When I first set up The International Freelancer in 2014, the online business world had changed.
I had owned a successful online business back in 2002, which I had shut down some years later in order to focus on my journalism work. In the eight years in between, I hadn’t stayed current with the changes in the industry.
I had learned everything the hard way the first time and I wasn’t about to do it again. I took specific courses that would help me focus on list building, blogging, and social media, and learned everything I could.
That first year? We did over $35,000 in profit. And since then, we’ve grown each and every single year, sometimes exponentially.
There was also the time, a couple of years ago, that the rates for journalism started falling, taking my income down with them. I invested time and money in learning everything I could about content marketing and the opportunities for freelancers in that space. Within a year, I was averaging $400 an hour on content marketing assignments.
I have paid $500 an hour for business coaching, leaving me with no money to buy socks or get a haircut. But that’s okay, because I understand and truly believe that you can’t make money unless you have marketable skills and are steadily growing them.
You can write all the stories you want but you will not make money unless you also learn how to sell them. That is a fact of professional writing.
And the only way to do that is to invest in results-based education in the form of courses, workshops, communities, and personal coaching.
From my own experience, writers who invest in their learning from mentors right from the get-go earn far faster and grow much quicker than those who rely on trial-and-error methods. Some of my own coaching students have quit jobs and started freelancing within six weeks of working with me. They have self-published books, landed agents, and finished projects quicker because they didn’t have to figure out all the steps on their own. They had me to tell them exactly which strategies to follow and which traps to avoid. That saved them not only time, but also made them more money right away because they weren’t struggling to reinvent the wheel. They had somebody in their corner who had already done it and could show them how.
They understood that the only way to increase your income is to add more value. And the quicker you can do that, the sooner you can start earning higher rates.
You add more value when your make your client’s or reader’s life easier by offering a diverse set of skills.
If you want to stay current in the marketplace and increase your income, you need to constantly learn and stay one step ahead.
You don’t have to know it all. No one does. But make the effort to invest in learning about things that interest you. It’ll pay off, literally.
If you want my help, especially when it comes to making more money as a writer, then get your hands on this book.
It’s inexpensive, action-based, and it’ll get you results. Fast.