I know many writers who earn well purely from freelancing, NOT counting teaching or other types of activity they may do as well. I earned six figures from freelancing alone in — my income from this blog aside, before this became my main activity. About hard-copy, snail-mail letters and not a single response. And this was a fairly researched list I created.
Not many undeliverables. By contrast, David LaMartina said he obtained several clients and even turned down some work. Warm email prospecting? Same thing. I used the suggested approach — find some pain area — maybe a blog that has been neglected, tired web content, etc. On the other hand, I wonder how many times I can drop my rate until it just makes no sense to continue. Again, this is no knock on Ed, who I am sure you are very familiar with. He is a great communicator and has consistently stood by his products.
However, as I am sure you can imagine, I did cancel my month-to-month subscription, and am understandably at least as I see it hesitant when it comes to starting other ongoing financial obligations. Jon…all I can tell you is I see writers get results with these approaches all the time. Something has to be changed up. Sometimes, you need the feedback you can get in a community to figure out the issue.
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Maybe in-person networking is more for you? Or cold calling? The actual template he used is part of the curriculum, after all. I have just grown increasingly frustrated over these months. I have purchased the memberships, the ebooks, the seminars, etc. I entered this phase in a better position than most to make things work and I have made no real headway. The few jobs I have landed have been enough to pay for utilities and not much more. The thing is…what works for David LaMartina may not work for you. I have a BS in Psychology and almost 10 years in the Pharma industry.
I would like to break into the technical writing industry. What do you think is the best way to do that? Can I ask the best way to get started and how to pick a niche? I have a lot of interests, and I believe I could write well on most topics. I have even thought of creating multiple blogs in order to expand my client base, but that sounds too time-consuming. I have real-life experience with computer technology and programming, but I would probably get more enjoyment from writing about quantum physics and dating.
So, from a marketing standpoint, what would you recommend? Thanks for reading my long question. You just have to show you know how to blog and get engagement comments, shares. You can become a regular contributor to a magazine—I had relationships like that with more than one publication. But the more reliable money is in writing for businesses. Thanks for sharing the informative content. I really love to know more about freelance writing jobs. Thanks again. Hi, I have always been a blogger but never understood how to earn an income from writing and publishing.
I am a development practitioner and I am currently setting up a site for re-thinking African development from African perspectives. I was wondering what your advice would be in terms of securing writers without yet having the income to pay them. I would absolutely love to secure some income from the site — content writing, events, publishing, etc. You might find a new writer who needs samples, though, and is passionate about your topic by tapping your own connections.
You can also check out the ebooks tab up top. For earning from blogging — stay tuned for my upcoming ebook on how I earn from this blog. I think your niche might be tough to monetize or get ads on, since it sounds like the audience would be always broke nonrpfoits. Hey carol. This website is amazing first off.
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Secondly, I wanted to ask you a question. I love writing. I love writing reviews, poetry, and relationship advice. My question is, how do I get started with that. How can I get started with out a huge investment or experience but with a talent and will to follow directions. Jake my Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success e-book is about exactly that — how to start with no portfolio, quickly build a small one that impresses clients, and get paying gigs.
Feel free to check that out on my ebooks tab! Relationship advice is probably a blog topic, unless you can land a column somewhere, but those slots are super-competitive these days. Carol, I really appreciate your website, thank you. I was home schooled and read just about everything. I wrote for a few college newspapers, started a really lame blog in and did a few freelance things magazine articles, press releases before landing a gig with a car dealership group a few months ago.
My question is, how do I figure out what niche to focus on as I get away from this mill work? Thank you for a great article. Hi all! I have only bid for large, slightly longer term projects, or very well paid shorter ones. I am juggling three projects right now, writing to a very high standard, none of them are easy projects. I like to rotate them so when I get fed up with one I take a break and start fresh on another! I plan to ask some clients for a raise and then seek new, higher paying clients, to replace some of my lower-paying ones.
I just discovered your blog. I recently created my website to showcase my work. Anyways I started reaching out to companies after doing a search on google. Raised rates 2x and the biggest problem is managing all my work and keeping my rates high enough, I do still feel underpaid. My ultimate goal is to make a full-time salary on part-time work and be able to be a full-time nomad, working on my travel blog.
That always gets people interested and asking questions — sometimes even clients! More importantly, though, building relationships. Next up, I over-hauling my website so I can pitch those quality clients and get some bigger contracts. My goal is to make 4x my income in 4 years, getting me to K. Being a former Marketing Director myself, having some savings in the bank, collecting a modest pension and having relatively low monthly expenses for someone my age, one would think that I would be a pretty strong test case for the transition that freelance writing represents.
I decided to target businesses, aiming for a sweet spot between those family-run businesses that would lack the resources for anything other than trade and those that would have the resources to hput someone on staff for the purpose of creating blog and website content, employee manuals, press releases, ghost-written articles, etc. My site is built out properly — admittedly not a literary Sistine Chapel but certainly very functional.
My seven work samples represent press releases, advertising one-sheets and even an event proposal designed to solicit and land a high profile convention. A quick look at Google Analytics indicates that the issue is likely not my website, as traffic TO the website is not sufficient to glean a representative sampling of any information.
Further, the lack of even a single phone call to the Google Voice number set up for tracking purposes I set up in response to the emails, likely indicates a lack of interest, overall. So again, while I am not looking to bring anyone down, I am starting to think that gaining a foothold is far more difficult than one might think. Or you may need to learn more about qualifying prospects, though Book of Lists is usually a good starting point. You may think your website is great, but it may not be set up to convert well.
Thanks for the response. I have patterned my emails along the lines of what Ed Gandia suggests though not every prospect has an obvious content faux pas to point out. Rates are certainly not the issue, as I have not even been able to progress far enough to discuss them with anyone. As far as samples, in a previous email correspondence, you had noted that a freelancer breaking into this business should have six solid writing samples to be able to show before going after paid clients.
I could certainly add more. Suggest checking out the website bootcamp. Have you done in-person networking? Cold calling? My experience is you have to write the heck out of LOIs to get a positive response — they are a writing audition, something I find few writers fully appreciate. I am sure that LOIs are a writing audition of sorts. It would certainly make sense. And I have looked at mine objectively. Again, it is a matter of studying what we are told will work, then giving it a chance to do so.
Ed Gandia appears to have left writing for hire and instead focuses on teaching. I tried to follow his suggestions as far as what an initial LOI should look like and he was adamant that it should not be overly wordy or pushy. If Google Analytics indicated that my efforts were driving an appreciable amount of traffic to my site, I would be more concerned about that aspect.
At present, the representative sampling is not large enough to conclude that any prospects are dropping in and leaving prematurely. My biggest issue is discipline. I just cannot do it! I am thinking of deactivating my Facebook and Twitter, as well as entirely powering down my phone during work time. However, that first month will be extremely difficult. My tip is that you need to find better-paying clients. Contently Study: The State of Freelancing in includes a breakdown of income as well as factors influencing those numbers.
Diann, studies by places like Contently are going to be highly skewed, as they will only have responders from people who are using lower-paid places such as Contently. For example, I know someone who participated who definitely is not in the low-end category and as far as know does no work with Contently. The survey also has some higher end figures and breaks down according to multiple factors to help qualify the figures. Journalists tend to steer clear of these, and look for reputable research firms that are impartial, and other experienced data collectors. What do you think? Is that normal?
Thank you in advance for your answer! There are certainly many low-paid and free sites that are happy to take your article, keep all rights, and not give you credit. Thank you for your suggestion and your quick answer, Carol! Just wanted to know if this is a common practice. So I guess it is, but only for low paid and viality sites. Thank you for this resource. So far I have seen success and had articles accepted, BUT everything has been free. I even wrote an article for a national newspaper globe and mail that was unpaid.
When I pitched another idea to that newspaper they told me they liked my idea but had no freelance budget, so they offered to interview me instead. Even the big names. What gives? But I do plan on putting my kids in daycare soon so I can put in 7 hour days writing. You could also target companies that sell products to moms — getting onto the business writing side could help you to find real pay. You might check out my How to Get Great Freelance Clients ebook — it goes into chapter and verse on how to find out if a prospect has money before you bother pitching them an idea.
Brian, stay tuned for a post coming up on Wednesday that will give you a real good sense of the type of niches that command good rates! I would just like to say that Carol is so right, anyone can do it. I started writing freelance on my time off back in October of last year. I am now in the process of sending queries to large publications and daily newspapers. If I can convince small companies to pay large proportions of their budget on me then why not large companies paying small proportions.
And to bigger pubs and companies, hiring freelancers is routine, and they have more ongoing work. That sounds great, John, and success stories like that are what keep my optimistic that I could finally pull off the same for myself. Was this the case for you as well or was this a fresh field and craft for you to tap into? How did you land your first clients? What matters is whether you can find a tell great stories in a compelling way.
But there are plenty of good ways to start that. In Febuary, I applied for an Egaming senior writer position with a very large affiliate company who specialise in the marketing area of the industry. I asked the previous content mill for a reference and they gave me a glowing one and allowed me to share some of my work along with the application.
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They have a great product and I am helping them to publish articles about them on relevant sites. This is how it works… I write some articles about their product in a sort of non advertising way and send pitches to the websites they have listed. Basically guys, the sky is the absolute limit, if you are willing to sit at your computer for hours on end then you can make good money. The real key is to remember that being good at writing stuff is only half the skillset. You need to be creative in the way you talk to potential clients. Be authorative on the telephone to a point where the editor is not going to doubt you ability.
If you have the correct mindset then you should be able to sell crap wrapped up in tinfoil as earings to royalty. Just believe in yourself. If you have talent and a hellishly difficult attitude that just doesnt take no for an answer, then you will make it. If you just throw out a few pitches now and then and feel deflated when they dont reply, then you will fail.
A key point: Sorry to say, the scenario you describe where you pitch articles for your client and are paid by both them AND the publication is unethical and deceptive. You can read more about that here:. Thanks for sharing that great success story, Mark!
Brandon…I spend money on my freelance business all the time. But there is great info, at a lot of different price points, including very affordable ebooks. Yes, companies like experienced writers…but everyone started somewhere. I go over how to start from scratch, build your portfolio, and get clients in my Step by Step Guide e-book — you can check that out on the e-books tab up top. I want to know about how much a freelance writer would be able to make in her first year.
My goal is to get to , dollars and over, how many years would it take to get to that point if I accepted offers from dollars? I believe and know that my writing skills will be able to qualify as expert in future years of writing About how much would I be able to make in the first year, the second, and the third? I want to have a good idea of whether freelance writing should become a full time job or a side job, depending on the amount of money I would be able to earn.
The sites I have been reading do not offer such a clear idea and procedure that I can understand. Thank you very much, I hope to become a successful freelance writer like you. Arisa — no one can predict how much YOU will earn. I put all my tips on how to get started building a portfolio and finding clients in my e-book The Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success.
You could begin writing a blog now as a way of building your craft and practicing. Thank you for answering my question and giving me a heads up on what I should expect. From your opinion and view, on what scale of difficulty do you rank freelance writing? How hard did you have to try to get to where you are now? Each of us has our own journey and story.
There are no going rates, no rules of thumb. Starting your own business is not like getting a job, where someone can tell you what the hourly wage and work hours and benefits will be. A great option you have is to start a blog about your life and in it include some product reviews of things that you really like. Tweet links to these blog posts to the manufacturers. Eventually they will start sending you products to review. There are social marketing companies that want teen reviews — research them and sign up as a reviewer.
Really important: make sure your parents are ok with all of this and tell them before you sign up for anything. This is a good way to get your foot in the door and practice your writing. Good luck! I am truly encouraged through your posts. I was beginnning to limit myself. But after reading this, I have to adjust my goals. Although the only experience I have is writing on my blog, I really want to start writing for clients soon. Thanks Carol. Hi Carol Am writing from Africa, Kenya. Am in deed glad for your sincere tips on writing. I am an upcoming writer, specializing in academic research writing.
Unfortunately, this is a seasonal activity, hence not promising. I write for the US and UK students and other research bodies. I just could wish to be guided on freelance writing, since i understand that it is readily available. Can my experience in academic writing be applicable in freelance writing? Again, how can i improve the quality of my writing so as to retail more clients. Finally, I could wish to be a full-time writer and operate from home. I shall be glad if given the direction forward since at the moment I am not not linked with any freelance writing company.
Unfortunately, academic writing is unethical, and not readily transferable to a mainstream, good-paying freelance writing career. I intend to make a career in the environment and wildlife writing field. I have a couple of published articles but has been unpaid work. Where can I possibly start to earn by using my writing skills? It comes with a workbook for creating your marketing plan, based on your goals.
Then I start reading about actual numbers and insert sobbing noises here even the low end of what a lot of freelancers earn is almost twice what I make now at a job I despise. I am interested in doing freelance writing part-time. Also, the prices offered?
Well, they leave a lot to be desired. Any tips? Certainly — get off Elance and find your own clients. My Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success ebook goes over exactly how to start building a portfolio and finding first clients on your own. As an attorney you have a great area of expertise that should help you find legal-related gigs such as blogging for lawyers. I recently landed a manager in LA that is shopping one of my scripts around.
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Firstly, great article. Immensely informative AND entertaining. No wonder you have done so well for yourself. Anyhow, I am a freelance writer stuck in the content mill that is oDesk. What I need to know from you is how to leave these peanut-rates behind and start to make real bucks. Will take hard work? No problemo. But, I need someone to tell me how to get real clients online and write content that actually pays me for the quality I am offering. Hi Saif — It does take a little work…and there are many ways to get off the mass-job sites and start finding better clients — so many that I wrote a whole e-book about it — The Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success.
I too am new at writing online. I have worked on my personal blog for a few months but I have discovered that writing a personal blog is much different that writing blog content for others. My only background is procedural writing for my old job, writing sermons, writing poems and blogging.
My dream is to be a published writer, any kind. I also like to learn about new things, then write about them. I would love to someday be able to earn enough to support myself without other work and I realize this is going to be hard. Any encouragement and pointers, leads to find assignments will be appreciated! It will help you start learning about how to connect with clients. See that big signup box in the sidebar?
Marketing will still be available and offered to my subscribers, but not as the signup bonus. Any advice you could offer in that area? I always felt like I was the last one they let in the door without a journalism degree from Columbia or Medill.
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With so few staff positions now, requiring the B. So look for where you can write impressive stuff that involves reporting. Journalism chops are important for staff gigs. It just seems like such a convoluted path. I started offering freelance services to supplement a fiction idea and am wondering if it will help! Nonfiction articles and writing for business are the reliable ways to earn a regular monthly income. Considering that I live in Pakistan and can only work through online journals and internet resources. Your help would be appreciated more than ever.
Thank you! You can also check out my e-books tab and the Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success — it outlines my system for getting away from these kind of ridiculous low-paying places and finding legitimate clients. I am new to writing online. I have written before but never online. I have numerous ideas for books, I have published poems and I recently published 2 articles as a yahoo contributor.
Seems like right now all I can do is the low rate ones because any employer I guess is the term on there that pays ok or well wants you to have a proven track record. The conspicuousness of these IWJ broadcasters at all nuclear issue-related events visibly transformed IWJ into a media brand. Some are said to have even travelled to Tokyo for the September 19 rally. These ardent supporters also actively help to keep Web Iwakami financially afloat through donations.
Nuclear Energy, TPP, Okinawa as well as social issues that are insufficiently or not at all covered by mainstream journalists. The viewer in Tokyo can now observe a demonstration in, say, Fukushima city or Okinawa as it happens. For the nation-wide demonstrations on June 11, for example, IWJ teamed up with OurPlanet-TV and Operation Kodomo to simultaneously live-stream the protests taking place at over 40 locations.
A studio in Tokyo manned by IWJ and OPT staff coordinated the multi-channel live streaming and commented on the actions shown from different locations in Japan. The result of this concerted effort to network both the broadcasts and the demonstrations can still be seen in the archived videos of OurPlanet-TV — link. By some adjustments to the page, the Internet savvy viewer can build a wall of screens not unlike the wall of monitors in a huge newsroom.
On the other side, the variety of life-streaming videos highlights the existence of multiple perspectives on a news story or event. The nationwide, yet individual coverage by IWJ staff of anti-nuclear movements, their demonstrations, and other notable activities, thus contributes significantly to the formation of a sense of community or, indeed, multitude of anti-nuclear activists at a time when their numbers are indeed growing throughout Japan.
Conversely, local anti-nuclear groups can be fairly certain that their protests will be covered by IWJ, or they can live-stream it onto an IWJ channel by themselves. A functioning network is certainly essential to fashion a strong and effective nationwide anti-nuclear power movement and to support local groups who, unbeknownst to the majority of Japanese, have been fighting for years, often decades, against the construction and expansion of nuclear power plants in their locale. So far all of the interviewees appear to come from areas outside the mandatory evacuation zones, e.
Although one does feel occasionally like a voyeur peeping in on a therapy session e. The age range of the interviewees so far lies between mids to mids years of age, with an equal number of women and men interviewed. But it is much too early to draw conclusions, not least because there are another 90 interviews to be broadcast.
The low viewing figures so far — the direct broadcasts had little more than 1. But are these stories perhaps considered too personal, or not spectacular enough, to generate wider interest among IWJ users? In an environment of closely controlled official communication and information, such a shift is of enormous significance. OPT also selects and broadcasts documentaries produced by free lance journalists on its channel.
Empower yourself to make a stand and bring about change! Connect to Act can also be watched on the commercial satellite TV channel Asahi-Newstar, which enhances its accessibility and visibility. I shall demonstrate these processes with a particular example of an OPT program later. This remarkable archive of video footage is complemented by some 50 news bulletins i. Of course, this footage is increasing by the day. As early as March 22, OPT broadcast the first interview conducted by Watai Takeharu with one of the Fukushima Daiichi workers link , and five more interviews with T-san followed.
Would Itatemura have been evacuated earlier and its people thus saved from unnecessary irradiation? Would people have protested earlier and more vehemently? OPT followed the parents as they descended upon MEXT demanding a meeting and answers as to the scientific and medical not to speak of ethical rationales behind the fold increase of radiation exposure limits; their counterparts are a group of rather helpless looking, junior MEXT representatives link. If anything, it is even more heartbreaking in view of recent bizarre events.
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This 2-hour documentary is in progress. It is scheduled to be screened in January These witnessing, testimonial projects of OPT and IWJ aim to influence the ongoing debates about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis and its consequences, and equally important, to stem the tide of forgetting. Back in April, OurPlanet-TV set out to Fukushima to investigate the situation — to my knowledge, it was at that time one of the very few media, even among the independent ones, who made the effort to meet and speak with people living in Fukushima City and Koriyama, i.
OPT produced some insightful and moving reports about the day-to-day worries and problems of Fukushima teachers, parents and their kids e. It seems to have inspired a number of foreign media e. Over questionnaires were returned. No figures are available as to how many people watched the program on the satellite TV-channel, unfortunately. In its YouTube incarnation alone, it had , views as of Nov. A string of tweets with comments registered on the OPT website — again, for a single OPT program this is a high number of tweets, but average compared to the number of tweets some Web Iwakami programs attract.
There are sometimes lengthy comments attached to the OPT YouTube version, to which another or so need to be added from the above video-sharing sites alone. Following the wide dissemination of the OPT program, in which Noro Mika had urged that children from Fukushima, especially those already showing symptoms, should at the very least spend the summer break in a healthier environment far away from Fukushima Daiichi, the number of NGOs and individuals from other areas of Japan and from abroad which offered to accommodate Fukushima children over the summer, increased markedly.
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