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5 Ways Freelance Writers Can Survive in the Age of COVID-19

While there has been a general lack of data on the impact of COVID-19 for writers, it is clear that freelance writers have been seriously affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Take the airline industry as an example:

Available data shows that four of the five biggest inflight magazines have shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If major magazines like Delta Sky and Southwest, reputed for paying writers a minimum of $1 per word, have had to shut down due to COVID-19, you can only imagine what it means for smaller players.

The impact of COVID-19 extends beyond just the airline industry; the travel, hospitality, education, tech, transportation, and real estate industry are just a few of the major industries affected — and many of the magazines and publications that pay writers in these niches have had to put things on hold due to the pandemic.

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freelance writing success stories

How Jawad Khan Went from $30 Per Article to $10,000 Per Month

Note from Bamidele:  I was chatting with Jawad Khan on Skype the other day, and in the midst of our discussion he sent me the following message:  “Great… I still smile, when I see the first ever email I sent you when I was just starting  out… your blog helped me a lot… I’ve been making good money for the last 2-3 years now… you helped me start so I’ll always remember that :)”

Upon reading Jawad’s message, I was filled with two emotions: happiness and curiosity. I was happy for Jawad — because of what he was able to achieve, especially as a non-native English writer. Naturally, I prodded him for more information and here are some highlights since Jawad became a freelance writer.

In his own words:

  1. “I paid off $30,000 in debt.”
  2. “I bought a brand new car.”
  3. “I completely renovated my house (big expense).”
  4. “I got married :D”
  5. “And above all, getting clients is not a problem anymore.”

Jawad typically makes $5,000 – $7,000 monthly from freelance writing, but he’s had a few $10,000 months.

Now, if that isn’t success, what is? I mean, if building a house, buying a car, paying off a significant debt, and getting married thanks to earnings from freelance writing isn’t success, what is?

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freelance writing success stories

How Francesca Nicasio Went from 0 to $400 per Article

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Francesca has always loved writing. So when she graduated from college in 2009 she knew that she wanted to write for a living. She moved to LA and applied to all the movie studios in the hope of landing a job as a screenwriter only to realize that no one wanted to hire a recent college grad with no previous work experience.

However, Francesca didn’t give up, and today she is an established writer who makes a living doing what she loves.

How did she go from being unable to get paid for writing to charging $300 to $400 per article?

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freelance writing success stories

How Jorden Roper Went from Getting Fired to Earning $5,000/mo in Just Four Months

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Note from Bamidele: I discovered Jorden Roper a while back when I came across one of her income reports. I went through her site and couldn’t resist reading some of her insanely-practical and highly-informative articles, such as “How I built a $5,000/mo Freelance Writing Business in 4 Months (Month-by-Month Breakdown!).” I was impressed, and I immediately decided that this is someone I had to feature on Writers in Charge.

Jorden has a lot of great content on her site, and I’ve had people rave about her paid products in communities I oversee. Needless to say, this is someone you SHOULD follow! Check out our case study on her below!

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The Ultimate List of Magazines That Pay Writers

We’ve alleviated the stress and tiring work by scouring the Internet for magazines that pay writers. As a freelance writer, your ultimate goal is to make money. After all, you’re running a business.

Nevertheless, the most difficult challenge is finding magazines and publications that will reward your efforts and pay you accordingly. This is our ultimate list of magazines that pay writers — featuring all the lists of paying magazines ever published on Writers in Charge.