FREELANCING / DEC. 29, 2014
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5 Reasons Why you are Not Finding Well Paid Freelance Writing Jobs

Many poorly paid freelance writers complain that they can’t find high paying jobs. As a result, they continue earning as little as $2 per post. However, there are other writers out there who are being paid as much as $50 for the same kind of work. Here are some of the reasons why you might not be getting high paying freelance writing jobs:

#1 Failing to ask

If you believe you are worth more than you are currently being paid, you should ask for a raise. However, many freelance writers don’t ask for more due to the fear of losing their clients. If you have been offering services to the same client for a long time at a fixed rate, they are likely to continue taking advantage of you. When you feel that you have enough experience under your belt, tell your client that you are revising your rates. A client who values your services would be willing to re-negotiate terms. If they refuse to cooperate, have the courage to walk away.

#2 Looking in the wrong places

To find high paying freelance writing jobs, you need to look in the right places. Most freelance writers continue to earn little since they primarily find work through bidding sites. Clients who advertise on sites such as Elance.comGetAFreelancer.com and Guru.com usually look for the lowest bidder. Higher paying jobs are usually advertised on job boards such as problogger.netfreelancewritinggigs.com and Craigslist. Such job boards don’t involve bidding and allow you to contact the client directly. Alternatively, you could decide to cold call some companies and pitch your business.

#3 Having a poor reputation

Webmasters and editors usually carry out a background check before making hiring decisions. If you have written for a specific publication before, they are likely to contact the editor of that publication to get some information about you. therefore, if you have a reputation for submitting poor quality work, missing deadlines, arguing with your client or bad mouthing your clients, people will not be very eager to work with you or pay you more. Therefore, to succeed as a freelance writer, you need to watch your reputation closely.

#4 Not applying for high paying jobs

Many freelance writers come across high paying jobs, but simply ignore them because they feel that they are not qualified enough. However, the fear of being rejected by a client should not keep you from applying for a job. If you have some experience under your belt, go ahead and apply for the job. If the client says no, move on and make other applications. For clients to believe in you, you need to believe in yourself first.  

#5 A poor resume and cover letter

First impressions can make or break your chance to bag a high paying gig. This is why you need to ensure that your resume and cover letter represent you well. If they are filled with grammatical errors and are poorly structured, you will keep missing out on opportunities. If you don’t have the necessary skills, it would be advisable to hire the services of a professional resume writer.

Finding high paying jobs can be a time consuming and frustrating task. However, don’t be discouraged. Keep your head up and the big bucks will soon come your way.   

     

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