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5 Easy Ways to Make More Money

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Image licensed via Adobe Stock When you’re a salaried employee, whether you get a promotion and a higher salary is ultimately in the hands of your manager. As a freelancer, though, it is ultimately down to you. But what if you’ve been freelance for years and haven’t significantly increased your take-home pay? Then it’s time to do something about it. In this article, we’ll share five simple but effective tips for making more money as a creative freelancer. Follow them all, and you’re sure to start bringing in more money for your freelance work. These tips come courtesy of Studio’s Business Amplifier , an eight-week course designed to increase your income and get you more projects you love. The course, which takes up just 90 minutes of your time each week, includes live workshops, peer mentoring and proven templates. By the end, you’ll have a clear strategy for boosting your freelance income, so over time, the course should more than pay for itself. In the meantime, here are five tips to get you started earning more money as a freelancer. 1. Write a life update As creative freelancers, we’re often looking for help and support from others, including new commissions, referrals or recommendations to new clients, glowing testimonials, and more. But if you don’t want to come across as too pushy and sales-y, there are ways of getting that support without asking for it directly. One method is to send around a ‘life update’ email, summarising what you’ve been working on lately, what changes have been happening in your practice, what you need help with, and so on. As Brian Martinez, one of the co-founders of Studio, explains: “By sending a life update email, you give people an opportunity to check in with you and support you, without directly asking for support. And you can message hundreds of people at a time.” 2. Share your availability on social media Another good way to find new commissions and new clients is by posting on social media that you’re available for work. We all know this in theory, of course. But be honest: when was the last time you actually did so? “Often we’re not receiving jobs because people assume we’re busy, because our social media looks so busy,” Brian points out. “But if we post on our media and let people know that we’re available for opportunities, we open ourselves up to them.” Remember: you’re much more experienced than you were when you first pitched to your older clients. That makes you more valuable as a freelancer, and that value should be reflected in a higher price. 3. Reach out to a select few Writing to people directly, via text, DM or voice message, can sometimes be a little time-consuming. But there are a small number of people we know can make a big impact on our freelance career. And so, focusing on just these select few can pay huge dividends. Brian suggests you: “make a list of five people […]

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