Why Do Some Freelancers Do Better Than Others

It’s not by luck or accident that some freelancers make a great deal more money than others.

And for most of those freelancers, it’s not because they’re that much better at their craft.

They just know how to work smarter.

This week I’ve been sharing insights from my one-on-one meetings with the attendees at this year’s Web Intensive …

And this is something that came up quite a bit:

HOW does one actually work smarter?

In fact, it was one of the major reasons why many of the attendees decided to come to the Web Intensive this year.

They had big goals that needed to be achieved in a short amount of time, and knew they’d have to work smart and efficiently in order to reach them in time.

They were sick of thinking about living the writer’s life … or approaching it at a snail’s pace.

And they wanted to REALLY do it … now.

Fortunately, the big promise I make at the Web Intensive each year is that in just three days, you’ll walk away capable of launching a career as a working web copy specialist.

So when working with the speakers, I ask them to ensure that three areas are covered in their training sessions …

  1. Teach attendees how to write web copy.
  2. Teach them how to get clients who need and value web copy.
  3. Teach them how to build a successful freelance business.

Of course, these same three elements are true for all successful freelance businesses – whether you’re a copywriter, an internet researcher, a graphic designer, or a grant writer …

  1. Learn your craft.
  2. Get clients.
  3. Build a successful freelance business.

But when it comes to achieving your goals quickly, it’s that third element that many freelancers often don’t think about.

Yet it’s just as important as the other two parts if you want to truly live the writer’s life – and not work harder for every additional dollar you earn.

Following the event, Nick Usborne offered to write an article for people who didn’t get to attend to explain what “building a successful freelance business” actually entails.

I highly recommend you check it out.

I also recommend you check out Nick’s Profitable Freelancing program – especially if you decide to build your own successful freelance business this year and can’t afford to hire a coach to help you.

He’s taken his years of coaching experience and created an easy-to-follow program that shows you step by step how to launch your career and earn more money from the very first day you hang your freelancing shingle.

Just remember, if you have large financial or lifestyle goals, you’ll need to work smarter to achieve them quickly – not necessarily any harder.

So along with learning your craft and getting clients, spend the time building a successful freelance business so you can be one of the freelancers making a great income while working fewer hours.

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Published: March 24, 2011

1 Response to “Why Do Some Freelancers Do Better Than Others”

  1. Rebecca,

    Thanks for sharing your article.

    It amazes me that most people are not even aware about their options.

    They make the wrong choices in life because they don't know about freelance copywriting or working from home.

    The only possibility for them is the rat race and working the 9 to 5 job and commuting two hours a day or more.

    If only more people knew that AWAI exists and it is time to seize the day and make a change in your life. Cheers.

    Archan MehtaMay 17, 2011 at 4:59 am


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