How to Get Better-Paying Freelance Writing Jobs

Updated on October 11, 2018
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A part-time freelance writer who is doing his Masters in Commerce.

Are you tired of working on platforms where you are paid a few dollars for freelance writing jobs? Do you want to establish yourself as a freelance writer who gets paid fairly instead of fighting for the lowest bid? If your answer to both of the questions is yes, then this article is for you.

Here are the steps that you need to follow to get better paying freelance writing jobs.

Step #1: Build Your Website

Why do you need to build a website? Before you can get clients that pay top dollar, you will have to establish yourself as a professional. You can do this by building a website. First of all, you will need to buy web hosting and domain name as a free website on blogger will not look professional. You don’t want to look unprofessional or desperate as these things will make the high paying clients skeptical.

It will only cost you around $65 for one year if you go with bluehost. There are other web hosting companies like SiteGround that cost more, but provide a better experience. The website doesn’t need to be a big website with a lot of content, and it would be much better if you only have 4-6 pages. Your website should include the following sections.

Home: You can have your blog posts at your home page, and you don’t need to have a lot of them. I think 10 or more blog posts are enough. I recommend that you keep your blog posts about the niche that you know a lot about. If you don't know much about a niche, then just pick any niche and write about it. Obviously, you should be careful while picking a niche or you will regret it later.

I recommend adding a high-quality video to the home page explaining how experienced you are and what you do. Most people don’t think about having a video, so it will help you in getting more clients.

About: This is the section where you will tell your potential clients who you are. Make sure that you include your previous experiences as a Freelance Writer or any other job. You can also share how you got into freelance writing and link to your 'hire me' page.

Portfolio: This is the most important section because this is where you will showcase your work. If you are targeting a single niche, then you can write 5-6 sample articles on that niche. If you are targeting multiple niches, then write at least one article for each niche.

Hire Me: This is the section where you will have the contact form that the client can use to contact and hire you. Please don't include any information about your rate or price because you will decide that after looking at the requirements of the job.

You can have a pricing section if you want, but it is not necessary.

Step #2: Find Clients

Now that you have setup a website where you can showcase your work and impress potential clients, the next step is to find clients. Here are a few platforms where you can find clients.

Linkedln: It isn't very hard to find people who can use your services on Linkedln, but the hard part is to get their interest and get hired. You can simply search for companies that may use your services and contact them. You can read this brilliant blog post about 10 ways writers can use Linkedln to find freelance gigs to know more.

Problogger Job Board: The number of jobs posted on the Problogger job board isn't too high, but you can find high-paying clients there. I like the fact that it is easy to apply, and you don't even need to register for applying.

Forums: There are many forums like the Warrior Forum where you can find work by simply offering your services in a thread. I recommend participating in the forum on questions related to your niche so that you can build your authority.

Craiglist: Craiglist has a section where jobs are posted. I am sure that you will find some writing jobs there. In most cases, you will not find a lot of jobs. The advantage is that you will not face a lot of competition for the jobs that you find.

There are many other platforms where you can find freelance writing work, but these should help you in getting started.

Step #3: Screen Clients

You don't want to work with just any client that responds to you or contacts you. If a client responds or contacts you, the next step is to find out the details of the project. It would be wise to proceed only if you are sure that you can handle the work. You also have to make sure that all the terms are clear from the beginning. Do you offer unlimited free revisions? Do you offer a full refund? Other questions like these should be answered before you begin working. If the client doesn't agree, then it would be better to find some other client.

You will need to choose your clients carefully if you want to earn enough and be respected. Clients that disrespect you or don't pay you enough should always be avoided. Clients that want something that you can't deliver should also be avoided because you both may end up with a negative experience.

There are many others factors that you will have to consider so make a list of the factors that will help you in choosing your clients. Don't make any exceptions; only work with the best clients.

Step #4: Increase Your Price

Once you have worked on a few projects and gotten some great reviews, you should increase your price. The truth is that some clients will never work with freelance writers that don't charge a high price, because they value quality work over anything else. If you want to work for those clients, then you will need to increase your price because price is equated with quality.

Obviously, you can't double your price right off; you should increase it in steps as you gain more experience and more clients. You also need to get the payment upfront before you even begin working, as this is the safest route.

Specific Tips That Will Help You Get Better Paying Freelance Writing Jobs

Craft a Professional Email

You can't just ask for work right away because that is what everyone else is doing. The idea is to stand apart and you can do this by first commending them before you tell them about your services. You can do this easily by reading their blog posts and praising one of their blog posts. I am not asking you to lie, and everything that you write must be honest and short.

After mentioning the blog post, all you need to do is tell them that you noticed that their blog is in the niche that you write about. Let them know that they can contact you if they want something written. Please make sure that you mention the name of the blog post and also insert your website URL at the end.

If you follow my advice, then you will not only get noticed, but they will also know that you are not a spammer. You took the time to take a look at their blog and even read their content, which is not something that everyone does.

Avoid Content Mills or Freelancing Websites

You need to avoid content mills or freelancing websites because they will not pay you enough. I know that there are people on freelancing websites that are getting paid a good amount of money, but they are rare. I saw a profile of a freelance writer who had earned more than $100,000, but I have seen hundreds of other profiles that have barely made $1,000. The odds are not in your favor and you will have to lower your price to get the job in most cases.

You will find that generally the most paid freelance writers don't work on freelancing websites or content mills. I know it is easier to find work there, but it is not worth it in the long run.

Learn More About Your Niche

I know that you may be offering services in different niches, but still I recommend that you pick one and learn more about it. After you start earning money, you should use some of the money to buy ebooks or courses to learn more about your niche. It would also be a good idea to learn more about copywriting as well because everyone wants content that converts.

Add a Testimonials Page

You will get reviews easily if you ask the clients for reviews. It is also important to take their permission to link to their website if possible. Adding a link to their website will grant the review legitimacy. Once you have enough reviews, you can make a testimonials page and you can showcase the reviews there. Don't add too many reviews, but ideally you should have 10 reviews from great clients.

Final Thoughts

Freelance writing can provide you the freedom and the pay that you deserve. You will need to be patient as it can take time to get better paying jobs, but it will get easier with time. You may even find that clients are contacting you after you establish yourself as an authority in your niche. I hope that this guide helps you to get better paying freelance writing jobs and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask them.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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