Well. It happened.
I had my biggest freelance writing income month ever!
The weird part is that I’ve actively been trying to cut down on client work – not take more on. Somehow, that didn’t quite go as planned this month. 🙂
But I’m also starting to only take on high-paying work from people who are my ideal clients. That way, I can spend all of my time writing stuff I enjoy and makin’ bank while I’m at it!
Let’s break it down and take a look at the numbers.
Freelance Writing Income Report: June 2016
I’ve been outsourcing editing for almost everything I write, and I’ve outsourced some writing work too. So, that’s where most of my expenses came from.
The rest of my expenses are mostly just business programs like Freshbooks and Basecamp. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I’d need a 12-step program to quit Basecamp! It keeps me sane and is the only reason I don’t miss deadlines.
(And no, I’m not an affiliate or getting paid to say that – I just really love Basecamp! Try it out if you don’t use a project management system or don’t like the one you’ve got right now.)
Where My Freelance Writing Income Came From
Here’s the work that I billed for in June:
- 44 blog posts/articles
Total: 44 pieces
Average pay per piece: $193
This looks like shit-ton of blog posts – I know. But it wasn’t too bad because I outsourced several pieces (those pieces are included in my count).
On top of that, outsourcing my editing has been a huge time-saver for me because it allows me to stop obsessing over every fucking detail in my work. I just send my first draft to my editor, get his feedback, and then tweak the edited draft until it meets my standards.
The time I save is SO worth the money, and it’s something I’ll probably keep doing fo’ eva’ (fo eva’ eva’!).
So if you waste lots of time self-editing, think about outsourcing your editing. Seriously. It’ll change your life!
Thoughts on my June 2016 income
The main reason my income increased so much this month is because one of my clients is launching a new product and wanted lots of blog posts to help prepare for their launch. The client is easy to work with and pays well, so it was definitely cool to work on!
(That’s why it’s so important to build strong relationships with clients and hit deadlines. You never know when a client will need more work, and when they do, you want them to choose you over the other freelance writers they know!)
I also wrote a few paid guest posts, which was a great way to add to my income while spreading the word about this blog.
Other than that, I’ve been working with the same clients as usual. That’s one of my favorite things about freelance blogging (as opposed to copywriting or other types of projects)– it’s easy to get consistent work every month, and you don’t have to constantly hustle for new gigs.
I’m at the point where I’m only taking on those perfect projects – stuff I enjoy that also pays well.
A lot of that has to do with me wanting more time to work on this blog.
I’ve got some exciting stuff in the works, including a free email course and a paid course for freelance writers (!!!).
Can I get a YASSSSSS? 🙂
Really though, I’m stoked to keep creating content here. And it has been awesome to watch my blog grow over the past few months. I don’t think I’ll completely stop taking on client work for a while, but I definitely want to cut down on that so I can focus more on helping fellow freelance writers learn how to bring in the big bucks!
So, wish me luck as I dive into next month and hopefully free up more time to create blog posts, free resources, and courses.
And if you’re hustling hard to win more work this month, here are some free resources to help you out:
- 10 Profitable Freelance Writing Niches + How You Can Break Into Them
- How to Turn Your Freelance Writer Website Into a Client-generating Machine
- 10 Tools I Used to Build a $5K/mo Freelance Writing Business