How To Handle Criticism From A Client

Receiving negative feedback from a customer can be such a difficult aspect of freelance writing, it can make someone want to quit. I know because I’ve been there.

You finish a large assignment, thousands upon thousands of words, and you’re excited to pass your work off to your client and see what he or she thinks about it. You did your best and felt like you covered the full scope of what was required. You’re ready to take on more work and in the back of your mind, you may even be smugly impressed with your writing skills.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, you get a dreaded negative response to your article. I had just finished some work for a blog owner when I got this email from him (this happened just a couple of months ago):

I’m not very happy with your article, to be honest. This sounds childish. I don’t feel like you put any love into it. It needs a more personal touch and as well as a more professional tone overall.

I was livid. Didn’t put any love into it? WTF?!, I seethed to myself. I had just spent the better part of three days writing a pillar post for his blog, doing endless research about an obscure company almost nobody had ever heard about and had cross-referenced every single point I made.

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Raise Your Freelance Writing Prices in 2021

2021 is finally upon us! 2020 was quite an….”interesting” year, to put it lightly, and I’m already feeling like a new man. I wanted to write a mini-pep talk for my writing friends who want to make the best out of this year. As Coronavirus (hopefully) starts to wind down, I think massive opportunities are growing in our industry that should be seized.

You see, I had an epiphany when I woke up this morning that I wish to share with you:

It’s time to raise our prices.

The first thing I did this morning when I started working was to immediately increase my current rate from 10 cents a word to 15 cents a word. Why do I feel deserving of a self-imposed raise?

Because I’m worth it. End of story.

I’m actually worth much more than that, but I’m fine with working for $0.15 per word.

Over the last year, my writing skills have improved. My vocabulary increased. I read a lot more; not just about my niche, but a whole collection of books which broadened my perspective. I got feedback on my work that helped me to increase my skill in my craft. I work more but simultaneously feel happier. I am better today than I was yesterday, and I think that my fees reflect my personal growth over the course of a year.

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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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Persuasive Writing: 4 Copywriting Secrets That Will Help You Create a Rabid Customer Base

When I first started freelance writing, I devoured just about every blog, article and book I could find about copywriting. I wanted to know everything about the industry. How much could people make as independent writers? How could I personally improve my writing style? What were the secrets to building an audience that could hardly wait for my next piece to drop?

Among the many open doors and familiar stories, I found that almost everyone has their own unique way of doing things. People generally tend to find their rhythm when it comes to approaching the same task. I’ve probably discarded more advice and methods than I have kept over my life, and anyone with enough experience has almost certainly done the same. While the plethora of eye-opening tips and clarifications helped to take me to the next level of my craft, a few outstanding tips really gave me the boost I needed to make my career a full-time endeavor.

Even though I have found that the “best” writing tip differs from person to person and moment by moment, there are a few overall things writers need to apply in order to outshine their competitors. Particularly, I’ve found tips relating to writing convincingly to be the most useful for my day to day life.

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The 15 Minute Exercise That Will Help You Overcome Procrastination and Writer’s Block

Let me know if this sounds familiar: you wake up bright and early in the morning, full of energy and ready to take on your day. You finish your morning routine and are ready to take on the world. You finally open up your word processor and….. suddenly your enthusiasm starts disappearing like snow in the sun.

What’s the problem?

As a writer, I know that there are few things scarier than a blank page in a new document. It’s can be a dauting task to figure out how to start. How should I start the article? What will really draw my readers in? I don’t know anything about this subject…where do I even begin?

Does your story always sound fun in your head before you start writing it down and read it back? I get it. I’ve been there. Relax and take a deep breath. There’s a little trick I use every morning to help fire up those content spewing neurons. I call it 15 Minutes To Ignition.

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Beyond The Business Card: 7 Unique Tips That Will Make You an In-Demand Freelance Writer

WARNING: The following tips may create so much work for you, you might find yourself dealing with a surplus of ever growing work. If this list was a recipe for a cocktail, I’d give you the following advice: dilute heavily with water and sip slowly. As an independent writer for four years, I’m almost never short on work. I usually have a different problem entirely; I sometimes have too many assignments going on concurrently.

Last year, I almost collapsed from the pressure. I barely slept. Sometimes, even when I had time to sleep, my brain wasn’t able to “turn off” and relax enough for me to enjoy my break.

In fact, the pressure that rises from having too many deadlines can be mentally, physically and emotionally taxing. Use these tips at your own discretion and always make sure you have some “decompression” time for your family and yourself. Always remember that when you’re running a business, it’s okay to take some time off. No, the world isn’t going to collapse when you do, I promise :).

Enjoy The Journey, Not The Destination

Before I begin, I think it’s important for me to remind you to enjoy your first steps along the writer’s path. Writing is fun; no really, it is. Freelance writing is especially rewarding because I can set my own hours and travel almost anywhere in the world while still making a very good living. If done correctly, this career can give you the freedom and flexibility many only dream about while slaving away in corporate jobs.

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What exactly is a Freelance Writer?

To put it simply, freelance/independent writers are people who have chosen a very precarious but emotionally and intellectually rewarding profession: we create great content on a daily basis to put food on our tables. However, unlike writers and editors with permanent positions in companies or organizations, a freelance writer works for numerous clients that he/she acquires through various networking activities.

Sounds simple, huh? No, it really isn’t. While we can dictate our hours, workload, how many bathroom breaks we take, whether or not to indulge in any psychoactive substances while we work, and other perks, we still have the enormous burden of being business owners. That means that even though nobody is breathing down our necks to perform (unless we are dealing with an especially colorful client), it’s entirely up to us to find the motivation needed to pursue this career. Additionally, we also have the challenge of maintaining a steady flow of work. It’s not as glamorous as the movies portray it to be (are there actually any movies about freelance writers out there?) but it’s honest work that can truly result in personally fulfilling occupation.

Independence Creates Flexibility

Copywriting work can vary greatly from project to project. Our assignments range from writing books to providing text contributions for printed and online media. It may involve making journalistic reports or taking care of all kinds of PR and communication activities.

Compared to employed writers, freelance authors enjoy much more freedom in their work. As mentioned above, of course, a freelancer has to deal with less job security. Surprisingly, despite the potential drawbacks

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