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The Mistake that Made Me Six Figures in Freelance Income

Do you know how fireworks were invented?

Apparently, 2,000 years ago, a (bored?) scientist decided to mix together a few items that were commonly found in the kitchen in those days. When these items (charcoal, sulfur and saltpeter) were mixed and compressed in a bamboo, it created an explosion.

Now, we don’t know whether this cook eventually got to keep his job, but his invention 2,000 years ago is a great source of happiness (and money!) for many people today.

A bored cook’s mistake is the reason we have fireworks today.

So what does accidentally inventing fireworks have to do with making a living as a freelance writer?

Two years ago, I made a “mistake.” Somebody contacted me to express interest in advertising on my blog. Considering that I don’t do adverts on my blog, I had gotten hundreds of similar requests in the past that I turned down or plain ignored. This day, though, I didn’t know what hit me. I made a mistake and did contrary to what I had been doing all the while. This mistake, though, resulted in $1,200 in income in a single day. Two years later, it has netted me six figures in freelance writing income.

Exactly what happened? A client sent the following email to me…

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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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Expert writer shares keys to writing success. I very strongly disagree!

Okay, so recently I read an article in which an “expert” writer shared her keys to succeeding as a freelance writer. I mean, this expert is a published author of a whopping 10 books, including an NYT bestselling book, so when she talks you listen… right?

While I do not in any way mean to demean her achievements, or discredit her for them in any way, I find her advice downright dangerous for freelance writers. That said, based on the “advice” she gave, this is exactly the kind of expert I advise you DON’T follow as a FREELANCE WRITER.

As a freelance writer, when you see ANY “writing expert” give advice related to the following in anyway, UNFOLLOW immediately. It’s for your own good!

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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.

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The Definitive List of Blogs That Accept Guest Posts

To boost your guest blogging goals, we’ve compiled an up-to-date list of blogs that accept guest posts. Each category contains 20 blogs. This is a work-in-progress list and will be updated regularly as we add new categories.

The blogs have various criteria for writers at different levels and experiences.

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Welcome! I'm Bamidele Onibalusi, a young writer and blogger. I believe writers are unique and highly talented individuals that should be given the respect they deserve. This blog offers practical advice to help you become truly in charge of your writing career.

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