You know that job? The one that’s offering $100 – $200 for one blog post? The one you stare at with envy, then mock your own ego for even reading the posting before proceeding to the freelance writer clearance aisle?
Stop it. No seriously, stop it. Apply for that job.
What’s there to lose? What are you afraid of?
At the risk of tooting my own horn (or just flat-out looking like an arrogant ass) I’m going to tell you what I made on my first freelance writing job.
$180 per post
I had writing experience through the company I worked for, but I had never attempted to branch out on my own. Still, I saw the project on a job board, submitted an application, and boom. I wasn’t the most experienced, the most talented, or the most practiced freelance writer, but I just went for it.
It was a better confidence booster than I could have ever asked for. More importantly, though, it kept me from undervaluing my work moving forward and gave me a reference point for when future employers asked me to name my price.
The fantastic employers who know an amazing writer is costly don’t fork over the dough without a dose of heavy scrutiny. They want your writing to be on point, your response time to be immediate, and your flexibility to be boundless.
Sadly,I lacked the business sense at the time to hold down a job like that. I took for granted the investment they were making in my skills and was less attentive than I should have been. That, too, is fixable!
This blog was originally posted on my personal blog, RelentlessWriter.com. Click over to read the rest of my advice on valuing yourself as a writer!