Monday, September 19, 2011

10 Tips for Freelancers Who Want to Make (Well Over) 6-Figures a Year

Making it big as a freelance writer seems close to impossible for many writers, but Robert Bly is one of many who has made that dream a reality. Freelance is becoming a more and more popular industry for writers.

Bly even offers tips for beating writer's block, whether it be for freelancers or any other writers. Whether you be interested in freelancing full time or part time, Bly's tips are helpful advice to get the most income out of your freelancing situation.

I started freelancing full-time in 1982, and except for that year and the next, I have earned more than $100,000 a year as a freelance writer for 20 consecutive years. Last year, I grossed $500,000, as I did the year before that.

I tell you this not to brag, but to illustrate that making a 6-figure income is a realistic goal for even an average freelance writer like me (I’ve never written a bestseller, nor have I sold a script to the movies or TV). Following are some suggestions to help you achieve and exceed the $100,000 a year mark:

1. Get serious about making money. “Before we can accumulate riches in great abundance, we must become money-conscious until the desire for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it,” writes Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich (Fawcett Crest, 1960).

If money is not a concern, you can write whatever you want, whenever you want, as much or as little as you want, without regard to the fee you will be paid, how long it will take to write the piece, or the likelihood that you will sell the piece.

If you want to consistently make $100,000 a year as a freelance writer, you need to avoid the “poverty mentality” that holds so many writers back from earning a high income.

See all 10 of Bly's tips for making more than $100,000 a year freelancing by clicking here.

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