Freelance Writing Jobs – Where Do You Get Yours?

by Amanda J Evans on April 29, 2013

As freelance writers, the one thing that really matters is the clients we secure. There has been so much written about freelance writing jobs in the past number of years and I really don’t want to rehash all of this. My focus on this blog post is that no matter where you get your work or clients from, they have to be right for you.

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You have probably read over and over again about low paying jobs, how to get high paying jobs and how much you should be charging. I am here to cause a little bit of controversy today by saying that no freelance writing job is wrong.

What do I mean?

Well, let’s look at it. You write an article for a client, they agree to pay what you ask for or you agree to a rate they have suggested. You with me so far? Okay, now let’s say someone else writes an article that is the same length and perhaps for the same client but charges three times more than you did, the client agrees and the work is completed.

Is the first writer wrong in charging so little?

Now I know some will say yes but what I want to point out, is that the first writer agreed on payment before writing the article. They chose to accept the figure they agreed on. They were happy with this. The second writer also agreed on payment prior to writing the article and they were also happy with the outcome.

What I am trying to say, is that it is up to each individual writer to decide what they will or will not accept as payment. It doesn’t matter if X writer is receiving $100 per 500 word article. If you are happy to receive $10 and it helps you to live the way you want, isn’t it worth it?

Everyone’s circumstances are different. Some writers do it as a hobby and they are delighted with any monetary compensation. Other writers see it as a business; it pays their mortgage, household bills and more. The rates you set for your writing are based on your circumstances and it is you who gets to decide.

There are freelance writing jobs that will pay as little as $1 for a 500 word article and jobs that will pay $100 for the same size article. What you have to decide is what your writing is worth and then acquire the skills necessary.

There are freelance writing projects out there for everyone. If you want to write for $10 you can, if you want to write for $1 you can and if you want to get $100 per article you can. The choice is yours but you have to be prepared to put in the necessary work. If you want to get assignments that are worth $100 you have to be willing to do everything else that writers in this pay bracket do. They market themselves and their business, they have blogs, websites, social media platforms and they are constantly updating their skills to ensure that they have what companies need. If you are willing to put in the hard work and effort you can land these high paying jobs.

If you land your assignments through bidding websites and you are happy doing so, why change this just because you read somewhere that you need to be getting a certain rate for your articles. The key is to enjoy doing what you are doing, do your best and stay focused on YOUR goals. After all, the bottom line here is that freelancing is all about you in the end. It is about what you want to get out of it and not what everyone else thinks.

Yes there are high paying jobs and one that pay ridiculously low amounts but in the end it is only you who can decide what is right for you.

We are all different, we all want different things. What you need to do is figure out exactly what you want and then do your research on how to get it. If you want high paying clients then you have to be willing to do the work to attract them. Most freelance writers aren’t willing to do this, hence the reason low paying jobs still exist.

I’ll end by saying, figure out what you want, really listen to yourself and then relax and enjoy getting there. You are a unique individual and you don’t have to follow the crowd if that is not the direction you want to go in. If you are happy supplementing your income with some freelance writing then by all means stay doing this. If you want to build a business with your writing, then like all other businesses, you will need to invest your time and energy to learning how to make your business work.

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Amanda J Evans

Freelance Writer/Ghostwriter/Author
I am a writer and author living in Ireland with my husband and two wonderful children. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and love working in the self help and spiritual genres. My other specialist area is online gambling and I have been writing for this genre since 2007. I am always available to discuss project ideas and collaborations as well as book writing.

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1 Freelancer 07.28.13 at 11:02 am

Hello Amanda!

Let me tell you, that what a great blog post this really is. I agree totally with you on listening to oneself and focusing on one’s own need. I have often thought that what really does matter is what I am looking for and what options are available before me. If I find a 500 word article job on a freelance job website offering, say for example, $4-$5 but easy for me to write, I will gladly grab this opportunity. I have done many 500 words articles that paid me about $2.5 a piece. I cannot complain for doing hard work for just pennies but it is also true at the same time that those earnings helped me a lot.

2 Hayley 12.08.14 at 6:32 pm

A well written and thoughtful post!
I have been writing as a hobby for years and have only recently started looking for ways to make an income from it.
The advice that I have bee given ranges from “you can’t expect more than £1 per 1oo words” to “Don’t work for less than £0.015 per word”. I had a feeling that both types of advice were correct in some way. Someone who is happy to work for little money would be perfectly fine about working for £1 per 100 words, whereas someone who wants to earn more money would prefer the higher rate.
It’s nice to see that someone agrees that neither writer would be wrong for choosing the lower or higher amount of income. We all should charge what we are personally comfortable with.

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