If you’ve been freelance writing for some time now, you know that it’s a challenge to live comfortably with a variable income. How many times have you stayed up at night wondering how you’re going to get by until the next paycheck comes? Probably far too many times.
If only your client paid you more. If only you had more time to write (and get paid more). If only your pitches didn’t get rejected. If only. These thoughts never fail to cross my mind when money is slowly dwindling away from my bank account. And rightfully so, because every freelance writer should always think about a better way to earn.
For a long time, my income cycle has been so erratic that I was tempted to look for a regular day job. But I wanted to make freelancing work, so I made some drastic moves instead. It was this moment in my career when I learned one simple secret to boosting my freelance writing income.
Are you ready? Here it is: Give yourself a raise
If you’re struggling to get by, then maybe it’s time to solve the problem with a permanent solution.
Giving yourself a raise will run the risk of losing clients, but that needs to happen to give way to better clients.
In the beginning, you’ll think it’s a terrible idea. You can’t afford to lose clients because you’ve got bills to pay. Well, in that case, you can stay with that client while looking for a new one who is willing to pay you better rates.
How exactly do you look for clients that don’t pay peanuts?
- Research: Use Google to look for publications and business in your niche and send them pitches for an article.
- Network: Use local events, your own business connections, LinkedIn, to meet people who might be in the marketing space (and who might need writers for their projects).
- Create a writer website: Just by having a website, you are already standing out from dozens of writers who don’t have a platform online.
- Pitch print magazines: Some print magazines pay up to $1 a word for feature articles. Get a copy of the Writer’s Market and start pitching.
- Be a better writer: Come up with compelling ideas for a story, develop a signature writing style, learn SEO and other modern strategies for promoting content on the web.
If you don’t do all these, then doing just one of them will get you there.
Remember that people receive the love (or compensation, in this case) that they think they deserve. I would like to think you don’t deserve $10 an article. That’s not even minimum wage.
So this is the simple yet powerful secret to boosting your freelance writing income.
If you’re not making ends meet, it’s not because the competition charges lower than you. It’s because you’re not supposed to compete with them and in fact, you need to elevate yourself to a place where you get what you truly deserve.