If you’ve joined any Facebook groups for freelance writers, you may have noticed one question that gets asked over and over again. “How do I set freelance writing rates?” A lot of new freelancers fall into the trap of thinking they need to set lower freelance writing rates because they don’t have much professional experience… Continue reading How to Price Your Freelance Writing Services (& a Freebie!)
Unfortunately, a lot of freelancers let rejection get in the way of their success. And I totally get it. Rejection is brutal. It hurts. Bouncing back from rejection as a freelance writer isn’t the easiest thing in the world. But if you let despair and insecurity take over every time you get rejected, you’re not… Continue reading 6 Positive Ways to Deal With Rejection as a Freelance Writer
As a freelancer, clients are so important. After all, a roster of loyal clients is what helps you pay your bills! It goes without saying that without great clients, I wouldn’t have been able to quit my job and start freelance writing full-time in 2018. I try to make an effort to show my clients… Continue reading How to Show Appreciation for Your Freelance Clients With Holiday Cards (And What to Write!)
For a lot of freelancers, finding long-term clients is a struggle. While one-off or short-term projects aren’t necessarily a bad thing, your goal should be to build up a roster of long-term clients. This ensures that your workload — and income — is steady from month to month, which makes the experience of freelancing full-time… Continue reading How to Impress a Freelance Writing Client (And Keep Them Coming Back for More)
Breaking up is never easy, especially when it means cutting ties with a freelance client. That being said, sometimes it just has to be done…as in, finally making the choice to fire a freelance client. After all, difficult clients are inevitable when you’re a full-time freelance writer. From the overly clingy client to the ones… Continue reading How to Fire a Freelance Client the Right Way
Do you have a sneaking suspicion you have a bad freelance client on your hands? It happens to the best of us! This in-depth article will cover the top ten warning signs of a bad freelance client. I’ll also discuss some steps you can take to help improve the situation. There’s a lot of ground… Continue reading 10 Warning Signs of a Bad Freelance Client & How to Fix Them
Are you having trouble finding clients willing to take a chance on you because you’re new to freelance writing? Knowing you have what it takes but getting shot downtime and time again is extremely frustrating. Clients are likely passing on you because you’re new and haven’t built up credibility as a freelance writer yet. Why… Continue reading How to Build Credibility as a Freelance Writer
Finding writing jobs is hard for any freelance writer, not just new writers.
With sites like Upwork and Fiverr providing a platform for writers, it’s easy to start out assuming everyone is going to pay top dollar for your written words.
The truth of the matter is, not everyone respects what writer’s do.
More often than not, jobs offered on freelance platforms and content mills pay next to nothing. When you’re first staring out, it’s easy to justify accepting such low paying jobs as a way to build up your portfolio. But it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. (We’re talking less than $.01 for 1600 words kind of jobs here, people!)
Working your butt off for peanuts isn’t exactly going to get you any closer to you end goal, which I’m assuming is a full time freelance career.
I get it though, and I’ve been there. One of the first jobs I was offered on Upwork was writing lifestyle articles for a webzine called Panda Gossips. They paid $5 per 800 words and were asking for a minimum of 1600 words per article. We’re talking less than $.01 a word!
Even though I didn’t love the pay, I took it. I got burnt out after a few months and grew tired of the hours of work that I was putting into each article, but it was definitely a learning experience.
Needless to say, I quit writing for Panda Gossips and using Upwork after a few months. You can read about my Upwork experience here.
So where do you find excellent clients that are willing to pay what you deserve? The truth is, it’s easier than you might think to find them!