3 Sure-fire ways to become a well-paid freelance writer

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It is ridiculously easy to become a freelance writer.

This is not one of those blog posts that tells you it is easy and then shows you how not easy it is.

All you have to do is sign up for any reputable freelance writing job board and apply to as many gigs as you can.

You are sure to snag a few gigs almost immediately (or at least within a few days) and then you start writing.

Sidenote: Once you finish, read how 4 freelancers built recurring revenue models that changed their business. You'll love it.

That’s it, you’re a freelance writer.

But…

Yes, there’s a but.

If you want to be a well-paid freelance writer, then you have to work a lot harder, and it will take time.

There are thousands of freelance writers bidding for the same projects, and that is not counting services like essays.scholaradvisor that have MA and PhD degree holders in their pool.

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The only way you can get a foot in the door and ask for the big bucks is to prove you are worth it.

I’ve got 3 sure-fire ways you can increase your freelance writer paycheck.

1. Find your niche

If you are new to freelance writing, you have to identify subjects in which you excel.

Bid for different kinds of gigs on topics that interest you, and narrow it down to two or three things you enjoy the most.

This is important, because it is the base of your writing career, so you don’t want to get stuck writing about things that bore you.

You are also more likely to become an expert at it, if you’re not already.

Keep refining your range of topics, and bid only on those gigs. That way, you build your portfolio.

2. Build your client base

Bidding on projects is the usual way to get clients.

You may have to take a hit for a while in terms of payment to get your foot in the door.

You may have to underbid other writers to get projects at first. Rates as low as $5 per article is common, and some go even lower.

It is up to you to decide how low you are willing to go. Most new freelance writers can’t afford to be picky.

The upside is that every time you get a project, you will get to know a little bit about the clients, and they will get to know you.

If you deliver good quality content on time, you get positive feedback that improves your reputation.

The next time you bid for a project with the same clients, they are more likely to single you out.

Of course, some clients care more about getting the lowest bid they can get, but you don’t want to work with these kinds of clients anyway.

Pay attention to clients that appreciate quality work; they are more likely to be willing to pay more.

3. Develop relationships

Now that you have a foot in the door, you need to give your clients a reason to invite you in.

Go the extra mile to build a relationship with each one. It would be a good idea to keep just a few of your top clients on your list so you have time to give each project your undivided attention.

This builds trust, and they will come to rely on you for all their writing needs.

When you feel comfortable enough with your clients, make suggestions for topics or on how to refine their content marketing strategy.

This is edging into consultancy, which is just a fancy way of saying high-paid freelance writing.

Is it possible to make $25 or even $50 for blog content? It is, but it isn’t going to happen overnight.

You have to invest time and effort to build your skills, reputation, and client base as a freelance writer.

If you do that, it will pay rich dividends in the end.

How do you develop relationships with clients? Tell us in the comments!

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About Stacey Marone

Stacey Marone is a graduate of Social Sciences and freelance writer for essays.scholaradvisor. She likes travelling, exploring the world and helping people to make their life easier. You can follow her on Twitter.

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  1. I am not a writer, but as a freelancer I still find much of what’s on Millo very useful for my business.
    One thing that blows me away the more I read these articles is: how do you even live getting paid $25/50 per article?
    If I’m understanding what you are writing her, it is a pretty high achievement.
    Are there other forms of royalties an author gets? Advertising shares?
    It seems such a low figure to me that I can’t even wrap my head around it!

    Thanks for yet another great article.