Increase Your $/Hour Writing Rate

So much work for freelance writers … yet so little time …

When you’re just starting out as a freelance writer, it’s hard to imagine ever being in a position where you have to say “no” to clients.

But ultimately the challenge will no longer be finding new clients …

It will be figuring out how to make even more money by saying “yes” to the clients you already have, without adding more time to your work day.

The solution? Become more efficient.

No matter how productive I am, I’m always striving to get better. And it’s helped me improve my output over the years, as well as my income.

By doing things faster, you’ll have the ability to take on more projects.

Or, you’ll be able to free up some time in your day while making the same amount of money – ultimately allowing you to enjoy the writer’s life that much more.

Here are some great tips I’ve picked up from master online copywriter Nick Usborne over the years that are different from the normal “productivity tips” you read about again and again …

First, find your best time of day for concentrated working … and then protect that time and use it as best you can.

For me it’s first thing in the morning. I like to have my writing scheduled the day before, and all the material I need waiting for me the minute I sit down. That way my brain isn’t full of things happening at the office or on Facebook.

And I can protect my writing time by staying offline because I have everything I need, whether it’s research, previously used promotions, or similar projects I’ve written in the past.

Figure out what time you write best and under what conditions. And then set yourself up to succeed by protecting that time whenever you sit down to write.

The next tip is to find smart clients who need little hand-holding …

That way you can launch yourself into jobs without having to ask for more information or having to wait for approval from the client to proceed, etc.

The best clients are ones who know what they want and value your ability to deliver the final product. Not only will you make more as a writer, you’ll spend less time being hassled by clients who keep requesting revisions – simply because they aren’t sure what their goal is and don’t know how to work with professional writers.

You can also accomplish this by developing an “intake process” for new projects and clients. Your goal is to get everything you need from the client in that meeting in order for you to do (and finish) the job.

Bonus: Not only will you be able to work faster, your client will appreciate how much you appear to value her time!

And finally, find out what kind of work you do best and fastest.

It’s an easy mistake to say “yes” to everything and anything that comes your way …

And, while it can be a learning experience at the beginning, as you discover what projects you do enjoy and are good at writing, you’ll ultimately want to avoid projects that are outside of your core skillset (unless you’re purposely trying to increase your skill set), because they always take longer to write.

Now keep in mind, this last tip is about becoming efficient and more productive as you find you’re running out of time. Again, when you’re starting out, it’s perfectly acceptable to accept projects simply to try them out. How else will you know what you enjoy writing?

If you’re looking for more tips, we have published LOADS of articles on improving productivity over the years. Head on over to the AWAI archives and check them out simply by searching for “productivity.”

I also invite you to share your own efficiency and productivity tips with me below. Like I said, no matter how productive I am, I’m always looking to improve.

And, speaking of super-productive people …

If you haven’t seen the promotion for Nick Usborne’s Web Copywriting 2.0 program yet, I recommend you check it out …

But regardless of your path, I want to thank you for a fun week, and I look forward to hearing your success stories soon. I say this all the time, but I LOVE celebrating. So, if you’d like me to help you celebrate, I invite you to share your story with me below. You can also email me any time at or connect with me on Facebook at

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Published: July 18, 2014

1 Response to “Increase Your $/Hour Writing Rate”

  1. Rebecca, great post, thanks. My tip: I read all my source materials the afternoon or evening before the morning/day I write, sketching an outline and even writing the lead. That way, I've literally "slept on it" all before jumping in fully and more often than not, it cuts my writing time in half.

    Bill MakleyJuly 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm

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