How to Punch Your Own Ticket to Triple Your Freelance Writing Income

Carol Tice

How to Punch Your Ticket to Triple Your Freelance Writing Income. Makealivingwriting.comA lot of freelance writers have a poverty mentality. I hear a lot of, “I’m just hoping to make a fraction of what I made at my day job. I need to earn enough from my writing income to survive.”

That’s one mindset of some freelance writers. But there’s another way to approach your freelance business.

If you take the attitude that your freelance writing income is unlimited, you can see your income explode.

That’s what happened to Canadian freelance writer Sylvie Tremblay, who recently graduated from my Den 2X Income Accelerator. After a year in the program, which starts with making a mindset shift to believe in yourself, she tripled her writing income, going from subsistence, paycheck-to-paycheck living to having money in the bank, traveling, and feeling financially secure.

Among the highlights of Sylvie’s story that you’ll see in the video:

  • The simple analysis that triggered massive change
  • How Sylvie overcame doubts and insecurity to move forward
  • How the Den Road Map helped her create a pathway to higher freelance writing income
  • The marketing methods that paid off big
  • How she got out of her comfort zone to find clients in new places
  • The power of finding community with other mid-career freelance writers
  • Exactly how she connected with major companies
  • How her lifestyle has changed
  • How to acquire the mindset of a high-earning freelance writer

Watch here — it’s just under 30 minutes long:

Or read the transcript.

Inspiration to grow your writing income

It’s exciting for me to see a writer I coach grow their freelance business and their writing income a ton. Sylvie was in the same situation as a lot of freelance writers a year ago. Making a mindset shift and thinking strategically about her freelance business changed everything. Her confidence grew, along with her income and portfolio of well-paying clients. If you want to move up and earn more, double or even triple your freelance income, you can. I hope this provides inspiration for writers who feel stuck in a low-pay trap and reminds you to believe in yourself!

How are you growing your writing income? Let’s discuss in the comments.

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  1. Debbie Curtis

    Great video! Inspiring, and we all love success stories. Many things resonated with me, but the part about mindset is so true. I have a list of affirmations and visualizations I do every day, one of which is that I am grateful that unexpected checks come in the mail. I’ve had a very expensive month ($900 truck repair, and my laptop died), but today an unexpected check came for $150.00. From the state of New York, not a writing client!
    Another thing I have to remind myself to do is not to think “I work for blah-blah magazine. No – They are my client. I am a writer, who is equal to the people at the magazine. So I related to that on the video as well.
    As usual, Carol has a spot-on writing video! 🙂 I can’t wait to take the accelerator class next time it is offered.

    • Angie Mansfield

      Hi, Debbie –

      That “I work for X magazine” mindset is pretty common, I think. Most of us spent many years being employees before going freelance, and it can be a challenge to re-train your brain. 😉

    • Sylvie

      Hi Debbie!

      That mindset shift definitely made a big difference for me. I love the idea of using affirmations and visualizations — we’re always our own worst critics so it’s important to break that cycle!

  2. Susan Glenn

    Great interview, Carol. I loved Sylvia’s comments, especially her insight about considering herself part of the client’s marketing team. Congrats to both of you!

    • Angie Mansfield

      Hi, Susan –

      Yeah, that shift from “I write for X” to “I’m a valued part of X’s marketing team” can make a huge difference – both in your approach to marketing your own services and in how much you can make.

    • Sylvie

      Hi Susan! Thanks so much. That shift really does make a difference — not only are you acknowledging the value that you bring to the team, but you’re also sharing in the project’s success, which is always fun.

  3. Nick Segal

    Thank you for posting the interview Carol, and well done Sophie In

    Recently wrote an article and posted it on LinkedIn.
    I have no idea what I need to charge a publisher for content such as that.
    I would really appreciate your valuable assessment and valuation of it.
    If such a thing were possible, please let me know.

    Respect & Goodwill,

    • Angie Mansfield

      Hi, Nick –

      Can you tell us a little more about the project? Did you write it on behalf of a client and post it to their LI profile? Did you post it on your own profile? Not sure exactly what you’re asking – if you can clarify a bit, we can help answer your question. 🙂

      • Nick Segal

        Hi Angie, thank you very much for replying to my call for help.
        My niche is health and wellbeing, my project is called ‘Why and what’s the reason for everything’. I cover subjects connected to the Mind, Body and Soul, Or Bio, Psycho, Social interdependence, depending on the publication.

        The article I would like appraisal for is called ‘Changing focus, Changes health, Clean your lenses’. I first sent a draft, along with a load of my work…..(in hindsight probably a mistake) to the owner of an online health and wellbeing magazine. The editor replied with “Thanks, I want to try your services. I’ll look for a good assignment”. In the meantime, I edited the article and posted it on LinkedIn, and now on my own site. I am realising that I am being very naive here, Or so it seems….

        Anyhow, The truth is I need help in knowing what I should charge for a technical article such as this supported with research. I am a writer who is just starting to commercialise his work.

        Therefore, I have probably made a big mistake not adding a fee schedule to my queries. Can you help me ? Or have I just lost the plot.

        Peace, Love, Respect & Goodwill to you and everyone on

        • Carol Tice

          Nick, it’s not usual to request a particular rate in a pitch or query. Too early in the game.

          First off, many publications have their own rate schedule, and they’re going to pay what they pay. So there isn’t much to discuss. With businesses, they may also have rates they usually pay, or they may be looking to you to tell them what you charge.

          Hope you can join us in Freelance Writers Den sometime — it’s the best place to benchmark rate proposals and find out about going rates for things.

          With technical writing, all I can say is…charge a lot! Rates are usually strong. Also…stop submitting pre-written articles, if that’s what you’re doing. That tends to earn you less than if the editor can be involved in the shaping what the piece will cover.

          • Nick Segal

            Hi Carol,

            Thank you very much for your useful and insightful reply.
            Much appreciated.

            Looking forward to joining you in freelance writers den.

            Respect & Goodwill,

  4. Karen Smock

    Way to go Sylvie! Your story motivated me to step up my end of year marketing. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Angie Mansfield

      Carol’s made me a believer in end-of-year marketing. Companies are looking ahead to the next year’s goals and budget – nice time to get your name in front of them. 😉

    • Sylvie

      Thank you! If you’re like me, and work best under a deadline, end of year really helps you be productive with marketing — there’s that built-in goal of Dec 31 to light a fire under you!

  5. Carol J Alexander

    Wonderful interview. I appreciate that we shouldn’t rely on one or two large clients and that we need to think of them as clients and not employers. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Jennifer Loss

    Hello! Just wondering, is it Sophie, or Sylvie? I am seeing Sophie Tremblay and Sylvie Tremblay used interchangeably.

    • Carol Tice

      Weird! It’s Sylvie.

  7. James

    I want to try your services. I’ll look for a good assignment”. In the meantime, I edited the article and posted it on LinkedIn, and now on my own site.

  8. Sean Wright

    I just wanted to say that the tips you brought up were fantastic. I know quite a few writers who can benefit from your thinking and I am passing the article onto them Thank you so much.

    • Sylvie

      Thanks so much!

  9. Emenike Emmanuel

    Hi Carol and Sophia,

    This is a nice one. Awesome.

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