In this Writing Wednesday episode, I continue with part 4 of my 4 part series based off my recent episode How I Made $20,050 in 30 days of Writing. I recently wrote about this on Medium but wanted to dive deeper into each lesson so you know exactly how I was able to write that much, earn that much income and apply it to your own writing.
5 More Tips to Maximize Your Income with Freelance Writing
I’m no different than you. I started a blog in January of 2016 and, quite frankly, was an awful writer. Two years later, I started freelance writing because my blog was failing, and I had already quit my job. Two years later, I’m publishing a post about making $20,000 in 30 days.
Success isn’t overnight. But if you keep going, amazing things can happen. Keep believing in yourself, upgrading your skills, and trust the process.
1. Write Content You Enjoy
I’ve found that writing about topics you care about is much more enjoyable and rewarding. As lame as it sounds, it doesn’t feel like work.
2. Network with Other Writers
Writing can be a lonely job; one idea or a new perspective from another writer can change your online business!
3. Don’t Forget to Exercise
Both your physical and mental health will thank you!
4. Have Fun
Keep everything in perspective. You’re getting paid to type words on a computer while other people in the world barely survive.
5. Celebrate Your Wins
Don’t forget: Your brain loves celebrating wins! Small or big, it doesn’t matter. Get in the habit of giving yourself praise and celebrate everything you do in your writing journey.
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Speaker 1 (00:01):
You are listening to inspire your success podcast. Episode number 83 in today’s episode we cover the final five lessons that I learned making $20,000 in one single month is a writer. So you can use these five tips to improve your writing productivity and make more money online coming up.
Speaker 1 (00:24):
All right guys, welcome back to the final, a part of this one month April segment a. So if you’re brand new to the podcast, thanks for being here. Again, this is your host, Michael Leonard. Um, and this one is all about, again, just kinda tuning back to the last few episodes of, uh, going back to my biggest month as a writer, I was able to earn over $20,000 in 30 days writing. I wrote a lot and uh, I have a lot of episodes on it. If you go back to the last few Wednesdays, you can listen to part one, two, and three. Um, but yeah, this one is all about just showing the final five tips that I learned and lessons I learned that you can use and learn from now. So again, the whole point of this show and brand inspire your success is about speeding up your success.
Speaker 1 (01:07):
I want you to avoid as much as you can. I mean, you’re gonna always fail and learn and get your own lessons. But I want to give you all the things I’ve learned over the last few years and made over six figures as a writer. So again, guys, I want to help you so much. So again, hopefully you guys are hanging in there. I know we’re still in April and this a lockdown seems to just be happening everywhere. So hopefully you’re staying safe and just staying positive. This is a time where, um, life is either happening for you or to you. So you gotta have the right attitude. You gotta use this time, uh, to really move your life forward. Again, don’t sit around in the fear. Of course you should be safe, but, uh, use this time to upgrade your mind and, uh, really set yourself up for a solid 2020.
Speaker 1 (01:54):
Because you know what, guys? We still got a lot of time left, so let’s jump into it here again. The final five tips. I appreciate you guys, um, you know, being here for the last few episodes, we were having a great response in April. Still people are tuning in. So thank you for being here. And before I jump into the final five lessons though, God, I give you guys my random facts. You know, I’m all about that. I want to build as much rapport with all you guys I can and uh, you know, hopefully someone can resonate with me. I’ve gotten a lot of hate on this one, but you know, the random fact for me is that I am an avid taco bell fan. I mean like literally I could eat it every single day. Um, I think I’ve probably had it at least three times in the last few weeks from the pandemic cause it’s really the only thing it’s open and it’s just, it’s a comfort food.
Speaker 1 (02:38):
Who am I kidding? So if you’re with me on the bell, let me know. Hit me up on Instagram. I want to at least give you a Pat on the back since a lot of people at my gym are saying, Hey, you know, what are you doing eating that stuff? Look, I’ve been eating it 25 years. I’m sorry. I love it. So no shame in the game here. Next time you see a taco bell, think about me. I’m in all reality. It’s pretty funny. My grandma’s like 86, 87, and the last few years for Christmas, she gets me a $10 taco bell gift card. So you know what? That’s how you know you’ve made it life. And I’m like, grandma, I’m going to spend 12 bucks. What am I going to do for the other two? I guess I got to pay for it on my own. So you know what, that’s a, that’s my random fact for the day.
Speaker 1 (03:15):
Let’s just jump into the final five. Uh, again, this is the, uh, 20 lessons, uh, for making $20,000 in a single month as a writer. So jumping in here and number 16, which is our first one of the day, is you gotta write about stuff you enjoy. Um, you know, I think a lot of people would disagree with me on there and you can have your own opinion of course. But for me, what I found is taken a writing job just for the money is no different than taking a typical nine to five for the money. I mean, if you’re in a money crunch, I get it like, but in the longterm I’ve found that writing about topics she care about is so much more enjoyable and rewarding. As lame as it sounds, that really doesn’t feel like work when you actually like what you’re doing. Um, you know, some days.
Speaker 1 (03:59):
Sure. Uh, but I mean, I get paid to write about golf and digital marketing things that I, I just love. So it really isn’t that, you know, it doesn’t feel like work. I’ll tell you what though, in the beginning when I was writing about stuff that like I didn’t really love and I kind of fell out of love with personal finance and stuff like that. And I was writing really long stuff about it for minimum wage, like, you know, low wages at that time that that’s how I really almost had burnout and almost quit this whole free dance. Right. Anything. But I stuck with it and have made over six figures. So the reason though is because I pivoted to writing about things I really, really enjoy. So I think that you owe it to your client to enjoy it or at least want to learn about it.
Speaker 1 (04:35):
You’re going to create better stuff for sure. Um, so again, I understand if you need to take a job for the money and you need to pay the bills, student loan debt, whatever, um, you know, maybe even it’s just building your portfolio, totally get it. But once you find niches that you really passionate about, uh, my love has just gotten so much stronger as a writer. So, um, I like this quote from Lana Del Ray. She said, doing what you love is freedom. Loving what you do is happiness. And, uh, I really believe in that. I mean, I’ve, I’ve made a lot of money in my old job and I hated what I was doing. It literally sucked. It made me feel, um, you know, just crazy all the time. I was like, man, what am I doing? Am I just doing this for the money? And I’ve had that with writing too.
Speaker 1 (05:14):
So it’s, once I switched though into writing about stuff, I loved, man made a huge, huge difference. So write what you love. I promise it’ll make the day go by and you’ll actually enjoy it and get paid very well. So a tip number two is to network with other writers. Man, I still could take my own advice sometimes and still do. I’ve been a little better about this since I, everyone’s been on the lockdown here. But yeah, network guys, you’ve got to get out there and a network writing is a lonely job. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you’re sitting in your room eight hours a day by yourself, you know your dog, my dogs the best. Munchie I love her to death, but you know, she doesn’t talk back. You need to have some human interactions sometimes. So you know, if you’re an introvert, sure it’s okay.
Speaker 1 (05:55):
But if you’re an extrovert like me, you got to get front of other people and uh, you know, you got to have those conversations that energize you. So for me, I mean it’s either joining Facebook groups, LinkedIn, the connecting with other writers, just emailing people. Uh, you know, that’s how I had a Nick Wolney on the show and I a, he’s someone that I was able to connect with. He just reached out to me cause he was reading my stuff on medium, liked it and we built a good rapport and I got him on the podcast. So not only did I get to connect with another writer, I got to share his story with you guys, learn how to land big publications, stuff like that. So, you know, reach out to other writers. It is a, you know, give them a compliment and let them know you’re reading their stuff.
Speaker 1 (06:33):
You’re a big fan of people want to hear that stuff and you can get some really good connections. So again, don’t forget one idea or one new perspective from another writer. It can literally change your business. So, all right guys, tip number three is pretty straight forward, but man, it makes a big difference. Uh, don’t forget the exercise. I mean, if you’re sitting around writing all day and working at home, uh, of course all the gyms are closed right now. I know it’s difficult, but you can still run, you can do push ups, air lunges by a pull up bar or whatever. Uh, exercise is a top priority. And once this pandemic thing is over, I’m getting a second gym membership. I’m getting back in the college, Mike, fight and shape here. Um, just because whenever I go to the gym and I’m in the best shape, I just feel better.
Speaker 1 (07:15):
Uh, you know, like I said, I like taco bell so that, that, that doesn’t help the physique. So you gotta gotta work out and uh, and get that, uh, kind of equaling out as my girlfriend always shames me. You can’t outwork a bad diet. She always says, and unfortunately she is right. Um, but you know, as far as working at home and remote work, you need to uh, work, work, work, your physical, your mental health. I mean all of that’s just going to help you be a better freelancer, a better writer. Um, and you’re obviously just going to be in better health. So again, don’t forget to exercise, do stuff you love. Like I said on another episode, schedule this stuff out so that way you stick to it. Um, your wallet and your body will. Thank you. All right guys, wrapping up here. Uh, before we get to the last two, just a quick reminder, make sure you’re following me on Instagram at I am Michael Leonard so that we can not miss any of these trainings.
Speaker 1 (08:08):
We got some more in April and might even do some in may since this a pandemic is not really went anywhere and people are still working at home. And I want to help you guys out as much as I can, so make sure you follow me on there. Um, that way you can sign up to any of the free trainings that we’re doing about how to make money writing on medium, how to land clients, all that stuff. So make sure you follow me on there. All right. Tip number four for you guys is you got to have fun. I mean, I know this sounds so basic, but you got to keep everything in perspective like you’re getting paid to type words on a computer to write online. Um, I mean, this is just crazy. Like I still can’t believe people pay me to write and it’s just not that my writing isn’t good and then I haven’t done research and all that stuff, but it’s like when you really think about it, you know, there’s people in the world that are really struggling and they’re barely able to, you know, survive.
Speaker 1 (08:53):
And to be able to pay the bills online is, uh, from stuff you do online is just crazy. So again, you gotta have fun. Sure. Some clients are going to be a pain. You might get fired, cold pitches are going to go see you, but at the end of the day, these are all small problems compared to most. It’s up to you to be able to look at yourself and your life from a 30,000 foot view. And just remember that if you have that work ethic, freelance writing is one of the easiest and best ways to make money online. And I talk about this so much in, in my freelance, a fiveK program, it’s like you just can’t scale most online businesses in like you, like you can as a writer. I mean, I 10 X to my monthly income in 12 months just from working part time.
Speaker 1 (09:33):
I mean, how crazy is that? Sure. Some clients sucked. Sure. Some of them, uh, some of the projects I didn’t like and things like that. But at the end of the day, it’s like you’ve got to keep everything in perspective. So have fun, enjoy the process, learn, work with people you enjoy. And just remember if I can do this too, like if I can do this, guys, you can’t do, I’m no different than you. I don’t have any fancy degree or education. I do have a bachelor’s degree that has paid off pretty much zero fold. Um, but just remember guys like I can, if I did this from, from scratch, you can too. So just keep everything in perspective and just remember the world, the universe, whoever you believe in, there’s an abundance amount of clients, abundance, amount of money. Um, so you just gotta let that stuff flow through you and just keep everything in perspective.
Speaker 1 (10:17):
Bad things are going to happen. Clients might not pay an invoice or wait two weeks to hear back or all that stuff. Just have fun. Keep it all in perspective. And the final tip is to celebrate your wins. And this quote I, uh, grabbed from looks like it was an ink magazine article and it says when you celebrate endorphins are released inside your body and you feel incredible when you accomplish something and don’t take the time to celebrate, you are robbing yourself and an important feeling that reinforces your success. So much of what we do in our business is driven or limited by our psychology. Celebrating your wins. Not only feels great physically, but it reinforces the behavior you want to show up. When you face a new challenge or opportunity. This is so important. This is the like one of the biggest lessons out of these last four weeks.
Speaker 1 (11:09):
And then this entire medium article is celebrate your wins. You just learn right there from that quote that not only is it good for you physically, but endorphins are released. You are reinforcing to your mind, wow, this is what I’m supposed to do. This is how you train yourself for success. And you know what, I’ve been terrible about this in the past. I get it. But you need to celebrate every win, little, big medium. It doesn’t matter. Celebrate everything. And you know, sometimes, I dunno, maybe it’s just some, some old belief I have or you’re told to be humble and not celebrate or some stuff. I don’t know. Even when I made $20,000 in a month, I like barely celebrated and I just went right into the next month and I was like, wait a second, what are you man? So when said, we went to Fleming’s, we did it up right.
Speaker 1 (11:57):
You’ll spend a couple of hundred bucks on a nice meal and just you celebrate it. Because that way you’re reinforcing to your mind that, Hey, this is what we’re supposed to be doing. Good job. And the more you do that, the more you’re going to program your mind for success. But again, don’t wait until you have $20,000 months to do it. Do it when someone says yes, do it when you get your first gig. Do it. When you build your Upwork profile, do it when you publish your first medium post any size, when your brain doesn’t know it, doesn’t know the difference between a hundred thousand dollar month and a $1,000 a month. All it knows is energy and feeling. So if you can reinforce positive feelings and good vibrations and just setting yourself up for success by doing that and acknowledging yourself, you’re going to get more of it. So again, remember your brain loves celebrating wins.
Speaker 1 (12:44):
It doesn’t matter the size. So getting habit of giving yourself praise and celebrate everything you do in your writing journey. Remember, winning breeds winning. Look, guys, this was the end of a four week thing. That’s the end of the tips. I’m 20 lessons from earning $20,000 in 30 days. Look, guys, I just want to remind you that I’m no different than you. If you’re just starting out, you might think, wow, I’ll never get there. That’s going to take forever, all that stuff. Quite frankly, when I got started, I probably would have been there too, but just remember that if you don’t give up and you keep investing in yourself and you keep getting around people that are doing what you want to do and you learn from people and you just don’t give up, amazing things will happen. I started blogging in January of 2016 and quite frankly, I was an awful writer.
Speaker 1 (13:31):
Two years later, I started freelancing because my blog was failing, but I had already quit my job, right? Two years later, now I’m publishing a post about it. I’m creating episodes about this successful thing. So just remember, of course success isn’t overnight, but if you just keep going, amazing things can happen. So if you’re struggling right now, remember your situation can improve. You just have to believe in yourself, keep upgrading your skills and trust the process. As my mentor, James Wedmore always says 100% possible 100% of the time. Use these tips. Go back to the last few episodes of Wednesday and use all 20 of them. And I guarantee that is just going to make you feel so much better about this whole writing journey. And it’s just going to help you speed up success. Because again, whether you want to make $500 a month or $10,000 a month as a writer, you definitely can.
Speaker 1 (14:26):
But make sure you get out there and you just keep going. You got to get off the sidelines and get in the game. So finally, again, write content. You enjoy, network with other writers, work on your physical health, have fun and celebrate your wins. I am confident these will absolutely help you speed up success. Well, thanks again guys. I appreciate you tuning in. Uh, again, if there’s anyone that you know would benefit from this show, please share it. Uh, again, the more reviews that we can get, the more Apple is going to show it to more people. So again, if you could, if you’re enjoying this stuff, please leave me a positive review on Apple podcast. Let me know how I’m doing. And again, I want to get this out to more and more people expecially in the times of the Corona virus. And hopefully we’ll never have to say that word again cause I’m over it. I’m sure you guys are too. So thanks again for listening. Please share it with people who can benefit. And as always, I hope you have an Epic day.
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