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Imagine having a paid writing assignment you can count on …
Every month … or even every week!
It’s possible, if you write on retainer — which basically means a company hires you (and usually pays you a monthly flat fee in advance) to ensure you’ll write for them on a regular basis.
As a marketer who hires and trains dozens of freelance writers every year, I’m a big fan of working with writers on retainer.
To me, they’re the true win-win.
As a writer, you get peace of mind knowing you have steady work (and a steady paycheck) month-after-month.
And as a marketer, I save a ton of time on every project, and typically get better results.
Now, while all freelance writers can benefit from “retainer deals,” this series will also be of special interest to you if you’ve yet to make the leap to a freelance writing career …
Retainer deals eliminate any financial risk by ensuring you have a consistent monthly income the very second you say goodbye to your 9-to-5 job.
So each week this month, I’m going to walk you through the best assignments to turn into retainer deals, including what the projects entail, how much you can expect to make, and show you how to land them.
But first, let’s take a step back and look at all the major benefits retainer deals bring to you and your business …
- They make it easier to forecast your income
You’ll know in advance exactly how much money your retainer deals are bringing in, which means you’ll be able to accurately predict how much money you’ll make each month.
- They give you peace of mind
The certainty of knowing you have income coming in each month will put you at ease, knowing you’ll always have enough money to cover your bills.
- The value of your time will go up
After a while, you’ll know your client’s products and services inside and out, as well as what they expect from you each month. And that means you’ll be able to turn around assignments much faster — ultimately making your “per-hour” rate go up, up, up.
- Better results for your client
Because you’ll know who their target audience is and what your client’s goals are, you’ll consistently hit the right marks and produce better results for your client.
- You’ll be able to focus on things that make you money
A predictable monthly income and workload means you’ll be able to reduce the time you spend finding new clients.
- You’ll get more referrals from your clients
The long-term relationships you’ll form with your clients will make it more likely they’ll write you a testimonial (or two) and recommend you to their friends and business associates.
- You’ll be more valuable to your client
Your client will look at you as an integral part of their business and marketing strategy.
So what do you think?
Are you interested in writing on retainer?
If so, you’ll want to join me next week …
I’ll introduce you to three of the best retainer writing opportunities you should consider.
You’ll be surprised when you see my list — they’re not the ones most writers think about …
Which surprises me, since they’re the ones that pay the most money.
That’s why I’m also going to explain in detail what the assignments entail, how much you can expect to make, and how to land them.
By the time you start the New Year, you’ll have a head start on making a really good living as a writer in 2015.
Now if you don’t want to wait, I have a little gift for you…
Earlier this year I did a webinar on the best retainer deals – and how to land them – on Wealthy Web Writer. The webinar was exclusive for members only, but I’ve asked the Managing Editor to unlock it for you. You can access it here until the end of the month.
That way you can get moving now if you’re feeling motivated!
And as usual, if you have any questions for me, feel free to connect with me on Facebook, or post comments below the webinar on the Wealthy Web Writer website.
To your success,