7 Ways to Earn More Cash as a Freelance Writer

For many new freelance writers, landing a client and earning consistent pay is a top priority (even for seasoned writers too!).

The life of a freelance writer isn’t always predictable and to make it longer than 6 months freelancing, you need to have a solid plan.

Sometimes that can mean re-evaluating your pitching process and coming up with better way to pitch.

7 Ways to Earn More Cash as a Freelance Writer

If you’re finding the roller coaster of freelance writing too much, consider enrolling in my course Write Your Way to Your First $1k. You’ll learn a proven framework for freelance writing success.

Or, it can mean honing in on a niche and practice writing in it and learning about it at every chance you’ve got.

But, did you know there are many ways to earn money as a freelance writer? You don’t only have to write on blogs or write articles for magazines.

Being an online writer has the advantage of endless opportunities. Let’s explore 7 ways you can earn extra cash as a freelance writer.

1. Become an Author

Did you know you can be a freelance writer and fiction writer? Both Lorraine Reguly and Alicia Rades are freelance writers and authors.

If you have a juicy story in the back of your mind, let it out! It’s easy nowadays to self-publish your work and get your written word on Amazon.

What’s great about becoming an author is the ability to work on a team. You can form a group of beta readers to go through your material and help you with any plot holes or weak storylines, hire an editor to proofread your work and a bring on a graphic designer to design your book cover.

Writing your own fiction novel will take you some time, but it’s a nice break from your nonfiction writing and it fuels your creativeness and will make you a better writer overall.

2. Offer Social Media Posting

Many entrepreneurs and solopreneurs need help scheduling social media posts and managing social media accounts. It’s not unusual for freelance writers to offer this service since this is a big part of our business.

If you are on most of the big social media platforms and know how to tailor your content for each platform, it shouldn’t be hard to include this in your service list.

Some tools of the trade: Hootsuite and Buffer.

3. Sell a Product

Do you dream of the passive income life? Earning a living from your blog isn’t a pipe dream anymore. Passive products are still the rage online.

Informational products  – that help you achieve a goal or learn a new skill – are an easy way to earn a profit. If you are succeeding in a niche and have developed a following, you can sell a product.

But, maybe you’re thinking, well I can just find anything online.

True. But it will cost you a lot of time to find all the right information and you won’t know if what you read is legit.

People often want to learn the exact steps of how others succeeded before them. So, providing a product like an eBook or eCourse that has all the information in one place is very desirable for people.

4. Bundle Your Services

Sometimes bundling your services can look more attractive to prospective clients. And this also means you can charge a little more.

For example, many clients want more than just a blog post. They also want you to upload it to their backend in WordPress, add an optimized feature image and fill out the Yoast SEO description too.

Suddenly, your $100 blog post becomes $120. And if this is a recurring blogging gig, you can bundle your posts – offering a discount for the client.

Or, you can offer service packages with a flat rate. For example, 4 blog posts, 4 feature images, 4 meta descriptions for $350. It might be less money if you break it down, but doing this ensures you will have consistent work and the client doesn’t have to worry about what you provide (since it will be the same each time).

5. Learn to Copywrite

You can make more as a copywriter than you would as a freelance writer. Since businesses need copy that sells, they need a writer that can write copy that converts.

Most freelance writers have some experience with copywriting since blog writing can be a form of copywriting if the end goal is to sell a product/service or increase a client’s subscriber list.

You also have copy on your writer website and if you start having inbound inquiries for your services, then you know your website copy is converting.

I recently landed my first copywriting client and loved the entire experience.  Writing web copy is my thing!

6. Find a High-Paying Niche

Sometimes the niche you have doesn’t really pay well. It’s not because your writing sucks. It’s just the industry has a low cap. For example, the lifestyle space – relationships, parenting, beauty – is often low-paying with a low cap.

If you’re stuck in the $.05/word range, you may consider looking into a higher-paying niche.  Usually the digital marketing, technology, business and finance spaces offer more money and have a higher cap.

7. Change Your Mindset

You’re a freelance writer, but you don’t feel like one. No one has paid you for your writing or you can’t break out of the $10 articles.

Sometimes your mind is what’s holding you back from truly succeeding at freelance writing. Having doubt and fear control your business can really hurt any progress or growth.

When you know you’re worth more, you’ll earn more. Changing your mindset can be the toughest thing for many freelance writers.

What can help is having a coach close at hand and confidence that you have the knowledge and skill set to be a sought after freelance writer.

Take Action

Ever heard, the world is your oyster? Well, it is! As a freelance writer you have the potential to be a webpreneur – an online entrepreneur.

If you’re struggling to make it as a freelance writer, you can certainly try any of these 7 ways to earn more cash. But, if you really are serious about having a viable freelance writing career, enroll in my course today!

Offer services, sell products, and network with influencers! You might learn you enjoy diversifying your income and finding ways to grow your business.

But, it all starts with taking action. So what are you waiting for?

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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Hi Elna, Thank you for this blog post. I’ve been thinking about writing a book about my life with generalized anxiety disorder. I might also add services to help freelancers with coming up with contracts they would use with their clients. I offer social media posting of my written blog posts to clients who ask for it but I’m thinking about charging for that service. I hadn’t thought about charging for that service on top of coming up with the blog post before now. Thank you for the ideas!Reply to Lizzie
Hey Lizzie, Those are all great ideas! I like the contract service. Many freelance writers would need that and if you end up creating this service, let me know so I can tell my followers!Reply to Elna
I’d be glad to provide this service and would love to help my fellow freelance writers. I’ll have to see how much to charge for the service and put it on my website. Thank you for the encouragement, Elna!Reply to Lizzie
You have some wonderful tips.Reply to Brenda
Hi Elna, I just have applied for your free writing course. You know what? I’ve got 13 non payed publication. But they helped me to get some clients that were willing to pay. I started the way of sending an emails, asking magazine owners if I can guest post. Most of them were in Croatian (I am Croatian), but I’ve got few publications in English as well. But no one should forever write for free. Thank you for this great post. All the best, Rahela Vukusic DruskoReply to Rahela
Hi Rahela! I know we’ve crossed paths a lot on social media and on various blogs 🙂 So happy to hear you signed up for the course. I’m sure you’ll find some awesome tips to help you out. If you need some more samples, my other blogs FreelancerFAQs and LifeStyleBody are seeking guest contributors 🙂Reply to Elna
These are some great tips. I got stuck in the cycle of writing cheap articles to pay the bills. They took up all of the time I could have been using to move forward, and I couldn’t afford to quit writing them! Last year I set a goal to do better, on my own terms. I have twins too, plus a four year old. I don’t want them to remember mommy working ten hours a day and not having much to show for it, so it was definitely time to take action. One of the first things I did was quote what I thought was an outrageously high price for ghost writing an article. And the client didn’t even balk! I was shocked. So yes, don’t settle for $5 when you can make what your work is worth!Reply to Jayme
Hi Jayme! How great to meet another mama with twins! There aren’t too many of us that are also freelance writers! I hear ya on setting a goal to do better. I always work on improving my writing skills, pitching skills and negotiation skills 🙂 Kudos to you on getting what you are worth on your ghostwriting project. It’s true; what a high rate for you is only chump change for some!Reply to Elna
Elna, taking action is sometimes hard to do when life and daily living bogs you down. I’m so glad to see that you have been SOOOOO productive… while raising twins! You continue to amaze me. 🙂 Thanks also for the mention. Wow. What a nice surprise! I sure appreciate that! Talk soon… hopefully at Starbucks! 😉Reply to Lorraine
Hey Lorraine! Glad you found my post and enjoyed it! Yes, every day is a lot of work, but doing the best as I can! My twins will turn three this month! Big whoop! Looking forward to seeing ya at our usual spot!Reply to Elna
I absolutely love your seven tips Elna! And #’s 2,4,5 & 6, really make a lot of sense. And # 2 almost seems like you almost can’t go wrong, because next to helping them write their posts and follow up email and or text messages etc. Helping clients manage their social media campaigns just seems like it’s practically, an automatic door opener! Thanks for sharing some excellent tips!I’m definitely gonna share this one!Reply to Mark
Another great post, Elna! Great ideas to consider for branching out… I’ll be saving this one. PS: I was especially intrigued by No. 1, I didn’t know people in our space were doing this! So that begs the question — will we see a novel from you, one day??Reply to Jessica
Hi Jessica! Unfortunately, no novel from me 🙂 I don’t have the patience to develop characters and to follow through. I also don’t think I have the capacity to think of an entire story line and write bits and pieces of it so it unfolds in a series of books.Too difficult! But, I do like non-fiction writing!Reply to Elna
I didn’t mean fiction, Elna. I think I’d do well focusing on non-fiction because I feel that fiction writing will ”eat up” a lot of my time, and I’m not sure if I’m that creative. 🙂Reply to Mercy
Oh hey Mercy, Good to know. I guess when I think of “author” I automatically think of a fiction writer. Yeah, I feel the same way. It would probably eat up a lot of my non-existent free time 🙂Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thanks for sharing these suggestions with us. I’m just throwing my hat into the freelance ring so this was very helpful for me. I have to learn more about copywriting. Sounds like something I would be interested in doing. Great post lady! Hope you’re having a great week. CoriReply to Corina
Corina, Thanks for coming over here! Copywriting is a great skill to learn. I absolutely love conversion copywriting and am using it on my website and sales page. It’s awesome! So excited for you to become a freelance writer chica!Reply to Elna
Haha. Freelance writing for me has become a bit of a means to get paid while I work on my novels. Then came the time where I fell so far into focusing on my freelancing that I forgot about the novels altogether. Eventually a balance arrives. I’m not quite there, yet, but it’s arriving. These are all great ideas, Elna. Thanks again for the great post!Reply to Josh
Hey Josh, I am in the same boat! My business, Wording Well, became my main focus and my books simply got pushed aside. Now I am trying to create a new schedule that will allow me to work on each. I wish you the best of luck in your authorship! One of my current projects is helping a blind man publish his second book, as being an author assistant is one of the four services my business offers. Onward and upward! ?Reply to Lorraine
Josh, Yeah! You can use freelance writing to help you while you focus on your novel! But, yeah, freelance writing can take a bit more focus, especially if you have a lot of clients (or are trying to land those elusive clients). I see you’re doing well? That’s great! Finding the balance is important!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Good practical tips here! I especially like the last one, ‘change mindset’, which as you know is the number success ingredient for all of us. One of the challenges for freelancers is to find the high paying gigs. Offering sales copywriting services is one way to do that. Unfortunately, most writers are not good at it. I call it ‘words that sell’, or ‘salesmanship in print’. Writers need to learn basic selling skills so they can create copy that sells its socks off. Inextricably linked to the creation of sales copy is the requirement to produce a tangible result. Therefore, more pressure is placed on the shoulders of the copywriter to perform. The upside is that good sales copywriters usually make more money than most other writers. The only kind of writing work I would do for a client would be sales copy because it pays a lot more than writing regular editorial style content. That said your other suggestions are good too. I guess it’s a matter of finding a strategy that resonates, and then just go for it! Thanks again Elna KimReply to Kim
Hi Kim, Many freelance writers are fearful of copywriting. I’m trying to let everyone know that everyone has a bit of copywriting skills in them already. Drafting up your website copy and even writing blog posts are all forms of copywriting. Conversion copywriting is a bit more complex as you really need to understand your target market, but it can be learned! And yes, changing your mindset is a big one for many. Since technically “anyone” can be a freelance writer, the whole impostor syndrome comes into play. They’re just a mother, not a writer. I don’t have a journalism degree so I’m not a writer. But, when you change your mindset, everything else falls into place!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, this is a great resource. I have some books in my head that need to come out. Lol. The good thing about freelance writing is that it has so many areas into which you can branch off and multiply your income by. I also like the fact that you mentioned learning. It’s easy to remain a guru in a particular thing and neglect to improve yourself in other areas where one is not so strong. This post needs to be seen by more people. Off to share it now.Reply to Ruth
Hi Ruth! You’re too kind. I’m learning there are quite a few freelance writers that are also authors. I guess it all relates. For me, I write more abstract pieces like poetry. No novels from this gal. So happy to hear freelance writing is the direction you’re sticking to. It does lend itself so well to other forms of income.Thanks for sharing my post!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna, Thanks for these tips, Elna. For me, I’m looking forward to becoming an author very soon. I believe it’s another good way of earning more cash.Reply to Mercy
Hi Mercy, Props to you for exploring fiction writing! I don’t think I’d make a very good fiction author. The planning, character development and story lines would just be too complicated for me! I have Alicia Rades’ story but I haven’t had the time to read it. Maybe this month I will!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Another super-useful post. How did you learn to write such good copy? Did you join a course? Happy holiday as usual.Reply to Rohi
Hi Rohi! Thanks again. No, I haven’t joined any courses, I learned freelance writing from scratch and am now teaching others how to be a sought after writer!Reply to Elna
Thank you so much for writing this. I’ve just made a bit of a career change and writing is going to be a large part of it.Reply to Sola
Hi Sola, That’s great! Gonna be a freelance writer? Glad you found my post informational and useful. With the holidays looming it’s always nice to earn a bit of extra cash isn’t it?Reply to Elna