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How I Earned $5000+ In My First Month as a Freelance Writer (Income Report)

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I’ve been tossing and turning with the idea of potentially sharing with you my freelance writer income reports + the number of hours I worked to generate that income as part of my blog. I don’t know about you, but I turn pink every time I think about someone knowing such intricate details about my business – I even flush at the idea of family knowing how much I am making, let alone others!

In the end, transparency won and I decided to share my freelance writing income (and in the future, any other forms of income that I make through my online business ventures). This is simply because I thought my story was worth telling. The truth is, I have met so many wonderful people who gave up on their freelancing/online business dreams because they felt that they weren’t good enough or qualified enough and I am proof that this isn’t true.

The results that I achieved as a fresh out of high school graduate during my first month and through only working part-time (because a girl’s gotta have her summer vacay!) probably wouldn’t have been realistically achieved by 90% of those who already had a few years of experience in their belts and with qualifications/degrees to match their work. You just need to go into freelancing with smart strategies (which I talk more about down below)

Not to mention, I have come across so many people asking me how much freelance writers earn because there is so little actual information out there talking about how much freelance writers make. As a result, I thought that discussing about my freelance writer income in this post could be beneficial for some people looking to go down this niche of freelancing (or any form of freelancing in general)

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My First Month’s Freelance Writer Income

So, how much do freelance writers earn? Let’s find out…

I made a grand total of $3523.52 USD from freelance writing my first month of getting into the freelance writing field. Note that this sum was after Elance took their 10% cut. So in total, before Elance took their cut, my freelance writer’s income would have been around $3915.02 USD (approximately $5500 NZD).

That’s a whopping amount of money for a girl who had only just had her 18th birthday. And since then (I’ve parted ways with Elance and other so-called ‘content mills’) my freelance writer’s income has only grown.

However, let me quickly state that the results that I achieved my first month isn’t normal. The amount freelance writers earn is typically far less. In fact, the peeps over at Glassdoor state that the average full-time freelance writers earn is approximately $42,120.

For proof that I’m not making my freelance writer income up, here are some screenshots of my old transactions (Wowza! I really had to dig deep to find these!)

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How Much Do Freelance Writers Earn?
My Freelance Writer Income – 25th November 2014 to 3rd December 2014
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How Much Do Freelance Writers Earn?
My Freelance Writer Income – 3rd December 2014 to 13th December 2014
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My Freelance Writer Income – 13th December 2014 to 22nd December 2014
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My First Month’s Freelance Writer Income

MY FREELANCE WRITER INCOME/HOUR + EXPENSES INVOLVED

You probably remember me mentioning before that I only worked as a freelance writer part-time (because ya know, a girl’s gotta have fun before uni starts!)

So, how many hours did I actually invest in order to get my $3523.52 (after the 10% deduction?)

On average, I spent no more than 2-3 hours a day writing + applying for jobs.

In addition, all I spent was around $10 a month for a premium Elance membership.

Click the image above to grab your FREE Freelance Pitch Guide (+ BONUS Templates!)

HOW DID I ACHIEVE THIS?

Sure, I didn’t exactly tell people I was a ‘fresh out of high school graduate’, but I never sold myself as someone who I wasn’t.

Instead, what I did was stick my nose right up and gave myself airs and graces.

Atrocious isn’t it? For a barely 18 year old girl to do something like that.

The nerve I had!

But, I honestly hated the idea of working for crumbs. Otherwise, my time would be far better spent getting a summer job at a retail store where the minimum wage would be at least $17 an hour.

So, when I started off, I decided, that I would only accept jobs that paid me at least $50 USD ($70 NZD) an hour. This is nothing in comparison to what I charge for these days, but, at the time I started, I had no experience writing for others (although I had published and released two Amazon bestselling eBooks in niches like relationships and fashion under a pen name back when I was 16-17).

With nothing but my undeserved pride for the quality of my work, I turned down work (on numerous occasions) for clients who offered to pay a meager $10 for 1000 words (seriously!). I wasn’t going to waste my precious summer vacation being one of those ‘content mill slaves’!

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My First Month’s Freelance Writer Income

THE FREELANCE WRITING PITCH THAT SOLD FOR ITSELF

Ok. It was soOooOo hard to come up with a good freelance writing pitch when you had no formal experience in the industry, so I had to really pull hard on this one. But here was the freelance writing pitch I used that landed me all those jobs when I first started out…

Hi (insert name here),

I’m a professional freelance copywriter with a strong passion for (insert niche here).

After carefully reading your job description, I believe I check all your boxes and know we could work really well together.

I am an efficient writer who can create high quality (insert niche here) articles enriched with SEO quickly and effectively. This allows me to create content for you that isn’t just words on a screen, but will actually get seen by Google and boost your website traffic. In addition, I know how to use powerful language to compel readers to convert into clients so that you will be able to generate more leads and boost awareness of (insert company name here).

I have attached some samples of my previous work below, so be sure to take a browse. Would you please provide me with your web address? I would love to get to know your brand better.

Hope to hear back from you soon!

Michelle

As you can see, I never referenced anything about my age or my qualifications, but I sold myself. This freelance writing pitch I built during my first month served me well, but of course, over time, I made tweaks to it and now it’s conversion rates has increased by at least two-fold!

The beauty about creating a sales pitch when applying for a job, is that regardless of your industry, whether you are a freelance writer, graphic designer, photographer or even if you are someone who sells products and not services, it is all the same.

In order to obtain maximum conversions and have people begging to work with you (seriously, this happened to me on more than one occasion when I had to turn down a couple of clients because I was just overloaded with requests) is that you have to write a sales pitch that focuses on how your services will benefit the client.

Harsh truth is your potential client isn’t that interested in all your awards, where you graduated from and what fancy degree you have. They want to know why hiring you is superior to hiring, let’s say, somebody else. So, my best tip? Write sales pitches that tells your clients why they need you.

Click the image above to grab your FREE Freelance Pitch Guide (+ BONUS Templates!)

Don’t forget to grab your copy of my best freelance pitch tips + the templates that I used to win many high flying clients and land high paying gigs!

HOW HAVE THINGS CHANGED SINCE THEN?

My freelance writing business has since ceased. This is largely due to the fact that I wanted to focus on creating a business that would require less time investment (on my part) while still allowing me to build a warm, engaging community of avid readers.

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Have any burning questions? Insights or comments? Let’s move our conversation forward and chat below! 

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