And I know, because I recently realized that is what it was for me. Unless your luck is extraordinary. But you have to go out and find them. Katherine Swarts recently posted… Confused and Misused.
She interviewed something like 20 highly successful, long-time freelancers and found that 18 are still as successful now as they were ten years ago. Oh, I know Kelly—by written exchange anyway, from getting permission to quote her in a couple of my articles.
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Even at that level of communication she shines a great personality! Great post! Ashleigh Mattern recently posted… Homegrown company gains a global reach. There are so many pros and cons about being a freelance writer for a living, I guess it all depends on YOU. How is FREE advice a scam? As to the Den, no one is forced to use all the tutorials, networking, job leads, advice, critiques and awesome support that is available in the Den. Because, honestly, for less than the price of a weeks worth of lattes, you have everything in there for a person to succeed. You were the person who convinced me to give freelance writing another try after I crashed and burned a couple years ago.
You provide way more than just writing advice, you provide support and generally care if others succeed. Needless to say, even a pile of audited and notarized bank statements will disabuse these folks of their dearly-held delusions, but at least you got a useful post out of it, right? Carol, I like the tone and focus of your advice. As a currently inactive writer-editor, the first things I notice about online advice for freelance writers are:.
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1. Choose Your Craft
Writing requires ripping your heart out and having it thrown right back at you. Every day of your life. Your chances of compensation depend on this constant trauma. You seem to have uncovered a secret, or more likely, something people know deep down, but have been convinced to overlook. Now I make significantly more. Second I do make a living off of my writing and as a freelance photojournalist, although I would like to scale. Thirdly, most writers and people in general suck at marketing. It is the major flaw in most businesses and the cause of demise for many.
Business is hard at first, as is learning the marketing ropes. But I can say after years devoted to learning IM that is works and is the key component of a successful freelance writing career. Elizabeth recently posted… Black Isle Blonde. And you do point up a basic truth. And when I say marketing I mean beyond hanging around Elance or Craigslist, where the good clients are very rare. Besides, why the heck should you have to justify and account for each cent you earn to prove your worth? Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
I think I needed to hear it about 20 times from you and other writers commenting here before I really believed it. That strategy combined with more focused research on each publication has made a difference for me. I worked for a while in two different sweatshops of the writing world. I started out thinking that was as good as it got for people like me without connections… but you and others helped me to think about connections in a different way and to tap into the resources around me as well as build on my previous professional experience more than I had been before.
Oh, and about those 40 years the Israelites wandered in the wilderness?
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Anita recently posted… digging up dandelions. True…but first they had to have that flash of insight, that their lives could be transformed and they could leave enslavement behind. The analogies to how so many people feel about cubicle life and a day job are hard to avoid…. Back in September, I started a meetup style group for myself and four friends who I thought would be dedicated to earning an income online. If they really wanted it to work, they would find a way. Just like every successful person has had to do. Keep the great posts coming! These people are not checking out the loads of useful content in the Den with fresh webinars and info added weekly.
My first dollar-a-word article? Came from a successful Letter of Introduction I wrote to a trade pub based on Den tips. Long term clients? Repeat customers? Referral business?
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Let those naysayers go someplace else. That keeps the Den for the positive freelancers who love to learn and earn!
With your audience, even without your own products and credentials, anyone could see you would make quite as much. What I do make has a lot to do with everything I learned and am applying, your blog being one of my favorite resources:. I spent five years in-house and have been freelancing for 11 years after that. If nothing else, being able to refer prospects to my Website is a heck of a lot easier than having to email through a bunch of clips. Hi Darren — thanks for sharing how the inbound marketing is working for you! And then the light goes on.
Yeah, Carol. You slaved away in journalism for years and raised your kids with your secret desire to stiff people as your dream job.
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I read a lot. A LOT. Not just fiction, but online writing. Your articles contain more energy, pack more punch and get my mind going than any other articles I have read.
The trolls are just deflecting. Deflect them by forgetting about them. I left crappy minimum wage jobs behind in Actually, it became THE sole source of income for myself, my guy, and our cat. They always do. And your advice definitely helps. Thanks for everything, Carol.
Lauren recently posted… Thinking of Yourself as a Product. I worked for several newspapers, two of which laid me off and one that was going bankrupt. After I left the last one in , I decided never to go back. I wanted to be a freelance writer and never have to worry about losing my job again. I put it off for several months because money was tight.
Then, I decided to make it work somehow, even if we were short. One month into my membership in the Den, I made a great connection that helped increase my workload. I still have a lot of work to do. I also have beefed up my LinkedIn page, made a ton of connections, and even reconnected with a former editor who just gave me my first assignment at her new mag.
That is terrific. Amazing what a commitment to marketing will do for your income. I just quit my day job two months ago to work full-time as a writer. I have learned a lot along the journey.
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