Do you struggle with motivation?
Are there times you want to throw in the freelancing towel?
Tired of hearing working for those penny –a- word el cheapo freelance writers?
Do you believe that you can never succeed as a freelance writer?
I’ve got something to tell you.
There are people who have built amazing careers from freelance writing – those who make HUGE incomes from their writing and related products. And it’s all chronicled in their income reports.
It was actually Tom Ewer’s income reports that made me believe that it could be done, and encouraged me to publish my own income report. Although Tom no longer publishes his income reports, there are many others who do, providing invaluable motivation to thousands of freelance writers all over the world.
If one income report is good, why not ten?
Each and every month, I’ll be publishing the reports of some of the top freelance writers who publish their own income reports.
I’ve never been conventional, so let’s begin at the end – here are the top ten freelance writing income reports for December 2015.
That was the decision I came to at the end of week 2 of my 1000 word a day challenge. In other words, it lasted less time than the US invasion of Grenada. In the meantime, I haven’t updated my blog post on the challenge. For that, I’m sorry guys.
Sooo….why did I quit? And what have I been doing since I quit the challenge?
My 1000 Word a Day Challenge – Week 2 Recap
Here’s my output from the second week of my 1000 word a day challenge Continue reading
It would be an understatement to say that last week was just a bit crazy. With not one but two hurricanes that were forecast to hit my area, things were hectic with all the preparation for imminent disaster. Thankfully there was no serious damage to my area at all, but it has allowed me to reflect on the fact that no matter how well you plan, there are things that are always beyond your control.
But I digress. Here’s how the first week of my 1000 word a day challenge went.
My 1000 Word a Day Challenge – Week 1 Recap
Keeping to my 1000 word a day challenge was…challenging. Although my post was put up on Sunday, I actually wrote the post (and started the challenge) on Thursday. Here’s a breakdown how I did during the first week of my challenge: Continue reading
Hi. My name is Daryl. I’m a freelance writer. And a serial procrastinator.
But today, I’m going to change that.
Like the vast majority of my fellow freelance writers, I’ve got a problem.
I get distracted .When I should be working, I spend “five more minutes” talking on Facebook. Or watching vines. Or talking on Whatsapp. Or reading news stories.
These five minutes quickly turn into ten minutes. Then 15. Then 20.
Suddenly, I look at the clock, and I’ve got five more minutes left on the hour that I was supposed to be working on that kickass blog post for you, or sending out my newsletter like I totally pinkie swear promised to do 3 blog posts back, or figuring out why the hell my affiliate links absolutely refuse to link.
But that changes. Tonight. Now. This very second. Continue reading
Are you an aspiring or beginning freelance writer? Let’s sit and talk for a minute.
You’ve got problems. You can admit it. We all do. Sometimes, the challenges freelance writing tosses at you make you feel like you’re Hercules fighting the Hydra – every time you cut the head of one freelance writing problem, three more spring up in its place. I’ve been in this position myself, so I know how tough it can be. And that’s why I put together this extensive list of problems freelance writers face AND their solutions. Because that’s what you’re looking for isn’t it? One place to come to when you’re looking to solve your freelance writing problems. So bookmark this page, and read on for solutions to 55 problems freelance writers face.
Freelance Writing Client Management
- I can’t find freelance clients – Career Attraction gives 5 ways to find high paying freelance writing clients -
- I can’t keep freelance clients – Do you get clients only to lose them like a spooked deer after one or two assignments? Here’s how to build long term relationships with clients.
- I need to dump my low paying crappy clients – Here’s how to drop those deadbeat clients in 5 easy steps.
- I’ve got too much competition for freelance jobs – Oh Really? Are there too many freelancers out there? Or should you stop worrying about the competition?
- My client is fussy – You should probably put some proper boundaries in place to prevent clients from acting up.
- My projects keep getting delayed/put on hold! – The only time you need to hear anything about “limbo” is if there’s sand between your toes and it’s followed by a cold drink. Here’s how to handle those projects that are always in limbo.
- Working with clients in different time zones – Freelancers work with people from all across the globe, and here’s how to manage your clients when they’re on the other side of the globe.
It’s been a while hasn’t it?
I know I haven’t written on this blog for ages. Believe me, it hasn’t been for a lack of trying! Since my last blog post, I’ve been busy. Busy with freelance gigs, busy with traveling, busy with prepping a new apartment, busy with vacationing, and very occasionally being busy with NOT being busy.
For once, I feel I need to write a real post. A post without any fussing about keywords or SEO. A post that doesn’t bother with how many shares or views it gets. A post that concentrates on you guys, my readers, my guests. My family.
Here’s what I’ve been up to for the past few months since I posted in February: Continue reading
Your time is valuable. As much as you would love to scour the internet searching for gems of wisdom and actionable advice, you simply didn’t have the time last month to do so. Maybe it was a looming deadline that you were racing against the clock to beat. Maybe it was a family emergency, or your sick child that you had to spend extra time with this month. Heck, maybe you were enjoying the first month of the year so much, you just didn’t feel bothered to check your usual freelance writing haunts.
Well don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
In the first of its series on this website, we’ll cover the best freelance writing related posts that were published in January. These posts feature useful, actionable advice that will help you find new clients, attract a bigger audience, and improve your freelance writing business in general.
So here’s our roundup of the best freelance writing posts for January 2015: Continue reading
So you’re a freelance writer huh?
Despite the many claims that you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a high paying freelance client (although, who the heck would have a dead cat lying around?) you still haven’t come across that five figure a month freelance writer client that you were supposed to be knocking on your doorstep.
As a result, your Paypal account is looking worse than the Sahara desert in the dry season. You need cash – but you can’t drum up the clients to do so. But what if I told you that there were ways to make money from your writing without having to find those ever so elusive clients? A way to make a living without having to apply to dozens of crappy Problogger/Craigslist job applications (we’ve all been there!) or write LOI after LOI, checking your mail every morning in the hope that the freelancing gods will send you your freelancing client to take you out of the jobless wilderness to the promised land of milk, honey, and gobs of $100 an hour work?
It would sound pretty damned good wouldn’t it? Continue reading
Have you found yourself sending out freelance application after application with the feeling that the internet is dumping them into the Grand Canyon behind your back? Do you hit the refresh button on your computer every few minutes, just waiting for that reply like a 15 year old boy waiting for that returned call from your crush? (Hint to 15 year old Daryl: she won’t call back. Move on).
I’ve been there. And so have lots of freelance writers. Heck, even Stephen King ran out of space to store his rejection letters early in his career.
But what if I told you that there was a way to reduce rejection? What if I told you that there are simple steps you can follow to make sure that your freelance application or query stands out of the crowd?
That would sound pretty damned good, wouldn’t it?
And there is. While there’s no magic bullet to ensure that you’ll get the gig, there are things that you can do to separate youself from the pack and differentiate yourself from other freelance writers: Continue reading
I know you’ve been waiting. Yearning. Longing for this post…
And finally, it’s here!
Welcome to all my readers, both new and regulars. I’ve got lots of readers around the globe – so whether you’re from Canada, South Africa, India, the UK, or the good ol’ USA, I’m happy to have you as always! If you’re a Freelance Writer Startup virgin, and you have no idea why I publish income reports, I explain why I publish them in the importance of being earnest. You can also check out my previous freelance income reports if you’re curious to how I’ve done over the last year.
Ok, I won’t keep you waiting: here’s my September freelance writing income report! Continue reading