How To Advance Your Freelance Writing Career Beyond Entry Level

If you have started a career as a freelance writer but feel that you are still stuck entry level then you may be wondering how you can progress further.

Firstly, you need to understand and define what entry-level means. For example, it could be that you have joined a writing company and you are still stuck on the lowest rung of the professional ladder. Alternatively, it may be that you have worked independently, but feel that you are not earning as much as you would like.

The following provides some advice to try and help you develop your career, and help you to get to a place where you’d like to be as a freelance writer.

Asking for a pay rise from existing clients

If one of your main concerns is the amount of money that you are earning then one of the easiest things that you can do is simply ask for a pay rise. Whilst this may seem like an obvious solution, many individuals may be too scared to ask for a pay rise. However, most clients will be entirely fair if you do ask for a pay rise. In fact, whilst some clients may simply refuse, others will be quite happy to grant a pay rise, particularly if you have been working for them for a while. In fact, it is not unheard-of for writers to significantly increase the amount of money that they are earning, simply by asking for it.

Developing your own client base

Many freelance writers will have begun their career by finding work on freelance websites. Whilst these provide a great way for people to get into the industry, there can be various limitations, particularly when it comes to the amount that writers can get paid.

One of the problems of freelance websites is that many of the clients who use them are unwilling to pay high rates for the work that they receive. However, there are many private individuals who require written content who would be more than happy to pay higher levels. As a result, if you are willing to take the time to research different companies, and contact them on an individual and independent basis, then it is possible to find good quality clients who are happy to pay more.

Ultimately, whilst this approach will require a great deal more motivation and effort, it can be for more lucrative in the long-run.

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