Can you really make six figures as a freelance writer? What’s realistic?
The truth is that each of us make six figures as freelancers. Both Kat and Ben make more than $200,000 a year, and Miranda makes more than $100,000 a year (she’s been cutting back).
How much you can expect to earn as a freelance writer depends on a few factors:
All of us write primarily in the personal finance niche. The types of articles that pay the most are credit card reviews. Those can pay $0.50 to $0.75 per word. Other articles might pay between $0.35 and $0.50 per word, depending on the subject and the intensity of the work. Some work, such as website marketing copy, press releases, or white papers might pay $1 or $2 per word.
In a lot of ways, it’s still the wild west out there. However, if you...
Increasingly, it seems like clients are demanding more for writers. And, while there are things you can do to make yourself more valuable, like understanding SEO best practices, it doesn’t mean you should let a client take advantage of you.
Here are three things you shouldn’t do for your clients — unless they’re ready to pay a premium.
There are people who specialize in keyword research and SEO strategy. And they get paid a lot. While you want to be aware of best practices, including using keywords in headings and not stuffing them, you shouldn’t be in charge of finding keywords or coming up with a strategy to improve SEO.
As a writer, you’re there to provide content to help with SEO strategy, but you don’t make the strategy. If someone is asking you to research keywords and create SEO strategy, ask for more money.
In fact, if you’re knowledgeable enough to be doing that stuff, you should be paid for that...
One of the questions we get all the time is this: How do I know if a client is worth it?
There are different ways to evaluate whether a client continues to serve you and your freelance writing career goals. Some of the different measures can include:
One of the easiest measures is the rate of pay. How much are you getting paid for your work? Rarely does it makes sense to accept an hourly rate for freelance writing, but it can be one way to measure whether a client is worth your time.
New clients usually ask for a bio they can include with your work. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase who you are — and potentially even find gigs as would-be clients see what you’ve done.
As you craft your freelance writer bio, here are six essential tips for making sure you portray yourself in the best light.
Start the bio short and sweet, with a succinct summary of what you do. Miranda’s bio usually leads with some version of, “Miranda Marquit has more than 15 years of experience as a freelance financial writer, specializing in content related to investing, small business, behavioral economics, and long-term financial planning.” Any potential client immediately knows what I’m good at and understands that I have a lot of experience.
Find out what parameters are needed for a headshot, and then make sure you have something that looks professional. A good headshot portrays confidence...
We all like metrics that help us understand our progress — and that can help us evaluate where to go next.
If you want to track your progress as a freelance writer, there are some different ways to measure how you’re doing, and see whether you’re moving forward.
As a freelance writer, it’s hard to say goodbye to a client. After all, we need the money!
Sometimes, though, the money just isn’t worth it.
Maybe the gig seemed like a decent idea at the start, paying just fine. Now, though, you’re being asked for more revisions, longer posts, and maybe even additional fact-checking requirements — without seeing increased pay. If you’re being asked to do more and more without being compensated, it’s probably time to move on.
Is the client unprofessional? Do they interact with you in a condescending manner? Those kinds of interactions can take a toll on your mental health — and it can spill over into other areas of your life, causing problems with your other relationships.
Anytime you look at your calendar and see an assignment from a client and immediately cringe,...
We all love freelance writing here at the Freelance Writer Academy. After all, it’s led us to lives of flexibility and freedom.
BUT, it’s not always a cake walk and there are some hard realities you need to face if you want to be successful in the long run.
We become writers because we like writing and we want to Write Important Things. However, the writing isn’t always fulfilling. Sometimes you’re writing to SEO and just paying the bills. As a working writer, making money isn’t very glamorous all the time. Sometimes you just need to pay the rent and buy groceries.
Not everyone is going to work out. You’ll be told no. You’ll be let go from jobs. Miranda is considered one of the foremost personal finance writers out there and she still gets told no. It’s hard not to take things personally, but remember that rejection isn’t personal and that there are other...