Dear budding freelance writer,
When I first came up with the idea of this blog, I almost talked myself out of it.
Another freelancing blog? Kill me already!
Almost every freelancer out there is blogging about freelancing. What could I possibly have to say that hasn’t already been said before?
Then I took James Chartrand’s Damn Fine Words course and used the idea for this blog to do the exercises. It only took the first three lessons for me to figure out that I did have a lot to say.
In fact, it wasn’t what I had to say as much as what I didn’t.
Confused? Let me explain.
Conventional Freelancing Advice No Longer Applies
Over the years, I’ve followed a LOT of freelancing blogs. Many of them offer excellent advice. But every single one of them says the same thing to freelancers.
Don’t work for low pay. Don’t write for content mills. Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t get stuck in a rut.
Don’t, don’t, don’t.
As a budding freelance writer, I can’t tell you how inadequate that made me feel. I was stuck writing for content mills, couldn’t find better paying work and every successful freelancer I came across was telling me that writing for content mills was killing my career.
Talk about feeling incompetent!
I was convinced I’d never be successful. Thank god, I proved myself wrong, huh?
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Which is why I always say:
You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do
Do whatever you have to do (as long as it’s ethical).
If that means writing for low pay to get your foot in the door then so be it.
If low paying work is all you can find, then write for low pay.
It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
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Everyone Starts From Somewhere
Countless of us started from where you are right now. As long as you use it as a stepping stone, it doesn’t matter how low you start.
Just start, move forward and don’t look back.
But Know This: You Won’t Succeed Unless You’re Ready To Succeed.
You have the answers right here.
My free report “10 Unexpected Places to Find Freelance Writing Clients” shows you where to find clients and how to approach them. It even gives you examples of freelancers who successfully used those places to land clients.
The best part? None of these places is a job board, content mill, or bidding site.
But here’s the thing: the report won’t do a thing for you until you decide to take matters in your own hand.
No one will magically do your search for you or reach out to clients on your behalf. You have to do it yourself.
You have to decide to be successful.
And then you have to go out and do whatever you need to do to be successful.
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Remember, There’s No Room For Excuses
Don’t waste your breath on excuses. Freelancing is a business. It’s NOT a hobby.
This isn’t something you do on the side.
Like any other business, it requires discipline and hard work. Every. Single. Day.
It requires you to do things that scare you – like finding clients and pitching them your writing services.
You can’t sit back and think “Oh, I can’t do that” or “I don’t have a portfolio” or “There aren’t any well-paying jobs out there” or even “I don’t earn enough to invest in my business”.
Those are lame-ass excuses and as long as you cling to them, you’ll never succeed.
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There’s No Better Time To Succeed As A Freelance Writer Than Now
With Google getting smarter every day, online (quality) content has never been more in demand . From solopreneurs to Fortune 500 companies – everyone needs content and most of them don’t have the time, knowledge, or skills to write it themselves.
Which is where you come in. You have what all those businesses want – the ability to write quality content. And they’re willing to pay good money for it. You just have to find them.
The good news is you already have 10 places to find freelance writing clients.
So what’s it going to be?
Freelance writing success or remaining stuck (and poor) in a sea of mediocrity?
If you’re at the tipping point where you’ve decided to make a success of your freelance business no matter what – welcome to Freelance Flyer.
Here we treat both your freelancing and writing as a business – and not a hobby!
Looking forward to helping you succeed (and doling out tough love when required).
– Samar Owais
P.S: Don’t forget to download your copy of 10 Unexpected Places to Find Freelance Writing Clients!