Are you struggling to make a living writing? You need to find better writing clients.
You deserve more than $5 or $10 a blog post. I know it doesn’t seem like it when you first start out, but you are worth $20, $30, and even $50 per blog post.
In fact, you could be worth so much more. And you need to keep that in mind if you want to make more money writing.
The problem for many writers is finding the better writing clients. How do you find clients who are willing to pay more than $5 or $10 per blog post?
I’m about to share four tips to find better writing clients. And let me honest that these tips aren’t that hard. You just have to be willing to take the time to put the tips into practice.
These are tips that I’ve used to make $50k+ per year since 2016.
Avoid the content mills
I do believe that content mills have their place, especially for new writers. They can certainly help you get used to the world of online writing, especially if you want to do SEO writing.
However, they’re not going to help you make a living writing.
If you want to make more money writing, you need to start avoiding them. You need to move away and start getting in touch with potential clients yourself.
Look out for the businesses that are making a good profit. Find ones that already have a blog but need help consistently posting or creating better content on that blog. Set your terms with these clients to avoid doing revision after revision for no extra pay.
Get yourself some social proof
I know plenty of writers who will tell you to stay away from The Huff Post and similar sites that want you to write for exposure. Well, this is where I’m going to tell you something different: write for the exposure but use it to your advantage.
If you can get into The Huff, Entrepreneur magazine, and even The Washington Post you will start seeing better-paying writing clients. You get the social proof that these better clients are looking for.
By getting onto these sites, you show off your skills and abilities. You have a name that readers will connect with, and that means wonderful things for potential clients. They know that you can bring a following to their businesses by hiring you.
It’s about using them carefully. I only write one post on these sites. The aim is to get that one link that I need to share as a sample.
Set higher writing rates for new writing clients
You may not want to raise your rates for your current clients. Nobody wants to pay more, and you don’t want to lose your current clients just yet. You need someone to replace them, right?
Well, whenever you take on a new client, increase your writing rates. This is the quickest way to make more money writing, because your new clients have no idea about the rates previous clients are getting.
And you can legitimately increase your rates for new clients. As you build your business, you gain more experience and more exposure. You’re bringing more value to the newer clients.
As you get the newer, higher-paying writing clients, you can start to drop the older ones. Offer them slightly higher rates than you’re currently charging and don’t be worried if they leave because they can’t pay.
‘No’ is a complete sentence
It’s time to start saying no. This isn’t just to clients, but to the people around you.
You can’t make more money writing if you’re getting interrupted by the people in your life. You can’t find new clients if your business time is taken up with babysitting duty for friends.
‘No’ is a complete sentence—if you’re on Mumsnet, you’ll read that a lot! It’s completely true, though. You don’t need to give lots of explanations to people about why you can’t do something. I give one and then if people ask again, I just say “Sorry, but I’m busy.”
Only those who don’t respect what you do or respect that working from home is a real job will complain about this.
When it comes to clients, you may need to give other explanations to avoid appearing rude. After all, you want to be praised for your customer service.
As you charge more, it can be tempting to spend more time on a project to justify the newer rate. This means your hourly rate remains the same and you don’t make more money writing.
Well, it’s time to change that mindset. Determine the time you will spend on a project and stick to that. Determine the things you will do and tell a client no if they want more than that.
I’ve actually found the higher-paying writing clients are more reasonable. They respect freelancers more and don’t push hours of work on for the cheapest rate possible.
Are you struggling to make a living writing? Need to find better writing clients? Share your struggles in the comments below.
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