Freelance writing jobs online. Freelance writing is probably one of the most lucrative online jobs you can do. Freelance writing jobs aren’t always easy to come by, especially for beginners. But when you land great writing gigs, the benefits often trump the efforts and stress involved in getting these projects.
While landing freelance online writing gigs is often a tough one, landing great, recurring and well-paying gigs is something many people find very hard. I have seen writers who are made to write 1000 word articles for like $3-4; they work more, and they end up getting paid peanuts. On the other hand, I have seen writers who write 1000 word articles for as much as $40.
Two very different examples. One works super hard and would have written close to 15,000 words to earn $40, while another writes just 1000 words to earn $40. How can you go from earning peanuts as a freelancer to working on great-paying gigs online?
Freelance websites are experiencing increased competition on freelance projects posted on their platforms. Most freelancers who regularly read my articles and who have tried to use Upwork have seen that joining Upwork is close to impossible these days. Other options we have available have been either known for milking freelancers or having no long-term profitability.
For a platform like Fiverr, freelancers have noticed that the platform is designed for just short-term gigs and not long-term projects, making it harder for people to find great clients to build relationships with.
PS: many of you have been asking why I don’t always recommend Fiverr for serious freelancers. You’ve seen why.
So let’s examine some tips on how to make more with lesser work on freelance projects.
Fire That Client That Isn’t Profitable
It’s always cool to find clients who will love to work with you at the beginning of your freelance business when you have no clients and no reputation to show. But all too often, these clients are low-paying clients who give you work, pay you less and tell you they’ll give you great reviews on freelance platforms or feedbacks for your website portfolio.
You should know when it’s time to dump these clients and work with only the well-paying ones. Don’t stick to clients out of loyalty. Discuss the possibility of raising your rates, but if they are not willing to yield to your requests, you might want to walk away.
Where Does Your Client Come From
Where clients live is often a reflection of their attitude toward the work they plan to do. Some clients live in tier 2 or tier 3 countries, and they don’t have a lot when it comes to budget since the standard of living in those places is lower compared to some places in Europe and America.
I have found that targeting clients in a certain demographic removes the back-and-forth that comes with trying to negotiate rates and just trying as much as possible to get a good deal.
You should go into every project feeling pumped up to start. You should always feel like you got the best deal, so target clients in places where that is often easy to do.
Increase Your Rates, and Reduce the Hours You Put In
This is one of the most effective tricks I use to earn more while working less. Many clients want to work with you on an hourly schedule. A little trick is to bid high, then request to work less if they can’t match your demands for the time they want.
Here is an example. A client who pays you $3 per hour wouldn’t find it hard making you work 6 hours to earn just $20. But a client who pays you $10 per hour might not have the budget to pay when you work for 6 hours, often, he’d want you to work just 2 hours if $20 is his budget. The moment you drop your rate, you’re setting yourself up for work without a great pay. At the end of the day, you suffer, the project suffers, the client suffers and none of you might leave feeling satisfied.
Know When to Run Away From Hourlies
Hourly projects are bae, especially when you have a long-term project on your hands. But hourlies might not always be a great idea when you know the project won’t take you much time.
Let’s say the client doesn’t have a single idea how something can be done, and they don’t have an idea how long it will take, and you think you can knock it off in just 20 minutes, charging $30 per hour on such a project could earn you just $10. But if you request a $50 flat rate for the project and send it to them after 20 minutes, you earn $40 extra, plus you’ll have time to dedicate to some other projects.
There are all types of freelance writing jobs online, with different demands and requirements. These are just a few of the things you can do to enjoy more pay while putting in less work. Let me know what you think of this. I’d be happy to hear your feedback.
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