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Looking to boost your freelance writing income? While there are lots of ways to find new clients (in fact, I’ve listed some of the small ways you can find new work as a freelancer over on my Pitch Slap Wednesday guide), it’s always handy to have other ways too. Let’s dive straight into some ideas of how to boost your freelance writing income, from the obvious to the more unusual.
- Ebooks – The world of self-publishing means you can now create your own ebook and add it to Kindle or your own site. This is unlikely to make you big bucks, but it’ll keep things ticking along. It’s also a great lead magnet for a Facebook advert, so if you’re looking to increase traffic to your site, ebooks are well worth a try. If you already have great content that you want to bundle up together in an ebook, try Beacon.by, a WordPress plugin which exports posts into a beautiful format (free if you don’t mind the logo, there are paid versions too).
- Copywriting services – An obvious-for-a-reason option. If you’re good at writing, you may also be good at copy writing – as long as you’re comfortable with adapting to different writing styles, have a strong grasp of spelling and grammar and you’re comfortable with being a ghost writer occasionally.
- Teach. Speak to local collages, arts centres and community centres about teaching classes on anything you feel you’re an expert at – from content writing to social media. You can also sell your courses through a teaching platform like Teachable, who have a handy FREE 7 step guide how to get started here (affil, they’re the platform I use)
- Sell small packages on Fiverr (affil) or People Per Hour Hourlies (I wrote a guide on these a couple of years ago). Think blog post title suggestions, taglines or small about pages.
- Repackage your content on Medium and LinkedIn Pulse, to potentially reach new clients.
- Update your social media to let people know exactly how you can help them, and make sure you link them to your services page rather than the homepage. The less steps potential clients have to go through, the better.
- Pitch to websites that pay for articles. Look, being featured in Huffington Post might be something some freelancers are keen to, but there are plenty of websites that will give you exposure AND money. There are bundles of guides for which websites will pay you to write (many of them USA-based), but I like this overview from Crunch of freelance job sites that pay well. They mention Contently, a site I was recently featured on and saw a big jump in subscribers and readers from, so it’s well worth looking at.
- Write the kind of article you’d love to write for your ideal client. You want them to stumble across it and say “I have to have the writer write for me!”. Again, this is where Medium comes in handy.
- Matched Betting. This is something Emma at From Aldi To Harrods has talked about (lots of her guides here), and is essentially risk-free, tax-free betting. If you’re good with spreadsheets, it’s definitely worth trying out (she earned £12k in 12 months doing it). If this kind of option appeals to you, you may also want to look at taking paid online surveys. Again, From Aldi To Harrods has a lot of info on that.
- Need money quick? Package up your services and run a ‘sale’. You might offer 10-30% off your prices for a week, offer 5 content pages for the price of 3 etc. I would only do this occasionally (my general rule is ‘Don’t reduce your prices if asked, reduce the amount of work you offer for their budget).
Are there any other ways you’d suggest to increase your freelance writing income?
April has been both my favourite month of the year so far, and the most expensive. Thanks to celebrating my birthday, a weekend away up North and Peter whisking me away to Edinburgh for our first wedding anniversary, my bank account is crying out for payday.
Now I’ve got a quiet couple of weeks coming up, at least on the socialising front, my attention has returned to adopting a healthier balance – both in my bank account and my diet. To help get me back on track, I’m going to be doing Penny Golightly’s Tenner Week, which acts as a sort of financial detox. For one week, you have to live on £10. Penny is running it on her blog this week, but I’d recommend giving the Kindle ebook a download too (Amazon link here – only £2.54 at the moment) – I tend to try and do one of these tenner weeks a couple of times a year so it’s handy to refer back to.
As part of tenner week, I’m planning to do a couple of things:
- Sell some bits and prices at a car boot sale on Sunday
- Meal planning to help me a) stay on track with the diet and b) avoid the temptation of takeaways
- Eat my way through the food lurking at the bottom of the freezer
The biggest challenge is going to be Thursday – payday. This usually leads to an uncontrollable urge to ‘treat’ myself, which I’m going to have to counteract with something fun and free.
Fancy doing the challenge too? Here’s the schedule!
(This is NOT a sponsored post. I just think Penny’s challenge is rather excellent.)
Today we’ve got a guest post from Josh Boyd, a freelance copywriter, who wants to share his tips for saving money as a freelancer so you can enjoy more of the good stuff!
Hurray! You’ve thrown off the shackles of full-time employment and are now reaping the benefits of being able to work in bed while eating Sugar Puffs. You relish in the ability to do your top quality work in your garishly bright pyjamas, while you pity the poor souls going to the office from your window. How foolish they seem now. Unfortunately, this feeling of happiness and sense of superiority will likely be brief and misleading. A few months have passed since you walked out of your old job laughing and mocking your ex-coworkers and the Sugar Puffs have now turned to Morrisons own brand corn flakes (the ones that don’t even come with a cardboard box). You’re also on the powdered milk too. Turns out the work hasn’t come as thick and fast as you’d hoped and all your friends with proper jobs have started to complain about your raggedy clothes. Time to start saving some money, you short-sighted fool.
So, chances are you’re going to want to claim some tax back for those corn flakes as some kind of business expense. Unfortunately, you have pretty much no idea what you’re doing and so you got an accountant. This will have been bleeding you dry and has left you in the sorry cereal state you’re in. There is a much better alternative to this. You should try online accounting instead. It simplifies the whole process massively meaning that even your malnutritioned brain will be able to use it and keep track of everything. You’ll also have much easier access to your accounts and what’s going on too. So, find your trousers with the least holes in, get down to your accountant, fire them and then get online.
You might have decided that your genius deserved it’s own .co.uk website. You guffawed as you saw other freelancers use blogs as their websites. “Unprofessional!” you scoffed as you bought way more bandwidth that you really needed. Time to scale back. Move all your stuff to Tumblr instead. It is completely free and very customisable. You can make a great site with Tumblr, plus you can use it to link up with people who might be interested in your work. If people like your stuff, it’s also very easy to share it with other people who too might appreciate your incredible skills. Plus Tumblr is, like, cool and stuff. Don’t be a square, daddio (and if you’re that fussed about having your own URL, just buy one and have it re-direct to your Tumblr).
Marketing yourself can be a difficult task, especially when you start out. For some reason, people just aren’t drawn to your impeccable work through unprecedented word of mouth spread. The few jobs you have done so far has, as of yet, failed to cause panic among prospective clients to hire you. There are a few ways to get free publicity. One of the best is to find a blog dedicated to your field and attempt to get an article posted on there which outlines some thoughts from your incredible mind. You’ll be unlikely to get paid for this, but suck it up and enjoy the chance for more people to discover you.
Decrease your outgoings enough and you’ll be back on the Sugar Puffs within no time. One day, with enough work, you might even reach Lucky Charms levels.
I’ve been chatting to some freelancers recently about requesting payment for freelance projects before commencing with the job. Not the full amount necessarily, but a decent enough percentage. I have to admit, this isn’t something I’ve practiced. Perhaps because my clients in the past have mainly been long-term, social media or blogging clients where asking for part-payment first wasn’t necessarily required. But now I’m working with more short-term clients and projects, it’s something to consider. We’ve all had to deal with clients who don’t pay or pay late, so this could be a great solution, plus it proves they’re serious about the project.
In fact Samantha Sparrow, who deals with many freelancers and contractors in her role, explained that not only do many companies understand freelancers asking for a part-payment up front, but they expect it.
So, I’d like to ask two small things of you today. First, to vote in the poll below to let me know if you ask for part-payment before commencing. Secondly, to let me know in the comments what your approach is. Any advice really would be welcome, as this is an area I’m really not experienced in.
I personally would love to know what the general consensus is, and I’m sure plenty of other newer freelancers would too!
So, vote here:
Then comment below…