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Writer Wealth Lab: Your Guide to Freelancing Freedom

Mandy Ellis is the genius behind the Writer Wealth Lab

Picture this: You’re a fresh-faced freelance writer. (We’ll skip the logistics for a moment) That all-important first client phone call just took place. They’re interested in starting a partnership with you and want to see a proposal and contract. You take a few minutes to celebrate (always important). But then panic sets in. You’ve never drafted either document before. And you don’t know where to start. Who do you even ask for help with potential negotiations? Well, if you’re part of the Writer Wealth Lab, you don’t need to worry.

If you’re NOT, you’re in luck. Because the next round of enrollment is on the horizon. (And I’m going to explain why you SHOULD get your butt on the waiting list)

Freelance Writing Communities

Let’s start with a quick introduction.

Writing communities and freelance writers need one another.

Yes, I know you picked freelancing because you enjoyed the solo operation. Writers, as a whole, prefer to avoid human interaction as much as possible. So why on earth would I suggest Writer Wealth Lab or any other community?

Because writing as a career is also complicated. Remember all of those negatives that come with freelancing? They come with friends. And while you gain knowledge the more work you do, every client and project are different. It takes nothing to find yourself wondering how to handle:

  • Pricing negotiations
  • NDAs
  • Scope or deadline changes
  • Kill fees

If you’ve never encountered a business issue before, you won’t know the best way to get yourself to the other side. But the odds that someone else has dealt with the problem (and I’m NOT referring to Google) are high. And within a writing community structure, those people are willing to help. No one wants to watch another struggle and fail.

One little cry for help on a forum, and you have all the answers, suggestions, and encouragement you need to get through the stickiest situations.

Writer Wealth Lab

Writer Wealth Lab is the community developed by Mandy Ellis.

Mandy’s a content marketing writer and content strategist out of Austin. She has over ten years of experience in the freelance game, handling everything from articles to copy to white papers. And she has the awards to back up her brilliance.

She’s also one of the most caring people I’ve come across.

She set up the Wealth Lab to walk any freelancer through the steps of getting a business running properly. Doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or someone with a portfolio under your belt. The course material’s designed to help you target the best clients and develop a business plan that keeps you healthy, happy, and productive.

And that membership fee? It’s a lifetime one.

NOT something you find with many other writing communities!

That means you retain access to the message boards, get to attend all of the Masterclasses, and can revisit any tutorials or course material whenever you want.

And the Teachable system is one of the more straightforward formats out there to play with and use.

Writer Wealth Lab Extras

Mandy hosts live Q&A sessions for the Wealth Lab members twice a week. Whatever you’re struggling with, you can throw the problems out there for discussion. But that’s not the best part. You get to catch peeks at the cutest pitbulls in the world: Bo and Charlotte. (I don’t know any other communities currently offering THAT)

The walk-throughs included with the course materials were also beyond invaluable – at least for me:

  • Canva
  • Dubsado
  • LinkedIn (ANYTHING you wanted to know there)
  • Squarespace (okay, so I didn’t watch that one)

You get tips and tricks that allow you to set up a freelance writing business that looks and FEELS professional. And everyone in the community is warm and welcoming.

Not to mention in the same boat as you.

(And, no, I don’t receive any affiliate bonus for mentioning the Writer Wealth Lab – in case you wondered)


I didn’t have a membership in any writing communities when I started. I floundered around on my own, basing everything on my reading and research. And while it got me started, I fell into pitfalls and made mistakes I could have avoided with that camaraderie.

Maybe the Wealth Lab isn’t the place for you. But do you need SOMEWHERE you can turn to when you’re confused or feeling pressured to make a decision you don’t understand? Absolutely. That’s why these communities exist.

So do your homework and find the one that makes sense for you.

And if you have questions, feel free to ask me. Or Mandy – she’ll happily reply.

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