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Why It Pays to Be a Specialist When It Comes to Freelance Writing

Written by Alexander Cordova on October 17, 2017. 1 Comments

A row of encyclopaedias.When you’re starting a new freelance writing career, taking any job that comes your way can make sense. After all, you need the money and saying ‘No’ to cash can come back to bite you. However, as your career continues, you’ll find being a jack-of-all-trades isn’t sustainable.

Writers who do a bit of everything almost never earn as much money as those that focus on one or two niches. As long as there’s demand for their services, they can command higher prices thanks to the shorter supply of writers who can do what they can.

Today, I’ll explain three reasons why specializing in a freelance writer niche can pay off big time. Then, we’ll discuss how to take your first steps down that path. Let’s jump in!

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3 Ways to Raise Your Freelance Writing Rates With New Clients

Written by Alexander Cordova on October 12, 2017. 1 Comments

A man stretching his legs.As you gain experience in your field, it makes sense to ask for a freelance rate increase. However, this isn’t often that easy to put into practice. In many cases, if you want clients to pay you more, you’ll need to convince them you’re worth that money.

That means you’ll need to learn how to negotiate. After all, it’s an essential part of working on your own. If you can learn how to sell yourself as someone at the top of their field, you’ll be in an excellent position to ask for more money.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three methods I use to convince clients I’m worth premium freelance rates and how you can put them in action. Let’s do this!

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How to Impress New Freelance Clients With a Welcome Packet

Written by Alexander Cordova on October 10, 2017. 2 Comments

A welcome mat.One of the hardest parts about working in this field is the constant need to bring in new freelance clients. More importantly, you have to make a great first impression if you want to woo them into hiring you again in the future.

Naturally, the quality of your work should speak for itself. Regardless, it’s important to start off every client relationship by putting your best foot forward. One powerful way to do this is by offering a welcome packet full of all the information your clients need to know. Welcome packets save both of you time, frees you up to focus on the unique details of your new client’s assignments.

In this article, I’ll explain why it’s so important to make an excellent first impression. Then, I’ll teach you how to nail your introductions by creating a welcome packet. Let’s dig in!

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How Much Money Can You Expect to Earn From Your Blog

Written by Alexander Cordova on October 3, 2017. 5 Comments

A gold bullion.If you put in a lot of effort on your blog, you probably want to know if you could make money from it. Unfortunately, people love talking about the exceptional amounts money they’ve earned with unusually successful blogs, but few ever offer realistic earning estimates for typical bloggers.

There are a number of ways you can monetize your blog. Not all are equal, and few (if any) are truly passive. I’ve tried my hand at monetization a few times, and while I’ve yet to strike gold, I’ve learned a lot in the process. These experiences gave me a good understanding of what it takes to earn money blogging.

In this article, I’ll reveal exactly what kind of blogging income you an expect. Influencing factors include the amount of content you have, as well as how you monetize. Then, we’ll talk about how long it took Leaving Work Behind to become profitable, to give you a real-life example. Let’s crunch some numbers!

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3 Signs You’re Dealing With a Problematic Freelance Client (And What to Do About It!)

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 5, 2017. 0 Comments

A man holding his head in his hands.Every job is a good job (or so the saying goes!), but experienced freelancers know that’s not always the case. There are some clients that, to put it kindly, can be a source of constant headaches. They may help pay the bills on time – assuming they’ve paid at all – but that doesn’t mean they’re any less troublesome.

If you want to succeed as a freelancer, you’ll need to recognize troublesome clients and deal with them accordingly. In some cases, this may mean opting to cut the relationship entirely. On the flip side, it can also pay off to approach them with a bit more diplomacy when the relationship is worth salvaging.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three signs you’re dealing with a problematic freelance client. For each one, we’ll talk about how they can affect your business and then I’ll teach you what to do about them. Let’s get down to business! Keep Reading