There is no magic formula or secret sauce to being a successful writer. However, there are things (that are within your control) that will up your chances of getting (and keeping) better-paying jobs.

The #1 piece of advice I can offer you is this–Always do your best work and only your best work.

Here are a few more Ways to Make More Money as a Writer

Deadlines are sacred—never miss one. Your reputation and reliability are just as important as your writing professionalism online.

Let Time Be Your Teacher: As the years tick by, I’m proud of the wisdom I’ve gained even if some of it was the hard way. Some lessons are hard to learn (like when you don’t charge enough for a project or your client flakes out halfway through), but that wisdom is like gold…if you pay attention. Thanks to a plethora of Teachable Moments over the last 7+ years, I now know what projects I want to and what type of clients I want to work with. I think this is so important because you need to enjoy what you do and your business can’t be stagnant.

Admitting You Don’t Know is not always a Deal Killer: When presented with a task or subject you are unsure about (or know nothing about) BE HONEST. Admitting you don’t know isn’t always a deal killer and clients will admire and respect your honesty. Virtually every time I admitted to a client I didn’t know how to do something, their response was “let me show you.”

I love memes and I saw one on Facebook the other day that read; “I never fail. I either succeed or learn.”

Some lessons are hard to learn (like when you don’t charge enough for a project or your client flakes out halfway through), but that wisdom is like gold…if you pay attention. Thanks to a plethora of Teachable Moments over the last 7+ years, I now know what projects I want to and what type of clients I want to work with. I think this is so important because you need to enjoy what you do and your business can’t be stagnant.

Respect your time and Worth: That 800-word article for $10 may sound inviting when your bank account is screaming I pain, but your time is worth money. Ask for what you are worth or move on to a client who is willing to pay you what you deserve.

Admitting You Don’t Know is not always a Deal Killer: When presented with a task or subject you are unsure about (or know nothing about) BE HONEST. Admitting you don’t know isn’t always a deal killer and clients will admire and respect your honesty. Virtually every time I admitted to a client I didn’t know how to do something, their response was “let me show you.”

Repeat Customers are Golden: One-off writing assignments are great but returning/repeat customers are gold. It’s those steady clients that will keep your business humming and relieve some of the pressure of having to always be hunting for new writing assignments.

**Repeat customers can be magazines who want you to write a monthly article for them. Tell the HerLife Story. They can be bloggers who want content, but don’t have the time to write it. They can be clients who like you and want you to expand your scope of duties that you do for them because you’ve built trust with them. Refer back to the “let me show you” statement I made.

Respect, integrity, and reliability are things all clients appreciate and seek out.

Never Stop Learning: Whenever you can, invest in yourself and your business with classes, books, and training.

 


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