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5 Ways to Get Your Flaky Freelance Client to Pay Up

5 Ways to Get Your Flaky Freelance Client to Pay Up

5 Ways to Get Your Flaky Freelance Client to Pay Up Has this happened to you? You slave away meeting a freelance client’s deadline, send in your invoice, and then…nothing.

Your client is smelling like a deadbeat.

What can you do about it? Plenty.

As it happens, I’ve had my share of clients who drag their heels on payment. Over the years, I’ve developed a system for making sure those checks arrive…more on that below.

First, here are my five best tips for rounding up those stray checks:

How to Fire a Freelance Client the Right Way: 5 Key Tips

How to Fire a Freelance Client the Right Way: 5 Key Tips

It happens to nearly every freelance writer at some point. You have a client, and you want to get rid of them. They don't pay enough, or their people aren't appreciative, or their deadlines are too crazy, or all three. Maybe things started out great, but now the...

How to Get Referrals Without Asking: Use This Pro Writer’s Hack

How to Get Referrals Without Asking: Use This Pro Writer’s Hack

Pro Writer's Hack: How to Get Referrals Without Asking. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder how to get referrals to book more freelance writing work?

That would be nice, right? You figure out how to turn on the freelance faucet, and warm leads pour in.

After trading a few emails, phone calls or hosting a Zoom chat, that warm lead turns into a new freelance writing client that puts money in your pocket.

But it doesn’t always work like that, does it?

If you’re struggling with trying to figure out how to generate leads to book more freelance work and assignments, you’re not alone.

So what’s the secret to getting referrals to move up and earn more as a writer?

It’s probably not what you think.

A lot of gurus tell you to ask all your freelance clients and connections for referrals until they cough some up. Or offer a reward, a bounty, or some financial incentive to get people to give you referrals.

But if this style of getting freelance clients makes you feel dead inside or churns your stomach, it’s time to learn a whole new way to do this.

Ready?

Check out this pro writer’s hack to generate warm leads…WITHOUT asking.

Freelance Marketing: 5 Meet-Cute Ways to Get Hot Clients

Freelance Marketing: 5 Meet-Cute Ways to Get Hot Clients

Freelance Marketing: Meet Cute Ways to Get Clients. Makealivingwriting.com

Looking for a freelance marketing script to turn prospects into clients?

Go watch some rom-com.

For example, at the conclusion of When Harry Met Sally, there’s this memorable scene:

  • Harry declares his love for Sally.
  • They kiss.
  • Cue Auld Lang Syne and slow dancing.
  • Fade to black, and everyone is happy.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your freelance marketing efforts worked the same way?

Just send a pitch. Fire off a query letter. Write an LOI. And your proposed client will fall in love.

Fade to black, and you have oodles of work.

Well, things rarely work like they do in the movies. Or maybe they do…

“Harry” and “Sally” go through a series of meet-cutes, or phases in their relationship before they get together.

And that’s something you should pay close attention to if you want to be a successful freelance writer.

When you understand how client relationships develop (like the formula for a rom-com), your freelance marketing efforts can help you get noticed, move up, and earn more.

Want to know how to get hot clients to pay attention? Here’s what you need to know about the freelance marketing meet-cute.

Writer Trauma: Why You Can’t Send A Goodbye Email to Clients

Writer Trauma: Why You Can’t Send A Goodbye Email to Clients

Why You Cant Send A Goodbye Email to Clients. Makealivingwriting.com

Is past trauma making you earn less as a freelance writer? If you have toxic writing clients, but find it super-hard to send that goodbye email to clients and move on, new research may explain why.

Recently, I was sitting in one of my parent-support group meetings. We were learning about the impact of past trauma in our kiddos, and how it may play out in difficult behaviors we see now.

Our facilitator introduced a concept I’d never heard of before. And when I heard it, I sat straight up in my seat.

This idea didn’t just answer questions I had about why my husband’s response to some of our kids’ behaviors was so different from mine.

It solved the mystery of why some writers allow clients to walk all over them, while others of us have no problem setting healthy boundaries. And cutting loose clients who don’t pay us well, or treat us right.

For years, I ‘d known about fight, flight, and freeze as classic responses to threats. And how people with past trauma may use those responses inappropriately, in situations where they’re not really warranted.

But it turns out there’s one more, newly identified type of trauma response. One that may be messing up your writing business.

Freelance Marketing Fix: A Nurse’s Cure for Crummy Writing Clients

Freelance Marketing Fix: A Nurse’s Cure for Crummy Writing Clients

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What’s the temperature of your freelance marketing efforts to get writing clients?

If you’re fully booked with steady work and dream clients, you’ve probably got some healthy freelance marketing habits in place.

But if you’ve got bad clients and soul-sucking work that makes you sick, what should you do?

Cry? Roll around on the floor? Binge-watch more movies and shows? Shake your fist at the sky, and shout “Whyyyy?”

You might get some temporary relief. But you won’t get better writing clients this way.

If your freelance marketing habits aren’t well, you’re at risk for contracting low rates, flaky clients, and work that leaves you feeling empty inside. And the longer you let it fester, the worse it gets.

Fortunately, there’s a cure for crummy writing clients. And I learned all about it in an unlikely way…taking care of patients as a nurse.

Want to give your freelance marketing efforts a boost to get better clients? Here’s what you need to know.

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.

Is This Inappropriate Emotion Killing Your Freelance Writing Rates?

Is This Inappropriate Emotion Killing Your Freelance Writing Rates?

This Inappropriate Emotion Kills Your Freelance Writing Rates. Makealivingwriting.com

NOTE: Feel like you’re stuck with low-paying clients that will never pay higher freelance writing rates? This post is for you. Enjoy! —Carol.

Want to make money from home as a freelance writer? I’ve got a question for you today, writers. How do you feel about your freelance writing rates and your book of clients?

I ask because today’s topic is just that — the feelings we have for our clients. Because business isn’t all dollars and cents. It’s also relationships. Our clients are people, too.

Some of the feelings we have for them are appropriate and useful feelings, such as enjoying a client’s easygoing personality or the feeling of satisfaction that comes from successfully completing a complex writing assignment.

But some feelings freelance writers have are sadly misplaced, and really hurt your ability to earn higher freelance writing rates. Check out what a couple of writers said to me recently, and I think you’ll start to see why I’ve put that big-eyed dog up as the photo for this post:

How to Love the Often-Dreaded Chore of Freelance Marketing

How to Love the Often-Dreaded Chore of Freelance Marketing

How to Love Freelance Marketing Chores. Makealivingwriting.com

Freelance marketing might feel like a chore. But it’s kind of important. If you don’t do it, you don’t eat. The good news, you can learn to love freelance marketing like I did. Enjoy!–Carol

When I first got back into freelancing after years of being a staff writer, I didn’t have to do much freelance marketing.

I called many sources at companies I’d covered at writing for a local business journal, let them know I was freelancing, and it kind of rolled from there.

I called a couple local magazines, pitched them, and got assignments. I answered an ad and found myself writing Web content for a $1 billion corporation.

Looking back, it was a golden time. My career ran easy, like water flowing downhill.

But if you’ve ever sat back and done little to no freelance marketing, you know it’s not a sustainable way to stay fully booked.

It’s a lesson I had to learn the hard way. And I don’t want you to end up in the same situation. Here’s how I learned to love freelance marketing to move up and earn more:

Two Easy-Fun Ways Freelancers Can Find Great Writing Clients

Two Easy-Fun Ways Freelancers Can Find Great Writing Clients

Find Writing Clients: Two Fun & Easy Ways. Makealivingwriting.com

Some things never change, like the need to find great writing clients. But marketing doesn’t have to be a grueling, stressful, or frustrating chore. Check out these two fun and easy ways to find writing clients. Enjoy!–Carol

One of the questions freelance writers ask me most is, “How can I find better-paying clients?” Another one is “Where are all the good-paying clients hiding?” A third one is, “Why can’t I find any good writing clients?”

I’m sensing a theme here, that people want to know more about how to connect with great clients.

There are many ways to hunt these elusive good clients, but today I want to talk about two of my favorite in-person techniques for connecting with good-paying clients.

That’s right, these methods involve leaving your writing cave, going out, and meeting live humans.

Don’t be scared!

Once you get the hang of it, networking is actually a lot of fun. Or it should be — so remember to have fun with it.

Here are two techniques that are pretty fail-proof and simple for maximizing your networking time:

A Genius Tip for Getting Hired at Your First Client Meeting

A Genius Tip for Getting Hired at Your First Client Meeting

Master the client meeting with one genius tip. Makealivingwriting.com

Maybe it’s your first client meeting ever, and you’re petrified that you don’t know what to say. And you’ll come across like a dummy.

Or maybe you’ve taken scores of client meetings as a freelance writer — but you keep shooting blanks, and walking away without an assignment.

If you’re an experienced freelance writer, perhaps you’ve left too many first client meetings with the sneaky feeling that you’ve just been milked for an hour of free consulting. You could have charged hundreds for the advice, but you just gave it away, in hopes of impressing your prospect — and still didn’t get the gig.

If you’re any of these writers, I’ve got a piece of advice that’s going to save you time and help you land more clients.

You see, there’s a balance you need to strike in first client meetings between impressing the prospect that you’re smart, and being too helpful. So helpful that they get all the info they need in the meeting, and don’t have to hire you.

How can you impress clients fast, without giving away all your secrets? Here’s my approach:

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:

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