Why Are Selling Yourself Short as A Writer?
A great way to make money online is writing articles for people that need them. But there seems to be a scary trend where people are selling themselves short and accepting low paying jobs just because everyone else is. The magic number seems to be $5 per article, are you fricking kidding me!!
You really have to understand most of these writers can’t write their way out of a paper bag. So if you are a decent writer, you DO have a great chance in this marketplace.
The first thing you need as a writer is have the unshakable confidence in your writing ability.
With that being said, there is not really much you can do if your writing sucks. Writing is a craft that must be practiced in order to be mastered.
If you are not willing to put forth the time and effort it takes to master this craft, all you’re going to be is another content slave for $5 an article.
There are tons of opportunities other than these low paying waste of your time gigs, you just have to look for them.
NEVER be afraid to compete with other writers for a gig. It’s up to you to convince the client that your writing is worth more. And like I mentioned earlier, that means having confidence in your ability.
Below are two great places to help get you started looking for other freelance work online:
I absolutely love Constant Content, it really separates the low level writers from the top notch writers.
In Constant Content you must create and then price your content first, sure there is no guarantee that your content will sell.
But, if you’re a solid writer, a lot of what you write WILL sell.
Here’s a little tip; concentrate on the popular topics, and make sure you check out the ‘Requests’ section, this will give you some ideas of the type of content is needed.
If you have the skills there is no problem for you to sell your content for $.10 per word Remember the buyers in this marketplace WILL pay more for top content.
Like most people they are not looking for the rehashed crap that so many so-called ‘writers’ pass off as good content on the Internet.
Elance, can be an excellent place to find new clients. With Elance you need to make sure you craft a decent proposal.
Also another tip is to follow up via private messaging. A lot (most) people are simply too lazy to do that and I have found it works great using this tactic.
Just like in constant content make sure to check out the projects posted by users (these would be your potential clients), this will give you a great idea of what they are willing to pay as well as how many projects have they awarded in the past.
Below are more places you can apply to become a writer:
Here are a few freelance job banks you can check out:
Remember DO NOT settle there are people out there that will pay for your skills, when I first started have to admit I did the same as everyone else and took low paying jobs.
Now I will not write a 500 – 700 word article for less the $40. And I get gigs all the time for this. You have to understand if you think all you can get are clients that are willing to pay only $5 an article that’s all you will attract.
Another thing you need to keep in mind MANY clients have bought $5 articles and they know how crappy they are, and they are fed up with them. Take advantage of this.
I have even gone so far as to write a partial article using the content the clients wants to show off my skills. I have gotten tons of work this way.
Simply put do not lower your standards, you have to believe you are the best, and if people want to use you, they have to pay your price.
And that’s another thing you dictate the price NOT the client!! Sure you can negotiate on the price if need be, but you’re not going to give your skills away.
I have had people say to me “I’m not paying that” and my response to them is “That’s fine, have a nice day”. Then they go pay some $5 per article writer and see the crap article(s) they end up with.
Some come back because they want quality and now are willing to pay for it (it actually costs less for the client in the end)
And I believe others don’t come back because they are embarrassed to admit they we wrong and realized I was right when I told them “You get what you pay for”. Or, who knows maybe they are satisfied with garbage articles.
But no matter what, don’t you worry there are plenty of people who are willing to pay for your quality content.
Have a great day!!