I’m Rebecca, full-time freelance writer and homeschooling single mom of two. I began freelance writing as a side hustle to make extra income as a new mom. I didn’t have a fancy writing degree and making money online was totally new territority for me. But nearly a decade later, I’ve grown that little side gig into a successful six-figure business.
I started Write to Six Figures to share my best tips for launching and growing a freelance writing career. I had to do it the hard way and made a lot of mistakes in the process and I don’t want that for you.
Whether you’re just getting started or you’re already flexing your freelance muscles, I want to help!
If you’re looking for strategies and practical advice on:
– Choosing a freelance writing niche
– Figuring out your ideal client
– Finding and landing your first freelance writing gigs
– Setting and raising your rates
– Attracting your ideal clients to you and getting reccurring writing work
– Growing your freelance writing income to six figures
You’ll find it here!
My career as a freelance writer began as a side job. I started writing for content mills but quickly learned that there were better places to find freelance writing work.
So I started focusing on growing my freelance network and pitching companies that I want to write for. My side hustle grew quickly and I was soon making a comfortable income each month as a stay at home mom to two small children.
In 2014, I became a single parent and decided that my hustle was going to become a full-time business. So I kicked my writing efforts into high gear and within six months, I’d doubled my income. In April of 2016, I had my first $10,000+ month as a freelance writer.
My income has continued to grow and now I make well above six figures writing each month for major financial brands, such as U.S. News and World Report, CreditCards.com, Smart Asset and Discover Bank. (Here’s a peek inside my portfolio!)
I believe anyone can be successful with freelance writing, if they have the right knowledge and skills to get them there. That’s what Write to Six Figures is all about.
I know what it’s like to be caught in the beginning freelancer struggle. And I also know what it takes to build a successful freelancing business. So I started this site to share everything I know about how to make freelance writing work for you.
Here are some posts that can give you a better idea of what this blog is about and how it can help you:
And if you’re looking for even more insider tips on how to start freelancing, sign up for the Freelance Launch Plan, my FREE 6-day email course! It covers everything you need to know to start making money as a freelance writer.
It’s a short but sweet guide to leveling up your freelance writing income, based on the strategies I’ve learned in nearly a decade of writing online.
Here are a few tools and resources that I absolutely LOVE and couldn’t run my freelance writing business without!
Grammarly is an absolute life-saver if you need a simple-to-use proofreading tool. Grammarly checks your writing online for grammar, punctuation and spelling errors automatically. The Premium version is almost like having your own personal editor but if you’re a brand-new freelancer, you can try the free version of Grammarly without spending a dime!
Hemingway App is another free tool you can use to improve your writing. You can copy and paste or type directly into the app and it checks for things like passive voice and run-on sentences. It’s a go-to tool for polishing your writing.
I run my freelance writing business completely solo–no subcontractors or virtual assistants lending a hand here. Since I have low overhead costs I feel totally comfortable doing my taxes myself using QuickBooks Self-Employed. I’ve been using QuickBooks for over five years now and I don’t know what I’d do without it! If you’d rather not spend big bucks on an accountant, check out the full range of features QuickBooks offers.
Trello is a project management tool that can help you stay on top of all your writing projects. You can create boards for pitches, another for stories in progress and another to track your published work. And the best part is, it’s completely free to use!
Having clients sign a contract can protect you and your freelance writing business and spell out the terms of the project clearly. If you don’t have a standard contract yet, Amira Law of ASelfGuru has an awesome independent contractor template you can purchase and customize for every client.
Siteground is the company I use to host Write to Six Figures and my other blogs, Busy Mom Smart Mom and Boss Single Mama. I love Siteground because their hosting plans are super affordable, their optimization tools to increase site speed are ah-mazing and their customer service is extremely responsive. If you’re interested in starting a blog to establish yourself as an expert in your niche, or you need a host for your writer website, take a look at Siteground’s hosting plans now!
If you’re starting a blog or creating a writer website, you’ll need a theme. You can try a free one but if you’re looking for suggestions for good premium paid themes, check out Bluchic themes (which is what I use here) or HelloYou Designs, which sells Genesis framework themes like the one I use on my other blogs.
(**Note: Some of these are affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you click and make a purchase.)
I’d love to hear from you and learn what you need help with most as a freelance writer. Email me at Rebecca@WritetoSixFigures.com with questions or comments