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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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How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Affecting Freelance Writers [RESEARCH]

You probably have several questions about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the freelance writing industry:

  • What are the implications of the coronavirus pandemic for freelance writers?
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected freelance writers when it comes to getting jobs and/or getting paid?
  • More importantly, how are freelance writers feeling about what the future holds due to the coronavirus pandemic?

I have answers to the above questions and more!

To assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on freelance writers and the freelance writing industry in general, Writers in Charge surveyed its audience and came up with the following findings:

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COVID-19 and Your Freelance Writing Business: What it Means for You

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Our world is being impacted in a way we’ve never witnessed in a very long time: the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has affected pretty much every country in the world, leaving hundreds of thousands infected and almost 10,000 dead at the time of writing this.

Much worse is the fact that many believe that the outbreak is only just beginning and will continue for a while.

Now, I’m not one to panic or fuel panic in anyway (which explains why I’m only just writing about this — there’s no point using my influence to drive panic around this unless I have something very reasonable to say) but I believe it has gotten to a point where I have to give my thoughts on the issue — and that I finally have something to say after having carefully observed the trends of how this is, and will be, affecting freelance writers.

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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?) Chinese cook 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?

Three 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.

On this particular 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 resulted in $1,200 in income in a single day.

Three years later, I have earned six figures in freelance writing income as a result of the mistake I made on that day.

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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?