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  1. Carole Chrvala
    March 31, 2014

    Sylviane, thank you for a very useful article. I find that a successful (busy and well-paid) freelance writer must commit to a systematic approach to connect with clients. I allocate time each week for business development and have found that LinkedIn has opened many doors for me. Twitter is useful as well.

    It is important to remember that our skills as writers are valuable and to accept low-paying jobs undermines the efforts of all freelance writers to obtain fair payment for their expertise and services. In the field of medical writing, hourly rates that exceed $100.00 should be the norm rather than the exception. Writers should also consider fixed fee pricing, which can be especially lucrative when you are writing about a topic that is very familiar to you.

    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 1, 2014

      Hi Carol, and welcome to my blog.

      I certainly appreciate your professional feedback. I agree, high pay should be more of the norm than the exception. There are those writers out there that are actually putting the profession down as they continue to accept low rates for their work.

      Thankfully there are also those who haven’t fallen into that trap and that may help save the situation.

      Thanks for your feedback.

  2. Jon Rhodes
    March 31, 2014

    A great way to get writing gigs is by having a a successful blog. It showcases your writing, plus proves that it is popular.

    You can advertise your writing services on your own blog. This has worked well for some people.

    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 1, 2014

      Hi Jon,

      Yes, indeed, and that’s certainly what I’m trying to do, not even only with this blog but with my other two as well.

      Nice to see you again, and have a wonderful week!

      • Jon Rhodes
        April 1, 2014

        Have a great week too Sylviane!

  3. donna merrill
    March 31, 2014

    Hi Sylviane,

    I’m not a writer, but rather a person who would hire one! Reading through this post, I think the best way is to put yourself out there and have clients come to YOU.

    Of course, there would have to be a marketing aspect to that also. But I find that when I need someone, to do a job for me, I’ll ask around for recommendations first. The word of mouth is still strong!

    Now I’ve been coming to your blog for a long time and follow your tips. I know you as a writer, and a darn good one. If I needed to have something written for me, it is a no brainer..Sylviane! If someone asks me who I know…I tell them it’s YOU. And also tell them about your free opt-in Ebook that you wrote.

    They can come to your blog, sample your ebook and get a good feel of how you write. They will find it is a professional site.

    There are many writers out there that will charge a few dollars but what are the results? Can they write well in the English language? Do I have to edit everything? No….I rather have the know like and trust factor.

    This is all from the buyer’s point of view.

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    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 1, 2014

      Hi Donna,

      Thank you so much for saying this. I know you’re one of my best supporter :) and I agree that mouth to ear is still very strong. As a matter of fact, I don’t think that advertising, even today, is as good as mouth to ear.

      I know that when I need something done I love to be referred to someone, rather than getting a service from someone I don’t know. People need that assurance that they will be OK, you know!

      Thank you so much for putting the good word for me, Donna.

  4. Adrienne
    March 31, 2014

    As you know Sylviane, I’m not a freelance writer so this really isn’t my area of expertise.

    I would agree with Jon though that by showcasing your writing ability on your blog that I would think that would really help with getting more writing jobs. The more people hire you for your work then the more your name will be spread around. We all know about word of mouth don’t we.

    Not in this particular area though I wouldn’t know what the going rate is but I have learned one thing. If you want to make money online then never underestimate your worth. That’s how you’ll really build up your business.

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    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 1, 2014

      Hi Adrienne,

      Yes, that’s very true, to make money online or anywhere else, we can’t underestimate ourselves. That’s the problem with lots of these writers, they certainly underestimate themselves to the point of writing from some darn peanuts. I mean, frankly, close to minimum wages, and that’s a shame.

      Thankfully, there are those who don’t and still have plenty of orders, so it’s not a lost cause.

      Thank you for coming and commenting Adrienne, even though that’s not really your area of interest ;)

  5. Enstine Muki
    March 31, 2014

    You know Silviane, this article brings me back to the last job I had last week. As a matter of fact, it paid more than you will ever find on any advertising platform. Yes! I pitched the client with my own price and there was no negotiation. I was excited and also surprised that the client did not offer his own price. He simply said Yes, let’s move ahead.

    I’m sure a couple of factors (like you mentioned) played in my favor. I may not be a top blogger and writer like you but I think since starting blogging August 2012, I have been able to build a solid blogging profile.

    I remember the biggest writing job I had last year, I was contacted by the client through my contact form. After reading his request, I voiced my price and he said YES – no negotiation. And do you know where I have had the cheapest job that paid so low? From advertising platform ;)

    There are solid proofs that what you said here is very correct and I’m sure writers and bloggers will put this to practice for a change.

    Have a wonderful week ahead
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    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 1, 2014

      Hi Enstine,

      I know for sure that what I’m saying is true and your very own experience proves it.

      Like I mentioned in the article, people who are looking for writer on platforms such as elance or others are usually low income clients, but the ones that will reach out to you or the ones you can reach out to, those have plenty of spare money to pay good writers, and they usually don’t even discuss the price.

      Thank you for confirming this :) and I’m glad you’ve got great clients doing just that!

  6. Gladys
    April 1, 2014

    Hello Ms. SlyvianeThis is a great article with important pointers for those aspiring to become freelance writers. I realize that is not me, but I still can learn from writers like yourself.When it comes to accepting the lowest rate, the writer is putting little value in their expertise. It is the same with life coaching, hair dresser and any other business. We have to be confident in our own skills before anyone else believes in us.Thank you again for your expertise in the writing field.Gladys

    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 1, 2014

      Hi Gladys,

      You made a terrific point, and thank you for bringing this up.

      That’s right, no matter what we do, as entrepreneurs, we are paid according to the value we put on ourselves, and we know that really everything comes from our own beliefs, which for some people, are very limited beliefs that prevent them to price themselves high.

      Thank you for coming and for your excellent point.

  7. Barbara Charles
    April 1, 2014

    Hi Sylviane,

    It’s funny you’ve written about this because I do use one of those sites occassionally when I need to get a quick post (but usually I end up editing most or all of it). They do bid for the assignment, and I’ve found that some are much better than others. This site I use also has a rating system so they are rated so consumers like me can select a 1, 2, 3 or 4 and 5 star writer. Those writers get higher rates of course.

    Anyway, I’m not a freelance writer but I can see the sense in what you’ve provided for those who are. Very interesting.

    Glad you are able to give great advice to others who are coming up in the writing world and those who may need encouragement in their profession.

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    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 1, 2014

      Hi Barbara,

      Yes, you’re example really shows that being on those sites as a writer, doesn’t really make one look good. I’ve never been on any of those sites. A long time ago, I’ve tried to join elance and it was way too much of a headache for what it was going to bring me, so I gave up before I started.

      Thank you for your feedback and have a great rest of the week.

  8. Manoj Jain
    April 1, 2014

    Hi friend,
    First time visit on your blog really that was amazing.
    I think a big section of the issue while using the uncertainty in respect of how much freelance article writers should make could be the way the internet offers changed the particular barriers to be able to entry for individuals who employ freelance article writers.

    Whereas prior to would need a significant investment to get involved with the marketing business, consequently print, video or elsewhere, now anyone can merely slap up a complimentary site along with call it a profitable business. These individuals simply don’t possess the cash to be able to properly shell out content providers, so they give bottom with the barrel costs because it’s all they might afford.

    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 1, 2014

      Hi Manoj and welcome to my blog :)

      Yes, there will always be those who can’t afford to pay well because they just don’t have the money. The thing is that there are good or at least decent writers that do write for very little. I know, I’ve seen them, and that’s a bit of a shame for the business.

      I mean, I’m in the coaching business as well, and in that business you won’t fine someone to coach you for peanuts.

      Thank you for your input and for coming.

  9. Lisa
    April 2, 2014

    Sylviane, great tips. I haven’t ventured out into that yet but maybe something to consider in the future. Too many freelancers of any kind always low ball their prices, not good. Thanks for sharing these tips – it can be applied to all kinds of freelance work too. I also liked Jon’s comment about using your blog to showcase your work – so true!
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    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 3, 2014

      Hi Lisa,

      The issue with low pay writers is unfortunately one that could become a vicious circle for some. They price themselves low, so they’re bring down their own business. Yes, that goes for any type of freelance work, indeed.

      Thank you for coming. Appreciate that!

  10. Corina Ramos
    April 2, 2014

    Awesome post Sylviane!

    I never looked at it this way.

    I think I’m missing out on opportunities due to my lack of confidence because I am not sure I would call myself a full-fledged writer just yet, there is still so much for me to learn and gain experience from.

    I know if I keep following your advice sonn I’ll be able to reach out to advertisers without breaking a sweat!

    Great post Sylviane! Hope you’re having a great week!
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    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 3, 2014

      Hi Corina,

      Don’t forget that self-confidence. What gives me mine is when I see writers that aren’t better than I am making tons of good money writing. When I see that, it gives me all the confidence I need. There is no reason why you shouldn’t have it too.

      Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful end of the week!

  11. Sherman Smith
    April 3, 2014

    Hey Sylviane,

    Although I’m not a freelance writer I can see why some writers get paid peanuts while others get paid well. If you’re on the “begging” side, then yes, you can definitely get taken advantage of if you’re trying to make it.

    Besides that if you are confident in your craft then pitching or marketing yourself as a writer can allow you to attract the right clients that you want. As Jon and Adrienne pointed out, you can use your blog as your reference to attract higher paying quality clients. Thanks for sharing Sylviane and you have a fantastic weekend!
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    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 7, 2014

      Hi Sherman,

      Finally get to reply to my last comments here.

      Yes, actually, in any kind of business we can observe that. Some people may be well paid over the top, while others are just picking up the crumbs. That’s why we need to make sure we polish our craft and approach to potential clients, so we can get paid well for our work.

      Thank for coming by and have a great week ahead. I’ll be coming by your place today.

  12. Emmanuel
    April 3, 2014

    The only thing preventing me from surviving as a freelance writer is paypal. It isn’t supported in my country and this has affected me a lot.

    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 7, 2014

      Hi Emmanuel,

      I understand that, but don’t let it stop you. I know someone who does tech work on people’s blogs which country is not supported by Paypal either, yet he gets lots of clients.

      My advice would be for you to research what else is available out there as a method of payment. For example wiring money through Western Union is available the world over.

      Hope you find a way and thank you for coming.

  13. Cole Wiebe
    April 4, 2014

    Hi Sylviane,

    I recently read that a singer with a very unique voice or style, has a better than average chance of making it onto the charts, even if they don’t have perfect pitch or a classically trained voice. While some of the most advanced, technically “perfect”, musicians we’ll ever hear, break up the silence as we ride in elevators.

    The biography sections of bookstores are filled with the stories of people who lead interesting lives, edited by people who can spot a grammatical error in a nanosecond. The guest bloggers most in demand are often opinionated and edgy, rather than literary geniuses or brilliant researchers.

    Your post got me thinking about the writers I hire. They are generally chosen because they add a unique perspective to their writing, or a particular area of expertise. And you’re right, I usually go looking for them.

    - Cole
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    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 7, 2014

      Hi Cole and sorry for the late reply here :)

      Thank you for your insights here, and you definitely seem to know what you’re talking about.

      I think you’re right, people who are unique in general would be the chosen ones. People like originality.

      Thank you so much for your input and have a great week ahead!

  14. Okto
    April 5, 2014

    Freelance writing is a great opportunity to make money online since content is king! Many take the low rate just to survive while waiting the big fish though. Anyway, thanks for providing great advise here Sylviane!
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    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 12, 2014

      Hi Okto, and so sorry for the late reply, but once my next blog is published and going into the next week little time is left to go backward, but I do come at the first opportunity I have.

      Yes, some writers take small pay in order to survive, indeed, but at the same time, while it’s OK for a new writer to start somewhere, no one should stay there.

      Thanks for your input :)

  15. Charmie
    April 5, 2014

    According to me freelancing over some reputed websites is actually tough because as a newbie you wont be given a chance to deliver your skills and get a project done.
    Thanks a ton for this share.
    I am still struggling.

    • Sylviane Nuccio
      April 12, 2014

      HI Charmie,

      The first thing you need to do is CHANGE your beliefs on that. Here it’s the life coach that’s telling you this :) Do not say things like “newbies won’t be given the a chance to deliver their skill.” because if it’s what you believe, it’s not surprising that’s what you’re going to get.

      Give yourself a break by starting with positive affirmations. NOT negative ones. Study personal development.

      Just my two cents.

      Thanks for coming by :)

  16. Jeevanjacobjohn
    April 21, 2014

    Great tips, Sylviane!

    As you already know, I am very much interested in pursuing freelance writing, but I have been thinking about it.

    In the past few months, I have had more ideas on how I could potentially make more money, without writing much (I do love writing, but freelancing writing is a commitment, and I am not sure I will be able to meet it fully, especially since my studies are getting tougher).

    Plus, I do want to maintain my blog…which makes things even more difficult. So, I am considering all my options. I still have a long time to go (my original plan was to start offering writing services by the end of this year, but they may not happen, especially with the changes in my goals).

    But, I haven’t finalized anything yet. Things may change. Hopefully, everything will turn out to be good.

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this, Sylviane :)
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  17. Deborah Plouffe
    April 23, 2014

    Hello, Sylviane!I am so thrilled to have stumbled upon your blog and website! I have recently “retired” from my full time job to pursue writing full time and I’m sure that I will find a lot of inspiration here. I’m looking forward to your next post!


  18. John Addison
    May 6, 2014

    Great tips, Sylviane!
    You have use great tips for free lancing. I got so many important things in this blog and i use both of lancing.
    Thanks for sharing…
    Keep it up.

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