After nine months of completing a myriad of Open Orders on TextBroker, I began gaining Direct Orders and a few team invitations. It seems that the more of these Open Orders I wrote, the more attention I brought onto myself. As TextBroker allows you to see how often your profile has been viewed by potential clients, I could see that the numbers began to slowly rise over time.
Gaining Regular Clients
Although the Open Orders were posted for Level 3 writers, which earn a penny per word, I apparently impressed one of those clients. This individual has been using my services every day for almost two years now and the pay has increased to just under two cents per word – which has increased my hourly income by five dollars or so.
Help Yourself by Providing Quality Work
By doing the best job you can regardless of the income, you can secure a better opportunity. Over the course of the next few months, I had drawn in several regular clients as well as a few very active teams. Essentially, I am never out of work. All of this happened because I committed myself to completing as many Open Orders as I could with the best quality I could offer.
The Importance of Your Profile
Instead of applying for the teams that were available in the system, most of them came to me. Out of the eight teams I am a part of, I only applied to three of them. By keeping your profile updated and demonstrating quality and quantity, team leaders will seek you out. Keep your mind focused on quality work and more clients will offer you better opportunities.
Set Your Client Rates Wisely
While I was a level 3, I set my Direct Order pay at $0.014 cents per word. That’s what the pay is for a level 4 writer. It may not sound like much, but it’s the difference of a 500 word article being worth $5.00 and $7.00. Since I average just over 17 words per minute after proofreading, it’s also the difference between $10.29 per hour and $14.41 per hour. Just four-tenths of a penny per word can have a profound impact on your daily income.
Planning the Future
During this phase of starting my ghostwriting career, my income from TextBroker began to equal my income from the school district – while taking less time to do so. At this point, my wife and I began to seriously consider myself quitting the school district and writing full-time. If I can make this much money in less time than being an IT tech, then why shouldn’t I?
My wife and I decided it would be best if I can sustain the income for a few months and make sure it wouldn’t hurt us financially in the long run. You don’t want to commit yourself in such a manner for the work could suddenly dry up and you’d be completely left without income.
Make Sure You Can Sustain the Income
Personally, I would suggest to anyone that keeping your regular job for a year while you’re writing could help you make a more clear transition. This gives you time to develop a Direct Order client-base as well as be invited to several teams. By the time you’re ready to quit your regular job, you may have an endless flow of ghostwriting available with no signs of slowing down.