So my first full month of proper freelance writing and I’ve got lots of exciting news to share, including my very first freelance writing income report. My decision to release the intimate details of my freelance earnings were detailed in this earlier post, which has now led to this report.
But before we get into the dollars and cents of how much I made for the month of September, let’s revisit my plans and how things went down.
The Great Guest Post Rethink
This month I set myself a rather ambitious goal – I’d be looking to do 30 guest postings this month. It was part of my guest post experiment, where I would challenge myself to approach at least 30 blogs/websites for guest posting.
However, I got nowhere close to my target.
And here’s why:
1. You can’t fake a real relationship - I’ve quickly found out the importance of relationships. Even though I wanted to reach out to new blogs and websites to ask for guest posting opportunities, I simply felt uncomfortable doing so.
I mean, how could I ask someone to give me something of value when I had not even shown the least bit of interest in them or their business?
2. I was busy with client work - A bit unexpectedly, I ended up with client work this month. But more on that later!
As a result of both these issues, I decided to seriously scale down my guest post requests, only requesting four guest post spots this month.
Out of those four, one told me that they weren’t looking for the type of content that they had pitched, but would be happy to get back to me in the future.
Another told me to go ahead and write up the topic that I proposed, but I’m still waiting on word as to whether or not that blogger will accept my guest post.
A third told me to write up my post, and gave me very important feedback on the proposed topics, as well as the eventual headline and content.
The fourth blogger accepted my guest post! Thanks to Bamidele Onibalusi, I’ve been featured on the prestigious Writers In Charge blog, where you can check out my guest post!
Monthly Freelance Writing Income Report – September 2013
Finally, we’ve reached the most exciting part of the post – the actual freelance writing income report.
Previously, I had decided that I would not apply for any freelance writing jobs, and I had fully expected to earn nothing this month as I concentrated on guest posting. And true to my word, I did not.
However, a blog owner noticed some comments that I had made on another blog, and approached me for hire. I ended up cranking a number of guest posts out for him for September, which will be rolled out one week at a time for the rest of October. So here are the figures for my freelance writing income report:
Freelance Writing Income:
Freelance Writing Expenses:
That’s right! I made over $300 during the month of September from one client!
What I realized is that having your own website and actively marketing yourself through methods such as comment marketing are extremely important in securing a well-paid freelance writing job. You should never be too busy to market yourself - as your marketing efforts are what pave the way to securing future leads!
Goals for October
This month I’ll repeat the same pattern as last month and not apply for any freelance writing jobs. However, if any client approaches me through my marketing efforts, I’ll be more than happy to accommodate them, providing that they are willing to pay my rate. This month I’ll again be concentrating on guest posting, but I’ll also be looking at establishing and building relationships with blogs that I’d like to guest post on in the future, particularly in the small-medium business arena, which is one of my specialties.
In addition, my previous client did seem interested in continuing our relationship together. We will re-engage within the next few weeks, with the possibility of me writing for him towards the end of this month.
So how did you like my freelance writing income report? Do you have anything you’d like to add? Did you think I’d do better or worse this month? Let me know what you’re thinking in the comments section below!