Are you a freelance writer looking for freelance writing clients that can pay you what you are worth? Stay with me as I show you how to get freelance writing clients to pay you your desired fee.
I know it is not easy to get high-paying clients when you are a starter, as the competition is high and many freelance writers are trying to reduce their fees just to win clients and get steady gigs.
I started freelance writing as a side business not thinking I might eventually turn it into a full-time business one day. I was so dedicated and committed to my client’s work to the extent where I was able to build trust and confidence and was able to charge my worth.
Just last week, I received an email from a lady writer asking me how she can earn more with freelance writing. She complained that she always gets low paying freelance writing clients and she is finding it difficult to get someone that will pay her what she knew she was worth.
I told her I will put up a content to answer her question and send her the link so she can go through it and follow my guide. If you are like her and you are considering getting freelance writing clients that can pay you what you are worth, I have some strategies that can help you earn what you are worth regardless of your niche.
Step 1: Know Your Worth/Value
The first step to get clients to pay you what you are worth is to first decide the amount you know you are worth based on experience on your niche. As a freelance writer, it is crucial to value your time spent writing a post so you don’t waste your time with a gig that doesn’t pay you reasonable income.
To know your worth, look at your monthly expenses. Audit your financial plan and the time you spend writing on any task. After you have done that, you should be able to know how much you should charge per content to be on a safer side.
Step 2: Clearly State What You Bring to the Table
At whatever point you are discussing your service with a prospective client or sending a cold pitch, don’t hesitate to tell them the benefits they get working with you. If your service just entails writing and that is all, the odd of replacing you are very wide. And the odd of you increasing your fee in the future are very slim. Take that from me!
Let the client know your skill and experience to validate your asking rate. Preferably, it is even better to tell the client what separates you from other freelance writers. Personally, I always let my freelance writing clients know that I never miss deadlines, my contents are 100% unique, well-edited, gotten from credible source and keywords on point.
As a freelance writer, you should keep this in mind if you want to command higher fees.
See, you can include additional services like adding images to each content you create, sharing your client’s posts on social media platforms you belong to so as to help drive traffic to their sites. I remember stating these to a client as an additional charge, and he was very happy with the idea.
With an increase in traffic as a result of you sharing your client’s posts, the client will be very happy and will want to hire you again and again.
Step 3: You Need a Portfolio
Action speaks louder than words like they will always say. When you are trying to get high paying freelance writing clients, you will need to have good samples that prove your worth. This would be better if you have done guest posts for authoritative sites on your niche.
As a freelance writer, you must constantly be dropping guest posts to build your portfolio. Having a website of your own is not enough.
Clients will assume that if such sites will accept your content, then your content will also be good enough for them as well, and they will be ready to pay you decently for it.
Step 4: Learn to Network
Networking is one of the best ways any freelance writer can get freelance writing clients in general. Learn to network with clients you would like to work with in the future.
This was how I landed a 6 figure contract with the owner of an online publishing agency. I didn’t even drop a pitch. I was just having a casual chat with him. I was asking him questions about his business, told him what I do for a living, and after about 5 minutes into the chat, he told me he will like to work with me.
One way to network online is to join Facebook and LinkedIn groups and network with bloggers whom you think need writers and can pay what you are worth. If when you are done talking with a prospect and you find out that they are not the kind of client who can pay you your desired fee, ask them if they can refer you to anyone that can.
Also, network with writers and ask if they can pass you any work to keep you busy or link you up with clients they feel is low paying for them.
Remember, a low paying client for one person can be a very high paying client for another.
In conclusion, know your value and don’t bother wasting your time convincing clients on your worth. The right client for you doesn’t need to argue with you before signing a deal with you. Know the amount you need to earn at a minimum and stick with it. This is my principle and it is working for me.
If you stick to earning less, you won’t be happy working on projects and you might eventually give up because you will be barely getting enough to make you stay happy.