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The Clock is Ticking: Now is the Time to Raise Freelance Writing Rates

The Clock is Ticking: Now is the Time to Raise Freelance Writing Rates

Why It's Time to Raise Freelance Writing Rates — Now. Makealivingwriting.com

When’s the right time to raise your freelance writing rates?

Here’s a hint. November is one of my favorite months. And it’s not because of the impending holidays, though.

It’s because this is the best time of year to raise your freelance writing rates.

Seriously, how about starting the New Year already knowing you’re going to make more money? Yes, please.

Here’s the thing…if you want a raise next year, the clock is ticking. It won’t be long before your holiday line-up of parties, shopping, and events take up all your free time.

Maybe you even dial back freelance work for a few weeks during the holidays. That’s fine. It’s one of the perks of being a freelancer.

But if you don’t take action now, you could miss out on one of those no-time-like-the-present opportunities to raise your freelance writing rates.

Do you have any low-paying clients? Are you getting paid what you’re worth? Have you developed your skills and portfolio to charge higher freelance writing rates?

If you’ve been thinking about this stuff, here’s why you need to raise your freelance writing rates…right…now.

Three Magical Words to Earn More as a Freelance Writer

Three Magical Words to Earn More as a Freelance Writer

Freelance Writer Income - 3 Magical Words to Earn More. Makealivingwriting.com

What if there were some magical words you could utter as a freelance writer and earn more money?

You’d probably chant those words in front of the mirror, calling on the Money Fairy to grant your freelance writer wish.

But in reality, it probably sounds too good to be true. Right?

That’s what I thought when I quit my job as a business reporter to be a full-time freelance writer. It seemed like every day was a hustle, and earning more money meant working more hours.

But then something happened.

A prospect called to see if I could do some writing work for them. I took a deep breath, and then I uttered three magical words that unlock the key to making more money as a freelance writer.

Do you know what those words are?

“I’m fully booked.”

This might not be on your radar as a freelance writing goal. But trust me, when you can start telling prospects this, you’re on the edge of a major breakthrough as a freelance writer.

Here’s what happens to your business when you’re fully booked:

Earn Money Blogging: 3 Ways I Get $500+ Per Blog Post

Earn Money Blogging: 3 Ways I Get $500+ Per Blog Post

Earn Money Blogging for $500 Per Post. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you tired of writing blog posts for tiny money? If you want to earn money blogging — real money — this post is for you.

There are several ways I’ve been well-paid for blog writing. And today, I thought I’d run down three great ways to leave terrible, $5-$25 blog post pay behind.

What does it look like, to get paid $500 per blog post? How does that happen? All my tips are below.

I’ve been earning well writing blog posts for a long time, and there’s never been more opportunity for bloggers to make serious money.

We’re going to begin with the biggest obstacle to being well-paid for blog-post writing. It’s not content mills, or Upwork, or Craigslist ads.

It’s between your ears.

Tired, Broke, and Desperate? Steps to Triple Your Freelance Income

Tired, Broke, and Desperate? Steps to Triple Your Freelance Income

Need Money? Steps to Triple Your Freelance Income. Makealivingwriting.com

How’s your freelance income?

If you’re working for low-paying clients barely getting by, it’s a pretty frustrating place to be.

But if you want to change your situation and increase your freelance income, you can’t keep doing the same things, working for the same clients, and expect anything different.

If you really want to grow your freelance income, sometimes you have to take a step back, and take a closer look at what you’re doing right, and what you need to change.

Improve your marketing efforts. Find better clients. Get a better handle on how you’re using your time. Raise your rates.

It might seem like big to-do list, but you don’t have to change everything all at once. You just need to be strategic about it to move up and earn more.

When freelance writer Sylvie Tremblay’s found herself tired, broke, and desperate for work, she made a mindset shift, changed her approach to running a business, and managed to triple her freelance income. Here’s how it’s done:

How to Ask for a Raise: Two Emails That Got Results

How to Ask for a Raise: Two Emails That Got Results

How to ask for a raise: A guide for freelance writers. Makealivingwriting.com

When I became a professional writer 5 years ago, I had no idea what I should charge. I had an inkling that I needed to raise my rates, but how?

Then I joined Freelance Writers Den. I hadn’t been a member for a week before I realized that I was vastly under-charging. That was easy enough to fix for new clients – I would start quoting appropriately for new work.

But how could I apply what I’d learned about rates to existing clients who were paying me $45-$55/hour for ongoing work of varying types–emails, websites from scratch, blogs, newsletters and more?

I felt especially resentful of my $45 per hour client. I knew I needed to ask for more money, but I didn’t know how to ask for a raise.

Every time I tried to imagine how this conversation would go, it became an ultimatum, which I knew I wanted to avoid.

Then, I searched around the Den and found three key pieces of inspiration that enabled me to craft emails that got me the raises I wanted. Here’s what I did:

7 Essential Productivity Habits of Successful Freelance Writers

7 Essential Productivity Habits of Successful Freelance Writers

7 Essential Productivity Habits of Successful Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Stepped into my Wayback Machine and found this post from 2010 on productivity habits. And you know what? It’s still current. These habits have helped me and many other freelancers move up and earn more. Enjoy!–Carol

Time. We’ve only got so much of it each day. For freelance writers who are also parents, we’ve certainly never got enough of it. Or if you’re working a day job and freelancing on the side, you know you’ve got to use your time wisely.

Whether you have a wide-open schedule or just a few hours a day for freelancing, your productivity habits can have a huge impact on your writing career.

What’s the best way to spend your precious work hours? I’m often asked this question by writers during coaching calls. I had one say, “I wish I could follow you around all day and see how you do it!”

While I don’t think that would be pleasant for either of us (and might reveal an embarrassing amount of screwing off and/or snacking on my part!)…I realized that after a decade of freelancing, I have developed some strong opinions on productivity habits for freelance writers.

Here are what I consider to be the seven most important productivity habits a freelancer should spend their time on, in order of importance:

Writing for Money: My Best Resources for Growing Your Income

Writing for Money: My Best Resources for Growing Your Income

Make money writing: The best resources. Makealivingwriting.com

There comes a point in every freelance writer’s life when they get sick of writing for pennies. You look up one day, realizing you’re burning out fast, and that you need to be writing for money — real money. The kind that pays the mortgage.

Helping writers move up and earn more is my favorite pastime, so I love it when writers tell me they’ve hit this point.

I’ve written a ton on how to grow your writing income here on the blog. But over the years, with 900+ posts, it’s gotten harder to easily find my best tips for leaving the gerbil-wheel of lousy gigs behind.

So I’m happy to announce that I’ve now got my very best ‘earn more from writing’ material organized on a single page.

If you’re ready to earn a serious living at freelance writing, read on for details:

The Truth About How Much Freelance Writers Make

The Truth About How Much Freelance Writers Make

The truth about how much freelance writers make. Makealivingwriting.com

Data on how much freelance writers make can be tough to pin down. But it’s something every writer wants to know. I tackled this topic three years ago when I published this post. And it’s a topic that never gets old. Check out the updated resources. And be sure to ask yourself the two questions at the end to determine your earning potential. -Carol

It’s one of the most-asked questions I get: “Can you tell me how much freelance writers make?”

Let’s face it — we’ve all got mouths to feed. So it’s important to get a sense of whether freelance writing can yield you a real, bill-paying level of income. It’s a good question to ask.

There are two steps to figuring out the answer to this question.

The first is to find survey data on what freelancers make. That gives you a sense of what’s possible, and what’s typical.

The second step is a bit harder, so let’s start with data.

Is Freelance Writing a Sure Thing? Scam Alert

Is Freelance Writing a Sure Thing? Scam Alert

Scam Alert: Is freelance writing a sure thing? Makealivingwriting.com

Do you think freelance writing is a sure thing?

If so, there’s a newly minted online writing ‘expert’ who’d love to take your money.

You may have heard that if something seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.

Well, if someone tells you that freelance writing is an activity even a “broke, jobless dummy” can for-sure earn a middle-class income with, because “anyone can write” and “earn a safe, secure income” from home (all quotes from this pitchster’s website)…please be wary.

Here’s what I recently learned about the wild promises being made to online writers about the easy riches that supposedly await them…

Desperate Freelance Writer? You Need This Type of Client

Desperate Freelance Writer? You Need This Type of Client

Don't Be Desperate: Get THIS Type of Freelance Client. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you a desperate freelance writer, often running out of work and having dry periods where you’re frantic for income?

It seems like the vast majority of freelance writers I know are in this boat.

And it’s terrifying, waking up in the morning and knowing no money is coming in. Often, that terror paralyzes you, so you don’t even do the marketing that’s urgently needed to drum up more clients.

By contrast, some freelancers never run out of assignments, and have billings every month. When I started back in as a freelancer in 2005, I vowed to be in this second category. After all, I had a family of five to feed!

I did it, too — I fairly quickly built a stable of clients where I always had work. I never had a ‘down’ month will little or no earnings. Seriously! Not in all of the 7 years, through 2011, where freelance writing was my entire income.

What makes the difference between feast-or-famine and steady income? For many freelancers, it’s finding one particular type of client: The fill-in client.

These clients may not pay as great as some of your other clients, but they’ve got as much — or as little — work as you need to supplement your other gigs, month after month. They fill in the holes, smooth out your income, and keep you from biting your nails or emptying your savings because you’ve hit a rough patch.

To help you land this valuable type of client, let’s first define what a good fill-in client looks like. Then, I’ll talk about how you land a fill-in client — and keep them happy.

3 Content Marketing Tips to Level Up Your Freelance Income

3 Content Marketing Tips to Level Up Your Freelance Income. Makealivingwriting.com

Many freelance writers find themselves in a tough bind. Even the good writers.

No matter how great your writing is, you aren’t making enough money. You write too many words for far too little money. You spend way too much time looking for the wrong gigs. It feels like you’re running in circles, going nowhere.

Does this sound familiar to you, dear reader?

Here’s a secret I want to let you in on:You’ll land higher paid gigs by providing more than just quality writing. By understanding that the value you’re providing matters, and the solution isn’t necessarily more words.

The solution to getting paid more is to give your clients more of what they want: more traffic, links, leads, and ultimately sales. And you can do that when you apply content marketing strategies to running your freelancing business.

I know, because my first seven blogs never made a dime. But things have changed with my latest blog, The Storyteller Marketer, because I started using three key content marketing strategies to grow my business. Now I command rates 15 to 20 times higher than a lot of other writers.

Not only that, I began to connect with New York Times-bestselling authors, TED speakers, and the who’s who of marketing. All by changing my perspective to think like a content marketer instead of ‘just a writer.’

What changed? Here are the three things I did to help me take my freelancing business to the next level:

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