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How To Maximize Your Earning Potential As A Freelance Writer

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The world of freelance writing can be very stressful at time, especially when you feel like you are underpaid.

You do not have to be underpaid; you can actually make a ton of money as a freelance writer just like Onibalusi is making every month. I am sure many of you are inspired by him making so much money through freelance writing.

You just have to make sure you are not making any profit draining mistakes that a lot of freelance writers make.

Even if your writing skills are not that good, with the right blueprint you can be making more than those with regular jobs.


• Try To Increase Your Productivity

The reason why you might not be making the money you want as a freelance writer is because you are working too slowly.

Are you still doing things the old way?

There are tools available now that can make the process easier, such as dictation software. You can also analyze certain parts of your work to see which areas take you the most time and find a way to do them faster. Working faster equals higher earnings.

Target High Paying Clients

It is a good idea to start off with low paying clients when you are trying to get your feet wet. You do not want to base your entire freelance writing career on that type of work though.

Once you feel you are ready try going for some of the more high paying assignments. Try to shoot for magazine articles, target mid-sized businesses, and other high paying clients. These people are accustomed to paying good money for articles.

Keep Your Pipeline Filled With Work

It is very important for you to never let your pipeline get empty. Your pipeline refers to how much work you have on your plate in order to keep you busy for a certain period of time.

In order to do this you must create a demand for your work. One of the best ways to do this would be to specialize. Specializing in one or more areas will enable you to charge more and get more work, because people want certain subjects written by experts.

Get Repeat Work From Well Paying Clients

One good way to maximize your earning potential as a freelance writer is to make sure you are getting repeat business. When you get repeat business you do not have to rely on advertising or referrals for work. The best way to do this would be to do each clients assignments to the best of your ability.

The more pleased your clients are with the work you submit, the more likely they will be to hire you again.

Provide Good Client Service

Your clients are going to have problems sometimes, and they are going to want you to answer some questions for them. Even though this may take some time, it is important that you are patient and that you provide good client care.

If you give clients a hard time it will kill your profits because clients do not like to work with a writer they feel is too demanding or is unwilling to listen to their wants.

Getting Referrals From Past Clients

One of the best ways to keep a steady stream of money coming in along with building your social proof would be getting past clients to give you referrals. When you have past clients recommending you to other possible clients you do not have to work as hard to get them.

Also, the more you build your social proof the easier it will be for you to increase your prices marginally in the future.

Know How Good You Are

If you want to maximize your earning potential as a freelance writer then you cannot charge too little for your services. In order to charge more money though, you must know if you are good enough to be charging more.

The best way to do this would be looking at the number of clients you have had, testimonials, referrals, and repeat business from past customers. The better these things are the more you could justify charging more.

Do Not Write Free Samples

One way to kill your profit potential instead of maximizing it would be writing free samples for potential clients.

You are giving away time for free and in most cases you might even be getting scammed. Provide samples that you have created just for that sole purpose. Do not waste time you can never get back on writing a fresh sample for a potential client.

Be Unconventional About Getting Clients

Sometimes maximizing your potential means doing nontraditional things. There are plenty of blog owners and webmasters who need contact. Some of them will never learn of your services unless you present yourself to them in a personal e-mail.

So going to a number of different websites and sending a personal e-mail explaining who you are and what you offer is a good way to get your business in front of them.

Ending Up

Your earnings will definitely increase as a freelance writer if you do these things. One last note, avoid wasting time on a client who changes the scope of a project after they have signed a contract with you. This will most likely require you to do more work then what was agreed upon, and the client in most cases will not offer to pay more for the extra time spent.

I hope enjoyed this guest post just like I did while writing for WritersinCharge readers. Make sure you leave your comment below so that I can understand what you feel about this post and if you have any more ways with which a freelance writer can make MORE money, then don’t be secretive; share it below. 🙂

About Author => Sushant Risodkar is a young blogger and marketer from India, and the owner of SmartBloggerz.

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27 Comments on "How To Maximize Your Earning Potential As A Freelance Writer"

  1. Hugh Handy says:

    I am a freelance writer or at least I am trying to be and your article gave me great ideas how to increase my clients! Thank you!

  2. saad Arif says:

    Hey Sushant,
    That was really a good and concise article. I hope that many new freelance writers will benefit from the tips that you have provided.
    One tip that i would like to add is;

    Get a blog and spare some time to write something for your blog everyday. This will work as your portfolio and also you can earn some good cash through Adsense.

  3. Stoiximan says:

    Great tips for maximizing our income potential as freelance writers. Nobody said it would be easy but if you are highly self motivated, you are on the right way of making it big, sooner or later with this freelancing job.

  4. Definitely agree about getting referrals! I’ve picked up a lot of new clients this way, but the key is to ask. Clients don’t always automatically think to share your contact information, but if they like what you do, they’re usually happy to pass your name on.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. sibin says:

    I think Freelance Writer need Good English writing. skill.Freelance writing,Best way to earn more.But we need to spend more time with Internet,for new Topics.

  6. Nice to meet you here Sushant, you’ve been doing great with your blog too. I enjoyed this post you make today about increasing clients and earning more as a freelance writer.

    Actually, one of my good clients came as a result of referral from my happy client. It’s the best marketing system ever – in the online world, it’s termed “viral marketing” and the conversion is huge.

    Thank you.

  7. Wade Balsdon says:

    Thanks for the article, regarding being unconventional about getting business is this not tantamount to spam?

  8. Olatunji says:

    Thanks for the article, I love the part that talks about “Do Not Write Free Samples”. My little contribution is as follows:

    Free samples do not only waste times but it also makes our work less professional.

  9. Rakesh Kumar says:

    Thanks for such a useful article. Specially for that tip “Repeating Work From Well Paying Clients”.

  10. Seed @ Millionaire Seed says:

    Great tips for anyone learning the curves to becoming a freelancer.

    Your tips are quite universal and I see a significant benefit for any kind of freelance job application.
    I used to be a freelancer in the graphics area and there a tips from you that I wished I could have had know about.

    “Do not write free samples” of which in my case “Do not create free samples”
    I used to create new samples whenever a client request for one. In a way, I thought it would raise up their expectation no my expertise but little did I know my time was wasted coughing up something new, wasted too much time on this particular client (who either turned out to be a scam/not really all that interested/fooling around) and allowing other opportunities to slip away.

  11. sam @ goa carnival says:

    I am totally agreed from your point of view i think these tips are enough for make money with your passionate.

    All points are great but one of the point from all i liked which you mentioned like that “Provide Good Client Service” from my point of view lots of things are depend upon that for better base of business. If we will give better services from the first deal to our client then definitely he will happy from our services and give more business in future which will prove very useful for us.

  12. Great tips about working as a freelance writer. I would’ve liked some ideas on how to get started. For example, sites or companies that employ freelance writers and how to go about approaching them.

    Perhaps this information was saved for another article?

  13. googler says:

    Thank you Sushant for the very useful tips. This will be my guide as I build my rapport as a freelance writer. Hopefully I will be as good a writer as Onibalushi and the income will follow as well. =)

  14. I agree with do not write free samples for clients, but always have a few free examples in different topics you promote that you specialize in. Keep thing exclusive and don’t share examples that you have “ghost written” for another client as examples since the anonymity is paid for as well.

    I also would encourage trying many different services, don’t stick with just one like Freelancer.com or eLance, or Odesk but try many. These services however do wind up offering some very low paying gigs, if you can promote yourself directly you can earn more.

  15. fazal mayar says:

    nice to see you post here Sushant. 🙂

    yes you can earn by freelancing but you need to apply first 🙂

  16. I am just starting a career in freelance writing. This thoughts of yours could be a big help. I’ll try them. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  17. deep says:

    As a starter into blogging world, should I look for Freelance blogging or I should write for my own blog ?

  18. Regarding samples, as a freelance writer you should have a blog or website and you can write some articles and post them on the blog or site. If prospective clients wish to see samples of your work you can refer them to your blog or site. Never give anyone a free sample as it serves absolutely no purpose.

    • Cheap SEO Service says:

      In addition, you can register on about.com and write some articles there.

  19. Very nice ideas and tips, really this helped me a lot on understanding how things work in this business, though I have much to learn and put into practice.

  20. I am Not a profeesional freelance writer but i am trying to become professional.Your tips make it easy for me to earn more and giving good work to client.Thanks buddy

  21. Targetting high paying clients is certainly one of the most important keys to freelance success. It is good in the long run to hold the urge to get committed on low paying gigs.

  22. Aniefiok Ukang says:

    Thanks or this wonderful information. I have been a blogger for 9 year now and i have not make mush on blogging as a freelance writer and i have been using http://www.billgatesguide.blogspot.com, please can i increases my earning using this format. Thanks

  23. Scott says:

    Does anyone here use oDesk as a major source of income?

  24. Kelli says:

    Great article! Do you pay for guest posts here?

  25. Glenn J Meade says:

    Good afternoon, I am just beginning the process. I am looking everywhere for information and instruction. Just do not know how to get started or where for that matter. I am GUNHO on the idea.
    Thank you,Glenn

  26. The reason why you might not be making the money you want as a freelance writer is that you are working on the wrong company!


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