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The Curse of Being a Beginner Freelance Writer

In my recent Writers in Charge reader survey, I got the following response as an answer to the question “what is your biggest struggle as a freelance writer?

As a beginner, I must start from the bottom, writing content mills and the income is little for a lot of hard work and hours spent. But I know it is necessary for my development so until I gain more experience and some money for my own blog, I’ll try to figure out what my blog should be about, because I’m imagining it has to be about what I want to write about in the future.

Upon reading the above response, I was heartbroken. I really felt for the reader who submitted that response.

It’s even more frustrating that I got perhaps a dozen variations of that same response; it’s something a lot of beginners can relate to, and that’s the problem.freelance writer curse

The Curse of the “Beginner Freelance Writer” Mindset

I see nothing wrong with being a beginner; this is a stage we all have to be at some point, and realizing this and taking appropriate steps to quickly graduate from this stage will make a lot of difference.

However, you’ll start to have serious problems when you have the beginner mindset.

The beginner mindset is basically characterized by the attitude that since you’re a beginner freelance writer, you should take anything that comes your way… until you become a “professional/expert”.

Often, as a result of having this mindset, beginner freelance writers make the following mistakes:

  • Writing for content mills
  • Accepting low paying gigs to gain “experience”
  • Sending free samples to clients
  • Not asserting yourself more authoritatively to clients
  • Not carving out a niche because you feel you won’t get writing work

Unfortunately, This Happens MOSTLY With Freelance Writers

What’s unfortunate is that theΒ beginner mindset is mostly isolated to the freelance writing profession.

For example, if you take a look at other professions; doctors, accountants, lawyers, etc. you’ll notice that professionals in these fields start to command serious pay as soon as they are employed.

Of course, experts in these professions often make double, or triple what beginners make, and that’s normal but what you’ll hardly see is someone “working” for free or for peanuts. It never happens!

There also isn’t a huge discrepancy between what experts make and what beginners make.

In the freelance writing industry, however, experts easily command $200 – $500 per article, often more, and averagely $100 – $200+ per hour. In the same industry, you’ll find “beginners” getting paid $10 for an article, or struggling to make $10 an hour.

It’s just so sad!

Now, unless you believe being a freelance writer is inferior to those other professions I mentioned above, in which case I’m very afraid for your career as a freelance writer, you should see why it not only outright wrong but disastrously damaging to work for peanuts, in the name of being “a beginner”.

Now, I get it. Some people just want to work for peanuts; there’s no helping people like that, but stop trying to justify that decision with being a beginner.

It is my aim to use this blog to establish the writer and put you in charge, and I believe my greatest enemy at accomplishing this task, for now, is the beginner mindset.

Here are some reasons why it is damaging to have this mindset, and why you need to fix it ASAP:

1. It Damages You Psychologically

Being damaged isn’t good. Believe me!

I’ve been there before; in debt and, as a result, deep in thought for hours every night while trying to get a good night’s sleep. It doesn’t feel good at all, and at some point you start to ask yourself if living is even worth it.

People can be damaged, hopefully temporarily, due to a lot of things; debt, bad relationships, abuse, etc.

No matter the reason, it doesn’t feel good at all and the last thing you want to do is put yourself in such a state by doing things you could have easily avoided as a beginner freelance writer.

Taking low paying gigs, or writing for content mills, while constantly reading about other successful freelance writers doing much better makes you feel unworthy; sometimes, you feel worthless, confused and sometimes even wonder if those other writers are lying about the results they say they are getting.

To console yourself, you can justify your position by saying you’re a beginner; so many freelance writers remain in this “beginner” position for years, and then they cave in and end their careers completely when they realize they’ve built it on a very shaky foundation.

2. It Doesn’t Improve You

It’s basic psychology.

When someone gives you something for free, or for a fraction of what it is really worth, you are less likely to tell the person about the shortcomings of what he gave you. You’ll keep mum, or even fail to realize the faults in what you were given.

When you’re paying a premium for something, however, you’ll be willing to ensure you get the very best; if it’s not perfect, you make that clear and demand perfection.

Paying clients’ feedback is one of the best and fastest ways to improve yourself as a freelance writer; working for free or for a fraction of what you’re worth silences this feedback, and you lose out as a result.

3. It is Not Economical

How many $5 articles can you do to break even?

If you’re writing based on a revenue share model, you’ve most likely realized that a single article might not earn you $1 at the end of the day; how many of that do you want to do?

It’s easy to justify doing this by saying it’s about the hourly pay; so maybe you can easily do 10 articles in an hour for $3 a piece an earn $30?

Let’s face the facts, it’s not that simple. Clients with crappy pay won’t necessarily complain but they won’t take crap from you as well.

A freelance writer can hardly imagine a feeling worse than doing an article for $3, or for revenue share that will probably not net you more than $1, only to be told that your article was rejected. Nothing crushes your self-esteem more!

No matter how you think about it, it’s just not economical to take those low paying gigs.

4. You Burn Out

As I said earlier, the only way most writers attempt to justify low paying work is by trying to do a lot of it in a short time.

Not only is this not practical, but it leads to burn out quickly.

I’ve written as much as 6,000 words in a single day and my typing speed is in the range of 87 – 90 words per minute; I’m beyond average in this regards, and I know people who are way better/faster. I don’t know, however, ANYONE that can put out 10 good articles, or even 5, in 1 hour, consistently. It’s just not possible.

When you combine the low pay, the difficulty in getting basic pay, and the fact that you don’t have a choice but to keep writing without taking a break, even with ridiculous compensation and sometimes insult/rejection for it, you just burn out at the end of the day and your self-esteem is no better for it.

5. It Damages the Industry

It’s time to stop allowing “clients” to think they can take writers for a ride.

Taking low paying gigs send the wrong message to business owners and they don’t get to appreciate the real work writers are doing as a result.

It’s easy to get better results by changing the environment you get clients from, but giving people the impression that writers can be hired for $5 an article damages the whole industry at the end of the day.

I know that just telling you to stop accepting low paying gigs won’t pay the bills, so I’ll give you some practical tips.

Here are some quick tips for banishing the beginner mindset right away:

1. Just do it

Whenever a client reaches out to you and asks for your rate, confidently charge him what you’re worth.

I’m not one to believe everything can be solved by simplistic feel good personal development advice, and that’s far from what I want to teach on this blog, but the advice to “just do it” is highly practical.

When I started as a freelance writer, I was charging clients $50 per article; I did some $30 per article jobs, and quickly went on to $100 per article.

Today, I charge anything from $200 – $500 per article and can’t remember when last my clients negotiated my rates.

Given, some clients won’t even bother to reply when they hear my rates but the few that do make it worth my while.

2. Constantly Improve Yourself

While it is important to charge clients a premium, you’re only worth as much as you can keep improving.

Clients want value and results, and they’ll give anything to ensure they have someone who can be an asset to their business; be that person by constantly improving yourself.

You won’t command the high rates you deserve just by lying on the couch, spending 6 hours daily in front of the TV and expecting to work on that new gig that comes your way. You need to constantly up your game!

3. Don’t be afraid of feedback/criticism

Another major reason beginner freelance writers are afraid to charge a premium is that they fear criticism.

You have nothing to be afraid of.

There are two ways to go about this:

  • Don’t just expect feedback/criticism and see it as a way to improve. Actively solicit it.
  • Develop a thick skin; no matter how hard you try, you’ll have someone complain at a point.

You also need to realize that, often, those who complain the most are those who pay you the lowest so going for the low gigs doesn’t necessarily prevent complaints.

In my career as a freelance writer, the clients that complained the most were the ones that paid the lowest; people who paid more had a somewhat mature understanding of how to use my work, and they had value and respect for writers, so complaint from them was minimal.

4. Reinvent Your Thinking

By charging clients $3 per article, you need to do 100 articles to make $300. This will probably take you anything from weeks to a month. It’s boring, too!

By charging $100 per article, you only need to do 3 articles to make $300. This should take you 1 – 2 days, depending on your skills.

By charging $300 per article, you only need to do 1 article to make $300. This will most likely take you 1 day.

Which is easiest? I’m very sure it isn’t charging $3 per article. For most people, it is charging $100 per article. For others, it is charging $300 per article.

No matter what, reinventing the way you think about your freelance writing business will make a whole lot of difference.

An Insider’s Perspective

I haven’t been lucky enough to write for content mills, or to bid on $3 gigs on sites like oDesk/Elance, but I’ve taken some pretty low writing gigs before out of desperation, especially when I was a beginner freelance writer.

I easily command an average of $200+ per article today, and I’ll confidently tell you that those days of taking low paying writing gigs was a mistake; I was in no way better off for taking those gigs.

Instead, I had to deal with nagging and overbearing clients who made me feel bad about myself, some of the most boring/repetitive/unproductive work of my life and absolutely no pride in what I did. If you ask me to show you those projects today, I wouldn’t. This is also how majority of people in a similar situation feel.

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU EARN MORE

Talk is cheap, I know.

Thankfully, Writers in Charge has several extremely helpful resources to help you start earning more right away.

Here are sevenΒ of those resources:

Are you struggling with the beginner mindset and earning what you truly deserve as a freelance writer? Kindly comment below and let us know your struggles, and what you plan to do.

Also, please share this article with at least 1 or 2 beginner writers you know. It could save their career!

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50 replies on “The Curse of Being a Beginner Freelance Writer”

Krithika Rangarajansays:

Absolutely brilliant – thank you so much! #HUGSS

I can’t earn right now due to visa restrictions, but I shall keep these in mind for my future <3

Kit

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

You’re welcome, Kit.

I’m glad you liked the article πŸ™‚

samarowaissays:

I’m a big proponent of “doing what you gotta do” school of thought when it come to freelance writing. And a lot of times, for beginner freelance writers, that means taking on low-paying work.

But what most freelancers don’t realize is that accepting low-paying work is also the easy way out. Now of course, if you need to keep the lights on then by all means take whatever work you find, but if you have even half a step of space to wiggle, then make the effort to market your business – or at the very least try to negotiate a higher rate.

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Indeed, taking low paying work is the easy way out.

I think going this route often has to do with not being fully confident in ourselves; as writers, what if we ask ourselves once in a while “if I were a lawyer/doctor/accountant, will I treat myself this way? Will I take this gig?”

Asking and seriously considering that question will often lead to a serious change in perspective.

That said, opinion and mindset alone won’t get us the gig and pay the bills; once we’ve fixed the issue with the mindset, we need to constantly work on marketing ourselves to ensure we actually get work.

Hi, I just read your
“8 Contract Clauses You Should Never Freelance Without”
I have question about the two free rewrites you mentioned. Do have any parameters of the level of revision one should offer at that point. Any thoughts you might have would be appreciated.

Thanks!

samarowaissays:

Ideally, a rewrite shouldn’t exceed 40%-50% of the article you’ve written already. But that’s provided you’ve followed your client’s project brief to the tee and the only reason you need to rewrite is because a. the client didn’t like it or b. the client has changed his mind about what he wants covered in the article, or c. there was some kind of miscommunication.

You don’t have to offer two free rewrites either. One is fine too. You can also not include it at all and just have 2 rounds of edits instead.

It’s really up to you and your work process.

Hope this helps!

It helps a lot. It’s hard to find an answer to that question online. Perhaps you could make it one of your next blog posts.
Thank you so much!

Hassaan Khansays:

Nice article, Bamidele!

When you realize about a chunk of people and try to deliver something to them, you easily hit the mark. I’m happy with the idea you thought to cover.

In Content Marketing, we try to achieve the same thing. Both ‘Targeting’ and ‘delivery’ matter.

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Thanks, Hassaan!

I’m glad you liked the article πŸ™‚

Hassassinz Creedsays:

Awesome post as usual bro. Liking the way you’re really zeroing on the pains and problems of writers and helping us deal with them!

Keep it up. Thank you πŸ˜‰

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Thanks, Hassan!

The survey was indeed helpful in knowing who my readers are and what they want, and you can expect more tailored content/resources in the near future.

Great post!

Reading the article reminded me of my mentality.
I am a beginner and have written for free (I think it’s the worst, right?) because I didn’t know my writing was worth good money. Nowadays, most of the people who ask me to publish the articles I write for my blog, don’t want to pay at all, so I turn them down.
When I send applications with mt paying rates, they either reject me or don’t answer at all. It’s a tough business.

Thanks for the advices, they’re encouraging!

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Thanks, Marlena!

Writing for free isn’t necessarily worse, as long as it is strategic; a single guest article on a very authoritative publication could result in thousands of dollars, or more, in writing income for you.

It’s important to know when free is out of the question, though; if it is strategic, and aimed at helping you get clients then it’s perfectly fine. If it does not contribute much to your freelance writing career, or even hinders it by taking away time you could be using to market yourself, it’s time to stop doing it.

You don’t have to worry about people rejecting you or not answering at all when you tell them your rates; don’t give up, though. When you finally start to get responses, it will be worth it.

I believe this article by veteran freelance writer Linda Formichelli will be of great help: http://www.therenegadewriter.com/2013/08/26/ive-been-rejected-close-to-500-times/

She has a rejection rate of 70%, and this is a game she has mastered; she has been published on several leading publications in the world.

If Linda has a rejection rate of 70%, you can imagine how much higher this will be for beginners.

Rejection doesn’t equal impossibility, though, so don’t give up!

Paulo Roldansays:

This article couldn’t come at a better time for me. The thing that really makes me feel stuck on the beginners mindset is what I think about my own writing. Beign a non-native English speaker (I’m Mexican), I really don’t know how to validate the quality of my work.

I feel I’m not good enough. This and many other blogs provide advice about marketing and promotion for freelancers, but I’ve had a hard time getting information related to improving my writing. Bami, any advice about this subject will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much.

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Thanks for commenting, Paulo!

As a non-native English speaker myself, I can definitely relate.

I won’t worry too much about this to the point that it is preventing me from chasing those gigs I deserve, though.

Even as a non-native English speaker, chasing low paying gigs only affirm the wrong belief you have that you are not worth as much.

That said, my writing isn’t perfect and I constantly learn and get feedback from people – readers, clients, friends, bloggers, etc. – to help me improve.

A very good friend of mine, Martin Pickering, has started contributing some articles on how not to make basic writing mistakes; I’ll be publishing them over the coming weeks, and I’ll send an email with a link to the series of articles in time.

Anne also contributed several wonderful articles on how to be a better writer and I linked to them on this “writing tips” page: http://www.writersincharge.com/writing-mistakes-writing-tone/

I’m sure they will be helpful!

Paulo Roldansays:

Thanks again for your comments. The lack of value we project as writers definitely starts with the lies we tell ourselves. Great article as usual. You never cease to amaze us!

Hey Paulo, have you ever considered going into translation? There’s so many Mexican people in the US that there’s a need for people who can break the language barrier.

kevin kinarosays:

Am a beginner and this article has really opened my eyes.Good work Bamidele

I am a beginner freelance writer and this is exactly what I needed to read. I’ve been writing articles on Odesk for very little money. Recently, I’ve been thinking about how much of a waste of time it is and how I need to focus on getting the higher paying jobs. Thank you for confirming my suspicions! I do deserve higher paying jobs, even though I am a beginner. Someone will hire me for a $50 plus article eventually, right?

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Indeed, Britney.

You deserve higher pay, and someone will hire you for much more than $50.

The road to that stage will involve some marketing efforts on your part, but it’ll be worth it at the end of the day.

Surprisingly, the most difficult hurdle towards reaching this stage isn’t marketing or anything of that sort but believing that you’re worth that much and more.

Hey Bamidele cool website by the way man.

Nice to see a writing website this big and info-rich from Africa (coming from the bottom tip of the content myself)

But yes, I agree it sounds like something out my reality to be looking at $50 articles right now.

I’ve
written on topics I thought I couldn’t write on over the recent 2
months (all gigs under $20), a finance webpage, on Tour de France,
Planning adventure trips, product descriptions and so on.

And
feeling the dip in my finances and the stresses recently I’ve been
wondering about way of seeing this whole thing of doing business.

Up until now reading this age I never thought of going with charging $50 as a ‘beginner’.

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Indeed, Anne.

Writing can be very challenging, and it’s time writers learn their worth and start demanding it.

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

You make some nice points, Miriam.

However, this article is addressed to “professional” freelance writers; professional in the sense that freelance writing is what they do, or plan to do, for a living.

That said, you’ve got to pay the bills at some point and it’s not worth getting yourself deep in thought because you are not being paid as much as you deserve.

In fact, I think writers should not be afraid to demand what they feel they are worth even if they’re just doing it as a hobby. If you’re doing it as a hobby, you don’t have as much to lose as a professional and the worse you’ll get is a no. At best, you’ll be making thousands of dollars monthly from your hobby.

There’s no way I can think of justifying being paid poorly for high quality work.

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

You’re welcome, Rohi πŸ™‚

#1, get off weebly, Mr. Writing Fanatic! Your own domain name is about $15/year or so. Your website needs to clearly tell me what kind of writing work you do for clients, even if you only specify as narrowly as “web content.” You’ll want to have a services page that details just what kind of stuff you write for your clients, and a rates page. Good start!

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

I second Lindsay re having your own domain name. I can’t overemphasize this; believe me, it makes a lot of difference to clients.

Yes, many will see Weebly domain, and just exit not taking you seriously. The reason being if $15 for your own domain is too much money, they feel you will not take serious your commitments with them.

So true, it’s the mindset! Just a few months ago, $25 an article seemed like a fortune, and now my rates are double that and going up. Also, I can write just 1-3 articles per day and take the time to make them WORTH $50+, rather than write 10+ cheapy articles and have to rush through them. The cheapy work from my bleak beginner past never made it into my portfolio, and most of those clients’ websites are dead. When you write for cheap, you have nothing to show for it!

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

That’s great to hear, Lindsay!

Indeed, spending a day or 2 writing 1 article that pays you well compared to doing 10 cheap articles is VERY different; that feeling of fulfillment doing work you’re proud of and getting paid well to do. Nothing beats it.

Also, do you mind sharing your story of going from $25 an article to more than double that as a guest post here? If this won’t be a problem, I’d be happy to host you. I believe other writers will be more inspired and able to relate to you since you were in their shoes recently and made great progress.

Let me know πŸ™‚

CATE NDUTAsays:

Great stuff! Well, I am still
writing on oDesk being aware that I can break away from the content mills for
better paying freelancing jobs. My major excuse has been – I am not a Native
English Speaker and so no one will hire
me for $50+ per article. I have been working hard to improve my grammar but I
think I just need to put this mind set into a litter bin and build my career as
a freelancer.

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Thanks, Cate!

Not being a native English speaker is definitely not an excuse; I’m glad you’re preparing to get better paying gigs.

I have been publishing a series recently on the blog, by Martin Pickering, aimed at helping writers improve their English writing skills, so that might be of help πŸ™‚

Thanks, Bamidele,
I will visit your site to read the blogs.

Great article. I’ve always found all your articles absolutely brilliant and inspiring. I feel this one particularly speaks to me, with regards TV series writing, where I often get paid equivalent of $125 per episode and a total of $1,627 for 13 episodes in Nigeria, which is considered the standard rate, where the writer is expected to conclude the 13 episodes in about 1 and a half months or less, but it usually takes me about 2 months to do a fairly good job. Personally I think this rate is too low. I would like to get your opinion on this, if you have any experience with TV series writing. With regards magazine articles, I used to get paid about $50 per article, which often required intensive research, taking me about 3 days to write. I found it’s not worth it, so I stopped bidding for those.

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Thanks, Bugu!

I don’t have any experience with TV series writing, so I don’t have first hand experience with this.

However, I believe it all boils down to how your clients value your services; that said, if I were in your shoes and convinced of the value my clients are getting, I’ll simply talk to them; I’ll tell them “I’d love to give you more quality, and this is the work involved. What you’re currently paying me doesn’t allow me to give the quality required for this project, and this is what I’d like to be paid.”

To also increase the chances of your client accepting your new rates, you might also want to include one or two slight additions to what you’re offering so they can easily justify the raise to themselves, psychologically; it won’t just feel like they suddenly increased what they are paying for the same thing they’ve been getting for a lesser price.

Thanks a lot Bamidele. That makes a whole lot of sense. Keep up the great job πŸ˜‰

Nimu Njuguna Wairimusays:

Am glad to be reading this today, fear has been holding me back but now am ready for the rejections. The fact that you come from nigeria and you have excelled in freelance writing as a non-native gives me courage to let go of bidding sites and content mills.
Thank you

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Thanks, Nimu.

I’m glad that my story gives you courage, and you’d be surprised at how much we can achieve if we just strip away our fears.

Excellent post- as usual! I truly appreciate the time you take to encourage and inspire new freelance writers. Although I entered the wonderful world of freelance writing a few years ago, I never really took it seriously until a few months ago when I lost most of my income from my traditional job. I do have a few private clients that I work with regularly, but unfortunately I am still caught up in the web of content mills. In the last few weeks, I have been searching for ways to improve my client base and increase my earnings, but my lack of self-esteem has made this very difficult. This post really hit home with me. Just last winter I found myself working upwards of 16 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to simply pay the bills and earn a little Christmas money for my family. While I did earn more than $3000 in a month (decent money for the area I’m from), it simply wasn’t worth it. What’s worse- I actually found myself feeling guilty for charging my client such a “large” amount. Your post has helped me realize that I have been charging discount store prices for specialty store content, and I am worth so much more. Thank you!

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

You’re welcome, Amy!

You’re doing a great job, and I’m seriously impressed by your work ethic; I’m glad this article made you realize you could charge more and command the rates you are worth.

Believe me, with the time you’re putting in, the right mindset and having a consistent flow of clients, you could be making several times what you’re currently earning in no time.

Again, I’m glad I could help πŸ™‚

πŸ™
I just encountered a client from a content mill. $1 for a 400 word article. It was okay, I mean I’m used to that rate.

But, what’s different about this client is that, she expected me to be available 24/7. I failed to reply her no longer than 3 hours and she was ready to cancel my job with her and later sarcastically questioned my professionalism. ( I’m so going to get a bad review on my profile now. Haha ).

Eventually, due to some misunderstandings (and how she failed to understand what I meant, later assuming I completed very little of the task) , I personally requested via content mill website, to cancel my ‘job’ with her.

And here I thought working freelance means I have the liberty to decide when I want to start writing, so long I complete my tasks on time and with quality.

I’m still recovering from the effects of her sarcastic remark πŸ™

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Hey Dalis,

I’m sorry to hear about your experience.

It is saddening indeed. That’s the kind of clients I try to stay away from no matter what.

I’ve worked with a lot of clients, and upon careful review of my work with my clients I have realized that the clients that pay the lowest treat me worst while the clients that pay the highest treat me best.

When you’re paying a premium for someone’s work, it means you know the value the person is offering and are willing to appreciate and respect that person as well.

Expecting a response in 3 hours is totally not okay, especially when she’s paying $1 for 400 words.

You should definitely significantly up your rates btw, and there are lots of amazing resources on this blog that will help you make that leap when you decide to πŸ™‚

I like this site. Thank you for it!

Keith Landrumsays:

Let me start off by saying love your stuff. I agree wholeheartedly that denigrating yourself by taking low paying jobs will only steep you in a quagmire of low expectations. Being a newbie to freelancing (though not to writing) myself I’m curious as to your opinion on PLR content. I’m torn. On the one hand, the very thought of it repulses me, but on the other hand it’s certainly a way for writers to make what they deserve when the market is glutted with cheap labor. What are your thoughts (and everyone elses) on writing and selling PLR content?

I am working for clients right now with a rate of only $10 per article. The quality of these articles suffer of course due to how many they want in one order, as well as how quickly all my clients want the turn around.

I have dreams of something else, but currently just to make ends meet, I am trapped in an endless cycle of $10 articles. There simply is no time for me to escape the cycle.

I do have hope with one resource on your list, a website that pays 100 per article on topics I actually LOVE.

Michael McDonaldsays:

I have had the same thoughts about sites such as Elance. My first writing gig was to write six 1000 word articles and three 2000 word articles on product surveys. I had to do all the research and meet all deadlines over a week. The pay was $12.00. But i was to get a five star rating when I completed the task. They informed me that the 1000 word articles were good but that I had to rewrite the 2000 word articles by the end of the next day. I calculated that I had worked over 80 hours already at .15 cents per hour and if I had to put in another 12 hours or more to redo these the articles would be free. So I politely informed them that my time limit was up and no further correspondence would be forthcoming. Since that time I have been doing editing assignments and data entry work and have made some fair money so far. But I still want to write and I am in the process of building my web page for my blog, which should be finished in a few days. Then, I will follow all your recommendations. After reading your blog, I Have raised my rates on Elance and was offered a good job the other day, but not in writing. I will pursue your lists to hunt for jobs.

Hi Bamidele,

You’re right on point on this. in fact, before I started freelance writing I was already blogging on my own domain and using the blog to receive a few gigs. When I decided to expand my writing net by using freelancing sites i discovered most of the jobs on those sites are really nothing but slave wages. I simply ignored anything of such since I was receiving more than what most of them were giving on those platforms.

I will advise beginners to first build a portfolio that can speak for them later. I truly believe that your guest blogging strategy was what propelled you to what you are today. The beginning may be rough but once you stay the course, things will get in shape.

Bamidele Onibalusisays:

Thanks, Sylvia!

I appreciate you sharing this article as well as my other articles πŸ™‚

Going from $10 to $100 in 6 months is no mean feat. Your doing great!

You can definitely make money writing about education. I’ve had several clients in the education niche, so I know there is money there.

I’d recommend actively reaching out to potential clients in the education niche; this could be schools, companies selling education products, agencies in the education niches, etc.

You might have to do a lot of outreach, but it’ll be worth it in the end.

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