If your back is against the wall and you have bills coming at you, then today's episode is your lifeline. I break down the EXACT steps to follow to put an extra thousand dollars in your pocket in the next thirty days.
- Step One The “Thousand Dollar Month” Mindset
- Step Two – Join Three Article Mills
- Step Three – Build up Your Writing Portfolio
- Step Four – Make Your Portfolio Usable
- Step Five – Start Writing Articles and Getting Paid
- Look to the Future
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Step One The “Thousand Dollar Month” Mindset
I hope you listened to yesterday's episode because it is critical.
If not you can listen right here -> The One Habit Critical for Success
You absolutely, positively must take quitting off the table for thirty days.
This is not a magic button or a quick fix; we are going to build a real business and that will require real work.
Additionally, switch into the “whatever it takes” mindset.
We are building the foundations of a six-figure business this month.
In the next episode, we'll cover how to turn that $1000 into $5000 next month.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but you must stay the course.
Step Two – Join Three Article Mills
I know calling them article mills makes these places seem like a nightmare and that's because I don't want you to get STUCK at just $1000 a month.
This is only a bootstrap, grassroots operation.
I have worked with people who have been with the same bottom-tier mill for a decade.
Don't do that.
You need the mill job for now while we build the rest of your business infrastructure.
And even if you love working with middlemen, you can move up to higher-paying mills within 3-6months.
For now, choose three websites from this list and signup.
If you can afford $27 a month, then start with Writing Jobs.
They aren't a content mill, but they play a similar role in connecting writers with jobs online.
Whether you sign up with Writing Jobs or not, please sign up with the best three websites that will hire you from the list.
There are five mills at the lowest paying level; choose three from that list.
If you have some good writing chops or a college degree, you can try to jump straight to level two.
It's worth submitting the application since they pay more for the exact same work.
Once you have submitted your applications, you can move on to the next step.
Step Three – Build up Your Writing Portfolio
Don't wait til you are getting paid to work on your portfolio.
You need to have examples of your excellent work to show people before your job offers will start rolling in.
Create a catalog of ten articles across the spectrum of categories you want to cover.
If you have a higher education degree in a certain subject or other areas of expertise, it's ok to be a specialist.
You can create ten articles that are all within that range of subjects.
It's still worth having a portfolio of general niches you can handle, just in case a very lucrative job comes your way.
Just last week a job offer came my way paying more than any project I've ever worked on in the past and it's in a totally new space.
Fortunately, I had some demo work that was close enough and negotiations have moved forward.
For your general portfolio, please write a 1,500-word article on each of the following topics.
- weight loss
- trouble sleeping
- Internet / software / technology
- technology / hardware
- dating / relationships
- make money online
- fashion / wearables
Notice that I said fifteen hundred word articles.
That's longer than most people can write and that is exactly the point.
You are demonstrating that you are elite and worth paying a premium down the line.
You can build out your portfolio with articles you get paid to write as well.
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You absolutely, positively cannot send out work with errors in it. I had a ghostwriter send me her article pack a few months ago. I took her document and dropped it into Grammarly. The software popped over 100 errors. Do you think I hired her?
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Step Four – Make Your Portfolio Usable
There is nothing worse than the moment a potential client asks for your portfolio and you realize that it's not organized.
You are searching all over your hard drive for that article you want to show them and it's starting to get embarrassing.
The key to getting paid the big bucks is to act like you deserve it.
I can't tell you how many times a potential writer will send me several articles in different files and different formats.
One file is called article1.txt and the next is called onionfarming.doc.
That is annoying and reeks of unprofessionalism.
It's a simple mistake to avoid so do it right now.
Name your files like this.
YOUR NAME – NICHE – ARTICLETITLE
So a real file might be titled JonathanGreen-Fitness-10TipsToLoseBellyFat.
Do you want someone to read your article, love it, want to hire you and then realize that they have no idea who write article18.txt?
All of your files should be in the same font and written with the same settings.
Once your articles are written, convert them to PDF format.
This is a standard universal format that will ensure your articles look the way you intended.
If you send an editable format, their software will change it when they open it.
Your file might look great on your computer, but their older version of Word makes it look like garbage and they fire you.
Take your ten PDFs and merge them into a single zip file.
To do this on a mac, put all the files in a single folder and right click.
Then select “compress folder.”
You can also highlight the files you want, right click, and compress them into a ZIP file.
Take this file and GET IT ONLINE.
Upload it to your website, use Amazon S3 or Dropbox.
There are hundreds of ways to get your work online for free.
Now when you are in a nightclub and someone asks for your portfolio, you can give them the link in one second and they have it.
No more going home, looking for files and sending an email two days later when you are forgotten.
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Step Five – Start Writing Articles and Getting Paid
Many article mills pay every single week.
Some of them will approve you in one day and some take a few to approve.
You may very well start working on paid jobs before your ten portfolio articles are done.
If you can, get paying jobs for each of these ten topics.
There is nothing wrong with getting paid to create your portfolio.
Even if the initial pay for some jobs isn't great, you will level up very quickly.
Once you have written five to ten articles for a mill, you can go up in rank and get paid more for your work.
At this point, your writing speed and ability will determine how many hours you need to put in each day to hit your goal.
As a beginner who speaks English, you expect to work 2-3 hours a day five days a week.
If you put 40-60 hours in this month, you will make at LEAST one thousand dollars in the next four weeks.
But you will probably make two.
There are several ways to speed up your writing and improve your quality.
Grab a copy of 20K in a Month (my about-to-be-released book on reading fast) or you can go through Words to Profit Mastery.
But I recommend waiting until you make enough profit this month from your writing before you spend a penny with me.
Make money first and then spend.
When you spend from profit, it is so much sweeter!
Look to the Future
If you want to make more money every month, then you'll have lo listen to the rest of the episode.
You can begin putting the infrastructure in place now to double and triple your income every month this year.
It's all right there waiting for you.
- Accept the “make a thousand dollars this month” mindset
- Join 3 Writing Mills
- Work on your portfolio and take paid work
20K in a Day
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