4 Skills Profitable Freelance Writers Possess (Video)

Did you catch me live in my Facebook group? I’m in the middle of doing five days of freelance writing tips over in my Facebook page and I’m loving it!


I’m not the best presenter or speaker, but I’m showing you that I’m actually doing it. I’m scared, anxious and I totally messed up and say um a lot. But, I did it. I took action and did something new.

4 Skills Profitable Freelance Writers Possess (Video)

And, that’s what I want new freelance writers to do. Don’t worry if you will look like a fool, just go out and pitch or go out and do it.

I’m doing these 5 days of live streaming because I want to help as many newbies as possible. Video is a great medium and can reach more people organically on Facebook. And now that, Twitter opened the doors for live streaming, you know that 2017 is the year for video marketing.

So, I thought I’d bring the video to my blog! For the next five days I’ll post a blog post on share my latest video. I hope you take some time to view it and enjoy it because I feel it has a lot of valuable tips for newbies.

My first video is on the four skills you need to be a profitable writer. Not every freelance writer will succeed and not every freelance writer will be profitable. What do those writers possess that you don’t? Check out my video and please subscribe to my YouTube channel!


So, the top skills you need to be a profitable writer include:

  • The ability to self-motivate and manage your time
  • Be able to write engaging and valuable content for an online audience
  • Confidence to pitch, negotiate and value your worth as a writer
  • Having one niche
  • Grab my free resource guide on how to Accelerate Your Freelance Writing Income in 7 Easy Steps

Over to you – tell me what you think profitable writers should possess!

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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Elna, thank you! This is immensely valuable information! Especially your “setting a daily metric” suggestion. For someone who suffers from analysis paralysis…this is gold!Reply to Keri
I have a niche, it’s medical/scientific writing. I can’t seem to get started. I have the articles, but can’t seem to write the summary without plagiarizing. Can you give me some tips on summarizing a medical article. My goal is to become a freelance writer and blogger. I want to pitch my niche, and to get samples. Please help!Reply to DeLoise
Hi DeLoise, Why do you have to summarize those articles? This is not how you create a sample for your freelance writing business. Instead, come up with a topic in that niche. For the medical niche side maybe topics around mental health and productivity or food safety and young children or the role of superbugs and antibiotics. Go and search those online and see what is being said about them and use that to help you write your content. I hope that helps?Reply to Elna
Thank you for an awesome video, Elna! The confidence for pitching has always been a problem for me. I know it’s a problem for other freelancers as well. Sometimes I get so afraid to pitch a guest post or my services to an ideal client that I never send the blasted email! I’m working to get past this fear of pitching but it won’t happen overnight. I know I’ll get there, though, and that’s what matters to me most.Reply to Lisa
Hi Lisa! I know it’s daunting pitching, but you’ve done it and crossed that bridge! So, the next step is to just keep hustling and keep landing those gigs 🙂Reply to Elna
Do you have any suggestions for how to estimate our value/prices? I’ve seen very few guidelines or suggestions on that.Reply to CM
Hi CM! This is something I talk about in my Writeto1k course https://writeto1k.com but you need to value your own writing and stick to that! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Ooh, thanks!Reply to CM