If you’re here, it’s probably because you read this paragraph (and if you haven’t yet, it’s the perfect place to start):
I’ve cut through the surface-level advice that almost every article or book I’ve read on “how to be a writer” has offered to dig deeper into job postings and calls for queries in a way that lets me (a) discover if this is for me, (b) determine if I am for it and (c) connect with a human being who cares about finding a thoughtful, capable writer more than they care about how thoroughly I filled out the job application.
I don’t want to make this too wordy – there’s a time and a place for that, but it’s not here. I want to cut right to the chase, because that’s where I think other articles and books that offer advice for freelance writers have failed. There’s a lot of heady advice for beginners that falls into the “this is how to think and feel about your new career choice” realm, and there’s definitely never-ending lists of actionable advice for anyone who wants to make six figures as a freelance writer, but when it comes to you, the writer who falls somewhere in between, there’s almost nothing out there that will help you land a client or project now, that will put money in your bank account in one week or less, that will help you wake up tomorrow with a newfound zest for this bear of a career choice.
But I can help you with that. I can help you either close a new client or project quickly so that you can make money (or have the promise of money) in the next few days or I can help you reframe how you think about and approach your job so that you actually remember why you wanted to be a freelance writer in the first place. Really, though, I want to help you with both, simultaneously.
And I can, because I’ve done both of those things for myself.
Look, full disclosure: I don’t actually know if you’re going to have another $100 or $1,000 in your PayPal account by next week – that depends on how good of a writer you are, how closely you follow my directions, how astute you are when it comes to communicating with clients, if you feel like actually meeting your deadlines or if you’re going to watch Netflix instead…
Here’s what I can promise, though:
- I can tell you which job boards are best and then I can teach you how to mine those job boards for real gold – and how to swiftly toss out the oh-so-obvious terrible job postings.
- I can give you templates and examples and even maybe customized pitch emails so that the business’ owner, marketing manager or recruiter is more likely to get back to you.
- I can help you decide on and negotiate everything from the rate you charge and your kill fee to your turn-around time and what you expect from the client (and I can help you determine when to give in to their requests vs. when to walk away from a job offer).
- I can share my techniques for getting clients to pay in advance and to pay up when they owe me cash money, and also how to encourage them to pay more or to pay on a more reliable schedule.
- I can teach you my tricks for getting the work done, getting paid, navigating admin and customer service tasks, and then getting on with the rest of your life.
How’s that sound? If it sounds awesome, get in touch with me.