I have found myself freelancing and moonwalking on the weekends. This move has been a culmination of many factors such as moving out, and my articles needing a home. Writing comes easily to me. I write about life and writing. Writing is how I articulate my feelings and get in touch with myself when I’m feeling a bit lost. Recent changes in my life have made it impossible for me to write so I find homes for my words.
Social Media is Your Friend
In the past, I have loathed social media. Partly because of the anxiety it caused me also due to the fact that I had to be on social media because of the nature of my work as a content specialist and marketing associate.
I turned this around by turning inwards and reminding myself who I am before trying to consume other people’s content.
Twitter has been a great resource for me as I have been able to get clients, blog traffic, sponsored posts and collaborate with other bloggers. If you’re looking for the same, quickly hop on twitter and search for #writinglife, #bloggersrequired, or #bloggers.
Sponsored posts, collaborations and paid writing opportunities lie within these hashtags. I have been able to get more money there in a single day and week than I get on Medium in a month.
Don’t Underestimate Small Gigs
So you won’t write a 300-word article for $50 a day but you want to make $2,000 a month from writing. Unless you have work that pays $1,000, then you can forego the $50 article. In which case you’re not a newbie freelancer. Otherwise, write that article and build your bank account, your client base, your networks with other writers and inch closer to your monthly goal.
The thing is, we overestimate what we can earn in a month but underestimate what we can earn in a day or week.
If you are a beginner, and you want to hit a monthly target of say $300 a month, you can:
- Have a client who pays $300 per service.
- Have 2 clients who pay $150 per service
- Have 3 clients who pay $100 per service or
- Have 6 clients who pay $50 per service.
It’s totally up to you and how you arrange your business rates. A $50 client leads to a $100 client who leads to a $200 client. Build your business ground from the ground up.
Stay Off Freelancer and The Likes
The hidden charges in these job boards, not to mention the cuts from PayPal or the payment gateway you choose make it impossible for you to scale.
If you score a $100 gig on Twitter, you get to enjoy it all. If you score it on Freelancer, then you have to factor in their cut and the currency exchange if you don’t live in the United States.
In addition, it’s easy to get scammed on these sites especially if you are new to the game.
Say Goodbye To PITA Clients
Your gut will tell you when a client is being a pain in the-you-know-where. Emails at midnight, social media messages at odd hours, entitled and passive-aggressive emails, micro-managing and everything else you would dislike.
As a freelancer, know that you and the client are equals on this table and always have a conversation before you can determine if you’re a good fit for each other. Sometimes the money is not worth the headache.
I am very strict on boundaries and what will happen and I always communicate this to whoever I choose (because it’s a choice ) to work with. We’re not in a feast and famine situation here. We’re in an abundant contented journey and we will enjoy the ride.
Join a Freelancing Group on Facebook
You’ll learn so much, share your wins and get celebrated and have a sounding board for your ideas. At the beginning of 2020, I bought a book by Jennifer Gregory called the Freelance Content Marketing Writer which opened my eyes to the incredible ways in which I could monetize my writing and my drafts.
This book is a must-read for everyone looking to get into freelancing or learn how to negotiate.
I also joined her freelancing Facebook group where writers and freelancers encourage each other. The easiest way to know whether your rates are right or whether you’re short-changing yourself is to be in the company of other writers and freelancers.
Are you a new freelancer and what has been your experience?