Monday, June 3, 2013

Question: Where do you find High paying writing clients?

I have been asked this question HUNDREDS of times! So, now I am going to answer this question and others!

Where, Oh where do I find high paying writing clients?

You mean to tell me that clients are not asking for you day and night?

I have found that too often freelance writers believe that they will achieve freelance success right away. In reality, freelance success can be quite different from what writers originally thought.

The reality when it comes to the freelance business is that as writers, we constantly, and I do mean constantly have to look for work. We have to hit the work pavement hard. Browse through job boards, apply online, send our resumes to any company where we might find a job where we can work, and get a descent pay.

The positive side of this business is that we can work from home, be our own boss, and create our own income.

But, how does it all work? Where can we look to find that "jackpot" job that we can work to survive?

Well, personally I love using because recently there have been a lot of great job postings, writers just have to know where to look.

There are high-paying clients everywhere. Just recently I went to apply for a job at my local newspaper to write a small column for them this summer. Its a great opportunity to put my name out there, and it fits perfectly with my schedule.

Do you get where I'm going with this?

You can find high-paying clients anywhere, you just have to know where to look.

If you have already decided that you want to work strictly from home, that's fine. You can look for work online. Set up a website, and create a blog.

Now, write on that blog!

The more you post on your blog, the more likely that people will be able to find you!

Once you have your blog, along with your website, simply keep searching for jobs.

You have to know that freelancing is all about balance. You have to work several different jobs in order to have success in this business.

You have to promote yourself by constantly updating your blog, adding services to your website, and most importantly applying for jobs.

When you are searching for a job, do not just look for any job, search for high-paying projects in your area of expertise.

For example:
  • If you are looking for jobs in marketing, then do not settle for $100 jobs, look if there is a higher paying position, or negotiate your price.
  • If you are strictly a content writer go to job boards such as Problogger, or where you can find a variety of jobs in your category. Search for jobs and narrow down your search by clicking on specialties, and prices of jobs. If you can, then negotiate. Look for long-term projects, these are always a winner. 

Searching for high-paying gigs does not have to be difficult. Yes, it will take some time to get the hang of this, however, many writers have found success in this business, and you can too.

Another burning question that I have been asked a lot lately is:

How do I raise my rate without losing my client(s)?

This is something that many writers fear because they either have found the perfect client, or they have found a long-term writing client but the client is not paying them enough.

If you feel as if your work is worth more than what you are getting paid, then negotiate right away. Too many times writers get taken for a ride because they do so much for their client, yet at the end of the day the pay simply does not seem enough.

I should know, it has happened to me.

BEFORE you get into a binding contract with your client, negotiate the price, and even mention a possible raise if your work is good, if turn in your work in time, if there is much more work, or work in other areas as well.

This can be a deal breaker, and if your client is willing to pay, then you got lucky. If not, then there are always more clients out there. Trust me, there are!

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