Are you finally ready to learn how to start a freelance writing business?
If you're looking to break into freelance writing and make money from your passion, you're in the right place.
- Maybe you're a struggling blogger working 18-hour days with hardly anyone reading your blog
- Maybe you're a writer but don't have any confidence and having a hard time getting high-paying clients
- Or, maybe you're someone who is stuck in a 9-5 but wants more freedom and flexibility to enjoy your life
If you're ready to turn your love for writing into dollars, freelance writing is the fastest way to make money online.
The fact is, freelance writing is needed in today's world now more than ever!
Because businesses understand the importance of having content that speaks to their audience.
But as you probably know, not every business owner is also a good writer.
That's where your passion and writing skills come in.
Not to mention, there are nearly endless blogs and websites that are constantly hiring new writers.
How do I know?
Because I've been successfully freelance writing since the end of 2017.
In fact, in 12 months I was able to 10X my monthly writing income while only working part-time.
I went from $650/month to $6,500/month working 15-20 hours per week.
And in 2019, I doubled my writing income and made $20,050 in 30 days!
Once I pivoted from blogging to freelance writing, everything changed.
It's been my #1 consistent stream of income and allowed me to NOT go back to the corporate, 9-5 life.
But it didn't start out that way.
In fact, it was the exact opposite.
On May 11th, 2017, I broke free from the golden handcuffs and quit my $120,000/year nationals sales job at Yelp.
I was officially over the cubicle life and ready to make money as a blogger.
When I quit my job, I had only made $200 as a blogger and had never done any freelance writing.
Over the next eight months, I hustled my face off.
I woke up regularly at 4am, worked 12-18 hour days, and did everything I could to make my blog profitable.
But nothing I ever did worked.
I couldn't figure out how to make money blogging if my life depended on it.
At the time, I was doing anything and everything to pay the bills.
I was selling my life away on Craigslist, taking random surveys, dog walking, and flea market flipping.
But it still wasn’t enough.
I dabbled with freelance writing on Upwork and even landed a few gigs late in 2017, but I was still committed to being a blogger.
I was stubborn to make this whole “blogging” thing work and continued to nearly kill myself in the process.
At the end of 2017, I hit rock bottom.
I’ll never forget the moment...
I was on a family vacation with my parents and girlfriend in sunny Cabo San Lucas over the holidays.
It should have been the best time of my life.
But inside, I felt like the biggest failure in the world.
I was racking up credit card debt, burning through my savings, and was depressed.
I didn’t know what else I could do to make money blogging and knew that I physically couldn’t work more hours.
I had left the "safe" corporate world to pursue my dreams of writing online, but I was failing miserably.
I knew that if something didn't change, my "business" would never last.
It was in that dark period of my life that I realized I still loved writing but hated blogging.
I hated trying to figure out Pinterest, promote on social media, do website updates, and all the other stuff that a solopreneur blogger has to do.
But my passion for writing had never left. I loved writing content that helped people.
So I pivoted from blogging to freelance writing January 2018.
I knew that if something didn’t change, I would have to go back to a 9-5 and give up on my dreams.
I didn’t just apply to a few job boards here and there like before, I went all-in.
But like blogging, when I first went all in on trying to understand freelance writing, I got overwhelmed.
So I ended up watching endless YouTube videos, buying a few cheap online courses, and reading endless blog posts about how to make it as a writer.
This led to even more confusion.
When I first started freelance writing, I had so much anxiety and doubt that it could actually work (since my blog had failed).
I remember thinking to myself…
- Is Upwork a scam?
- How much money can I make writing?
- Do people actually pay freelance writers?
- Are job boards really as awful as people say?
- Where do I land my first freelance writing gig?
- How do I build a portfolio and actually pitch clients?
- Do I need to advertise or post a lot of content on social media?
And about 100 other questions that you've probably also had.
The information seemed to be endless and most of it was very outdated and irrelevant.
But I was determined to make this work... it was now or never.
After thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours spent learning about writing, I "kind of" knew what I was doing.
But I still wasn’t doing it yet. I literally had bills to pay but couldn’t get myself to take action.
I was so terrified of rejection from clients and started doubting myself as a writer.
Finally, I got off the sidelines and got in the game.
Once I landed my first paying client from cold pitching, I realized it was possible.
Even if it was just a few hundred dollars, it helped me get over the fears and build my confidence.
Landing one gig helped me eliminate a few limiting beliefs that were holding me back.
I figured, if I can get one person to say yes, why couldn’t I get a second, third, or fourth client?
Each month, my revenue continued to grow, almost like clock work...month after month.
I kept finding new ways to land clients, what to say in pitches, and how to raise my rates.
Eventually, clients even started reaching out to me with my freelance writing website and optimized social media profiles.
The best part was that I still had time to work on my blog and pursue my other dream of professional golf (that's an entirely different story).
That's when I realized, freelance writing is the best way to make money as a writer.
With freelance writing, you can do it as a part-time side hustle or a full-time online business.
Not to mention, you have freedom and flexibility with your schedule.
Since finding my stride as a freelancer writer, I’ve been able to:
- Triple my rates
- Get featured in huge publications
- Ghostwritten for millionaires and best-selling authors
- Started a top-rated podcast on iTunes interviewing multi-millionaire entrepreneurs
Plus, I'm the top writer at Fearless Motivation, have created viral content read by millions.
I’ve also been featured in, Lifehack, Rockstar Finance, Better Marketing, Entrepreneurs Handbook, Early to Rise, Goalcast, and other top publications.
Here's a few screenshots from a couple blog writing clients:
Digital Marketing Blog Writing Client (.20 cents/word)
Personal Development Blog Writing (.25/word and .20/word email versions)
So how did I start making real money as a freelance content writer and start making a full-time income?
I'm going to be VERY honest... there isn't one hack.
It wasn't one email template, one job board pitch or epic copy on my freelance writing website.
It was showing up, day in and day out.
It was putting in the work and not giving up.
Success ultimately came from failing.
Failing to get jobs.
Failing to keep clients.
Failing to know how to invoice and actually get paid.
It was all part of the learning process.
While I wish I could have avoided some of the pain, I can't change the past.
But I can help you avoid all the mistakes I made.
There's no need for you to watch endless YouTube videos and read hundreds of blogs posts anymore.
This only leads to overwhelm, anxiety, and lack of taking action, which I know all too well.
Instead, you need a mentor who's done it (and still doing it) to guide you.
Once I started finding success and posting about on Medium and social media, people instantly reached out.
Other writers wanted to know how I found my niche, landed high-paying clients, and only do it part-time.
That's when I knew I had to share what I've learned with others.
I didn't want others to feel what I felt in 2017.
I didn't want anyone else to experience burnout, anxiety, fear, and overwhelm that I see hold so many people back.
If you're serious about taking your passion for writing into a real and scalable business, just know you can do it.
Freelance content writing is your ticket getting paid as a writer so you can have more freedom.
To help you speed up your success and get results fast, I've created the step-by-step solution...
Freelance to $5K.
Freelance to 5K Outline
This is a step-by-step program to help you launch your own freelance writing business.
Whether you want to do it as a side hustle or scale to full-time, it's the same process.
We'll cover everything to help you beat overwhelm, take action, and build your confidence.
To do this, I'll help you with creating a freelance website, building a portfolio, mastering social media, pitching clients, negotiating rates, and how to scale your writing business.
Once you learn these strategies and implement, you can make money writing.
Just look at some of these gigs I've earned using the exact strategies taught inside the program.
Here's an overview of Freelance to $5K
Module I: Introduction to Freelance to $5K
- Discover how I went from broke blogger to full-time writer
- Learn how to take the course and set yourself up for success
Module II: Freelance Writing 101
- Learn how to set & achieve freelance writing goals
- Read how to pick a profitable freelance writing niche
- Discover why you need to develop an entrepreneur mindset
- Structure your writing business like a world-class entrepreneur
Module III: Freelance Writing Website + Social Media Branding
- Learn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile for success
- Discover how a personal brand can make you a wealthy writer
- Find the best plugins that make creating a writing website easy
- Watch how to avoid the most common writing website mistakes
- Learn how to build a writing website that attracts your ideal clients
Module IV: How to Find Clients and Earn Recurring Revenue
- Discover how to earn recurring income from bloggers
- Learn how to get over your fear of cold emailing clients
- Figure out how to actually land gigs from crowded job boards
- Read the 7 proven models to price your freelance writing services
- Learn where to find your first client even if you don't have experience
Module V: Editing, Invoicing, and Getting Paid as a Writer
- Learn how to easily self-edit your content quickly
- Discover how taxes and accounting work as a freelance writer
- Use my freelance writing agreement for high-paying retainer clients
- Hear how I invoice clients and make sure I always get paid promptly
Module VI: Expert Freelance Writing Strategies to Scale Your Business
- Discover how to create epic headlines easily
- Learn how to keep editors happy and never lose a client
- Figure out how to easily ask for referrals and leverage existing clients
- Hear how I grew my writing business 10X in 12 months working part-time
- Learn about SEO and how to help clients rank on the first page of Google
- Get access to my three advanced writing checklists
- Discover how to easily get your first book published
- Learn how to gain your first 1,000 followers on Medium
- Understand how to write copy and expand your writing services
- Learn 5 other ways to make an extra $1,000 a month without content writing
- Access to the private Facebook group with more exclusive live training videos
This program will teach you the skills to create a business that allows freedom and flexibility.
No more sitting behind a desk working at a job you hate!
"Mike’s freelance writing course took me from not even thinking about freelance writing to creating a website and landing my first recurring gig in only six weeks. The course lessons are clear and presented in organized modules that are focused and specific to the topic.
Mike has made himself available for questions in his course Facebook group and we also did some one-on-one coaching that motivated me to pitch for more work. I love his encouraging approach. I highly recommend this course and his coaching services to anyone who is considering freelance writing as a career or side hustle. It is some of the best money I have spent."
-Andrea T. (Freelance Writer and Blogger) of andreatranwrites.com
I truly believe this course is a must not just for those looking to get started with freelance writing, but for anyone that runs a blog, company website, online marketing business, or does any sort of work within the online world!
Even outside of freelance writing, I’m excited to take many of his bits of advice and action steps to apply to my own blog, and see the results follow!"
- Roxanne L (Founder/Owner, For Another Time)
You might be thinking... what do you get paid to write about?
Some of the topics I've written about and my students have been paid to write about include:
- Digital marketing
- Health and wellness
- Stocks and investing
That's the thing, there is a niche for everything!
Personally, I started in personal finance then moved to self-improvement then to digital marketing.
Inside the program, I show you my 3-step proven method to quickly pick a profitable niche.
Freelance to 5K will help you find your niche and teach you how get paid to write about content you love!
In two short years, I've earned over $30,000 writing about golf! And that's not even my main niche.
Here's a screenshot of some of my golf writing gigs:
StartHow to Build a Writing Website That Attracts Your Ideal Clients (12:15)
StartWriter Website Breakdown: 5 Most Common Mistakes to Avoid (16:55)
StartHow to Create Your Personal Brand Online (8:56)
StartBest Plugins To Make Your Writing Website Look Amazing
StartSocial Media Pt 1: Mastering Social Media to Attract Clients (12:41)
StartSocial Media Pt 2: Behind the Scenes of Social Media Profiles that Land Clients (11:29)
StartLinkedIn Examples of Successful Freelance Writers (7:35)
Who is Freelance to 5K good for?
- Takes action
- Has a passion for writing
- Wants to beat overwhelm
- Willing to learn new skills
- Isn't afraid of trying new strategies to create a better life
- Wants to build an online freelance content writing business
- Wants to build confidence as a writer to create freedom and flexibility
Who is this course not good for?
Someone who ...
- Fears rejection
- Looking for passive income
- Doesn't want to do the work
- Thinks that success is overnight
- Isn't willing to invest in themselves
- Wants to make money as an author or creative (fiction) writer
- Brandon L.
"As someone who writes and at some point, likes to make money off of that writing, I was looking for information on how to do better at my writing and skills that need to be accompanied by that.
I got the opportunity to take this course and I am really grateful to have done it. It did not disappoint. I got some really insightful information and practical nuggets of wisdom to use in my writing but also to show off my writing in the right way.
Taking the course also motivated me to just keep going and do better. I highly recommend any writer to take this course."
- Aisah V. (Creator of www.koekjesvanthuis.com)
This program will help you attract your ideal clients and get paid to write content online.
Not just blog writing clients either. I've been paid to write:
- Email series
- Lead magnets
- Press releases
- Website pages
- Online courses
- Video scripts & voiceovers
Freelance writing changed my life -- it can do the same for you!
We Know You Like Bonuses...
Bonus #1: Make Money on Medium Training
Freelance to 5K will teach you how to attract freelance writing clients. But you also might want to write about other topics not in your niche.
Or, maybe you want to grow your own following. Instead of wasting time blogging, I'll show you how to get started on Medium.com. This is the #1 writing platform online that will help you spread your message with the world. I'll teach you how to get your first 1,000 followers, how to get featured in huge publications, and make money from writing on Medium.com
Bonus #2: Self-Publishing Secrets Training
While writing for clients is great, sometimes you want to share your journey as well.
So many writers "think" about publishing a book but never actually pull the trigger. In this training, I'll show you how to go from idea to self-publishing in no time. I've published three books using Amazon and KDP, so I know I can help you bring your book to life. Being a published author can help you land gigs, grow your authority, and help you earn more money. I'll show you how to keep the process simple and become an author in no time.
Bonus #3: 5 Ways to an Extra $1K Writing Training
There are so many ways to monetize your writing skills other than just content writing for clients. In this lesson, I'll teach you 5 other ways to monetize your skills as a writer. Some of these methods have helped me earn more than $1K or more every month writing online!
Bonus #4: Private Facebook Group
In my entrepreneurial journey, I've found that connecting with like-minded people is vital to crushing your income goals. As Jim Rohn said, "Your network is your net worth." But only for income, having a community of writers can help you stay up to date, share wins, and learn from each other. Plus, I'll also be sharing exclusive content, live streams, and other lessons as I continue to grow my writing business.
- Gina Z. (Creator of The Frugal Convert)
I’m blown away by Michael’s course. I run a blog and have been thinking about trying to get some freelance writing projects to increase my income, so Michael’s course came along at the perfect time. I had the obvious questions about how to get started with freelance writing (finding clients, setting rates) and he answered all of them.
But he also taught me about a TON of things I would have never thought to ask, such as goal setting, SEO, project organization, success routines, and how to make myself stand out so I can land more gigs. I’m not a beginner writer or business owner, but this course still delivered tremendous value beyond just how to get started with freelance writing.
The course is comprehensive but is no-fluff. I highly recommend it as the go-to resource to kickstart your freelance writing career if you’re starting from scratch or to grow your existing business into full-time income.
- Steph G, Financial Freedom Crew
Who's teaching Freelance to 5K???
Hi, I'm Michael Leonard.
I'm a six-figure freelance writer, top writer on Medium & Creator of Inspire Your Success.
My online writing journey started in January 2016. I hated my 9-5 career and was passionate about helping others with their finances, so I started my first blog.
Starting a blog changed my life and opened my eyes to a world I didn’t know existed.
A little over a year into my blogging adventure, I published my first book, and quit my corporate job.
When I quit the corporate world in 2017, I had two goals; build an online business that inspires others and pursue professional golf.
Making the leap into entrepreneurship was a huge risk.
At the time, my blog had only made $200. But I knew that with enough time, I could figure out what it really took to build an online writing business.
After eight months of endless hustle and 18-hour days, I had to admit that my blog was failing.
My passion for writing was there but I couldn’t figure out how drive traffic, monetize the site, and make consistent money as a blogger.
So I pivoted to freelance writing to capitalize on my writing skills. I can now say it was the best decision of my entire career.
Within a few months, I made more writing than my blog ever did. And I was only spending 15-20 hours a week on the writing side of my business.
In 12 months, I 10X’d my monthly income from $650 to $6,500/month. The following year, I doubled revenue over 2018 and earned $20,050 in my 20th month of writing online.
Now, I'm now a 3X published author, top contributor to Fearless Motivation, and have been featured in publications like
- The Startup
- Thrive Global
- Better Marketing
- Addicted 2 Success
- Entrepreneurs Handbook
And other top sites. I've also ghostwritten for millionaire CEO's, best-selling authors, and top entrepreneurs.
But I know what it’s like to be a struggling writer and broke blogger and want to help others, so I created my brand, Inspire Your Success.
This is a blog, podcast, and YouTube channel that is dedicated to helping other writers speed up success.
Now, my days are spent growing Inspire Your Success, coaching new writers, writing for three clients, and still pursuing professional golf.
Here's to helping you build your writing business together and giving you the freedom that you deserve.
If I can do it, so can you!
- Michael Leonard
And on my students, Cecilia got confidence to finally start pitching and landing gigs!
"I found immediate value in Michael's Freelance to 5k class. I jumped right in to find tools and best practice info that made me feel confident to approach freelance writing as a knowledgeable professional.
As much as I'm enjoying the class, I got an even bigger boost from the empowering coaching call that helped push me out of the nest to start working! Thank you so much Michael for all the support and confidence. I'm so glad to have you on my side in this journey!"
- Cecilia F.
Frequently Asked Questions
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I'm that confident that this program will give you the tools & mindset to become a successful freelance writer.
Remember, if you land just one or two gigs, this program will pay for itself.
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- Doreen Lund
"Michael helped me find clarity and take action on my biggest goals. He helped me quit my 9-5, grow my side hustle, and find my passion. I'm grateful for his help and constant inspiration on his podcast. Thanks for showing me how to monetize my passion!"
I started my blog back in September of 2018 and wasn’t seeing much profit from it so I sought out other ways to supplement my income. When I discovered the world of freelance writing, I instantly felt it was a great way for me to utilize my skills, but I had no idea where to start.
Freelance to 5K has answered all of my questions and has given me so much motivation and preparation for freelancing. It has done pretty much everything except hand me an actual client.
Michael could have been a motivational speaker in a past life because you truly feel like he cares about your success. By the time I was halfway through the course, I had sent out about 20 cold pitch emails, and when I finished the course I sent out about 3 times that many.
This course is not only motivating but thorough too. He covers SEO, what free tools to use to make sure you have the best headlines and error-free content, where to find clients and how to set your rates. He shows emails and templates to help you out and how to get a good looking website up and running so you look like a pro.
I highly recommend this course to anyone on the fence about freelance writing or not knowing where to start!
- Nicole D.