Money Talk

5 Reasons I Wanted to Quit Being a Freelance Copywriter

I have a confession. Ever since I moved back to Edinburgh after quitting my digital nomad adventures, I’ve been wondering about – oh god, can I even say it? – getting a J.O.B. Like, now that I’m based permanently in one city, would it be better to get a job rather than continue to be freelance? Obviously I have no intention of going back to barwork. CHRIST NO. For one […]

How I Persuaded a Cheapskate Copywriting Client to Pay Me More Than Double

Three years ago, when I was still a new freelance writer, I found a potential new client. Most of my clients at that point were people who wanted SEO articles. This woman ended up being one of my first ever copywriting clients. She wanted the content for two websites rewriting, both of which offered the same services but with different branding. She wanted 16 pages for each website. What the […]

Is Fear Keeping Your Freelance Writing Rates Low?

If you ever want to start making decent money from freelance writing, you must stop operating from a place of fear and scarcity – feeling like this client is the only client you’ll ever have, and that if you lose them, all else is lost too. If you’re always scared you’ll lose the client, you’ll never be able to put your rates up. Actually, scratch that. Because you will always […]

How to Raise Your Copywriting Rates with Cheapskate Clients

I get asked this a lot. How do you raise your rates with clients who are paying you a pittance? So this is kind of a trick question. Or trick headline. Whatever. Because the thing is, trying to raise your rates with clients who don’t understand value is almost impossible. These guys view you as a commodity… so why should they pay you more than any other freelancer? In their […]

How to Find Out if You Can Make Freelance Writing Pay

I visited my hometown recently and met up with a few old school friends. One of the questions that came up when I told them I run my own writing business was, ‘Don’t you ever get scared you’re not going to be able to make any more money?’ And my answer is no. I’m not scared of that. Because I don’t think it will happen. I’ve made money from writing […]

Do You Think All Copywriting Clients Want to Pay a Pittance?

When I started outsourcing some of my content writing, back in the early days of my business – less than a year into it, in fact – I put out a call to find a writer who could help me with over a hundred 150-word pieces. That’s 15,000+ words. I got multiple offers, ranging from the out-of-my-budget and the would-cost-more-than-I’m-making rates to the ‘do you WANT to live on the […]

How Much to Charge for Your Freelance Copywriting Services

One of the things I get asked most is exactly how much to charge for something. Sometimes people will email me entire messages from their prospective clients asking them how much they charge for something. And then they want me to tell them what their answer should be. But I can’t. I get it. I do. You’re afraid of getting it wrong. You’re afraid of charging the wrong amount and […]

What to Invest in for Your Freelance Copywriting Business

Are you afraid to spend money on anything other than the essentials within your freelance copywriting business? So that’s your website hosting, your domain name and, well, that’s probably it, right? I was like that at first, too. And it is important to be like that in the beginning, because you’re growing a business and trying to make sure you can pay rent at the same time. But it’s also […]

Are You Charging Enough as a Freelance Writer? Learn from My Mistake

When I was a kid I used to sell friendship bracelets on the playground. No joke. My entrepreneurial adventures started young. And my friendship bracelets were the fucking best. Obviously. (I don’t do things by halves, in case you hadn’t noticed.) I did your basic plait, your mermaid beads, the er, zig-zaggy one. Fuck, I don’t know what they’re all called. Anyway, they were awesome. There was another girl who […]