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Making Money with Small Freelance Writing Projects

Every so often I receive an email about how my freelance writing rates are lower than the industry norm. While this may be true in some cases, I always find it hard to believe that others get so caught up in what their competition is charging. The way I see it, you should set your freelance writing rates based on your experience, feelings, and career goals.

Making money through small freelance writing projects is more than possible. This is how I started my career, and it has helped my freelance writing income to increase big time since my first day on the job. This is not to say that you only want to take on small jobs, but they can add up over the course of a month.

Take this scenario for example. You could spend the entire month chasing two feature article opportunities that pay you a total of $500. This would be a great accomplishment, but since these jobs can be hard to land as a beginner, you may be wasting a lot of time.

On the other side of things, you could attempt to write 50 articles at $10 each. These types of articles are commonly purchased by webmasters who need content for their site or blog. Sure, you will have to put in more work because you are writing 50 articles instead of two, but in the end you will have the same amount of money. Then if the feature article projects come through, you are now sitting at $1,000/month.

The above scenario is similar to what I faced as a new freelance writer. Everybody wants the fun, high paying jobs. But they are not the only ones out there. Remember, small paying freelance writing jobs usually take up less time than high paying ones; it is all relative.

Instead of spending day after day chasing jobs that may not come about, you should also take some time to look for smaller, more attainable projects that could put a little bit of money in your pocket. I don’t take on these jobs nearly as much as I once did, but they definitely helped me to get to where I am today.

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