You just need four pieces to make it happen (most writers skip one or two entirely and wonder why they aren't making money or are attracting low-paying clients that want them to write for .03 cents per word).
Before sharing the four pieces, let me ask....
Or... maybe a combination of these five examples... if so, you're in the right place. The good news is that there is a better way to build an online writing business...
Freelance content writing is the fastest way to turn your love of writing into a REAL online business that gives you FREEDOM and FLEXIBILITY!
Let's face it, getting paid to write is tough.
And today, with all the different ways to make money writing, it's easy to jump from one platform to the next constantly looking for answers.
And if you're like most writers, then you probably feel frustrated, exhausted... always trying to figure out when will I finally make money as a writer, right?
Most people think that to make more money writing, you have to run your own blog or publish endlessly on Medium.com and build an audience.
But the truth is, the fastest way to make money writing is as a freelance content writer.
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.
But when I first started freelance writing, I had so much anxiety and doubt that it could actually work.
I remember thinking to myself…
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The information seemed to be endless and most of it was very outdated and irrelevant.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.
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:
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, Entrepreneur's Handbook, Early to Rise, Goalcast, and other top publications.
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.
Learn to think and act like a wealthy writer to beat imposter syndrome.
Pick your profitable niche to build a brand to pitch clients with confidence.
Learn to sell your writing services to clients on any platform, in any niche.
Write like a pro, raise your rates, land more clients, and quit your job!
Developed for writers who want to turn their PASSION for writing into a real online SIDE HUSTLE or FULL-TIME BUSINESS and make $5K+ a month writing!
Each module contains short videos and exercises specifically created to move you forward in your transformation. No more worrying about what to do next or feeling confused about the process of building a writing business.
That's really just a fancy way of saying that you'll have access to:
"Michael does an incredible job of giving you not just theory of how to make money as a freelance writer, like many courses cover, but he includes TONS of actionable steps, that really breaks it down into a plan that anyone can follow to find success in this arena.
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!"
Founder of "For Another Time"
"I'm a successful freelance writer now, thanks in large part to Michael. A lot of people can explain the process of creating a writing business, and Michael did that very well, but more importantly, he gave me confidence in myself as a writer. His authentic encouragement made all the difference."
Successful freelancers think, act, and operate differently than broke, struggling writers (duh!). They know their success is inevitable, even if they haven't seen the results yet.
We'll go over the foundations of building a wealthy writer mindset (even if you haven't made a dollar yet) so you can reach your freelance writing goals. We'll identify how you can shift from an employee to an entrepreneur mindset so that you start getting clients FAST.
Inside Module 1, you'll discover:
Then, once you have the mindset for success, we'll move on to...
Every writer has to start somewhere. So whether you've never made a dollar online or have only landed a few clients, we'll help you hit the ground running to develop your confidence ASAP.
The first step to confidence is identifying what you're going to write about (aka, your niche), how to price your services, and how to make this a profitable business. Basically, learning how to market yourself as a successful writer even if you are brand new.
Inside Module 2, you'll discover:
Once you have the mindset, a writing niche, and freelancing fundamentals in place, then we'll move on to...
Most struggling writers skip this step and wonder why they attract low paying gigs (or can't ever land clients at all). Without a writing website, it's nearly impossible to scale your business.
Think about it, you wouldn't apply for a job in the 9-5 world and show up for an interview without a resume, would you? The same goes for building a website for your writing business - it's essential!
This module is all about helping you stand out online so you look like a seasoned writer (even if you're a beginner who has never landed a client before).
We'll cover everything you need to know about building your writing website and creating your social media profiles so you can ATTRACT your ideal clients. These simple steps will help you stand out in a sea of other writers.
Inside Module 3, you'll discover...
And more marketing tips to set you up for success so that you can pitch clients like an expert writer...
Once you have your writing website up and running, now is the fun part.
Next up is learning...
Before pitching clients, you need to understand how to market yourself and sell your services.
The key here is to learn how to become an expert freelancer (not just a great writer) so that clients want to work with you.
But before we start pitching without a purpose, I'll help you:
Inside Module 4, you'll discover...
And so much more. Then I'll help you learn how to use multiple platforms and cold pitching to learn how to land your first (or more) clients...
You could be the best writer in the world, but if you can't pitch and land clients, it's a waste of your amazing talent!
In this module, I'll help you understand the best ways to land clients with cold pitching, job boards, Upwork, guest posting, Fiverr, and other methods.
This is the fun part, getting clients that want to pay you hundreds and thousands of dollars to write content online.
We'll give you step-by-step strategies, templates, and scripts to beat imposter syndrome and start taking action. No more feeling overwhelmed by not knowing where to find clients and what to say when you do find them.
Inside Module 5, you'll discover...
And so much more.
Once you learn how to find and land clients, we'll get into...
Getting paying clients is one thing, but delivering epic writing that makes them want to keep working with you is another beast.
Luckily, I'll make it simple for you to learn how to create epic writing projects, so clients retain your services month after month. This will help you make consistent money writing online without all the worry of constantly searching for new clients.
Plus, we'll teach you how to get paid, taxes, LLC's, and understand how to structure your business for long-term success.
Inside Module 6, you'll also discover...
Once you land clients, deliver work, and get paid to write about your passion, then we'll get into...
Scaling your writing business requires you to work smarter, not harder. In this module, I'll help you avoid burnout and create empowering routines so you can get more done in less time. Which means fewer hours and FREEDOM to enjoy your life.
This module shares my biggest secrets to scaling your business and taking it into a full-time career. It might be time to say goodbye to that 9-5 once and for all!
Inside Module 7, you'll also discover...
"Michael's course taught me the skills needed to kick-start my writing career. The course is full of great information and can help anyone learn, even if you're a beginner like I was.
My writing has improved since taking the course, and has pushed me to become a better writer. My Medium posts are doing better than ever before, I'm getting curated more often and my reads are going up ever day. Michael has been really supportive and kind throughout the process.
I highly recommend you try out his course - you won't be disappointed!"
Top Writer on Medium.com
"Working with Michael was a powerful accelerator to starting to write online. Michael's "tour de force" is cracking open your state of mind, and where there are blocks to writing more and better. He really pushed me to double-down on how much I was posting, define what I wanted from my work and why. And as a "novice" to online writing we were just skimming the surface of Michael's expertise in building yourself as a freelance writer."
"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."
Becoming a writer + entrepreneur isn't easy on your own. In my entrepreneurial journey, I've found that connecting with like-minded people is vital to crushing your freelancing goals. As Jim Rohn said, "Your network is your net worth."
When you join, you get access to our exclusive Facebook community to help you stay up to date with freelancing + writing trends, 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 as well.
Plus, you get:
No more feeling like you're on this journey alone - we want to help you succeed (and celebrate with you when it all happens)!
If you're like most bloggers and writers, you probably see the word SEO on every job board, Upwork listing, and on top sites... but maybe you have no clue what that means... Or even if you do, you aren't sure how to create SEO friendly content?
Here's the thing, SEO (search engine optimization) is a top skill that any writer can possess. But there's a TON of information online that it can get very overwhelming. Plus, a ton of SEO tactics apply more to blog owners than writers.
To help you avoid confusion, information overload and learn this valuable skill, I created a two-hour workshop that will teach you how to master SEO as a freelance writer.
Inside the 2-hour SEO Super Class, you will discover:
Freelance to 5K will teach you how to attract freelance writing clients and hit your writing goals. But, you also might want to write about other topics not in your niche or start your own following online.
Instead of wasting time blogging on WordPress, I'll teach you the fastest way to get started using Medium.
Imagine earning even more money as a writer each month by publishing your own epic content that people around the world read. Medium is the #1 writing platform online that will help you spread your message with the world.
With Medium.com, you can also land more writing clients, build a portfolio, create viral stories that impact thousands of readers, and begin to build your own audience.
Inside the Money on Medium training, I'll teach you:
This entire training is only available when you join Freelance to 5K. I used the exact strategies in this training to earn over $1,000 in one month directly through the Medium Partner Program.
Just check out some these results below!
How much easier would your life be if you knew exactly what to say in your pitches so that clients are pretty much begging to work with you?
When you enroll in Freelance to 5K, you get access to everything I use to run a 6-figure writing business.
Inside the Writer's Vault, you will have access to
Plus, I'll teach you what to say in your followups so you get a response and build up your client pipeline.
Don't you wish you had someone there with you 24/7 to help you deal with the obstacles of freelancing and growing an online business?
When you enroll in Freelance to 5K, you will get just that!
Inside Mindset Coaching With Michael you will have access to:
Plus, this is an audio course so you can listen to it anywhere you want. Throw it on when you need some inspiration and motivation to keep pitching and landing clients.
When you join Freelance to 5K, you also get instant access to a mini-course that is all about using Upwork like a pro, even if you're just starting out.
This is an in-depth, stand alone mini-course all about a top platform for freelancers. When you join, you will discover:
"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 & Blogger)
"Freelance to 5K is completely comprehensive, leaving nothing to figure out on your own. From how to approach your business, set up your website, and write effective SEO drive content... Michael touches on it!
I've had a coaching call with Michael as well and his passion is for you to experience the success he has and better. It comes across in all of his content, including this course!"
- Brianna W. (Freelance Writer and Blogger)
"I was able to take my hobby blog and turn it into a portfolio that I now send to clients. I also learned how to write in a format that will make clients want to put my content on their site.
I learned how to cold pitch clients and have had a lot of great responses from that. I also learned how to structure my schedule and all the different elements of my business to be as efficient with my time and energy as possible.
So now just a couple of months later, I am well on track to quit my job and just under a month. And I could not be more excited. I could not have done this without Michael's course and his coaching and his encouragement along the way."
I'm that confident that Freelance to 5K has everything you need to become a successful, wealthy, confident writer. Let me take the risk for 60 days so you can focus on putting the trainigns to work and build your writing business.
If you aren't fully satisfied, shoot us an email within 60 days of purchase to [email protected]
Show us proof that you did the work (like applying for gigs, pitching jobs, etc.) and we'll give you your money back. 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 take care of your investment.
When you join Freelance to 5K, you get instant and lifetime access to the 7 core training modules. These are bite sized training videos to help you learn freelancing fundamentals and take ACTION.
These are filled with video lessons and exercises that will transform you from a go from a broke, struggling writer to a wealthy, successful freelance writer. ($1,497 value)
Plus, you also get:
PLUS, you get instant access to these stand-alone trainings as well...
"I've dabbled a little in freelance writing, but never really known the best way to put myself out there or how to put a value on my time and work.
Freelance to 5k covers this and so much more, right from adopting the right mindset, setting up your own website and developing a personal brand, to writing tips and pricing strategies. For relatively newbie freelancers like myself, this course is so useful as it walks you through everything you need to get up and running, but more importantly, running in the right direction!
- Hayley M.
"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.
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Creator of The Frugal Convert
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- Natassa P.
Content Writer @ natassapenn.com
The first choice is to do nothing. You can keep doing what you are doing and somehow expect different results.
This is choosing to take the hard route. You can choose to try and learn how to become a freelance writer on your own.
You can watch endless YouTube videos, read blog posts, listen to podcasts, and navigate this crazy world by yourself... somehow thinking you will finally piece together everything you learn before you get too overwhelmed with the process of landing clients.
You can choose to invest in yourself with Freelance to 5K.
You can speed up your success by learning from someone who has made more than $200,000 writing content online.
You can get the step-by-step process to get started freelance writing... even if you're brand new, without any portfolio, niche or experience.
You can use it to finally beat overwhelm and take action to reach your freelance writing goals.
Because the registration for Freelance to 5K isn't going to stay open forever.
You can do this.
You can make money writing online.
You can build a profitable writing business from home to create absolute freedom.
With the right mindset, the right tools, and support, you can transform your life and writing business.
So don't waste another day, month or year, thinking about what could be. Join us now to make your dreams of becoming a wealthy, successful, confident writer come to life.
If you chose to invest in yourself and your writing goals, click the link below to enroll and get instant access to Freelance to 5K.
"Freelance to 5K has answered all of my questions and has given me so much motivation and preparation for freelancing."
"I started my blog back in September 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!"
"I appreciate how Michael provided his personal examples of websites and social media sites as well as secrets/tips that may have taken me a long time to figure out by myself. He is inspiring yet realistic. He sets high goals for himself and encourages the viewers to set goals and daily routines to get work done.
The format is helpful as you can skip around if you want and do it all at your own pace. It has videos and step-by-step guides - it's not just newsletter or book. Thanks for such an awesome resource!"
- Doreen L.
"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
While most Freelance to 5K members like our pay in full option to save, I don't want a short-term money crunch to have you miss out, so check out our 3-pay installment plan for a smaller initial investment. Plus, you get access to everything as soon as you enroll. Or, if you want additional coaching & mentorship, check out the VIP coaching option to work 1:1 with Michael for 30 or 60 days!
PER MONTH FOR 4 MONTHS or PAY IN FULL $697
Lifetime Access to Freelance to 5K - Including Updates ($1,497 value)
SEO Super Class ($297 value)
Money On Medium Training ($247 value)
Writers Vault ($197 value)
Mindset Coaching With Michael ($197 Value)
Upwork Like a Pro ($397 value)
Exclusive Facebook Community (Priceless)
Lifetime Access to Freelance to 5K - Including Updates ($1,497 value)
SEO Super Class ($297 value)
Money On Medium Training ($247 value)
Writers Vault ($197 value)
Mindset Coaching With Michael ($197 Value)
Upwork Like a Pro ($397 value)
Exclusive Facebook Community (Priceless)
With VIP Coaching, you also get...
8 One Hour 1:1 Laser Coaching Calls with Michael via Zoom
Email support for writing website audit, pitch reviews, mindset coaching, and more for 30 days
Weekday access via Whatsapp
Or, join the 4-week program for 30 days of VIP Coaching (4 coaching calls). Click here to join ($1,297)!
Below is a list of the most common questions I've been asked. If for some odd reason you don't see your question, just reach out to our team. Please email us at [email protected] and ask away. Thanks!
Freelance to 5K was specifically created with the beginner writer in mind. But this program is different from anything you've ever taken because it is based on my proven, 4-part, Confident Writer Framework:
1. MINDSET: I've paid for a ton of different online writing courses and all of them lacked one thing - understanding the inner game. Whenever you start a new venture in life, having the right mindset is the only way you can achieve it. I won't just tell you what to do, I'll help you train your mind to overcome roadblocks that most new writers never learn to overcome.
2. BRANDING: Most writers don't find high-paying clients (or any clients at all) because they don't have the proper branding to reach out to new clients.
3. PITCHING: Inside Freelance to 5K, I teach you more than seven different ways to land freelance writing clients. Because here's the thing, there is one way to do this as other coaches teach. Instead, I'll show you ways to diversify your pitching methods so you always have ways to land new clients.
3. SCALING: This program can help whether you want to earn $500 per month as a side hustle or $5,000 or more per month and take it full-time. I'll teach you how to scale, upgrade clients, and turn this into a full-time business.
This is a fully customizable plan that you can create to fit your goals. Plus, I'll also teach you tons of other ways to make money from writing about your passion other than just freelancing.
If you're already making $5,000+ per month in recurring freelance writing income, this course isn't the right fit.
This program is a step-by-step guide to help you focus on what you need to do so you can reach your freelancing goals. It was designed for you to learn and implement. You don't have to wait until you go through each lesson before taking action.
After enrolling, you get unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. This means you can log in anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection. So if you can commit a few hours per week for these training, you can see an entirely new level of growth in your business.
No! If you can send emails and write words online, you can make this work. Inside Freelance to 5K there is a tutorial to help you learn how to cheaply outsource anything you can't figure out as well.
The tech stuff doesn't have to hold you back from making money as a writer.
Nope, inside Freelance to 5K there are several resources to help you learn how to pick a profitable writing niche. Plus, you can always start as a generalist to launch your writing career and niche down as you go through the program.
When you enroll, you will get a confirmation email explaining how to log into the program. Upon logging in, you will also get FREE and LIFETIME access to any and all updates. That means you'll never have to pay for any future updates (even when the price increases).
Freelance to 5K is an online training portal that you can access on all your devices. When you join, you get instant access and go through it at your own pace and revisit any specific lessons.
Abso-freaking-lutley! The last thing I want you to feel is nagging uncertainty of what to do next. That's why we have our private (Members-Only) Facebook group. Inside this community you can ask questions and get feedback quickly so you can take action and hit your goals!
This program only works if you do the work. Don't think this is a way to overnight success without doing any work on your end. But, when you take consistent action + adopt the right mindset + use the principles in this program, it can help you create a profitable online writing business.
Someone who ...
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 more than doubled writing 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:
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 a select few clients, playing golf, and getting into screenwriting (all thanks to freelancing)!
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