Hah! Caught your attention, didn’t I?
The title of this blog post is also a search term recently used by someone landing on this site. This isn’t the first time someone has publicly wondered how much I earn, either. The truth is, it’s none of your business. When you’re a professional blogger or person who shares writing tips on a regular basis some people feel it’s good transparency to disclose their income. I think there’s a difference between being transparent and keeping personal information personal. I’d never walk into a CEO or co-workers office and ask how much they earn. I don’t ask other freelance writers and professional bloggers how much they earn either. It’s none of my business.
However, I can tell you this.
- In 2006 I was featured in a Salary Stories profile as earning $20,000 – $30,000 per year. However that was as a freelance writer and didn’t include any of my income from this blog.
- For three years in a row I publicly made it my goal to earn $10,000 more each year than I did the year before. In each case I reached or exceeded my goal.
- In 2008, I gave up most of my writing clients to take on a full time community manager gig. So I earned less as a freelance writer, but more as a professional blogger (with this blog and a couple of others). Both of these income streams supplemented my full time salary.
- When I no longer had a full time job in mid-2009, I didn’t return to freelancing full time. I only took on a couple of clients and instead focused my attention on my own projects. I’m earning more with my own projects now than I did as a freelance writer.
While we’re discussing these things, let’s bring up some other questions asked of or about me in web searches and emails.
Is Deb Ng really a freelance writer?
I still write for clients, yes. Do I write as many for clients now as I did in 2003? No, because this blog is a full time job and I’ve taken on many personal projects. Right now I have a total of two freelance writing clients.
Is Deb Ng qualified to give advice?
Is anyone who blogs qualified to give advice. I really don’t claim to be an expert. What’s going on here is that I’m sharing the tips that worked for me. When I talk about cold calling, or researching the places in your area that may hire writers, I’m speaking from experience. Things I don’t know about like writing press releases or grants, I don’t pretend to know anything about but I’ll hire writers to discuss them with you here. I wore a variety of hats in a couple of NYC publishing houses for almost fifteen years, had a regular newspaper column, and a variety of web and print based clients. I’m a freelance writer for ten years and a professional blogger for just as long. I have many happy former clients and I’ve been the sole breadwinner for my family since July. If you find all of this useful, I’m qualified. If you don’t, there are plenty of “experts” out there and one or two are sure to share your vision.
Is Deb Ng an expert writer?
Nope, and I never claimed to be. I’m a successful writer but I’m no expert.
What else would you like to know about me? You don’t have to Google it – ask away…