I’ve been freelance writing for over a year now. In that time I’ve built a freelance writing business that brings in $2000 plus per month. Only last month I earned $2793 from freelance writing. Don’t believe me? See the screenshots below:
The second screen shot on the right shows the value of work for a Canadian client. If you convert that into US dollars (based on the exchange rate at the time) you get $393.
I’m not showing you these figures to brag. I’m showing you this to prove that it’s possible to build a successful freelance writing business in 12 months (or less, as successful freelance blogger Jorden Roper shows). It’s also possible to pull yourself out of the hole of writing for content mills where you earn very little.
You see, I started freelance writing in June 2016. I was churning out articles for Lifehack, earning peanuts. But then I stumbled upon a strategy to grow my freelance writing business. I implemented the strategy, and as they say, the rest is history.
In this post I’ll share that strategy and plenty more, including:
- My time writing for a content mill
- How I built my foundation as a freelance writer
- How I landed my first few high-paying writing clients
- My time writing for an agency who took forever to pay me (and what I did)
- The insanely simple technique I used to land my highest paying blogging gig ($250 for a single blog post)
- How I increased my rates with an existing client and got rid of low-paying clients
Before I jump into the post, I want to emphasize that the only thing holding you back from achieving what I did is yourself and the excuses you’re making…
- You don’t need some fancy writing degree to succeed. If you can write and deliver what your clients want, you will succeed.
- You don’t need to spend endless amounts of money on writing courses before you start. You can learn on the job. I’m even doing a copywriting course while I build my business and write copy for clients.
- You don’t need to research your industry/industries/niches for hours on end before starting. Yes, someone once told me they want to spend a few years researching an industry before writing about it. Seriously? Sounds like an excuse to me. You’ll gain experience as you write.
- You don’t need tons of experience to start freelance writing. I had very little and managed to build a freelance writing business in a short time.
- You don’t need to have a niche nailed down. Niche selection is one of the biggest stumbling blocks. If anything, you can select several niches and over time your niche will choose you. It’s an evolution.
- You don’t need the perfect website. Putting together a writer’s website is an important part of building a writing business. But too many people aim for perfection. Stop it. Launch something simple; you can always change it with time.
Okay, now let’s dive into the post.
Writing for Lifehack
My journey started when I applied to write for Lifehack through the ProBlogger job board. After sending my application and many back and forth emails, I got the job. Over the next few months, I wrote 35 posts for Lifehack.
The pay was mediocre, but it was a starting point. I refined my writing skills, the exposure was great, and I landed two writing clients who came across my articles on LifeHack.
While writing for Lifehack, I became aware of a challenge by professional blogger Bamidele Onibalusi – and that changed everything.
The Earn Your First $1000 Freelance Writing Challenge
Sometime in July 2016, Bamidele announced the Earn Your First $1000 as a Freelance Writer Challenge. Bamidele created a pseudonym and documented step-by-step how to make your first $1000 and in the process build a writing business. I took the opportunity with both hands and in the next few months followed his progress and implemented the strategies to build my writing business.
I Built My Foundation
I focused on my positioning, writer’s website, and online presence.
Because I couldn’t nail down a niche, I positioned myself by service. I offered blog posts and guest posts across several niches such as business and marketing.
For anyone struggling to select a niche, don’t. It only becomes a stumbling block when you’re starting your writing career. You can choose several and as you write about more topics, you’ll soon see what interests you and what doesn’t.
My Writer’s Website
I launched a writer website, using the Divi theme and chose my name (nickdarlington.com) as my domain. A name which specifies your niche can be an advantage from an SEO perspective. But I didn’t want to limit myself. I wanted the option to target several niches, so I chose my name.
The hosting platform I used was Bluehost as I already had a blog hosted on their platform. I then created key pages that every writer’s website should have:
- About page: I included information about myself and my services, together with an image.
- Contact page: I made it easy for people to contact me via a contact form and also listed my email and telephone number on the site.
- Service page: I provided more detail on the services I offer and include a contact form for those who want to hire me. If you’re creating a writer’s website, you can have a separate hire-me page.
Because I had experience using Divi, it took me a day to create the site.
My Online Presence
I updated my LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter accounts to reflect that I was a freelance writer.
With my foundation set, I built social proof.
Building Social Proof
I already had social proof through Lifehack, but I wanted to bolster it even more. So, I decided to pitch Huffington Post. The idea was simple: I would get featured in a major publication and leverage that credibility to command higher rates when negotiating with prospective clients. So how did I go about doing that?
Firstly I worked on an article idea for the Huffington Post. It was a rough idea, with a title, and brief article outline. I then searched for the editor’s email address.
A simple Google search yielded the editor’s name for the Huffington Post. I then used email finding apps like ViolaNorbert, FindThat and Hunter to get her email address.
When using these apps, you need the editor’s name and the domain name. Type those into the tool and the app will find the email address. Armed with this information, I was ready to pitch. I sent the following pitch with my subject line reading ‘Writing for the Huffington Post”:
Shortly after that, I received this response:
I wrote the article, had my social proof and moved on.
Building My Prospect List
I shifted my attention toward cold-pitching. But first, I needed to create a prospect list.
I searched for sites/companies on Google and LinkedIn. I used keywords for the many niches I wanted to write for such as “technology websites” or “business websites.”
I filtered results by country, only focusing on Australia, USA, United Kingdom and Israel. When I landed on their site, I evaluated whether they were worth pitching based on whether they had a blog and how professional the site looked.
A professional looking site indicates whether they will be willing to spend money on a writer. Once I had a list of about 80 prospects, I found editors’ and content managers’ email addresses through the techniques I listed earlier.
I then started reaching out to prospects with this template:
I used the subject line “Content at (company name)” and out of 80 pitches, I gained interest from several websites and publications and landed two clients.
The one client agreed to three $50 blog post per week and the other up to $450 for a magazine article (excluding transcription). My new rates were a far cry of earning next to nothing writing for Lifehack.
So with two clients in the bag, I was self-employed and had a freelance writing business. And over the next few months, I wrote several articles and blog posts for these clients. I still write for them today.
I also landed a few jobs through clients who saw my work on Lifehack. So yes, while writing for Lifehack wasn’t lucrative, it gave me exposure. It’s something you should consider if you’re a new writer.
From the period June to November my income increased month-to-month. I went from $105 in June 2016 to $1980/month in November.
Things were going well, but then existing client work tapered off. Thankfully, through a referral, I landed a job writing for a local marketing agency.
The agency gave me welcome work, albeit at a reduced rate. But, it was constant work and ensured a steady stream of income (or so I thought).
Following an initial prompt payment for an eBook I wrote, over the next few months, I was regularly chasing payment. Excuses ranged from ‘the accountant is only in the office once a week’ to ‘we only pay our writers when we get paid by our clients’.
For freelance writers, that should immediately be a red flag. I mean, imagine you’re a reseller of bananas who buys your produce from the market, then you tell the market owners they’ll get paid when you do. It doesn’t work like that.
To me it seemed obvious: they were stalling on payment and sitting on that interest in their bank account. Whatever their reasons, I was fed up with emailing and chasing for payment. I was emotionally drained, and angry that they failed to deliver their end of the bargain. But it’s a lesson I had to learn, and one lesson I will never forget.
I sent an email explaining that I wasn’t going to write any further articles for them until they paid (I wanted to share the email here but can’t find it).
About a month later I received all the money, and I haven’t written for them since. Due to late payment, over the period of December and January, my income was low. Despite the lack of revenue, I learned a lot. I felt more confident to stand up for myself and charge what I’m worth.
The work picked up in February and March, but I was still averaging $1500 each month. I knew that I wasn’t pushing myself enough. I knew I could do better. That combined with my new found confidence was the driving force I needed to shift gears.
Shifting Gears: Pitching For More Work at a Higher Rate
I started cold-pitching again. This time, the goal was to increase my blogging rates to over $0.20/word. One day, while compiling a prospect list, a thought occurred to me: What if I targeted writers in my niches to see who they’re writing for, and then pitch those publications?
It made sense. Not only would I reduce prospecting time but I would filter out low-paying clients. It was a no brainer and I started putting this deceptively simple technique for landing high-paying clients to the test.
I used Google search to type in the freelance writer I had chosen. Google revealed several results, and after more digging, I had seven prospects.
I found the editor’s emails and sent them a variation of the pitch I used when launching my writing business. Only this time it was different because I had more experience to offer. Below is the pitch (I’ve broken down the various elements of the pitch for you):
Out of my small prospect list, I got three responses. Not bad, right? There was one prospect that was particularly interested and so I pursued her. Here’s her response to my cold pitch:
I responded, and told her that I would send her some questions and work on a few ideas. Focused on over delivering, that Monday I sent an email jam-packed with ideas and questions which showed I cared about adding value.
It worked: she responded saying I was fast winning my way into her number one freelance writer spot and I hadn’t even started writing yet! Win. She had more questions and was already asking about my rates.
I responded sticking to my guns, saying that I charge $250 for a 1200 word blog post.
She didn’t question it, sent me a contract, and she is now one of my top clients. Only last month I wrote five blog posts for her. She loves my work and the value I give beyond writing (article ideas, SEO writing, researching keywords and so on), and has increased my rate to $300 per blog post.
The whole process got me thinking: there are plenty of people that are willing to pay high rates, I only needed to believe I was worth higher rates.
With that win, I continued cold-pitching and landed several other clients. At one point I had close to seven clients.
But there was one problem:
I had an increased workload, and the lower paying gigs were taking up too much time. Time that could be better spent writing for the higher-paying clients.
I mean what would you prefer: writing a 1200 word blog post for $250 or $60? That was my predicament. So I made a decision: I would attempt to increase my writing rates with existing clients and get rid of low-paying clients. If I lost a few, I would still have a comfortable monthly income. So I was content with that option.
I Raised My Rates With Existing Clients and Got Rid of Low Paying Clients
Two of my clients weren’t willing to pay me higher rates, so I gently got rid of them. I did, however, make myself available to help them find a new writer. One of the clients mentioned how professional I was and was more than happy to give me a positive testimonial. The other client? We parted ways on good terms, and I put them in contact with a new writer, too.
However, a third client agreed to a rate increase. Remember that client I landed who agreed to $50 per blog post? After meticulous attention to crafting an email, I sent the following (take note – at the time they had requested me to write an eBook for them, and I had only recently increased my rates to $60):
In the email, I said that:
- I enjoyed working with them.
- I highlighted the current rate
- My writing rate had, in fact, increased across the board and that it didn’t make business sense to write at the current rate.
- I was willing to provide them a discount to $0.15/word, as a sign of good faith. They’d given me a lot of business, and I did value them.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a favorable response and I was right; the next day I received the following email:
He wasn’t happy, and while I felt for him, I wasn’t changing my decision. I responded, reaffirming that it was a business decision. I explained that while I understood it was a shock, it was something I had given much thought to.
He responded more favorably, asking if we could meet in the middle. He was willing to offer me $100 for a blog post (an increase of $40) and a frequency of 8 posts a month.
I agreed. While it wasn’t $0.15/word, the client guaranteed a monthly frequency of posts. Besides, I would now get paid more for two articles than I would for writing three.
By pitching for new clients at an increased rate, raising my rates with existing clients, and getting rid of clients who weren’t willing to pay me the new rates, I’ve been able to move beyond the $1500/month average, to well over $2000/month. The below graph depicts my growth over the past four months in US Dollars:
The monthly income figures are:
- April: $2365
- May: $1590.50
- June: $2410.88
- July: $2400
And if you include money from my Canadian clients, my figures for June and July, are $2800.88 and $2793 respectively. That’s after the currency conversion from Canadian Dollars to US dollars.
Admittedly the income tapered off in May. I attribute this to some work I completed in May being paid for in June along with my decision to get rid of clients.
I now get the majority of my income from three regular writing clients:
- The client that pays me $300-$450 for a magazine article (excluding transcription). Since landing this client, I have earned over $6000 from them. I’m set to make $1500 from them this month and have already written and submitted two articles for them.
- The client who now pays me $300 for a blog post. I’m set to earn $1200-1500 this month. I’ve already submitted three articles to them.
- The client that pays me $100/blog post. I will earn $400 with them this month.
I also have clients I work with on a less regular basis. As things stand, I’m set to earn $3000 this month alone.
And again, I’m not sharing these figures with you to brag, but rather to show you that’s it’s possible to earn well from freelance writing. Just use the right strategies, believe in your worth, and find those clients who are willing to pay you the rates you want.
In the space of 12 months, I’ve built a sustainable freelance writing business by using the right strategies and taking action. I built my foundation by positioning myself, creating a writer’s website and establishing my online presence.
I then bolstered my credibility through getting featured in the Huffington Post. I prospected for and cold-pitched to get my first few clients.
As my business grew, I did face challenges – such as dealing with the agency who didn’t pay me on time. But I overcame the problem, became even more confident and started cold-pitching by targeting writers in my niche to find clients who were willing to pay me more. I succeeded, and then increased rates with existing clients and got rid of low-paying clients. That has allowed me to earn $2793 in the last month.
Whilst everyone’s professional writing journey is different, I believe that if you build your foundation, guest post to gain credibility, and cold-pitch to find high-paying clients, you’ll achieve your goals – I’m living proof that the biggest thing standing in your way is yourself!
Nick Darlington is a feature writer, B2B blogger, copywriter, and co-founder of WriteWorldwide – the number one resource for freelance writers whose first language isn’t English.
I just came across this setpiece man and one word, inspiring! Man, I’ve had a passion for writing for well over 7 years now. I launched my WordPress blog (georgeadoda.wordpress.com) earlier in those years and blogged whatever came to my mind, just to quench my thirst for writing but gradually stopped as I tried to make a living from other avenues.
But with this article, I am inspired to resume this passion from where I stopped with the goal of generating revenue from it.
Thank you for this Mr. Nick
This is one post I’ve read word by word. And read almost three times since I set my eyes on it.
It’s inspiring and rejuvenating. I tell you it’s amazing – full of practical examples.
Thank you so much for such a post.
Great article Nick. But how much were you earning on Lifehacker. You’ve really bashed them for poor pay but you haven’t mentioned the rates. Keep in mind that the industry standard us $0.01/word. May be they paid you $0.05/word.
Great tips! I have been waiting for something like this for a longtime and now I’m going to put my writer’s website (rasheedswritingportfolio.blogspot.com) in good shape – convert it into a custom domain – because I can’t wait to start implementing all your strategies but on a more professional and self-hosted blog.
Thanks a lot for this huge tips!
Thank you for sharing this information. Not everyone is willing to give all this information to help other writers. I am so enlightened and encouraged. And if anyone of us reads this and doesn’t take action, we would only have ourselves to blame.
In love with this!
Hey Nick, such is a great journey you shared. And yes, I`ll use your strategy to color-tone my relation with my client and move forward to pitch higher-paying client too. I`ll return to this thread to share my progress.
Walter, thanks muuch for sharing this.
This is clean.
You were describing me when you listed all the excuses people make instead of just starting to write 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I found it very helpful
You are the best, Nick.
Thanks for the tips.
Hello, I have learned a lot from this post. I am working on my freelance site and your article is encouraging and motivating. If you have ideas on how to create good backlinks please share also. PS, I am looking for ways to get backlinks from Huffington post and I can see that you are a contributor there. Perhaps I should contact your for a deal 🙂
You are very logical. I have been encouraged by your determination and success.
Thank you for your comment; you’re welcome. Where are you on your freelance writing journey?
Thank you for sharing the information. I joined freelance writing recently, I am very encouraged and enlightened.
You’re welcome. Take action and please share your progress with us!
That belief that you are worth higher rates does something wonderful to a freelance writer. There is this kind of confidence and peace that comes with it – and one always tends to be happy working for the client, doing their best to give them the best work possible.
But the courage to ask for such rates, that fills the minds of many writers with doubt.
One thing I like about your story, which is really encouraging by the way, is that you took your time to learn and improve. And then you grew your confidence and kept asking for better rates knowing full well that some of your clients would not be pleased by such a move.
You stuck to your guns, provided awesome value to your clients and they increased your rates seeing the value they got from your services. You kept improving – your pitches, social proof, writing, outreach skills among other things.
Yes, you won’t believe what confidence it gave me when I increased my rates and my clients agreed. That confidence has transferred into everything I do. I happily turn down potential clients who can’t afford me. Sure, I’m in the position do so, but as you mention I took those steps. I really want to see more people doing this and achieving their dreams. If I can inspire but one person to get moving, I’ll be happy.
Thanks again Phil.
P.S. How’s your writing going by the way?
It’s going well. I’m improving with each new day. Learning a lot. Implementing. And now also working on creating more content for my blog as well.
Great. Keep at it. Never stop improving! All the best!
Wow! This is indeed inspiring. I’ll definitely implement your ideas
Thank you Nick
Thank you. Implement and share your results to inspire others into action! Let’s create a wave that keeps going.
Thank you Nick, indeed the only thing holding me back from achieving the best is myself and the excuses am make..
A good way to pull up the starters.
Thank you one more.
This really goes to show that ANYBODY who’s ready to work hard and be persistent can make it.Hope I finally get to stand up and be counted,
Thanks, alot Nick.So encouraging.
Thanks for the comment. Yes, if you put in the work, you will reap the rewards. Use the encouragement to propel your own freelance writing career.
Hello there Nick,
I’m Dennis, rising tech, health and digital marketing writer. Copywriting is quickly turning into my favorite niche. Web and sales copy never felt this good. That I can vouch for, no doubt.
I resigned from my previous day job just two months ago, after tossing and turning a trio of my writing side-hustle, full-time job and university education for three and a half years. And I’m still as sane as they come.
I can recall reading a post you penned about raising my writing rates, and how I read it, slept on it and saved it to Pocket, The second portion of this post is pretty much it (alright, so I’m hawk-eyed).
At that time I wasn’t too sure whether I should resign or not owing to the financial responsibilities I had. Turns out I have more time now than ever to pitch to more clients who are great to work with and grow together.
But of course, much as anyone would like to believe it doesn’t take much to EARN high-paying clients, at least more than a can-do attitude, I think “weak” writing is rickety and stumbles over itself. That you are earning as much as a cool $3k a frigging month is testament to your works reverberating with zing, punch and color.
I also noticed you dig in and offer real value proposition to a potential client–the section where you demonstrate how you take a chunk of your time to research potent blogs ideas, suggest impacting SEO tactics, and offer rich content suggestions, as well as explain in plain, unambiguous fashion how you plan to help them come up with these aspects.
Darn right, I like that.
And what’s with that Dale Carnegie quote as your email sign-off?
Now I’m wondering two things:
1. Any additional tips you can offer that you used to ramp up the quality of your content? You know, personal lessons you’ve mined in your year-long course, etc
2. What’s your parting shot advice for rising talents in terms of juggling different clients with different writing rates and timelines? Organization tips for up-rising writers.
3. What criteria did you use to pin up your initial rates, and to inform subsequent increases?
I celebrate you, Nick and Walter, for sharing these splendid tips for every serious writer out here to get a grasp on and implement.
A long reply…I like it. Forgive me If I don’t touch on all the aspects. Firstly, based on this well-written comment, I can tell you can write 🙂 And yes, you are hawk-eyed, it is similar to the post I shared on WriteWorldwide, only there it was different, and written differently. Don’t want duplicate content 🙂
Yes, the more I write, the more I realize that I can write, and the more I’m motivated to get better, and better, and better. I’ve started to dig really deep into helping people. When I construct I post I make it highly actionable. I take screen shots. I show. I help. I inspire. That is my goal, anyway, and I try to achieve it as much as possible. I spent today writing another post like this one which I’ll be sharing on the WriteWorldwide.com blog tomorrow, so do check in 🙂
In terms of the quote of Dale Carnegie, well I just like it. And it holds true in everything I’ve done. Any fears I’ve had, have been squashed through action, through small steps, big or small. O, and yes, I agree. If your writing is poor, cold pitching won’t work. At best you’ll get low paying gigs. I think many people don’t accept that they’re poor writers. If you want to be a successful writer, you need to be able to write, and if you can’t you have one of three options: quit, keep writing for peanuts, or improve your writing, combine that with cold pitching and watch your income grow.
Now, in terms of your questions. Well, to ramp up the quality of your content…it depends on the type of content your produce. In your case, I’d recommend following top copywriters like Jacob McMillen and Ben Settle, for example. We also created an Ultimate Guide on How to Improve Your English Writing Skills on WriteWorldwide that covers books, online tools, resources, lists of people, tricks, blog posts and so on.Be sure to give it a read.
Organization tips…hmmm. That’s a tricky one as I’m someone who struggles with routine. Firstly I’d say find that magic number of clients you like working with at a given time. Mine is usually about 4. Batch tasks and focus on only completing client work for a specific client before moving on to the next. Finally, manage their expectations and manage them.
If a client contacts you saying that they have an article for you that they want to be completed by tomorrow and you have other client commitments, tell them it’s not possible. Tell them they need to let you know in advance, and that it doesn’t work like that. A simple email explaining that for you to deliver the best service you need to know what frequency of articles they want weekly, monthly, etc. Make it about them in that email. I wrote about this on the WriteWorldwide blog, but ultimately you need to manage them before they manage you.
What criteria? I don’t use any. If I feel like increasing my rates, I increase them. As you write and get better and talk to other writers, you quickly learn where you stand. There’s a ton of crap content out there on the internet. If you can write half-decently, you’re already one step ahead of the competition and can command higher rates. It’s just up to you to find those clients.
I hope that covers it all. If you have any other questions feel free to email or FaceBook me. I’m always happy to help.
And as always, it’s an absolute pleasure sharing these tips. I’m always at the top of my game when I’m writing what I know, from experience. It flows and allows me to connect with the readers.
All the best
You are right, you do make the advice actionable. I’m chewing on all of that.
Thanks for sharing, Nick.
No worries 🙂
Hello, Nick. Thanks for sharing your ideas and encouraging people. I started freelance a while ago. I have witnessed the field is not a smooth walk to prosperity. Right now am only writing in a content mill and the pay is not good at all. I had not taken cold pitching seriously and I never thought it could work. Have tried to create extra accounts on some websites but I just get disappointed when they reply that they don’t accept writers from my location.
Although there are many successful freelancers who share their stories, have found yours very encouraging. But if you don’t mind, I will request a bit of your guide to help me grow my career.
Thanks for the comment. You’re only welcome 🙂 When you say my “guide”, what are you referring to? You mean guidance?
In this post, I provide the detail on how to get started and advance your career. Follow those, build a website, create social proof, and search for those clients and cold pitch them. Cold pitching is but one strategy to find clients, but it worked for many, has worked for many others, so the chances are, it’ll work for you.
Are you part of any writing groups? Those have been a great help for me.
I gave up Freelance Writing before i could even start. Thank you for the encouragement.
Thanks for the comment. What do you think the reason was for that? I hope you’re motivated to get started 🙂
Great post, Nick.
I regularly get so many questions about how to make it as an online writer. Unfortunately, most new writers and those interested always get the advice of “opening accounts” on agency sites.
It has been very difficult for me to explain to guys that there are much better ways to create a reliable and high-paying writing/marketing/content-creation business.
With this article, now I have a link I can be sending to anyone interested in making an income in freelance writing. You have articulated your points so simply and definitively and I’m sure many readers here will be referring to this as a resource for launching their freelance careers.
Thanks for this and keep encouraging upcoming talent. Be blessed
Thanks for the comment. “Opening accounts” isn’t a bad way to get started. But the problem is that too many people get stuck at that point, and then think freelance writing is a waste of time.
As you’ll know the only way you get anywhere is by following solid strategies (such as laying your foundation and cold pitching) and then putting in the work.
I think people often give up because they’re not patient enough, and quite frankly, aren’t putting in the work. I can’t tell you how often people have reached out to me asking me for links to sites that offer writing jobs.
If they aren’t willing to search for high-paying gigs, use that powerful tool called Google, and just put in the hard work, chances are they won’t succeed.
And yes, I will definitely continue sharing stories to inspire, encourage, and help other aspiring writers. That’s what makes truly fulfilled.
Thanks again for the comment 🙂 And, Keep up the good work.
Congrats on your progress, Nick. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. I can confirm that the system works. If nothing, I’ve rejected over 3 prospects because they wouldn’t pay my rates, while creating the time and room to pursue higher-paying clients.
I’m nearing the $2k mark already with my current clients. (Restarted between March and April this year.) I know that implementing some extra techniques you’ve shared here will help me hit my $5k goal in less than 12 months total.
Keep winning, Nick!
It’s great to hear that you’re achieving such success, and I’m happy that the post provided you with techniques to grow your writing business even further. Keep on trucking!
Great piece. If a man can do it, I can do it better.
Thanks Nick for your great article. It puzzles me one can earn so much money through writing. I have been struggling with a blogging website I opened sometime back. I think it is time to up my game.
Thanks for your comment. Well, it’s possible 🙂 What are you currently struggling with? Is it your writing? Landing clients?
All I can say is Wow! this is not only mind blowing, it is full of inspiration for someone like me who has recorded little to no success in cold pitching.
Thanks Nick, for this heavy dose of inspiration. I’m going back to the drawing board right away.
If Nick could get this done, I don’t have any excuse for not getting results, no matter how long it takes. It will just take perseverance to get the desired results.
You have such commitment and focus. I know you’ll get it done. As always, feel free to reach out to me.
This is amazing! Thanks for the tips and inspiration. The insight here is enough to get anyone into the four-figure league. In the meantime, I’ll be executing these strategies to up my game.
Thanks for your comment. Please do execute the strategies and share your results with us. If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to reach out.
I have always hesitated to create a writing account. I hold back whenever the thought of creating one comes to mind. And you are right, I have made all manner of excuses and conveniently formatted them to reasons which were very believable. I would like to give it a shot though. Any pieces of advice for a complete newbie other than the ones highlighted above?
Thank you 🙂
Thanks for the comment. Well, my advice is: follow the steps outlined in building your foundation and get cold pitching. The most important thing is to take action, even if they are small steps; they add up over time.
I’d also suggest joining Facebook writing groups. Nothing helps more than having a group and/or an accountability system. The motivation and inspiration of other success stories will keep you going. Are you part of Bamidele Onibalusi’s “Earn Your First Thousand Dollars as a Freelance Writer Challenge” Facebook group?
This is encouraging! I never knew that you can fetch such an amount of money by just writing articles! Your article is an eye opener. Thank you for sharing.
You’re welcome 🙂 Yes, It’s possible, as you can see. Where are you in your writing career?
Currently I am concentrating on writing content for my blog.
quite great….i am to blame for everything, no devil to rebuke here…! i will practice this from now..thanks a lot and God bless you..
Your destiny is in your hands 🙂 Thanks for the kind words.
Great. This is an eye opener. Glad you shared some tips on how to go about it. i am set to kick off with the journey.
Thanks. Implement the steps and share your progress with us!
that’s very encouraging. It has given me insight and a new drive to continue. I am new at writing but I’m enjoying the experience and exposure. I hope to one day write a testimony of my achievements in freelance writing. I haven’t tried cold pitching yet but with your tips I’ll start.
We all start somewhere. Only a year ago, I was embarking on my journey. So start by taking small steps.
Also, remember there are a variety of ways to land clients. Walter regularly emphasizes this on his mailing list and across social channels. Cold pitching is but one way, but an effective one at that.
As you cold pitch, please share your progress on this thread.
Thank you very much. For a start, I’ve never really understood cold pitching, till you’ve expounded it very practically. I now have a good idea on how to spend my free time.
It’s my pleasure. Yes, it can be confusing to wrap your head around, especially with the variation in approaches. But, I’m glad the post provided value by breaking it down for you.
Crazy figures right there. I didn’t know article writing can fetch that much! The only excuse for me is laziness, huh. And I think wrong priorities. But not anymore! Thanks for the eye opener.
The clients are out there. You just have to take the time and effort to find them. Cold pitching is a great technique. What techniques do you currently use to find clients?
Truth is my friend, I have been suffering from a silly ailment called procrastination. No particular reason although I know am a born writer and I have been trained by Walter, one of the best of not the best in Kenya.
Maybe I needed a little push and pat and honestly, your article here is a great inspiration.
Maybe we need to connect oftenly because I am sure I can do it.
Lets talk brother.
Feel free to connect with me on Facebook and we can take it from there 🙂
Thank you Nick. I will. Cheers.
Thanks for this information. I will start applying these tips at this very moment.
It’s only my pleasure 🙂 Apply them and share your results in the thread here. If you have any questions/problems feel free to reach out and I’ll try point you in the right direction and/or give you advice.
Thanks! I will be in touch
Love this !!
Admittedly I used those excuses to hold me back ..that and a nice dose of fear …
Yesterday I started my blog with zero experience …. I will work it out as I go along …
Thank you. Just have a basic plan and keep taking action. Keep taking small steps. Those steps add up over time and they displace all fears you had. A year ago I started writing, and by constantly taking action and putting in the hard work, I am where I am today. And there’s still a lot to do! You never stop learning and growing.
Wow! Nick, this is inspirational! Not only have you successfully launched your dream career and established your reputation as a writer, but you have shared your strategy for success with others.
Thanks 🙂 I’m the happiest when I’m helping others. So, anything I learn, I want to share.
Thank you Nick!
This is both helpful and a much needed boost !
I have used one or more of those excuses to justify my delay in stepping into the writing world… But that is changing …. I just started a blog and will work it out as I go along
I’m so happy that I could give you the inspiration and the much-needed boost. Like I said in the post, the biggest stumbling block is yourself. I’d love to see how you progress over the next few months and weeks.
Thanks Walter for sharing this.
Nick I must admit this is a very practical and applicable blog post. This post is an eye opener indeed.
I’m happy you found value in it.
Wow……indeed the greatest thing standing my way is MY-REAL-SELF, can’t help but pity myself has I imagine how desperate have been looking for white color job having been terminated from employment 3months ago yet other are making it in life with online stuff at the comfort of their homes…..this post as not only inspired me but also challenged me a great deal, Thanks Nick for the eye opener n thanks Walter for the link, I want to be the next on line to post my progress.
Thanks. There’s no reason why you can’t be next in line. I sound like I’m repeating myself, but I’ll say it again: The only thing stopping you from achieving progress is yourself. No one else.
Amazing article. Thanks for sharing this. I am looking forward to make it in the writing business.
It’s only my pleasure.
Great inspiration! I will be reading this post to get motivated and follow the super easy steps to land high paying clients and stop being a barefooted and hungry writer. Sure!
Thanks profoundly for it Sir.
Use that motivation and start working. Then share your progress on the thread to keep motivating others.