My Biggest Realization As A Writer (And Why You Need to Know It)

Once you start writing for high-paying freelance clients, your career trajectory changes.

My Biggest Realization As A Writer (And Why You Need to Know It)
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Once you start writing for high-paying freelance clients, your career trajectory changes.

As a full-time writer, I can say one thing for sure: writing for algorithms sucks.

  • Your best-written stories sometimes fail. You might hours researching for and writing an article, only to see it earn pennies.
  • The earnings fluctuate wildly, and you’ve no clue how much you’ll make each month.
  • You have to keep churning out content every day. When algorithms decide your fate, taking a break longer than a few days at a stretch can mean you come back to 0 views and $$$.
  • There’s too much stress of constantly refreshing your stats to speculate your paycheck at month-end.

If you’re a writer who wants to charge a high hourly rate and feel like you deserve to be paid for every article you write, then writing for algorithms is not a sustainable solution for you.

What’s the alternative then?

The trick is to have ownership over your content and a way to keep getting an assured income at month’s end without having to constantly churn out articles.

How do you do that?

There are many ways: sell a course, write an ebook, build an info-product, launch a paywalled community, and so much more. But in this post, I’m going to talk about the most lucrative of them all.

Get a high-paying freelance client.

This way, you sign up for several perks, including-

  • You get (pretty high) fixed pay for work.
  • You get an assured income at month-end, without having to depend on the number of views.
  • You get to network with cool people and see your work creating some real impact in the company.
  • You learn interesting ways of tackling a problem. My friend who worked as a content marketer for a start-up called her freelance writing gig as a “Working MBA” because she learned so much about the start-up ecosystem, it helped her launch her own business.

But how to find a good freelance client?

Sorry for being so blunt, but most freelance clients pay shit.

If you don’t believe me, check out “writing” on Upwork and see how low the offers start.

Speaking from experience, such low-paying clients will micro-manage every aspect of your work, behaving as if they own your time just because they’re paying you money.

Not to mention the fact that it’s INSANELY hard to find a client on platforms like Upwork and Fiverr when you’re a new writer with no reviews on your profile. The competition is hard, and you’ll probably have to send 50 pitches before someone finally employs you for $4 an hour.

Cold emails rarely work, and you might have to spend months writing on Medium, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any social media platform before you get any inbound leads of real value.

What should writers who are looking for some stability in their lives do then?

The secret lies in owning your niche, building a powerful portfolio, and sending the right pitch to the right companies. The secret lies in making an offer no CEO can refuse. How do you do that?

I’ve got some good news for you

As a new writer, you can figure out your own strategy which might take you months, if not years. Or you can copy-paste mine that resulted in freelance gigs worth more than $40k USD in just 13 months.

I’ve prepared a 90-day guide on how you can find, convert, and keep high-paying freelance clients.

It works even if you have 0 experience as a writer.

But if you’ve already published some articles online, it might take you even less, just about 20 days to land a high-paying freelance gig.

Interested? Here’s a link so you can check it out.

The first few buyers get a sweet launch discount. Grab your copy before it’s too late.

Get the Freelancer’s Guide to High-Paying Clients here.