he’s one of the most aged people with the SMA.

You can read more of his story here.

And finally, the last lesson is…

Freelance Lesson #5 You Will Be Paid for What You Do Not What You Know

Still on Jonathan Morrow. He narrates a short story of how he learned that you only earn for what you do and not what you know.

He gives a story of how his family hit a rough spot such that they couldn’t afford food.

They went to churches to find something to eat.

He thought he could make money by placing a plastic bucket and branding it, “please help, we need money.”

He put a bucket by the road and looked through the window to wait for someone to drop some money in it.

Guess what?

No one dropped any money.

A few days later, he noticed a girl scout going door-to-door selling cookies.

However, he realized one strange thing.

By the time the girl got to the end of the street, she had sold all her cookies and was holding some reasonable sum of money.

That’s when Jon Morrow learned that you don’t get paid for what you know but what you do.

So, he thought tentatively to decide on what he could do to also earn money just like the girl scout.

After much thought, he decided to write poems and sell them.

So, in the next few days, he wrote a series of poems and made some frames for them using popsicle sticks.

When he was through, he went door-to-door to sell his poems in a wheelchair.

That day, he made $36 sales – he sold all his poems!

So, Jon did it in a wheelchair!

From that, he learned that you shouldn’t just sit and wait for someone to give you money or think someone will give you pay for what you know.

You must work for it.

You might be struggling to set up your freelance business now. That shouldn’t worry you.

If you are not putting in more effort, attempt to do so.

If already you’re working hard, continue with the hard work.

Soon, you are going to bag your first $1000, and you will see the importance of hard work.

5 Reputable Freelance Trainers You Should Look for in 2018

This is my very first blog on this site. Feel most welcome!

With tons of testimonials all over the internet of successful freelancers who quit their jobs, you may think it is so easy to jump right into freelance writing without any training.

The bitter truth is that it’s almost impossible to succeed without a reputable freelance training.

Let me reflect back:

Some months ago, I believed I could train myself using free sources like YouTube and Google. Guess what…It didn’t work at all. Tons of my work were rejected by clients, I was scammed by several clients and it dawned on me that YES! Freelance training is very important.

In this article I will give you details of 5 reputable freelance trainers who trained me and how you can access their courses. Your task will only be to sign up for their courses and get started.

Now, are you ready for it?

Wait for the names on my list…

It’s coming…

Here are the names:

1. Walter Akolo

Number one on the list is Walter Akolo, a Kenyan freelancer, top rated on Upwork, and also the founder of one of the most popular blog in Kenya. He has trained more than 2,000 trainees both in Kenya and across the world. He started freelance writing in 2011 and there is no doubt his experience could shape you to be a successful freelance writer.

His full writing course takes a month and you will have lifetime access to all the course materials, including future updates once you pay the fee.

If you sign up for his paid course, he will do the following for you:

  • Train you how to write great content that clients love.
  • He will show you where to get awesome clients who value you.
  • He will guide you on how to write eBooks, how to write valuable and actionable blogs, and how to outsource work.
  • He will always answer to all your queries instantly or within 24 hours.

You will get all these at only sh. 4,000 ($40). Click here to enroll for his course.

Alternatively, you can sign up for his FREE Mini Starters Course here.

2. Jorden Roper

If you ever want to read interesting and conversational blogs, Jorden Roper will give it to you.

One trait I like about Jorden is that she tells you the bitter truth: no pleasing. She hits the nail on the head!

She’s one lady who quit her job in 2015 and started freelancing full time. Within four months, she was bagging $5K per month.

She insists that for you to succeed in freelancing, you must build your writer website to showcase your skills. She comes out strongly against bidding sites like Upwork and content mills. She says that bidding sites and content mills just waste your valuable time you could have used to pitch high value clients.

She has one of the most famous freelance courses; Killer Cold Emailing Course. You have two payment options; you can either pay the full price ($297) or pay in four months installments ($87).

If you register for her paid Killer Cold Emailing Course, you will get access to the following:

  • She will provide you with cold emailing templates and cold emailing spreadsheet to help you find your way up
  • She will provide you with a freelance writer website cheatsheet that will help you stay on track as you gradually build your website
  • A freelance writer website sample homepage mock-up
  • A formula to writing a niche sample
  • She will teach you how to be tech savvy and set up your site using themes like Divi.

Alternatively, you can sign up for her 5-day FREE email course here.

3. Yuwanda Black

Unlike Jorden Roper, she seems to be obsessed with Upwork and even admits that it is through Upwork that she rose to a six-figure freelance SEO writer.

I love how she has structured her welcoming email.

She starts by listing the most common questions about SEO writing people have been asking her over the years. She then gives a sigh of relief saying that you will get answers to all those questions people have been asking if you sign up for her FREE 7-DAY E-Course.

Some of the questions about SEO writing that she will answer when you enroll for her FREE 7-Day E-Course include:

  • How much does a freelance SEO writer make?
  • What skills do you need to become a SEO writer?
  • How much do SEO writers charge?
  • How do you find writing SEO writing jobs online?
  • Should you specialize as a SEO writer or do you just need to be a generalist?

And many more that you’ll find once you sign up for either of the courses.

You can enroll for her COMBINED SEO writing/Upwork course once you’re done with the FREE 7-Day E-Course.

If you sign up for her COMBINED SEO writing/Upwork course, you’ll get access to the following:

  • You will have lifetime access to all the course materials, including future updates
  • You will get access to a private Facebook group for students who purchase the COMBINED SEO writing/Upwork course (so you’re not alone – you will be with her and Laura); and
  • You can be up and running within 30 days if you wish.

To enroll in her COMBINED SEO writing/Upwork course, feel free to sign up here.

4. Elna Cain

Because she started from scratch and made several mistakes as a newbie writer, Elna would not love to see you experience the same. That’s why she has this FREE course; Get Paid to Write Online.

Within 6 months, she had been able to earn a full time living just as a part-time writer. Now, what if she did it full-time?

Sign up for her FREE Course today and interact with her more. She’s very responsive and I’m sure you will share much.

So, what benefits do you get if you sign up for her FREE course?

If you sign up for her course, you will know the following:

  • How to use your hobby and passion to make money online
  • How to create writing samples in case you don’t have any
  • Why it is important to have a blog
  • She will show you the best places to find freelance writing jobs; and
  • Show you her best way of landing multiple writing gigs. Click here to enroll for her FREE course.

5. Robert M. Kariuki

Robert is a Kenyan top rated freelance writer on Upwork. He is one of the best product review writers in Kenya and a founder member of  CONTENT AND ARTICLE WRITERS IN KENYA.

He was my first trainer and you can count on him.

The best part I loved in his training is that he can answer to calls anytime (for Kenyans), as long as he is not busy. Another added advantage is that he crafts excellent product reviews. So, if you want to specialize in product reviews, it will be an added advantage.

To get in touch with him, you can email him at robert7maina@gmail.com. His training costs sh. 1,000 ($10).