Dear Writers: Where Do You Find Quality Clients?

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As someone who has been on the hiring and the employed side of content writing; I can tell you first hand that it's a terrible experience. The world is full of low rent terrible people.

I've been a content writer for years. I've produced high quality sales letters, cover letters, articles, forum posts, etc. I've dealt with about every kind of nationality client you can think of.

Most of the clients I meet

- Try to low ball you under $1.00 per 100 words. As if $1.00 per 100 words wasn't already pathetic enough. After a while they try to lower you down to $3.50 per 500 words. (On another note, why is everyone obsessed with 500 words? Someone has the incorrect notion that Google considers 500 words to be the optimal amount of words to rank something highly).

- They go MIA on you. I have several clients right now I was told I'd hear back from the next day or in a few days. For some of them, it's been weeks.

- They have a RIDICULOUS amount of requirements. Take IWriter for example. Some of the Special Instructions people leave for articles are about as long as the articles they're requesting.

I'm tired of writing for low rent clients for a pitiful $1.00 per 100 words. I read a thread on this forum that intrigued me. It was a post complaining about someone's payment terms and several people there were claiming that they were making $5,$10, or even higher for every 100 words. I was shocked and pissed at the same time that I could be making 5 to 10 times more what I've been making.

So are these jobs real? Are people really finding work for $5 to $15 per 100 words? Also, if people really are finding quality clients who are willing to pay for quality, where are writers finding them? I'm not much for writing but unfortunately, I'm good at it. If I was a master of jQuery, JavaScript or PHP I would much rather be doing that for much higher pay. However, since I'm good at writing, I have to go with this.

So, if any of you have any insight on where you find quality clients (Hell, even for $2.00 per 100 words), I'd love to hear your insight.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amzi
    Just open your own thread at warrior for hire and set your price at $2/100words..easy..
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    • Profile picture of the author am jim
      Originally Posted by Amzi View Post

      Just open your own thread at warrior for hire and set your price at $2/100words..easy..


      I guess this is the best way to do it now days.
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      • Profile picture of the author DABK
        Family doctors get paid less than doctors who are specialists. Specialists who're considered authorities, get paid more than the other specialists. Authorities who are celebrities get paid more than authorities.

        Step one, for you, figure out a specialty for you. Then advertise it and accept work that's says confirms your specialization.

        If you don't have money for your own site, use Streetarticles.com or some other such site, to post articles in your special area. Then use craigslist to send possible clients there. Post your 'writing' resume in the jobs section of craigslist, under your specialty.

        Answer ads for people looking for staff writers on craigslist... Especially those who're looking for project or part-time... They idea being that you offer yourself as a cheaper alternative... because you'd be a sub-contractor not an employee (In the USA, they save 6.25% just on the taxes they'd have to match).

        I think (no proof) that someone needing a staff writer for 10 hours a week would consider a sub-contractor, assuming the sub-contractor comes across the right way and work doesn't come in today and is due today kind of situations.

        I've seen ads for people looking to hire a staff writer to help with blog-writing.

        I don't write for a living, this is just what I'd do if I were looking to get hired as a writer and didn't want $1/100 words.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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        Originally Posted by am jim View Post

        I guess this is the best way to do it now days.
        :rolleyes: Until you start checking non-IM sites and almost any offline publication. See what you can get as a writer there and you'll puke at the thought of .02 per word.

        A good example I just found: cooking magazines. My stomach is a bit tired if fast food, so I've dedicated time to learning my favorite childhood recipes (and some new ones too). Almost every recipe inevery magazine is syndicated, with a website or tinyurl link at the end of the article. I wrote a few down to visit later too, so in this niche at least good content works.

        It was about a 50/50 split when checking which magazines paid for recipes/articles. The ones that paid offered at least $100 per piece. The ones that didn't pay up front? Still popular enough to get subscribers (down the road monetization).

        That's just one of countless examples (and feel free to use it. I cannot cook yet so it's not a niche for me). What is your justification for writing $2 articles again when these high paying jobs are right under your nose (assuming you can actually write)?

        Exactly: nothing. Stop playing in the kiddie pool and come deep sea diving, if you dare .
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Originally Posted by GhostWriting View Post

    As someone who has been on the hiring and the employed side of content writing; I can tell you first hand that it's a terrible experience. The world is full of low rent terrible people.

    I've been a content writer for years. I've produced high quality sales letters, cover letters, articles, forum posts, etc. I've dealt with about every kind of nationality client you can think of.

    Most of the clients I meet

    - Try to low ball you under $1.00 per 100 words. As if $1.00 per 100 words wasn't already pathetic enough. After a while they try to lower you down to $3.50 per 500 words. (On another note, why is everyone obsessed with 500 words? Someone has the incorrect notion that Google considers 500 words to be the optimal amount of words to rank something highly).

    - They go MIA on you. I have several clients right now I was told I'd hear back from the next day or in a few days. For some of them, it's been weeks.

    - They have a RIDICULOUS amount of requirements. Take IWriter for example. Some of the Special Instructions people leave for articles are about as long as the articles they're requesting.

    I'm tired of writing for low rent clients for a pitiful $1.00 per 100 words. I read a thread on this forum that intrigued me. It was a post complaining about someone's payment terms and several people there were claiming that they were making $5,$10, or even higher for every 100 words. I was shocked and pissed at the same time that I could be making 5 to 10 times more what I've been making.

    So are these jobs real? Are people really finding work for $5 to $15 per 100 words? Also, if people really are finding quality clients who are willing to pay for quality, where are writers finding them? I'm not much for writing but unfortunately, I'm good at it. If I was a master of jQuery, JavaScript or PHP I would much rather be doing that for much higher pay. However, since I'm good at writing, I have to go with this.

    So, if any of you have any insight on where you find quality clients (Hell, even for $2.00 per 100 words), I'd love to hear your insight.
    Don't take this the wrong way but you are your own worst enemy. Look at the first item I bolded. The world is full of horrible low rent people. Really?

    If that's what you believe that's what you'll find, guaranteed. I've found the world to be full of really cool people. I once believed otherwise but that wasn't getting me anywhere so I changed my thinking and before long, BANGO! Nice people started showing up. Could it really be that simple? Yes.

    People accepting low rent wages don't really believe they're worth more. You say you've been writing for years. And unlike many people who come here and complain about low rates, your writing is actually pretty good.

    You do realize that there are literally millions of writers out there who are very well paid. Of course you do. So with your talent why haven't you stepped up the ladder to better paying gigs? Think about that. Take a look at the last line in your post where you're saying you'll work for two cents a word. Why bother? That's still a slave wage. You are your own worst enemy.

    In the meantime here are a couple of ideas for you. Go offline. There are far fewer terrible low rent people there. A lot of them actually think writers deserve more than a penny a word, a lot more sometimes. Another thing you can try is searching for Web designers. Hit them up with an email proposal where you'll write content for their clients. They dig this because it allows them to offer more services and makes them more versatile and marketable.

    Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      I agree with Travlinguy, above.

      Also, there might possibly be something in the list of resources included in this post that's helpful to you? http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post6794793
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    • Profile picture of the author Lance K
      Raise your prices to what you think you're worth.

      Myself, I'm leery of 1 cent/word type writers.

      When I hire a writer, I want someone who does proper research and whose work product is something that is ready to publish.

      Say a writer types at 40 words per minute. It'll take them 12.5 minutes to write a 500 word article. And that's if they've done solid research and have a solid outline that allows their writing process to flow well.

      So just for the sake of an example let's say that the type of writer I'm looking for can complete 1 article per hour. At 1 article (ex. 500 word article) per hour that's 500 words of content per hour.

      Even at 5 cents/word, that writer is only making $25/hour. Say that person writes for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week (there's has to be time for the other tasks associated with running a service business).

      That's 1040 writing hours per year if the writer doesn't take any vacation. That comes out to $26,000 per year.

      At 1 cent/word they would only be making $5,200 per year.

      I don't want to deal with the potential headaches that come with cheap writers. Things such as overbooking & late delivery, work product that I need to touch up before publishing, etc.

      My advice is to increase your prices and get to work learning how to position yourself and market your services.

      If it takes a while to gain traction, write articles for your own use and monetize them to supplement your income while you wait for the kind of paying clients you're looking for.

      You may end up never writing for hire again.
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  • Profile picture of the author cbader
    Well, there is also a lot of shit writers out there. Are you able to give a resume of your work? I'm sure that would help.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazzygelable
    I offer my services in Odesk and my rate is around $3/100. I think it'll really help if you establish yourself as authority in a specific industry. I started out accepting $1/100 words and even $3/500w.

    Then I had this brilliant idea of using my work experience to my advantage. I work in the finance department of the family business so I started targeting clients who need my skills. Rather than bidding on all the writing projects I see, I sort them to find those that require my technical expertise. From then on, I got higher paying projects. What's even better is that I get to apply the things I've read about for my writing projects in my desk job.

    Based on experience, writing projects with high paying clients
    - business plan/ marketing plan
    - forex/currency trading
    - stock market/ investments
    - software documentation/ manuals
    - project documentation/ web development brief
    - sales letters, proposals and other B2B documents

    Aside from getting high paying clients, you typically have less competition when you bid on these projects. Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author pamon
    I do a bunch of overall ad posts for my writing as a high quality US Writer. I do postings on CL with some response, advertise on DP, use social media, and occasionally here. Haven't really found a lot of responses here though with 2 different ads posted. Don't price at .01/word though as you'll work for little $$. Just my two cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I get work from a few different sources. I got my first ever client from Odesk and we have worked together for over 3 years now. I have had a lot of work from vworker and most of that was well paid work.
    I advertise on sites such as Gumtree and pick up clients that way. I also do resumes so that is a golden site for that wort of work.

    I have gotten lots of work from people here as well and I often get referrals.

    I have my own website (A MUST if you are a writer) because people want to see if you're a real human being.

    I sometimes post on Facebook and get clients that way.

    I set my minimum prices and am flexible depending on the client and the topic of the articles but I refuse to work below a certain amount.

    If you don't have that attitude, you will always be trapped down there.
    So raise your rates and let the clients who want quality work come to you.

    Run an ad in this forum. That usually gets me more work as well.
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    Thank you for sharing. I will have a good read.
    As a writer, I have learned that the more I learn, the more I have to learn.
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  • Profile picture of the author gully
    There are a bunch of places you can find clients.

    You can find them through a loss leader gig in fiverr.

    Search for and respond to writing gigs on craigslist and make sure you get an upfront payment.

    Look on online job boards such as odesk, vworker, freelancer etc. Set up an account post your profile, post your portfolio and begin bidding on jobs. accept cheap gigs at first to get experience on each site and then steadily raise your rates.

    Look for other content mills such as mediapiston, the content authority, text broker etc

    Set up your own domain and get ranked for writing keywords. If you cant afford hosting then just register a domain name and redirect it to your wordpress.com blog.

    Start a blog related to writing and build a reputation as an authority on writing.

    Do guest posts on other writing blogs.

    Join online communities related to freelance writers.

    Find successful freelance writers online and using google find out how they got there, where do they post etc and just imitate their success.

    Contact other successful writers and see if they will give you their overflow or start a partnership/subcontractor relationship.

    These are just a few of the things you can do to find quality clients and good work online.

    Think outside the box and get busy.
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  • Profile picture of the author alllyc
    I suggest going to Craigslist's writer section to get better payment for article. There are so many companies looking for quality writers. You might also check different cities, because so many companies would not require you to come to the office everyday or at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    In my experience i recommend using forums such as this one or Digital Point to find work. I have sent emails to most of the people looking to hire writers on craigslist and very few have responded. Digital Point is full of spam but i have found 1 client who paid me 2$ for 100 words - unfortunately he didn't need a long term writer. I am still looking for good quality clients - i spend most of my day online searching for work. It gets frustrating at times but eventually you will find someone who will accept your rate and provide you with regular work.

    It helps to have a blog as well
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Stay and be active on webmaster and SEO forums, such as here.

    People will ALWAYS try lowballing, if you were to offer articles for $1 a pop, rest assured you will get someone trying to get them for $0.50, and if you'd lower your price and sell them for $0.50, rest assured someone will try to haggle whether they can get them for $0.25.

    I myself would not write for $1/100, it would literally be wasted time.

    Personally, i would get away from the typical "500 words article" writing market and specialize, for example for web content, ebooks or similar. There might be MANY people out there writing garbage articles for $3...but those same people can usually not write an ebook about SEO..just as an example.

    Side note: According to your signature, you write "professional articles for $1 per 100 words". If i had a need for a professional article (and i mean really "professional", whatever that might mean)...i would never hire you. For the same reason i would not go to the thrift store if i want to buy a new high-end PC.
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    • Profile picture of the author Corey Geer
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      Stay and be active on webmaster and SEO forums, such as here.

      People will ALWAYS try lowballing, if you were to offer articles for $1 a pop, rest assured you will get someone trying to get them for $0.50, and if you'd lower your price and sell them for $0.50, rest assured someone will try to haggle whether they can get them for $0.25.

      I myself would not write for $1/100, it would literally be wasted time.

      Personally, i would get away from the typical "500 words article" writing market and specialize, for example for web content, ebooks or similar. There might be MANY people out there writing garbage articles for $3...but those same people can usually not write an ebook about SEO..just as an example.

      Side note: According to your signature, you write "professional articles for $1 per 100 words". If i had a need for a professional article (and i mean really "professional", whatever that might mean)...i would never hire you. For the same reason i would not go to the thrift store if i want to buy a new high-end PC.
      I can see your point. I've usually acquired clients off of the dreaded Digital Point forum so I never knew how much people were actually charging. If you can find clients there for a low $1.00/100 Words, then you found a pretty good deal.

      $1.00/100 Word clients in my experience are just complete nightmares.

      No matter what kind of articles or quality you send them, it's usually not good enough or up to standards compared to the people who pay more and far more relaxed.

      It's kind of related to the real world. In an office setting that pays $15/Hourly, it's far more relaxed than a $7/Hourly McDonalds job which is far more strict with more rules.

      Kinda funny how the world works. I'm just glad i'm seeing people who are charging $5/100 Words rather than $1 so I won't waste any more time on these kinds of jobs or people anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author DotComBum
    Go to freelancer sites like elance, it's the best way to find your new clients.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      I think having your own website is very important. Show samples on your site and your rates. You can put an ad on Warrior for Hire for something like $20 to offer your writing services.
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  • Exceptional writers are finding themselves at a disadvantage these days because of the marketing techniques of content mills. They advertise to pseudo-writers, and accept content from any Joe, Jill or Harry, without any regard for quality. Take eBooks for example; when clients request send me a request for outlines , I always consider what has already been written on the topic and how can we improve on that info and bring more value. Now that's the mindset of a seasoned writer, yet these content mills focus on creating quick eBooks, with questionable quality to make a buck.

    Your work must stand out. Also, investigate where your competition is advertising. Find where they pull clients from and throw your hat in the mix.

    Elance...I use now and again, but I've chosen to take very few jobs because of all the low-balling going on. Clients hire writers who cannot perform and in the end, they complain. What do you expect to get for a $99 eBook?

    The Content Authority...the administrators there choose who will write the eBooks and many times, the writer never knows there was a request. Only when they cannot find someone for a specific topic do they post a request in their forum. When this happens, the client loses.

    And for those seeking writers to create magic, look at a proposal and bypass all the graphics and lovely colors -- pay attention to the quality and look for the message. If you can't decipher the message, its not a good book.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      You will never get well paid scratching around in content mills and oDesk/eLance/iWriter type places.

      You have to start marketing yourself if you want to be well paid as a writer. It isn't very difficult either, and the benefits are very substantial when you do it right.

      Once you leave the $5 per 500 word article clients, you discover that the clients who pay sensible rates are nicer people. They treat you with respect. They rarely ever mention crass things like Copyscape, and they rarely ever demand re-writes. They always (mostly) pay on time, and they usually have plenty of work to offer you.

      Compare that with the idiots who grumble about paying $1 per 100 words, and you should see that marketing yourself successfully can definitely pay off very handsomely. Try it!

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      • Thank you for the point about Copyscape. Why does anyone use Copyscape -- could it be because the writer has sampled a bit too much?

        I find clients who pay a fair fee for content are more serious about their ventures. Authors must charge what they are worth, and I use the term "authors" loosely.

        1. Set your standards.
        2. Don't be afraid to turn down offers that are a disadvantage.
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        • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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          Originally Posted by Scratchbelowthesurface View Post

          Thank you for the point about Copyscape. Why does anyone use Copyscape -- could it be because the writer has sampled a bit too much?
          It's a tool that only low end IM clients seem to know about actually. My clients these days would probably think it was some underground brand of photocopier if I told them about it . As to it's perceived importance: lowend IM buyers believe that as long as the content is "unique" enough to not be labeled "duplicate" by Google, it's good enough to throw on the Internet.

          The buyers have made this metric so important in their minds that it's now expected to be a huge selling point amongst writers :rolleyes:.
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    • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
      Originally Posted by Scratchbelowthesurface View Post

      Exceptional writers are finding themselves at a disadvantage these days because of the marketing techniques of content mills.
      This is nonsense. That's more of the victim mentality. There are thousands of high paying gigs out there right at this very moment. But guess what? You aren't going to find them in the low rent venues that keep getting mentioned on this thread and others. Here's something any writer can do and it will lead you to plenty of decent gigs. Pick up a copy of Writer's Market. You can get the 2012 edition for ten bucks on eBay. That book is full of work. All you have to do is respond intelligently.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      Originally Posted by Scratchbelowthesurface View Post

      Exceptional writers are finding themselves at a disadvantage these days because of the marketing techniques of content mills.
      Exceptional writers probably don't even know what a content mill is. They are usually too busy making lots of money from clients who understand the value of good writing.

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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        Save your own writing from others and own it yourself. Do not sell it away. I mean have your own individual Blogs/Sites that you own outright and put your unique talents to work and own the darn stuff.

        Ultimately , that is where you will maximize your Money. I do not care what anyone says.

        So own the real estate and own the traffic by opening up your own Blogs and putting your own unique and original content on it !! Nuff said
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        • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
          Originally Posted by discrat View Post

          Save your own writing from others and own it yourself. Do not sell it away. I mean have your own individual Blogs/Sites that you own outright and put your unique talents to work and own the darn stuff.

          Ultimately , that is where you will maximize your Money. I do not care what anyone says.

          So own the real estate and own the traffic by opening up your own Blogs and putting your own unique and original content on it !! Nuff said
          I agree. Two things aspiring writers should consider doing. Write for pay, not corn flakes, real money. Only accept assignments from people who respect what you do. If that means you need to be fishing in a different pond for clients, then change ponds.

          The second thing is they should be developing their own products, blogs and sites. Content drives the Internet. Next time someone wants to pay you a penny a word tell them to kiss your hiney. Tell them excellent content drives the Internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    Really? My clients pay what I ask for...

    It's pretty simple man, just tell em how much you charge. Dont negotiate unless its an odd job or someone you are trying to hook in with for the future.

    I love my clients!

    I talk after they pay, its simple. As most writers here will tell you, 50% of people are just tyre kickers. Once I tell them where to pay, you never hear from them again... but I dont care... It's a numbers game. The way I see it, anyone that wants to "negotiate" for something that costs less than a meal at Maccas is a class D customer.

    I class all my customers even if only mentally. A, B, C & D. I can smell a D coming from a mile away. Sure im polite, but unless they want to do real business they dont get my time.

    I work my ass off and my clients can appreciate that. Some days Im a walking zombie Im so tired because I have been up all night writing, up early writing, filling the middle part in with work and family. And so I expect to get paid for it.

    In every industry there is the cheap no frills product, the most expensive with all the bells and whistles and everything in between.

    Look at cars as an example. You can go and buy a Great Wall which is a chinese vechile that is now popular here in Australia for 18K as compared with a standard Toyota Hilux Or Nissan Navara for about 60K. But if you honestly think they are the same you are delusional.

    My brothers father in-law is a chippy and he just bought one, found out later that it can't even towe 1 tonne, doesnt have 4x4 so when he parks it on wet grass he gets stuck and knowing the quality of the car he would probably die instantly if ever in a crash seeing as it took Great Wall a couple of years just to pass Australias safety measures...

    Then go a step further and you have your mercs, porsche, lambos....

    Right now Im drinking a glass of Jim Beam.

    The bottle cost me about $45 from memory. I remember looking at the other brands, you know the cheap ones that you buy when your too old to give a s**t.

    Some of them where about $21 a bottle!!! That's a recipe for a headache and your head stuck in the toilet all night... and why do you ask is JB so much better... and more expensive? JB uses all natural ingredients, sweet water from above Kentucky's famus natural limstone shelf, secret 75 year old yeast, all the mixing and mashing you can think of, the double distilation and finally the aging process which takes place in fine American charred Oak Barrels.

    Set your standards higher bro. Write high quality articles and charge what it's worth.

    Or dont... hehe.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    You need to find business clients who need content written for websites and blogs. Professional people do not balk at paying $20 - $75 a pop per page of content.

    I agree that SEO/Website Building companies are a great way to find writing work that pays higher rates. I'm pretty lazy these days when it comes to freelance writing, but I'm still making way more than the OP just for writing a few blog posts for a couple of clients - both from SEO contacts I made.

    Pick up the phone and call Local/State/National SEO companies, or send them an email stating that you're a professional writer available to assist them. Chat with the owner or manager and get to know them some. When they ask what your rates are don't lowball yourself by quoting slave rates - that's just your insecurity, which you can overcome.

    You can start out at say...$20 per 500 words and increase from there once you've proven yourself. I would say that $25 - $50 per page is easy to earn working with offline business clients.

    Also, you should have a website of your own, even a simple one so that you can post samples for prospective clients to read. When you email firms, include links to your samples. Also, give them a phone number to call you. Be open and available to helping them out with business client content needs and you'll find some good writing opportunities.

    Open a free Skype account so that you can communicate quickly with clients.

    Oh yeah, and in your spare time when you're not writing for clients, I highly recommend you open an Amazon Kindle publishing account and begin writing ebooks. This is what I'm doing and
    soon will be able to kiss freelancing goodbye for good. There are a few good courses here on the forum that show you how to get started with kindle writing/publishing. Writing for yourself is more rewarding and can provide a steady residual monthly income.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by Fun to Write View Post

      You need to find business clients who need content written for websites and blogs. Professional people do not balk at paying $20 - $75 a pop per page of content.
      I'd imagine that if you're talking local businesses in New York, they're more than happy to pay that. You're still undercharging .
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  • Profile picture of the author AlbertGA
    i suggest you to find work at digitalpoint forum.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      Originally Posted by AlbertGA View Post

      i suggest you to find work at digitalpoint forum.
      ... and they pay really well there? I guess anything's possible, but the last time I looked, there were certainly no quality clients there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    Hey Joe, I hear you, but my clients aren't in NYC so rates are all relative to the situation for each client. I make myself flexible for each individual situation. Hey, for the little bit of writing I do, I'm not complaining about what they pay me.

    If I were interested in building up my freelancing biz, I'd aggressively pursue higher paying clients. But, I'm not motivated to do that. Got Kindle fever now.
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  • Profile picture of the author KatieWilliams
    Here is a real example in an unrelated field.

    My husband and I run a law business. When we first started it, we needed money due to a redundancy and new baby soon to arrive, so our prices were cheap because we were scared of charging too much and not getting the work.

    Frequently, clients would say, "why are you so cheap?". I remember one client even paying extra because he felt he was ripping us off at the price we quoted!

    Now, we charge a fair price for a damn good service, and if anyone asks us to reduce the price, we say "No, that price allows us to give you the service you deserve without us having to cut corners." - it's amazing how many people respond to that answer by confirming their booking with us.

    My point?

    Maybe you're scaring off the decent clients by pricing yourself so low.

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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      Not maybe, definitely.

      Originally Posted by KatieWilliams View Post


      Maybe you're scaring off the decent clients by pricing yourself so low.

      Katie
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryPabelate
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    About pricing, I would say that fix it neither too high nor too low, should be reasonable and unchangeable too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jennifer Koebele
      When I decided to expand my freelance writing business to full time, I skipped the content mills (not worth it) and signed on with elance. I took two lower paying article assignments. I used the positive feedback I received to support my bids when I began charging what my work is really worth. I have ended up with some great regular clients and a few referrals.

      Tiffany Dow's Ghostwriting program was helpful in navigating elance, as I had only worked with private clients in the past and was unfamiliar with how elance works. You can't rush when setting up a profile- your profile is an essential part of your "package" on elance.

      Make sure you have a portfolio- or at least a solid set of sample articles for general niches like Health, Relationships, and Marketing. Once a client sees what you are capable of, they will be willing to pay $25 and up for an article. If they balk at your prices, move on to the next project- don't settle or you will get a reputation for it.

      It really is true- if you believe you are worth more than .01 for 100 words, don't take those jobs. You create that which you believe. Professional clients are out there- and desperate for quality writing.
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