You were broke, maybe you still are… and someone told you that you can make a huge income by doing basic freelancing with just your computer and stable network.
You became thrilled by the sheer amount of success stories online, about people who make close to $1000 by just working a few hours a day.
You also can’t fail to get out of your mind the success of freelancers who post attractive photos of them and their laptops sipping on champagne while finishing a writing project beside the swimming pool.
And with the mind of I-think-this-is-some-easy-money, you sign up for training so that you can also “enjoy financial freedom.”
Just one month into your quest, you realize that the glitters are not knocking on your door. Maybe you are cursed… or maybe you were lied to.
You start blaming the person who trained you and demand your money back. But hey – don’t you think you could be the problem?
I have heard about these stories for quite a long time. Which is why I’m writing this article to enlighten you on the other side of freelancing which no one is telling you about.
Don’t make the mistake which most freelancers make
The number one mistake that most freelancers make is thinking that jobs will come knocking on your door. Forget it, amigo. It doesn’t work that way for starters.
See, there is nothing worth having under the sun that comes easy without some significant amount of sacrifice.
Whether you are getting your jobs from content mills or from direct clients, you need to put some extra effort before you can sustain a constant stream of income.
Once you master how to write good content, the next step is always to look for jobs. This is the hardest part for starters.
Experts find it a lot easier because their hard work over the years makes clients look for them instead.
- You have to do the bidding (if you are using content mills.)
- You have to send hundreds of emails each day.
- You have to build a portfolio.
- You have to invest in your knowledge.
- You have to build strong, profitable networks
And so much more…
What you see doesn’t summarize everything about what there is
There is a common phrase, I think you’ve heard about it:
“Everyone looks rich on social media.”
Just because I posted a photo of me and my computer in some foreign country doesn’t negate the fact that I worked hard and even had to forgo some good sleep to reach there.
Freelancing, just like any other business, requires a lot of input, sacrifice and studies – yes, I said it. Don’t assume that eBooks are written for naught.
Look at the statistics:
Most expert freelancers who are currently enjoying their time in this business had to start somewhere. And they did their ground work well.
Here are a few examples:
Despite the challenges, he has worked hard to build a legendary online reputation not only in Kenya, but also in other countries around the world.
His free mini-course has helped thousands of writers who are nowadays earning a living with online jobs.
When it comes to marketing one’s content, I think no one does it better than Elna Cain. The proud owner of Get paid to write, has worked hard to get her work published in top websites, including, but not limited to: Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur.
You can read her blog for useful insights about freelance writing.
She is also one of the few exerts who will help other writers improve their language/writing skills. Read her blog and you will get all answers to most, if not all, of your questions.
From the examples above, you clearly get my definition of hard work in matters freelance writing:
- Build you reputation online
- Get your work published
- Help other writers improve
Here comes the hard fact
There are very few freelancers who can maintain a constant monthly income. Let that sink.
I have seen people earn $2000 in in one month, and only get $500 the following month.
I’ve also seen one writer make $200 in one month and shoot to $1000 the following month.
Some experts have raised the bar higher and are hitting between $7000 and $10000 every month?
What is everyone doing differently?
Some freelancers have websites which bring clients to them while others don’t.
There are also those who have decided “to be the clients” and earn directly from their blogs.
That is what makes the difference.
What should you do now?
Everything will work best for you when you realize that your efforts determine your pay. If you are starting out, you can make decent amount of money from content mills.
It may not work for everyone, but it worked for me when I was starting my journey in freelance writing. You can consider looking up the Top 5 Job Boards for a New Freelance Writer by Elna Cain.
You can also create a blog and promote your content through social media.
Just don’t sit there and wait for someone to outsource work to you.
Be the one to outsource.
Eventually, you will become the client.
….and when all is said and done… You will be the one hiring freelancers to writer for your blog.
What better thing, than to share this post to encourage someone else?
School is out.