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How to Maximize Your Earnings as a Full Time Freelance Writer

Deciding to become a full time freelance writer can be difficult, especially if you were used to a stable form of income. So in order to maximize your earnings as a full time freelance writer, some suggestions are found below.

If you haven’t decided becoming a full time freelancer yet, then this post will be helpful – A Check List Before You Become a Full Time Freelancer. But if you are already a full time freelance writer and are struggling to earn as much as you normally would while still working on a regular job, these tips will be beneficial to you.

Multiple gigs

In as much as everyone’s goal is to find a writing gig which can pay for about 8 hours worth of work, it’s not always possible to do so. Thus, to accumulate the number of work hours you require daily, you need to be a freelance writer for multiple gigs. To do so, you must sign up for conventional freelancing sites such as oDesk, Freelancer, Elance, Guru, and even non-traditional sites like Fiverr and numerous other sites.

The best gigs are those paid by the hour. Payments for these are also guaranteed by most freelancing sites. But if you can write fast, you can also accept fixed rate jobs. An article of 500 words can actually be completed within an hour, including research time. The duration just varies depending on the amount of research time needed and your familiarity with the topic or subject matter.

Send as much application as possible

In order for you to acquire as many gigs as possible, you should also make the most of the number of bids or proposals allowed by a freelancing website. A new user starts with the least opportunity to propose a job offer. The number of propositions allowable will in time increase as you mature on the site, take more tests, and gain more projects as well as feedback. It doesn’t matter how many bids you are permitted to use, just make sure to use them. When an offer is rejected, the bid count normally reverts to the previous count so you have a fresh new bid to use again.  

When applying for project openings, make sure to make your application count. Do away with resumes and how good you are. Just mention how you can contribute to the project and what you’re planning to do in relation to it. Don’t send a generic application which you simply copy paste for every project. Write a personal and unique application which relates to the job. There’s nothing more awkward than a generalized proposition which is not connected in any way with the job.  

Determine how many hours you can allot freelance writing

Admit it, there are numerous distractions over the web including video sharing sites, social networks, chat rooms, and gaming portals. My computer is normally up for about 12 hours daily but I don’t exactly spend the whole time just staring at it. There are times where I get distracted by stuffs online, the television at home, and kids in our place. If you can actually achieve at least 8 hours of writing time, then you my fellow freelance writer will be able to maximize your earnings.

Increase your rate

We all start with minimal rates. I started with as little as less than $1 for 500 words when I was still writing for a local agency on a part time basis. Eventually, I discovered that I can directly contact clients instead. Thus, I was able to slowly boost the amount of collected fees by more than 5 times now compared to the rate when I started. If that’s already a lot, wait till you find out rates from more experienced freelance writers. With over a year writing for the web, I don’t consider myself as an expert yet.

It doesn’t hurt to agree to gigs with nominal fees knowing that the more articles you write, the more you learn from the process. You will discover the tricks to writing quality articles at an efficient pace. You become more experienced when it comes to writing for the web, meet more employers, and can in turn raise your rates.   

Supplement your freelance writing income

Aside from freelance writing, you can also learn other freelancing jobs which can help you supplement your freelance writing income. Over the course of the past few months, I’ve learned a lot over the web and can now confidently offer other services. All services are listed on this blog’s page - Hire Web Services.

You too can become skilled at other services in order to supplement your income as a freelance writer. You can even start a site or blog and earn by displaying advertisements and promoting products as an affiliate marketer. You may also write for various writing sites like InfoBarrel, HubPages, Squidoo, and more.

If you possess management skills, you can also build an agency, apply using your company’s name, and accept more writing gigs. You can hire local writers in order to help you with the process. Just make sure that you edit each writer’s work or find an editor who can do so before submitting the completed assignment.

With these tips, you can surely maximize your income as a freelance writer.


  1. Hi. I am currently working for a local agency ( as a homebased freelance writer. The good thing is, the work is consistent. The downside is, the pay is very low. As such, I would like to explore other opportunities in relation to producing web content. Can you advice me on how I can directly contact clients instead of working for my current agency? Or should I first gain some experience here (local agency)? If the latter, how long would you advice me in staying with the agency? Thanks a lot!

  2. I suggest you gain experience first, like say for about 6 months, and then venture into other sites like and in order to at least have enough experience and learn more about the tricks of the trade. Although such sites may potentially help you earn more, the competition is stiff and you will have to manually apply through job postings of interest instead of simply claiming a task (as in the case of


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