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How I Got Freelance Writing Jobs Worth $15,000 — in 7 Days Flat

better writing gigs in 7 days: Here's how

Recently, one of my freelance writing clients told me they’d be cutting my workload — which meant less income for me.

Crisis? Nope.

I decided to get proactive and do a week of cold pitching to seek new freelance writing jobs. Before this, I’d gotten all my clients from job boards or referrals.

I know what you might be feeling right now — cold outreach? Yikes!

But, if you shift your mindset and just start doing it, it’s not nearly as scary as it seems. And the results might just surprise you.

Here’s how I got started, got great results in just 7 days — and how you can, too.

5 Benefits of My Pro Writing Degree — That You Can Get Free

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Freelance writers often ask, “Should I get a writing degree?”

The answer is different for everyone. I hold a master’s degree in professional writing, but plenty of highly successful freelance writers don’t have a degree.

If you’ve got the time and money, there can be a lot of benefits to getting a writing degree — but you can also get some of them through experience.

My degree didn’t guarantee that I would have my pick of high-paying clients or even that my pitches would get accepted. But it did help me become a better writer.

The good news? You can get these benefits without a degree. Here are five benefits I got from my degree that you can get for free:

Earn More Writing Online With These Easy Graphic-Creation Tips

How Writers Can Create Blog-Ready Graphics. Makealivingwriting.com

One of my goals as a freelance writer is to increase my monthly revenue and start building a sustainable income.

I’ve accomplished a lot since I started. My rates have gone way up. I’m getting better clients. And I’m always thinking creatively about maximizing profits.

One day I submitted an article to a client, who let me know it would run as soon as his designer finished creating an accompanying image. That got me thinking: Couldn’t I provide comprehensive services, with an article and a custom image, for a higher rate? It would save the client time and money and increase my rate — benefiting both of us.

There was just one problem: I don’t know much about graphic design and have zero access to the industry-standard — but expensive — software programs Photoshop and InDesign.

Here’s how I got past that obstacle and learned how to earn more by creating blog-ready graphics:

Get Paid for Traffic: The Scoop on Writing for Blasting News

How Bloggers Can Get Paid for Traffic. Makelivingwriting.com

It seems like there are always new sites coming into the market, offering to give freelance writers a little pay. But few sites pay based on traffic anymore (which makes sense, since traffic does not equal dollars).

Blasting News is one opportunity that is new to the U.S. and does pay based on the number of visitors you attract. They contacted Carol about referring writers to the site — and she asked me to take a look and learn about the pay and requirements.

Is Blasting News a good way for writers to earn a living? There are highly mixed reviews on Glassdoor and on Indeed (in several languages).

We decided to find out more, and talked to several writers around the world with experience on this platform. Here’s our report:

Twitter Marketing for Freelancers: A Simple Strategy That Gets Big Results

The Twitter Marketing Trick That Got a 35% Response. Makealivingwriting.com

If you love spending hours pitching prospects who never respond and look forward to all the legwork, this post probably isn’t for you.

But if you’re like me, you secretly hope your marketing efforts could be simple, painless, and effective.

While it definitely takes hard work, consistency, and perseverance to build a freelance writing business, sometimes you can find a sweet spot that works brilliantly and is surprisingly easy.

I recently found a marketing method that’s getting great results for me. It uses Twitter, direct messaging, and a simple “ask.”

This Twitter marketing approach produced the best results I’ve had since I started my freelance business — netting over a 35 percent response rate.

Here’s how you can get these results, too:

When a Prospective Writing Client Says “Maybe” — 3 Ways to Follow Up

When a Prospective Writing Client Says “Maybe” – 3 Ways to Follow Up. Makealivingwriting.com

Like it or not, sales is a necessary part of your freelance writing business. Strong closers get more business. Weak closers don’t.

To close more sales, you need a follow-up strategy.

What do you do when a prospective writing client says “I’m interested” but doesn’t pull the trigger? You gently wrestle them to the ground and wrangle a “yes” or a “no” from them.

Here are three strategies you can use to turn a “maybe” into a “yes” or a “no.”

5 Top Tips to Turn a Blog into a Six-Figure Business

5 Top Tips to Turn a Blog into a Six-Figure Business

I started a blog in 2008.

I had a 9-month old daughter, and as much as I loved her and enjoyed being with her, I was going crazy with next to no grown-up “work” for my creative brain.

I wanted to write, so I put all my creative energy and imagination into coming up with a name for the blog: The Mom Writes. (Yes, I know.)

Soon people began to notice.

I had readers commenting, sending me emails and then, one day a reader emailed to ask if I would write for his site. I said yes. He wanted to know my rates and just like that, I was in business.

I’m here to tell you how I’ve used blogging to build a six-figure business and how a blog continues to be my top marketing strategy, even after 7 years.

Since then, I’ve worked with more than 100 small businesses as a business blogger, social media copywriter, and community manager. My little blog has helped me build a six-figure business — and remains my number one marketing strategy.

Here’s how I did it:

Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and Up

Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and Up

It’s been a few years since Carol rocked the world of free guest posting and began paying for guest posts. I’m happy to report that a lot of other sites have followed suit. That means it’s time to update our annual list of websites that pay at least $50 per post or article (and really, should you be writing for less?).

This year’s list is a bit different from past lists, in that we’ve previously linked to other lists to make up our total market count. This time, we’ve done the legwork, asked around our freelance writer network, and gathered our own intel on every market in our list, right here on the post. This list runs the gamut of topics, from parenting and knitting to business and writing, so there should be something here for everyone.

In some cases, these sites keep it on the Q.T. exactly what they pay. We’re including markets where freelance writers in our network report they pay over $50, in order to bring you the widest variety of paying markets possible.

As always, we appreciate any corrections or additions to our list.

Prepare to pitch

Before you go pitching any of these sites willy nilly, read the guidelines carefully and study the posts they’ve already run. Paying markets are more competitive than posting on free sites.

Make sure you either have a fresh topic or a new way of exploring an issue they’ve covered before. Compiling this year’s list, I spoke with some site owners who used to pay, but got so many junk pitches from people who didn’t even know what the site covered that they quit offering payment — or quit taking guest posts altogether.

Need help learning how to pitch a successful guest post? See this post, and this one.

Here’s the list!

Great Writing Gets the Gig — 4 Tips for Crafting Killer Sentences

Great Writing Gets the Gig -- 4 Tips for Crafting Killer Sentences

Want editors to trust you?

Well, you could flash your portfolio of published blue-chip writing their way.

Don’t have that? Show them great writing, from one concise, interesting sentence to the next.

I’ve been doing that for a decade, since a producer from Macmillan Publishers asked me for help debugging their e-books. They soon asked me to write their website copy. They were the first of many editors who trusted me — all because I learned the craft of writing well. That edge has paid off for me and others — and it’ll pay off for you.

Wondering how to craft sentences that make editors sit up and say “yes”? These four tips will make it happen:

What’s It Like Writing for Contently? Writers Spill Their Secrets

What’s It Like Writing for Contently? Writers Spill Their Secrets

Writers are always looking for reliable ways to earn a good rate writing for great clients. And increasingly, online content agencies have emerged that say they will make that easier for us.

Contently is one such agency, where it’s free to create a profile on their site.

The theory is that the Contently team will search through these writer profiles to find writers for their clients, which include some impressive brands that any of us would love to have in our samples: GE, HSBC, and American Express.

Contently also produces their own content for freelance writers, so there are actually two types of opportunities through them — writing for their clients, and writing directly for Contently.

What’s it really like writing for them? Here’s what I learned from talking to Contently staff and to writers who’re working on this platform:

How One Writer Used Smart Outsourcing to Earn 30% More

Freelancers can earn more with outsourcing

A few years ago I made a shocking discovery.

I took a long, hard look at how I was using my time — and I was thoroughly ashamed.

This was the breakdown:

  • Market research on prospective clients: 20%
  • Marketing to prospects (cold-calls, emails, social media, blogging, website): 20%
  • Project research: 40%
  • Writing: 20%

Notice anything amazing about this?

I only spent 20% of my time doing the thing I loved best…the thing I was supposed to be making money from: WRITING. I spent the other 80% preparing to make money (i.e. research and marketing).

Of course, without marketing and research we couldn’t write great copy or get high-paying clients.

But think about this: Your writing is the only thing of any real value, in terms of income generated.

That simple thought led me to a really big idea. An idea that boosted my income by $24,000 a year.

Here’s how it works…

No Blog Visitors? How a Micro-Niche Blog Drew Big Traffic

How a micro niche blog can earn for youI’ve always wanted to be a freelance writer, but I found myself asking that age-old question “what niche could I write in?”

So I started exploring micro-niches — topics that are very narrowly focused but related to larger niches. That exploration led me to launch The Hirsutism Hub about a health condition where abnormal body hair grows on women, usually associated with more well-known conditions like diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and obesity.

My site launched in 2011. Today, it averages more than 20,000 viewers monthly and has been mentioned in New York Magazine, Yahoo Style, and Women’s Health. It’s also given me the credibility to write about health topics for other sites and brings in some monthly side income.

Here’s how a micro-niche can work for you:

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