$312 Writing Day – What Do You Care?

Do you ever wonder sometimes if there really is money to be made as a freelance writer?

I know, you’ve been on the forums where everyone said, “Oh, it’s hard to make it as a writer.”

Right? Well, it’s not hard to make it really, you just have to work at it. You just have to want it bad enough, and remember it’s not all sunshine and roses, but real work, like any other job.

IS there real money to be had as a freelance writer?

There is.

Friday of this week, I worked my tuchus off and managed to actually cash in $312 bucks that day. That’s one day of work, about 9 1/2 hours total, and 8 articles and one payout later, it ended over 300 bucks for one day. That’s about $33 bucks per hour.

Do I make 300 bucks every day? No, I don’t.

Some days I actually make more.

Most days I make less.

Did I tell you this to brag? No, I didn’t.

But if you can make 300 bucks in one day, and do that at least once per week, you’re making as much as a part time salary, right?

So let’s say I didn’t do it all in one day, but over several days, and still ended up with 300 bucks for the week total? That’s still at least a part-time income that is higher than flipping burgers or washing dishes.

Now, let’s assume that I had one good day during the week, like Friday was, and then just a few average days where I only made 25-50 bucks, I’m still coming out with about $500 a week.

Now, let’s assume that every now and again I get something bigger, like the myths about sex article that pulled in $2k for a national magazine, and the PMA on AC that got me a cool grand. When you add those into the equation, the average per week is more than most people make at a regular job. In fact, I read a blog yesterday about a freelance writer who made about 87k last year, working from home. Well, 312 a day, five days per week is $81k. Throw in the special awards or big ticket articles, and it’s easily 87k.

Totally do-able.

Do you make 87k at your current job?

Do you get to make anywhere near that at your current job while sitting around in your bathrobe, sipping coffee with slippers on your feet while typing away and playing around on your internet?

You can.

As a freelance writer, I promise you, you can!

So why are people insisting it’s so difficult to make money as a freelance writer?

There are two conclusions I can come up with:

  1. They don’t write as well as they think they do.
  2. They don’t work at freelancing like they would work at their job.
I can’t do much to help you with the first one. I believe anyone can freelance write for a living. However, I recognize that for some people, writing comes much more naturally and easier for them than others. If you fall into the group that doesn’t write as well as you think you do, ASK people to be brutally honest with you about your writing, not to sugar coat it because they are your friend or family, or are trying to be nice, and then put your ego aside and LEARN from their words.

Read, check out my editing and proofreading blog for tips, read other writers who are successful and see what they are doing right.

If you have the passion for it, you can learn the skill. You just have to be willing to put the effort into it and not take any criticism about your writing personally, but use it to constantly improve.

For the second group of people, you need to learn that freelancing is a job, if you want to make real money at it. Now, if all you want is to do it as a hobby and make a little scratch on the side, more power to you. However, if you really want to make a good living at it, you have to treat it like a real job.

I wrote THIS ARTICLE about breaking into freelance writing. I think that more people who are just starting their freelance careers need to read it and really pay attention to what I said. Let me summarize the sub-headers on this, some of the important parts, but I highly encourage you to read the entire article:

Freelance Writing Tip #1 – Diversify Your Portfolio
Freelance Writing Tip #2 – Write for Multiple Publications
Freelance Writing Tip #3 – Query New Publications Almost as Much as You Write
Freelance Writing Tip #4 – Aim High
Freelance Writing Tip #5 – Plan to Earn at Least Double What You Need
Freelance Writing Tip #6 – Plan, Plan, Plan
Freelance Writing Tip #7 – Write Regularly and Steadily
Freelance Writing Tip #8 – Know Your Market
Freelance Writing Tip #9 – Know Your Value
Freelance Writing Tip #10 – Writers Get Paid

The important one as it pertains to this blog post is that you have to write regularly and steadily. You have to work. Freelance writing is a job, and you have to treat it like one-have I said that enough?

I wrote about this once before in this blog post, but it bears repeating. You can’t sit around and play on the internet and submit one article here, and a query there, and then play around on Myspace, and then play a video game, then wash the dishes, and make lunch, then chat with your best friend online, and then…

… well, you get the idea.

It can be discouraging when you get lots of rejections, but you’re going to get rejections – the average freelancer will receive anywhere between 40-60% of their submissions/queries rejected.

Read that again: the average freelance writer will get between 40-60% of their submissions/queries REJECTED.

If you’re new, unsure of yourself, just learning how to query, expect your rejection rate to be higher at first. If you keep that in mind, you’ll be able to better keep your perspective when the rejections do roll in. I mean, if you know nearly everyone else is getting rejected at the same rate, it’s a little easier to take, since you know it true is NOT just you.

That’s the name of the game when freelancing. But if you have as many submissions or queries out there as you can get, the sting of one rejection will be quickly replaced by the acceptance of another submission. And just because one market rejected an article doesn’t mean another one won’t accept it.

I’ve been asked a few times why, if I can make so much money as a ‘real writer’, I still post and submit to Associated Content. Well, when you spend the time writing an article but say you can’t find a market for it, or you get it rejected a few times and you’re just not motivated to work on it anymore, you can tweak it for keywords for SEO and submit it to AC and at least make a little money on it instead of tossing it in the dead submissions folder as a complete waste of time.

It’s tough to stay on task when you are in the flow and a rejection comes into your email, and then you read it and all your energy flow and desire to write just drains out of you.

Submit anyway. Write anyway.

You’ll write past it, if you just let yourself.

Tomorrow, I’m going to talk about querying a publication as well as submitting to a publication and the differences between a query and a submission, and how you need to sort your queries and submissions to ensure you’re going to make consistent income.

But for today, I just want to
iterate how very important it is if you want to make money freelancing that you actually do two things WRITE and SUBMIT. They aren’t going to come begging you to write for them! (At least, not at first!)

Keep writing!

And then come back here and tell me YOUR highest dollar writing day!

Love and stuff,