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Freelance Writers: Here is Why You May Not Be Earning the Income You Want as a Freelance Writer
Written by William Ballard, Freelance Writer and Author
You may be aware that many freelance writers earn a comfortable income, and some even earn a sizable income that provides them with the ability to support their family with a fabulous lifestyle. However, you may be struggling to scrape together enough assignments to make ends meet on a regular basis. Why are some freelance writers doing so well while others are struggling to pay their bills? There are a few key reasons why you may not be earning the income your wanting as a freelance writer.
Too Picky About the Projects You Take
One reason why you may not be earning the full income that you could potentially make is because you may be too picky with regards to assignments or clients. It is true that you are an independent contractor and can pick and choose your assignments as well as your clients. However, the fact remains that this is a job, and sometimes you cannot be as choosy and selective as you would like to be. When it comes to earning a great living or barely scraping by, sometimes you may have to take on assignments that seem less than desirable to you.
Not Producing High Quality Work (Regardless of it Being Intentional or Not)
Many freelance writers today enjoy regular work from repeat clients. If you have been working in the field as a freelance writer for more than a few months and still have not enjoyed a request for additional work from your clients, you may not be providing high quality results with your finished products. Consider reviewing some of your previous work, or better yet, ask a friend or family member who has some writing talent to review your work. Try to review your work with an honest eye. Ask yourself; Is this high-quality work that you may enjoy reading yourself? If not, there is a possibility that you may need to raise the bar a bit or perhaps even consider a different line of work.
Not Asking What You're Worth
The fact is that if you don’t ask your clients for a higher rate, they will not pay you a higher rate. If you believe that your services are worth more money and that the market supports a higher rate, by all means, demand a higher rate. When you don't state competitive rates for yourself, the only person who you hurt is you. You may need to keep your rates low on occasion, if business is slow. However, you don’t want to regularly work for a low rate or you will indeed run into financial issues.
Earning a living as a freelance writer is indeed a balancing act. You have to find a balance between the time you have available to work each day and the rate you request for your services. You also have to find a balance between working on assignments that you find enjoyable and assignments that pay the bills. In addition, you have to find a balance between the quality of your work and the time you spend on your assignments. If a client is not paying you a fair rate for a full day’s work, you should not be expected to spend a full day working on their assignment. Cater the quality of your work to the rate for the assignment. By following these tips, you may be able to start earning more money as a freelance writer.
Are you having trouble making good wages as a freelance writer? Share your issues in the comments below. Or, are you making a comfortable living as a freelance writer? Then share your tips in the comments as well.
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About the Author
William Ballard is the author of, "8 Tips to Freelance Writing Success (Article Writing Series)" and "3 Steps to Blogging Success: Discovering Your Passion, Finding Your Audience, and Developing an Income Stream (Article Series)".
He has been writing professionally for over 10+ years and has much experience within the industry, both in publishing and in freelance writing. He has successfully self-published over 10 books and eBooks. Visit his Amazon Author Page to see list of his most recent projects.