Bamidele Onibalusi is a freelance writer and entrepreneur, known for his website Writers in Charge, where he teaches people how to improve their freelance writing careers.
I have been following his website for a couple of years now and have been watching his progress, Writers in Charge is one of the two websites that I follow when it comes to freelance writing advice (the other one is Carol’s Make a Living Writing).
Obviously, I was excited when he announced the launch of his new product, and I eagerly snatched up a copy as soon as it was available.
I share my opinion about his product, The Freelance Writer’s Success Guide, in this review. Please keep in mind that this is review is entirely opinion based, I will not receive a commission for recommending this book. I also didn’t buy the full version, this is the starter’s version.
There is no incentive for me to write this, other than to share what I think about this product with the world.
Just to show that I actually bought the product…
So let’s dive in. I would like to also remind you to leave a comment at the end of the article and share your opinion, I love to hear from everyone. It would also help if you shared it on Facebook or Twitter, thanks a lot.
What is The Freelance Writer’s Success Starter Guide?
The Freelance Writer’s Success Starter Guide is a 70 page PDF eBook, written by Bamidele Onibalusi.
The main purpose of the book is to make it easier for people to start working as a freelance writer and bring in their first few clients.
It’s aimed at beginners, people that have never written articles for cash online, and there are also some golden nuggets for more experienced writers (such as myself).
It takes you through the basics and provides a solid foundation of knowledge that will make it easier for you to collect clients.
There are a few things that I liked and didn’t like about book…
What I Liked About This Book:
Most of the advice in the book is golden for beginners, but since I’m not a beginner, I’ll only mention the tips that spoke to me on a personal level.
First, I like how the book puts pressure on writer’s to improve their skills and broaden their horizons.
In other words, Bamidele suggests that writers should always be learning new skills that can be valuable for future clients, such as marketing skills. The point he drives home is that you need to provide real value if you want to be well-paid for your work. You should also be open to other services, or risk missing out on cash.
It’s an extremely important tip to remember, companies won’t want to hire you if your work does not benefit their business. You need to harness your skills and combine them to make a ultimate package with a crazy amount of value, so clients won’t be able to say no to you. It’s all about value!
Second, the tips on how to negotiate with a client were particularly useful. Bomidele recommends that you give a client a quote for an article that is well above you’re comfortable rates. The reason is to leave some room for negotiation, always expect that the client will want to negotiate. This creates a buffer zone of sorts. It’s a very interesting trick that I never thought about before!
Most writers will assume that you have to charge a standard rate for all types of work, but this not the case. I mean, if you want to, that’s fine, but most writers will determine, on the spot, what they are willing to charge for a certain project.
I used to think that $2 for 100 words was a crazy high rate, and when I started to get clients at that rate, it was like a dream come true… until I realized that rate was actually much, much, lower than most writers charge.
It also helps to qualify the client, this might sound a little strange to you if you are new to freelance work, but it’s a very powerful tip. It will also lead to more, better, work.
From my experience, learning how to qualify a client made all the difference in my writing business. I went from writing articles about topics I hate and getting paid peanuts, to writing articles about topics I love and getting paid decent rates. You don’t have to settle mind-numbing work!
Qualify clients, make a profile for your ideal client, and then start searching for them!
Third, I thought it was cool how there are some recommended tools and services that will make it easier for you to find clients.
This makes it very easy to find websites that are based on topics that you want to write about. Do you have a specific set of skills? Some special experience in a certain field? Then why not find a website that specializes in those skills and write about your experience?
You could be paid handsomely for the trouble, and it wouldn’t be too difficult for you, since you already have experience, no need for research. That’s why it’s so important to find work that you want to do, instead of grabbing every project that lands on your plate.
I personally haven’t used Crunch Base, but I will take a look at it in the future, and see how it works. You can expect an article about that in the near future.
Fourth, I liked how there is a section dedicated to finding website admins email addresses. As we all know, it can be frustrating to find contact information of people that we want to pitch, Bamidele tries to make it easy for us.
He shares some useful tips on how to find email addresses of editors to pitch, like using searching on Linked for their contact information. Surprisingly, Linked almost always has contact information about specific individuals, if there’s no email address on their profile, there’s always Linked’s Direct Message system. Shoot them a message.
There are a lot of other things that I liked about this book, but I don’t want to reveal too much.
You can head over to Writer’s in Charge and buy a copy; it’s not expensive, and there’s a lot of value packed into the little book.
What I Didn’t Like About This Book:
In general, most of the information in the book is golden… but…
I thought there would be more tips on how to pitch clients. I wrote an article about how to pitch clients, and there’s a lot more detail in my article than there is in this book.
He does touch on how to pitch clients, even shows a simple template message, but the template message is very weak, and there’s no wonder it doesn’t bring in a lot of clients. Cold pitching can convert at a really high rate, if you make a strong pitch.
Therefore, learning how to write pitches is one of the most useful skills that you can learn as a freelance writer.
Pitching clients is always difficult, and can make the difference between going broke and living in luxury, unfortunately there’s not a lot of information about it in this book.
I believe the idea is to make you buy his other product, Spot Pitching Clients, which is about how to create a blog or website that brings clients to you. I haven’t had a chance to grab a copy but I will in the future, and you can expect a review.
It makes sense that you should create a website or blog that brings in clients, but most people don’t have the time for that, it takes a lot of work.
For more information on how to pitch clients, check out my article.
So that’s it, this book is really in-depth and definitely work a look. Even though it does not talk about how to construct a powerful pitch, it does provide a lot of other value that will boost your freelance writing business.
I recommend you take a grab a copy and devour the information. It’s a starter’s guide, all you need to get started, it puts you on the right path, and it’s up to you where to go from there.
That’s the end of the review, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. Please leave a comment or give a Like on Facebook, it will help me out, and I’ll be able to write more in-depth reviews for you guys!