If you’re new to the online writing arena, I think one of the greatest pieces of advice I could give is be persistent, patient and track your income (apparently I can’t count, that’s 3 pieces of advice).
Persistence and consistency helps the income to grow. Even in those times when you’ve been writing quality work and the rest of the internet doesn’t seem to know it. Just keep on writing, eventually they’ll catch up to you.
Tracking the income helps you to see which sources are the most lucrative. Since I’ve been on the internet, I’ve kept rather meticulous records of how much I’ve earned and constantly compare the numbers. As long as the numbers are going in the right direction, I’m a happy camper. When they start to slump, I re-evaluate what I’m doing and make some changes.
If you already have a preferred method for tracking income that works for you, stick with it. If you don’t, feel free to use this modified rendition of the Excel spreadsheet that I use. Modify and customize it to suit your needs.
Whether you use the spreadsheet or not, if you’re serious about your freelance writing career, get in the habit of tracking your income.