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Do Freelance Writers Get Good Wages?

Some freelance writers make a hundred thousand pounds a year. The vast majority however, do not! Advances in mobile technology and the development of the internet have made it possible for freelancers and clients to come together from all corners of the world. So a writer can easily be travelling, writing, and sending completed assignments, all at the same time.

How much work you get, and how well-paid you are for that work, will depend on a variety of factors. Here are a few helpful tips that may put a few extra pounds in your pocket.

How Good Are You?

Many people love to write, to paint, or to play the piano. They have a great passion for their art and they pursue it wholeheartedly. Passion is not the same as skill. Those writers who can combine passion with skill will always be sought out by clients. If you can also exhibit discipline and understand that meeting a deadline is of critical importance, you may be on your way to making your first million.

That said, it is a rare individual (in any profession) that manages to combine all of the above characteristics, and bring them to work every day! You should start by critically examining your writing skills. This is especially important if you do not have an academic back round in journalism, or formal writing training. Many of the free online websites have “skills tests” that you can take to get an idea of how you rate compared to your peers.

If you doubt your abilities, or are having trouble getting even basic assignments, consider taking a writing course. These are available at local colleges, universities and some community centers for a reasonable cost. It's worth seeing if there are any local writers groups that get together for discussion and support. Sometimes having access to another writer's work (and opinion) can help you improve your own compositions.

How Good Are Your Clients?

Every client should be considered to be a valued client. As long as they are paying the rates that you agreed upon, and you are being paid on time, you can be grateful that you are earning a wage! That said, it is always worth your while to be on the lookout for new clients and better-paying jobs.

Don't be afraid to push your rates up when you find you are getting a high volume of low-paid work. You should however, be afraid of burning a bridge that you have built with a client, even if it was only for menial writing tasks! Always deliver the work that you have committed to completing, even if something better comes along. Freelance writing assignments can come and go on a moments notice. One big gig may last a month, but you'll need regular jobs to pay the bills through the rest of the year!


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