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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 Chintan Zalani Built a Successful Writing Business

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India is one of the countries to which you can outsource anything and get talented people working for you at a fraction of what you’d pay to someone in a developed country.

While a lot of people accept these low rates, Chintan Zalani wasn’t satisfied with being paid peanuts. He made the decision to go after high paying clients instead. Today, he only works with people who appreciate the value he provides and compensate him well for it.

So how did he go from being an engineering student who dabbled in writing to an established writer who makes a great living from his writing business?

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How Ali Luke Used Her Writing Skills to Create Multiple Streams of Income

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We all know how volatile freelance writing can be.

One moment everything is running smoothly, and in the next breath a major client decides to drop you, causing you to lose a significant percentage of your income in an instant. How can you insure yourself against this kind of thing? Simple – by having multiple streams of income!

“From the very start of my career, I was aware that it would be a mistake to purely freelance and to never have any other income coming in, so I always had more than one streams of income,” says Ali Luke. “I definitely recommend other freelancers find some time to spend on their own projects.”

Now, almost a decade after she started her freelance writing career, Ali has money coming in from client work; from her e-Books; from her membership site; from her novels; and even from a couple of websites she hasn’t updated in years.

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Earn Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer Challenge: My Strategy Revealed

I recently announced the Earn Your First $1,000 from Freelance Writing challenge, and thousands of people have since expressed interest. The original announcement post has been read by thousands of people, and the Facebook group dedicated to the challenge currently has over 1,300 members at the time of writing this.

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More importantly, engagement is super high in the Facebook group (as you can see from the above screenshot). The group has been influencing — and will continue to influence — the direction of this challenge. The Facebook group is also the only place where I can guarantee that I’ll actively respond to and interact with people during this challenge. If you’re yet to join the group, you can request an invite here.

After a lot of deliberations on the group, it was decided that I will be using an alias for this challenge; the whole group will then be able to follow along while I offer feedback, help and advice to members of the group when necessary.

As I stated in the original announcement post, the aim of the challenge is to go from a beginner freelance writer to someone earning $1,000 monthly within 60 days.

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Earn Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer – Challenge Announcement

Freelance writing can be tough, and there seems to be a lot of “experts” and “gurus” these days who claim to know what’s best for you but are not willing to put their money where their mouth is.

Things change really fast, and I realize that it might be more difficult to succeed as a freelance writer today than it was a few years back when I started. In an attempt to demonstrate the effectiveness of what I teach, and as a way to help you get results, I contemplated starting a challenge where I go from ZERO to $1,000 monthly within two months.

So, feeling a bit crazy on the 2nd of June, I posted the following message to the Writers in Charge Facebook page: