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Freelance Writing Income: What to Expect

Talking about how much money freelance writers earn is never easy. The reason for this is the broad range of answers. Some freelancers are only earning a few dollars per month. Others are pulling in tens of thousands of dollars and still on the rise. So, when I am asked to discuss freelance writing income I always make sure to talk about both the good and bad.

One thing is for sure: new freelance writers have to start at the bottom of the barrel. Although you may dream of earning $10k or more per month, it is not something that you should expect in your first month on the job. If you set unrealistic expectations in terms of your freelance writing income you are going to find yourself disappointed soon enough. Don’t get me wrong, you need to have goals. But you must make sure that they are realistic and actually attainable.

Your expectations probably won’t be spot on. My first month as a freelance writer led to a whopping $52. By the next month I was closing in on $1k. Although these are modest numbers, I did not expect them to come. I honestly thought it would take much longer, at least six to nine months, to reach the $1k barrier – fortunately I was wrong.

The best advice I can give is to set goals, but also realize that they are going to change from month to month. Since aspiring freelance writers do not know much about the industry it is important that they are reasonable with their expectations. Once you have a few months of work under your belt you will have a much better idea of what you can earn now and in the future.

If you have any questions about “freelance writing income” please leave a comment. Of course, those who are not comfortable doing so can always send me an email. Either way, this is a difficult subject and I will do what I can to help.

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