First of all, HOLY SHIT!
I actually managed to create an income report that’s somewhat timely this month.
It’s a miracle.
*Pats self on back*
…Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s go over some numbers. 🙂
You’ll notice that my income is quite a bit lower than usual this month, but I’ll explain why below.
(AND I’ve got a huge announcement too! Eeeeek!)
Freelance Writing Income Report: August 2016
Here’s the work that I billed for in June:
23 blog posts/articles
Total: 23 pieces
Average pay per piece: $177
Most of this work came from my consistent blogging clients, but I also landed some new clients. Here’s a breakdown of where my clients came from:
– ProBlogger Job Board. I don’t use this much anymore since I don’t spend much time actively looking for work – the clients I have now from this job board are clients I’ve been working with for about a year now.
– Twitter. I landed an awesome client from a simple Tweet this month! Pretty damn cool. I’m planning to write a guide to Twitter for freelance writers soon, so be on the lookout.
– Referral. This client is actually my biggest client right now, and I love the gig. So, don’t underestimate the power of networking and asking for referrals!
– Website SEO. One client found me from a simple Google search. All the work I put into SEO-ing the shit out of my site paid off. 🙂
– Guest posting. I got paid to write a guest post that I really enjoyed working on!
Now, if you saw my last income report (June 2016), you know I wrote 44 pieces total that month – and my income was $8,531.
That means I’ve almost cut my workload and income in half since then! (I outsourced some editing/writing work as usual too, and those pieces are included in the count above.)
So, why did I lighten my workload so much?
What happened in August, and what am I planning for the coming months?
Some pretty big stuff, apparently! Let’s talk about it.
I launched a free course: Make Money Freelance Writing!
This is, by far, the most exciting thing that happened this month!
After weeks of tweaking, overanalyzing, and dealing with backend tech issues, I finally launched the free email course I’ve been planning for quite a while now.
My goal with this course was to share a ton of in-depth, actionable info about how to start a highly profitable freelance writing business. The course has lessons about:
– How to pick a profitable freelance writing niche
– How to create a freelance writer website that actually sells
– How to market yourself and find new clients
I also have some info in the course about pricing your services, working with clients, and other basics of running a freelance writing business. But for the most part, the course focuses heavily on building a freelance business that allows you to win high-paying clients!
I’m pretty excited because over 500 writers are currently enrolled in the course, and I just released it this month! So crazy.
The best part?
Launching this course has allowed me to really connect with other writers.
The first lesson in my course asks this question:
Why do you want to make freelance writing work?
I honestly didn’t expect much more than a couple people writing a sentence or two in return, but so many people have really opened up to me about why they want to make freelance writing work.
It has been amazing to read everyone’s responses, so If you emailed me in response to the course email, thank you so much. I’m so, so grateful!
For real. You da best. 🙂
And if you haven’t signed up for the course yet, you can click here to learn more and enroll!
I parted ways with some awesome clients.
Man, this one was tough.
I had to part ways with a few clients I’ve been working with for a long time.
Because I want to make more time to work on this blog.
(…Without working 12+ hour days. Haha.)
As much as I love writing for clients, I realized this month that I needed to cut way back on client work if I was going to create and launch Make Money Freelance Writing, update my blog more frequently, and work on even bigger Writing Revolt projects in the future.
So obviously, my income took a pretty big hit too. But I’m not sweating it too much – I know that it’ll be 100% worth shifting to focus more on this blog and helping other writers reach their income goals!
I started working on my upcoming course, Killer Cold Emailing.
I’m going to be releasing a course on cold emailing for freelance writers in the near future, and I am SO. FUCKING. EXCITED.
Seriously. So many writers have asked me about how to win clients with cold emailing, and I’m super stoked to finally share tons of in-depth info about it!
I know from my own experience that it’s an awesome way to win clients – even if you’re just starting out! (Certainly a better option than bidding sites and content mills.)
Here are some of the things I’ve got planned for Killer Cold Emailing:
– A detailed breakdown of how to choose a profitable niche and position yourself as a niche expert
– Cold emails that worked for me + exactly how to write a cold email that gets a response
– Tips for selling your services to freelance writing clients (even if sales scares the shit out of you!)
– A breakdown of what you need on your freelance writer website BEFORE you send cold emails
– How to handle clients in a way that sets the tone for a healthy professional relationship
– A special deal on email leads for course students (still working this one out – more details soon!)
So, you can see that it’s not just going to be about how to write a good cold email.
It’s going to go over everything freelance writers need to do to make cold emailing work – from selling to positioning yourself as an expert. (Because you can’t just copy someone else’s successful pitch and expect it to work – you have get the full strategy right too!)
I don’t have a hard release date set yet, but if all goes as planned, it’s going to be released around October/November.
Hell. To. The. Yeah.
(You get a free cold emailing resource when you sign up, and you’ll be the first to know details about the launch dates!)
I planned to go on vacation.
Next week, my husband and I are going to be doing a bit of traveling.
Cannot. Freaking. Wait.
My in-laws were nice enough to send us on a much-needed vacation, so I’m super thankful for that.
We’ve both been pretty swamped and overwhelmed lately, and I’m hoping the vacation will allow us to spend some quality time together and get our minds off work for a little while.
Perfect timing too, because I’m going to be working my ass off on the Killer Cold Emailing course as soon as I get back. 🙂
Other neat-o stuff planned for the future
I’ve been playing around with a few ideas lately, like:
– Starting a free Facebook group for freelance writers
– Hosting free, live webinars for freelance writers
– Starting a freelance writing podcast
– Taking some public speaking gigs
I know the first two are things I definitely want to do soon – just not exactly sure when they’ll happen.
I’m thinking I’ll host some webinars over the next couple months, and I’m hoping to start a Facebook group before the end of this year too. Just want to make sure I’m ready to maintain and run a group before I start it – seems like a pretty big commitment!
Starting a podcast and taking some speaking gigs are things I’d love to do in the more distant future. Maybe next year sometime. I have to admit, I don’t know a ton about podcasting or how to find public speaking gigs. But everyone starts somewhere, right?
Takeaways for you!
Here’s some advice for you based on how August went for me:
– Sometimes you have to take a small step backward to take a huge leap forward.
As much as I love writing for clients, I think I’m even more passionate about helping other people learn how to make money freelance writing.
So instead of increasing my income, I cut it back to make more time. In other words, I regressed for the sake of long-term progress in the right direction.
Ask yourself what changes you want to make to your business, and don’t be afraid to take a couple steps backward if it’ll help you set yourself up for greater long-term success.
For example, if you’re starting to get tired of your niche, you might want to switch to a different niche! Sure, that might mean extra work and lots of learning at first. But those sacrifices will be worth running a business that you enjoy.
– Don’t be afraid to part ways with clients if it’s going to benefit your business.
If you’re anything like me, you hate cutting ties with clients. Especially awesome, friendly clients who have given you a stable source of income!
But if you’re overwhelmed or need to make a change, do what you have to do.
Not gonna lie – I was scared shitless when I parted ways with some of my favorite clients this month. But I knew it was the only way I could make time for this blog, so I did it anyway.
– When you get super busy and overwhelmed, take a damn break!
I totally understand that not everyone can take a vacation. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to right now if my in-laws weren’t nice enough to send me on one.
But it’s important to still take breaks. Even if it’s just a day. Or hell – an hour.
Go for a walk. Try a new restaurant. Pick up your favorite book, and spend a couple hours reading it. Spend time with your loved ones. Binge-play your favorite video game (Battleborn, anyone? Haha.)
Whatever makes you happy and helps you clear your head, do that.
Don’t have time?
Make. The. Time.
And don’t think about work or do any work-related activities during your break.
Trust me – you’ll come back more motivated and ready to work hard than ever.
Do you have any questions about this freelance writing income report? Ask away in the comments section below!