I got my first assignment letter yesterday, from my first round of pitches in the Freelance Marketing Mastery bootcamp! I’m SUPER stoked, because it’s for a trade magazine for hospitals, which means really wonky, in-the-weeds topics for healthcare professionals. Oh—and it pays $700! The editor was very clear that’s a starter rate for an initial project, and it’ll be higher for future assignments. And this clip should help me get more clients like this one. Glad I took this Den bootcamp, which gave me the guts to go for it. —Lisa Baker, health writer, lcbaker.com
I’m happy to say I’ve just landed my first ‘real’ client (i.e., not through an agency or referrals)—and it wouldn’t have happened without the Den bootcamp with Joshua Boswell. I found the contact through a Slack community in my niche.
When I went to LinkedIn to connect with a member, I told her I noticed they have a lot of good stuff on their blog, and asked if they ever use outside writers. She said they were always looking! She liked my samples, but went silent after I quoted my fee. I sent a follow-up and gave a menu of prices for shorter posts up through white papers—and she offered me $500 of work. Amazing! I have a feeling this will turn into a regular gig (already thinking about upsells, thanks to the Endless Profit Matrix). This bootcamp has already more than paid for itself! —Sam Sinha, food and tech writer, samsinha.com
I’ve had a long-term goal to write for AARP Magazine, because they’re the largest-circulation pub in the country (and one of the best-paying). I discovered they have a new digital component, and they’ve asked me to contribute personal essays from my experience as a black woman. Looks like I have two assignments from AARP already, and the first is at $1 a word.
Big shout-out to my Den accountability partner Ayelet, who encouraged me to keep up my LinkedIn contacts! —Williesha Morris, social media and small-business writer, Tuscaloosa, AL | MyFreelanceLife.com
I won a new account in February from the Den’s Junk-Free Job Board. It’s a super-cool IT/technology company. I was inspired by one Den post where a member talked about how he applied to many postings on the board and earned several good gigs. Pay is $1 a word for blogs, website pages, and white papers. Thanks! —Mitch Bossart, Minneapolis | bold-communication.com
My first three months as a freelancer, I made $400 a month. I just did my taxes, and I made well over $100,000 freelancing! Considering that last January and February I only made $1,500-2,000 a month, I’m pretty amazed — and I owe a LOT of it to what I learned from the Den! —Kat Tretina
I got several wins in one. I found an opportunity to guest post at double the money I’d ever made for a blog post. They loved my stuff and offered me a monthly gig! Thanks to the Den, I had enough sense not to sign their horrid contract and told them the noncompete and insurance requirements wouldn’t work. They rewrote their contract because of my input! Before the Den, I would have just signed my soul away for that price increase, and I wouldn’t have said a word. I love the Den! —Holly Hughes-Barnes, Nashville | hollyhughesbarnes.com
I’ve just scored my highest-paying client to date — and it looks like it’s going to turn into recurring work. It’s a custom publication in the agricultural industry, and they pay much better than any magazine I’ve written for in the past — $1,000-$1,200 for 800-900 words. For perspective, I just did a 3000-word piece for $900 and got $475 for 1,300 words. Big thanks to the Den for giving me the confidence to go after bigger clients. You helped me hone my letter of introduction to get a foot in the door, and it’s literally paying off! —Laura Barrera, freelance agriculture writer | laurarosebarrera.com
After just a few weeks in the Den, I went to a networking event and got my very first REAL client – one who was willing to pay a professional rate. I’ve since used the Den’s resources to build an SEO-friendly website that’s brought in more work opportunities than I know what to do with! My cannabis writing took off, and now I have three regular clients, plus two more that give me project work. If you’re a freelance writer, and you want to take your business to the next level, join The Freelance Writers Den. It’s one of the best investments you can make. —Daryl Watson, The Cannabis Copywriter | the cannabiscopywriter.com
A thank you to @TiceWrites: The Den was my 1st real breadcrumb on trail to earning a living #writing online. Now earning up to $600/post. —Pam Neely
“I love the Freelance Writer’s Den and tell other writers that it is the most cost-effective resource. I’ve really benefited from the query and LOI reviews in the Den, and have used what I’ve learned to pitch top-tier magazines. I even landed gigs from two editors featured on Den podcasts – at AAA Journey & Redbook – after listening to the calls and then following up with the pitches Denizens helped me hone.” —Kristi Valentini