If you’re not familiar with who I am, I’m an 18-year-old writer from Nigeria.
I started blogging in 2010, at 16, and I started my freelance writing career a year later, in 2011.
In 2011 alone, I made over $50,000 as a freelance writer doing all kinds of writing jobs.
That was my first year as a freelance writer; I had no prior experience, my writing wasn’t as polished as it is now, and I wasn’t without my mistakes.
Yet, I made 5-figures freelance writing.
It’s 2012 now, my second year as a freelance writer, and not only am I on track to earn more than I did in 2011, but I’ve actually gone from increasing my rate from $50 per article to up to $800 per article.
Yes, read the above paragraph again. And I didn’t say that to brag!
I NEVER Intended to Start as a Freelance Writer
I have never intended to be a freelance writer. Not when I started this blog on the 2nd of April, 2010.
Like many other people think, my opinion of freelance writers is that they get paid $3 per article on oDesk and eLance. And this has actually cost me opportunities!
I received a few freelance writing offers before getting my first client, but I’ve always rejected them.
Until…I got this request from a particular guy who wanted me to help him with a group of sites.
He asked me to get on Skype (I think that was actually the first time I’d heard about Skype, and it has since been one of my top business tools), and we started discussing.
After asking me a few questions to determine if I was a good fit for them, he asked me how much I charged per article.
Confused, I was thinking something like $30 to $40 per article. After all, that was on the 6th of December, 2010, and that would be fair for a 16-year-old kid from a third-world country.
But, instead of saying that was what I had in mind, I told my client to tell me what he had in mind.
I was surprised by his response!
He said they paid other freelance writers $100 per article.
Everything seemed out of this world, and I immediately told him that I was on board.
I was careful about how I worked for the next few days, and I was afraid that I was actually cheating someone. Maybe my client didn’t know what he was doing?
But this continued for a few months, and even though my payment per article (from this client) eventually reduced over time…and increased again thanks to the tip I’m about to share in this article, I learned something very important.
What I learned eventually opened the key to discovering the point in this article, but let’s go to the lesson first.
What I learned was that;
Writer’s Aren’t Worthless!
I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve always believed they were.
I know I’m not alone, because even when I talk about how much I get paid per article on this blog, I still get a few emails from people who believe I’m lying or have an ulterior motive, but the truth is that this has to do with the opinion a lot of people have about writers in general.
Getting my first client changed this!
A Little Clarification
I’d like to clarify something before I continue, though.
I did say I’m now able to make up to $800 per article, but I never mentioned the type of article.
Assuming that I get paid $800 for the same article which earned me $50 would be a mistake.
I’ll be sharing more about this in the future (if there’s a lot of interest?)
But now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me get into the main point!
The Most Powerful Weapon You Need to Succeed as a Writer Is…
Like I said above, this has made it easy for me to increase the amount I charge per article from $50 – $800 in just two years of being a freelance writer.
It has helped me double how much I get paid by some of my clients, and this powerful method is also what I use to get paid “in full” before I actually start working with some of my clients.
I know there are a lot of variables involved that you probably don’t have, yet, but that $800 article could as well have been $200 if not for this weapon.
You might be expecting something more in this article, but I’m sorry, this actually is what I’ve got for you.
It’s up to you to use it to your advantage, and it’s your choice also to ignore it at your own peril.
We All Have Options
While self-confidence is a very powerful weapon, there are also sacrifices to be made.
The journey might seem rough at first, but the results will be worth it.
I’ve gotten requests from potential clients who never replied after getting my rate, and I’ve been working with more than 2 clients for over a year now.
They all pay me what I’m worth, and they keep asking for my services.
No client will make you feel low about yourself or your services. You’re worth whatever you want to charge.
Ultimately, it is all about the kind of results you can help your clients get, and how unique these results are.
I have a few killer tips coming up in the coming days and weeks, so make sure you keep checking out the blog daily for new updates. Also, refer any friend you think will benefit from my articles, and blog about any of my articles you enjoy.
I’ll also be answering unique comments in the form of blog posts, so feel free to ask in the comments if you have a question related to this post or freelance writing in general.