How To Get Paid More Than $0.05 Per Word

When it comes to earning a dignified, living wage from freelance writing, a few common-sense rules need to be applied, especially if you want to do this long term.

Before we even begin, let tell you about a scenario, and please tell me if it sounds familiar:

You’re interested in making a little extra money, maybe even pay a few bills, maybe even rent if you can manage this month. You heard that freelancing can be a very lucrative way to make a quick buck, especially due to the low barrier of entry. You registered at several popular jobs boards like Freelancer.com, Upwork, etc… and perhaps you even wanted to take your chances on Fiverr. You notice the staggeringly low rates that people seem to be charging for volumes of content. Your heart sinks at the prospect of writing over 1000 words for somewhere between $30 and $50.

Welcome to the world of the content mill: a dystopian hell where writers are forced to use their creativity to compete against an underpaid, overworked global network of desperate workers. Gone are the days of landing clients that will pay you inordinate sums to spin out junk articles.

If this situation sounds like something you’re familiar with, don’t worry, there is much, much more to being a freelance writer than trying to grind out a meager living for substandard wages. If you want to make good money, the kind that can comfortably support a family while working a very reasonable number of hours, there are several things you need to keep in mind.

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How To Become A Freelance Writer Today: Full Step By Step Guide

Have you ever dreamt of making a full-time income while traveling to exotic places all over the world? Have you ever dreamt of being your own boss, setting your own hours, setting your own pay, and living a life of freedom that few are privileged to experience? Do you enjoy writing as a medium of expression? Can you do it almost every day without getting tired? Great!

I started freelance writing while I was in my junior year of college. For some reason, the thought of spending a 35 year slog slaving away in a cubicle for an unappreciative boss and disinterested coworkers filled me with dread. I wanted to find a way to both enjoy my life and support my future family at the same time.

I had previously done internet marketing and had a fairly good handle on how to represent myself, but at the time, I didn’t have the guidance that was necessary to transform my life. Luckily, in this day and age, it is both much easier and much harder to become a freelance writer than it was in the past. Before, you’d have to rely on getting lucky with a connection or endlessly contacting webmasters for guest posts. Today, you can literally begin a lucrative career in as little as a month with the right preparation.

Truthfully, there are more opportunities to become a freelancer today than there ever were before; especially after the recent pandemic. The subtle art of becoming a successful, established writer isn’t realized by putting out endless streams of mindless, untargeted content that doesn’t help anyone. You MUST become the master of your niche and give your readers great content that they will flock to time and time again.

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