You are a freelance writer and you do not believe in yourself? Yes! Some writers have the morbid feeling that they are not good enough to earn fat pays. They just erroneously feel others are by far better than they are. So what happens? They settle down for the crumbs and allow others to feed fat from the main dish. This attitude invariably affects their writing earnings.
I had this problem myself and felt lightly depressed for the period the loathsome feelings lasted. I saw the likes of Darren Rowse, John Chow, Ileane Smith, Jane Sheeba, etc. as the only people who could communicate effectively, and so earn good money. But I was totally wrong.
If you have been thinking the same way I thought, then you must know that you are better than so many writers out there who are earning big. All you need is a change of attitude toward yourself. Stop underrating yourself! Stop this “I am not good enough” attitude of yours and face reality. YOU ARE A GREAT WRITER.
How Negative Attitude Affects Your Writing Earnings
I saw myself as just an average writer and so I did not harness my full potential. To start with, in 2008 I launched my book and sold a few copies. I had some substantial copies left; but I didn’t know what to do and how to market them. After struggling with them, I gave out the remaining copies free to schools. There was this doubt inside me if I was actually a good writer.
Later on, I found my way into the internet, started some blogs, but couldn’t make headway. My blog grew in readership, but I didn’t know how to sell to them. So I was losing money every day because potential clients were coming and I was letting them go without selling to them. Eventually I started to try my hands on freelance writing.
How My Breakthrough Came
My breakthrough as a freelance writer did not just come by accident, it came by a change of attitude. I stopped seeing myself as not good enough. I felt I could write and earn good money like any other great writer out there. So from that moment things changed for the better. Now these were some of the things I did:
I sought for ways to reach out to people and tell them who I am and what I could do for them. I created an “About Me” page on my blog, and asked to be hired as a freelance writer and visited related forums and used my blog URL as my signature. I also offered guest posts to quality blogs with a link back to my own blog.
I reached out to potential clients. First, I joined freelance sites like oDesk, Elance, etc where clients could find me. I also remembered there were few guys who had submitted sponsored posts to my sites. So I compiled their list and began to reach out to them (especially those who were willing to offer good money to have their posts published). This yielded good result for me.
Stop accepting peanuts:
When I started, I was willing to accept offers as cheap as $5 per post; so I was looking for clients on those micro-jobs site where gigs were sold for $3, $5, $10, etc. But as soon as I changed my attitude, I decided to put an end to that pittance. I settled for nothing less than $50 per post. I changed from those sites and looked for better paying sites. My clientele changed from $5 to $50, and then it rose to $100 offers. I am happy I changed my negative and piteous attitude. Though the period of transition from mediocrity to success was a trying one, my mind was already made and I was prepared to pay the price to get my freedom.
Life is willing to offer you whatever you ask of it. But you must first know what to ask from life and be prepared to pay the sacrifice required for the result to come. A change of attitude is a sacrifice we must be ready to pay if we do not intend to be mediocre for eternity. Once you make up your mind on something you are sure would give the desired result, set out to pursue your goal vigorously and the result would definitely come.
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