After I had such a pleasant time there, though, I did a quick research online and went through some list posts with more great places to do online work in this city and enjoy good wifi and even better coffee.
So Bagels & Beans is something I found in one such list, recommended by many good sites. I checked out where it was exactly and got there.
The first positive thing, that you can’t really find at all such places, is that the staff is really friendly. And I don’t say that often. They will come to check if everything’s okay a few times if you start longer, and not in the pushy way.
So that’s a bonus point, for sure.
That, of course, makes you feel like at home when you enter the coffee shop. It’s not too big, but that’s perfectly fine. You can almost always find a place to sit. Each table is cozy enough to let you focus on your work.
It’s located at Waterlooplein, and surrounded by Waterlooplein Market, which gives a unique sense of creativity and authenticity to the whole area, together with the cafe as it’s what you see from the windows.
Good coffee and wifi, no doubt about that.
Tables are close to each other but in the sweet, typical dutch way, so you’ll enjoy that.
You can come here from the central station on foot if you follow your gps as it’s pretty close. In case the weather is bad or you don’t feel like exploring the area (although I think you should), take metro 54, direction Gein, and stop at Waterlooplein (takes just 5 mins or so).
Glad this is the second Amsterdam coffice that’s perfect to work remotely I’m reviewing, as it truly deserves it. Not everyone can create such an atmosphere and make you feel good with their business and at their locale.
The last thing I’d say, although again, is that the staff is the friendliest I’ve seen so far. Even while writing this post, one of the girls came to just ask if I’m fine (not to ask if I want to order something else).
There are many sites for freelancers where anyone can build their portfolio, pitch clients and earn money. If you’ve been following my monthly income reports, you know that half of my income comes from sponsored posts on Let’s Reach Success while the other half is from freelance writing.
However, they don’t pay much, there are a lot of freelancers from cheap countries there who’d charge just a few dollars per hour (or for a few thousand words). That means low-quality clients come there too and it’s hard for me to meet my hourly rate with businesses and individuals who don’t have a budget for content creation.
That made me look for better platforms and sites for freelance writers that pay more. I will be writing about all of them soon. While they aren’t for newbies, it never hurts to create your profile there when you’re starting out and slowly build your portfolio. Because one day you’ll get found on them and they will pay you hundreds of dollars for a single article.
My years of hard work paid off in a new way this month. I made $375 for a 2000-word article (that I enjoyed writing and which didn’t take more than 2 hours to complete). That happened on Clear Voice.
Let’s talk more about that site and how you too can get paid what you deserve.
ClearVoice.com isn’t the traditional site for freelancers. It’s a great marketplace where you just create a profile, showcase your work (they have their own CV portfolio feature) and get found.
While you might not receive job opportunities when you haven’t been freelancing for long, it’s worth being there while improving your personal brand as a freelancer.
Of course, the best way for that to happen (which is how I did it too) is to have your own blog. Let’s Reach Success had hundreds of articles on it before I signed up for Clear Voice. So it served as my ultimate portfolio.
The best thing about Clear Voice is that it gives access to quality brands, companies and individuals. As you know, in the blogging world it’s all about networking. But with sites like Upwork, that’s hard.
Big brands are elsewhere and Clear Voice is one example.
How Clear Voice Works for Freelancers
Clear Voice is all about content marketing and can connect creators with agencies and brands. But for the purpose of this post and all of you who are freelance writers and want to get paid more for your services, we’ll talk about how it works for us.
Their goals are to help freelancers showcase their best work, find high-quality clients, get paid what they deserve, build their brand, receive payments quickly, and secure better jobs.
If you think about it, these are all the things we struggle with on other platforms, especially those that include bidding.
Okay, let’s see how Clear Voice works.
For a start, it’s absolutely free to sign up and create your portfolio as a freelancer so go do it now.
From then on, you’ll receive an email with a notification whenever you have a writing opportunity. If it sounds like something you’d do, click the link in your email and hit ‘Apply’ next to the job description.
The rate you see is what you’ll earn after Clear Voice fees (which are around 25% and high but still you get paid much better than expected).
My Experience with Clear Voice Over The Years
Now, let me tell you how I received $375 from Clear Voice, because I myself didn’t believe it until the money arrived to my PayPal account.
I’ve been registered with Clear Voice for a long time now. Because I’m making changes to my online business (focusing on more quality work and clients, charging more, eliminating old activities, etc.), I was also updating my profile on sites that had potential to get me freelance work.
It’s hard to put the effort when you haven’t landed a job with a certain platform, but I did it anyway.
I’ve been receiving email notifications from Clear Voice for job opportunities but never took them seriously (although I did apply to some).
After updating my profile and adding a ton of my best articles in my portfolio, I applied for one assignment on the topic of relationships. I could see who the client was, trusted Clear Voice for handling payments, and also thought it’s worth giving it a try to see if I can make my first money there.
There are instructions (not too long) with each assignment and you see when you’ve been hired for it. You can always contact support or message the client there, which is great.
Once he reviews it, or after the end date for the completion of the article is over, you receive your money.
Actually, while I was waiting for that client to react (he didn’t get back to me, by the way, but I still got paid as the Clear Voice system clears payments even if the client disappears), I applied for another assignment that seemed like a good fit for me. I wrote an article on how to start a business blog for one brand. It was for around $120 and was 800 words. They paid me immediately.
But the point of this post is to share the case about the other article. It’s not about the $375. It’s about believing freelance writers can make nearly $400 for one task thanks to their reputation in a niche for years.
That resulted in doubling my blogging income, which I’ll write about more soon.
Once I got paid $375 for one article for a freelance client, I finally felt appreciated. For years I’ve been struggling with clients reluctant to pay more than $30 for a short article or an hour of my time. And to this day I accept lower rates just because the income of a freelancer is unstable.
This gig, however, helps me rethink it all. Just like when I made $250 from one sponsored post, I stopped accepting anything less than $50 and often ask for up to $100. That means rejecting many opportunities that could make me a few hundred dollars more each month. But thanks to these higher prices I get more serious clients and also increase my income.
Check out emails from Clear Voice. (It’s okay if the first one arrives weeks after signing up.)
Create your blog and start writing content like crazy in the niches you cover.
Next Level Tips for Succeeding on Clear Voice
Keep updating your portfolio.
Don’t apply for an assignment simply because of the money. It’s not fair.
Feel free to contact support and see how you can get found by clients sooner.
Here are some resources to help you with making it as a freelance writer on Clear Voice:
Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.
How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer – Want to use freelancing as a way to ditch the 9 to 5 and be location independent? Great. That’s what I did. Check out this article to see the steps I took to build a new mindset, start making money online, leave my country and design the life I want.
How to Start a Profitable Blog– This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to building your personal brand as a freelancer.
Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a freelance writer.
My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how I make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – The income from freelancing is unstable so it’s worth diversifying it. One of the best ways to earn more is through affiliate marketing (it can happen by placing links on your blog, through Pinterest, your newsletter, or else). This step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and also the first online course I’ve ever taken).
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