Whether you are new to freelance writing or have been at it for a while, like most freelance writers, you are probably looking for the best ways to increase your earnings. After all why not, every other professional asks the same question.
You may be struggling at times to pay the bills, but understand that being a freelancer has it’s ups and downs. While there is no get rich quick schemes that are going to turn you into a millionaire overnight, there are many things you can do to increase your earnings now and in the future. Following are a few of the best ways to see an increase in your earnings and have a steady income.
Set Goals for Yourself
The first step you will need to take towards increasing your income is to set goals. As a freelance writer, you probably make your own hours, and while you have deadlines, you are working on your own schedule. Take advantage of this and set a goal for yourself. Having personal goals can serve as that extra mental push to get you motivated on those slow days. Making a schedule and a plan then sticking to it will help you achieve more. Thus you will be able to earn more.
Ask for More
Another way to earn more is to come out and ask for it. First, though, you will have to learn to value your own work and worth. If you don’t then there is no way anyone else will. Take pride in the work you do and ask for adequate compensation. Evaluate the project and tell your prospective clients what you think your time is worth. You can always work to come to an agreement, but always accepting what is offered when you know it is worth more only leads to burnout.
Up Your Skills
Learning is never a bad thing in any profession. In the case of freelance writing, it can be priceless. You don’t have to go and enroll in every writing class there is, but brushing up on a few things and learning new techniques or topics is a great way to expand your writing abilities. The more you are capable of writing about, the more earning potential you will see. Though it is recommended that you stick with what you know, there is nothing saying you can’t learn more.
Learn to Accept Rejection
Okay, so this one will probably take more work than the rest on this list. It doesn’t matter how long you have been writing, rejection letters sting. You need to learn to use this to fuel your desire to succeed. The truth is that not everyone has the same taste or style. Therefore your writing style is not going to please everyone. That is okay though because when one door closes, you go knock on the next one. It is better you know at the beginning that a client isn’t happy with your writing so you can infest your time in someone who does.
Never Give Up
Finally, if you want to be a freelance writer, be one. Freelance writing is not a profession for the light-hearted. You should know what you want and not be afraid to go after. The important thing is never to give up. There will always be days when you ask yourself if it is worth it, the answer is yes. So long as it is what you want to do, then the answer will always be yes. You have to want it though and work for it, a lot.
In the end, the best way to increase your earning potential is to dive in and work for it. Put in the long hours to get your experience where it needs to be. Then go after the money. You do not need one big client (although it would be nice), you can make money with one client or fifty. It doesn’t matter the number that gets you there, as long as you’re reaching your goal.