By Holly Reisem Hanna. Freelance writing is one of the best ways to make money from home. As long as you can provide well written, thoughtful content — you can make a good amount of money.
She started writing her first novel back in after being trapped at home due to blizzard conditions. To date, Nora has written romance novels — incredible! A few years ago Danny Margulies decided to quit his full-time job to pursue a copywriting career using the freelance platform, Elance. Without any special education or training, he was quickly able to hone his skills and pull in six-figures during his second year working as a copywriter.
Writing blog posts is a quick and easy way to earn money and gain exposure, as numerous sites will allow a short bio with a link back to your website.
Many of these sites have established guidelines in place, so make sure you carefully read through the details and follow all of the rules. Crafting a thoughtful pitch will improve your chances of getting accepted.
Looking for more blog writing gigs? This article from Freelance Writing Jobs has paid writing opportunities! Simply search the job postings and submit a bid. If your bid is accepted, you complete the work and get paid through the platform.
Have a knack for writing short and sweet sentiments? Turn your ideas into cash by submitting your words to greeting card companies. Here are just a few publications that pay for submissions. Payment is made only if your tip or story is published. Do you want to write for magazines?
Check out this post , where Linda Formichelli tells you how to break into this lucrative writing niche! Simply search the sites using these key phrases that meet your criteria. Do your words sing a song or evoke an emotion? Then perhaps selling your poetry can earn you some extra cash. Here are a few places you can sell your poems. Are you a whiz in the kitchen? Then monetize your cooking skills by writing and submitting recipes.
For more ways to make money writing recipes, check out this post. Are you good at proofreading, interviewing, and persuasive writing? Then becoming a professional resume writer may be the perfect freelance writing job for you. With revenue sharing sites, you contribute content to the site, and in return, you make a percentage of the advertising revenue generated from your content. Each site does it a little differently; some offer base pay, while others are strictly based on how much traffic or how many clicks your content receives.
Do you want to write the next Fifty Shades of Grey? Then submit your manuscript to one of the many romance publishers. While most travel gigs pay in free travel, food, lodging, and activities, there are a few outlets that will pay a small amount for your writing. Want to make more money as a freelance writer?
This page includes affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for further information. You can even count this website https: I love finding new niches to freelance for. Ultius has treated me well and I think they are almost always hiring https: Wow what a great list. Thank you so much for this list! I drive almost an hour one way to go to work and I am looking for something I can do from home.
This information will be a great start for me! I recently started a free writing leads site as a labor of love from one writer to another. Feel free to share or check it out. Try looking on Indeed and FlexJobs, or this post may give you some ideas: Holy smokes this is one heck of a list, Holly! Thanks for putting it together for us. As retirement approaches, a lifelong desire to simply create, write, and explore avenues that have always proven themselves a true interest and passion is rapidly pulling me in to my most deepest desires of these areas.
Check out this post, Patty: This is a great website thank you! I have just graduated with a first but want a writing job from home part time to go alongside another full time job. Story writing is my hobby and want to share it more to you. Though I need my real chance to start for you. I just wanted to let you know that you are my muse for extensive thoroughness with my writing. Any tips you could share would be immensely appreciated!
I use a web programmer for all of my tech issues. Her name is Susan from http: Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment! Hey i would love to write. Im pretty good with short stories usually fiction , what would you suggest? And can you suggest me VA in french website please? Also, Anna has a great list of translation jobs on her website: Hi Holly, My passions include being a life long runner and outdoor enthusiast, having owned a fairly large business in that niche.
In addition, healthy pro-active nutrition, and politics are included. Do you have any recommendations as to what writing industries or companies to pursue? Thank you very much! Hi Kathy, What about Live Strong? They are always hiring writers in a variety of categories. Also, check out your favorite brands and companies and research their blog posts.
Thank you so much for this blog post! I have never seen so much accurate and helpful information in one post! I have bookmarked this page and will be checking all of them out!
Thank you so very much! I am interested in a stay at home career in writing. I am a mother of two and I have been writing for many years. Nothing has been published. Do you want to set up a business? Or are you just looking for a little extra side cash? This may seem a rather daft question, and it is, but: Now, can men, even incredibly heterosexual ones such as me lol , utilize and take advantage of these services as a means to market their writerly talents?
Also, I have found that, for me personally, nonfiction writing is easier than fiction. However, I must strongly emphasize that this opinion is tempered by and only true of those times when one finds that they can be just as creative and imaginative and fluid and free and freewheeling in their nonfiction as they are in their fiction.
At least, it is for me, anyway. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity of using this forum as a means of getting a few things off my chest. However, I have one last query to advance: It is not erotica, as they call it. It is far above and beyond the trashy simplicity of erotica. Yet, as I said, the middle section of it is a sex scene, but one that I twist and manipulate every sort of human emotion out of, and that sex scene is not gratuitous, it is essential to the story and the plot.
I am not one to, even in the writing of the very few forays into erotica and eroticism that I have attempted over the past seven years, write of sexuality overmuch, or at all, or gratuitously, but as this was integral, I saw no reason to withhold the sexual from the bounds of my prose. Regardless, and for comedic effect a few very dirty vulgarities and smutty colloquialisms are used within the context of my tale, but still I wonder: Who would publish such an esoteric, unidentifiable, eclectic work?
I did not mean this thing to turn out to be some abridged story of my life, but as the next revelation that I am about to parenthetically reveal is somewhat imperative, I feel I must, if only as a means to create an understanding of me, my works and, most especially, my STYLE and TECHNIQUE as a writer, share the following bit of semi-personal data with you: Thank you bearing with me through this difficult digression…. Hi Lesley, Have you thought about curriculum writing or instructional design?
It just depends on your area of expertise within the education field and what type of writing interests you.
Hi, I am Rashid from India. Just recently I had started blogging and I had published two based on my personal experience. Now I am willing to write a short fictional story.
Can you suggest me any site where I could begin with? I also have had a lot of luck scoring paid contracts on freelancing websites like Upwork. Its been suggested to me because of my sense of humor and the way I look at life, especially mine!! Blogging has been suggested but boy I feel lost and not so sure. Hi Paula, This post will give you a great place to start: I just stumbled on this informative gift from your stable by luck today.
I like to earn from writing and online typing. Blogging is my favorite. You also need to have the good aptitude for customer service, so you can keep your clients happy.
Thanks for the informative post. Have you ever heard anything about them? If not, could you please look into this? Most legit sites have a page for customers and another for writers.
There are a ton of awesome ideas here that I am eager to explore! I am currently working in a full time office job and would like to move from this lifestyle that allows me to write remotely on a more flexible schedule. I have just submitted an essay to a contest about my experiences as a person with a disability. Thanks so much for this wonderfully helpful blog post. I have one question though, when you find jobs on LinkedIn, they are mostly for long term projects, as in, they make you a part of their content team, even if you work from home.
Apart from job boards, how can I find short term or one time projects that will both add to my resume and build my confidence? Thanks again though for this insightful post! The job boards I mentioned in this post do have one-time projects or recurring gigs. The best way to secure a one-off project is to do submissions. So looking for publications that are seeking submissions is your best bet! I thoroughly enjoyed the article and am waiting for my husband to get off work to discuss taking your course.
I have been struggling to find the next step in my career and I keep leaving my job searches to research free lance writing instead. You mention starting a blog is beneficial for starting out and creating content. How do I choose? Or somehow combine a couple? Thank you again for the great articles! All the information makes it much easier to really make a effective start and far less daunting. I blog over at TwinsMommy.
I talk about being a work at home mom, working at home, having twins and making money blogging. But this blog is geared towards writers. For you though, you can pick your paying niche freelance writing niche and pick a personal niche this can be a lifestyle niche where you blog about several topics. Then you can have your lifestyle blog if you want and blog about pet life, motorcycles, personal growth etc..
This is what I do for my writer website. I link to THIS blog on my writer website even though it has nothing to do with my niche digital marketing. Every now and again I think about making money from writing and I come up with different ideas but then something else comes along that takes up my time instead.
In the past I wrote on Hubpages and published a few articles on there. Do you know if linking to some of these articles will be acceptable as samples?
And you do have a portfolio online so that is awesome! You can definitely use those posts as samples showing your credibility as a writer online! So happy you found this post helpful for you living in the UK! I was a bit bored with the day-to-day of taking care of twins…you know diaper changes a million times a day, and cleaning up messes just as much.
I needed a creative outlet so I explored work at home stuff online and my husband told me about freelance writing and being a virtual assistant. I immediately gravitated towards writing! Im going to check out your blog for more tips on getting started! Congrats on your last year in college! So, you want to be a freelance writer eh? You can definitely get started from scratch. By this, I am assuming you mean content that easily can be uploaded on a laptop, notebook, or iPhone?
Can you offer us a great resource? I learned over time how to properly format online content! I read up on it, viewed other online content and practiced!
Hey Elna, You are such an inspiration for me. I have a few questions and if you get the chance to answer them that would be wonderful. It would be so amazing for so many reasons. So my second question is, should I first take some writing courses and build my skill or should I use freelance writing to build my skill along the way?
I have nothing, no samples. What is you advice here? Should I just write something, anything? Should I go for free writing opportunities to build my portfolio? Thanks so much for reaching out to me! It really is a great way to work at home!
I would suggest though to try to wake up before you work to answer emails and pitch, even if for 30 minutes in the morning. Instead I would do more of a freelance writing business course like mine or others. This blog also has some great resources for writing: I make a ton of spelling errors probably in this post too!
I use Grammarly and I have a proofreader my hubby! And the act of writing every day will help improve your writing skill! Because of this post, I definitely plan too take some of your courses. I have a couple questions. How can I share those articles as samples? Do you think I could be a profitable writer in those areas? So glad you are interested in learning more about freelance writing tips! Then you can add an annotation to it and upload that to your blog or Contently.
As for your passions, you can skew that to more of business writing or even productivity for businesses writing tips? Hello Elna, Thank you for sharing this. It gave me a lot of ideas on how to start off. I have always been told that my writing is very good if not excellent. But thats mostly with term papers and things of the sorts.
I have also won a couple of essay contests. I also have some poetry. Do you think I could really blossom at being freelance with the little experience I have? Writing for school or university is different than online writing this post lays out some tips: But in saying that, it just takes practice and reading online content to be familiar with it! If you have the passion and motivation you can become a freelance writer!
Hi there, I was wondering if you could offer any advice. How can propose to the editor, to transition me from doing this for free, to freelancing in a paid role? I would love to continue writing for the magazine, but equally, I would like to get paid for the many many hours of research, though synthesis and data collection I put into these articles.
Any advice is kindly appreciated. What I can tell you is use those two samples as just that — samples in your writing. It is credible and leave it at that. You can no longer accept work from them and move on! Now you have samples for your portfolio and you can search for freelance writing jobs in the health and medical niche! Congrats and how exciting! Hi Elna, I have read your article and I seriously become a fan of your writing.
It inspired me a lot. So I am confused which type of writing job I should choose. Could you please help me with this? In the beginning I took any online writing job I could find. Doing this will help you find YOUR freelance writing niche. And it did for me — digital marketing. Hey Elna, thanks for all the advice and jam-packing this article with so many resources!
Thanks for asking what I plan to do to start finding jobs! I plan to make use of all the tutorials and online courses you shared to learn me into a high paid freelance writer and will start free guest posting on blogs asap, peruse the job board sites and start making pitches. Question — does having a college degree give me an advantage and are there any avenues that I can use this to grab higher paying jobs?
As I begin to create a portfolio and resume, how can I use my instagram pages to attract clients and jobs? Please take a look and get a feel for what I have to offer links are in my bio on my rawsalvaje instagram! I have a lot to share with personal experience and speaking with passion from the heart about health and diet. I know lifestyle, health and diet topics are my niche, in particular veganism and raw foods.
I have strong spiritual practices such as fasting, meditating, yoga etc and know there is a client base looking for writers on these topics. Are you able to advise me or direct me to clients and sites focused on these topics? Here is where my creative and adventurous spirit comes alive. In my younger years I created a belief systems that one could not be a poet and get paid. Now I release that limited thought and allow myself to express my creativity in abundance and receive in abundance.
Are there any particular clients and sites to check out that focus on a need for the poetic and fantastical? I know there are many opportunities to make money writing recipes and menus or food articles. Can you direct me to sites that are looking for this area of expertise: I want to develop a reputation as a writer who can provide full spectrum material from articles written in opulence and articles for the proletariat, easily accessible for all minds.
I want to offer works ranging from the James Joyce to the George Martin styles. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my comment and hope to hear from you! If you feel connected, it would be really great to speak through email! I appreciate your input more than you can imagine. I graduated with a BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment, and while my focus is mainly writing scripts for film and commercials, I also blog.
Mostly for my own entertainment. By far this is the best and most informational site I have found thus far, I have trouble trying to narrow down my niche , I also read on another freelance writing blog, that knowing marketing strategies, and things like SEO is needed to be successful. I have noticed that the better paying jobs are copywriting, writing or starting a blog and jobs like that.
Do your course help to write better, as well as help with narrowing down a niche? Some of the information out here is so confusing. Thank you so much in advance! This post was so helpful! I find myself coming back to it every now and again too.
I really like the idea of warm pitching. Thanks for this list. It is really helpful. I recently decided to try freelance writing, and I was accepted for an online writing gig site. This acceptance has boosted my confidence to much. Just to know they liked my writing sample and said yes means a lot to me. Now, I am sure I can apply anywhere, and even if it is a no from others, I still have my yes to hold on to that keeps me going.
Excellent information as always. I have started to apply to some of the job board adverts. Hopefully it will reap some fruits. If an aspiring writer wanted a general idea of how good his blog or website was, what is the best way of getting feedback on this sort of endeavor? I think it does a reasonable job, but would like some idea if I am going in the right direction.
I was just wondering about the business aspect. Before starting so I need to set up a business license? If so what kind do you suggest?
Are there any websites that can help? Im alot more at ease since reading this article, and Thank You for putting it out there for all of us who are just starting out,, Thanks Again. Vet these writers as well like you would vet your clients. Not all writers who you connect with want to reciprocate but take advantage. Thanks for the post. Thank you so much for writing this! You are learning new freelance writing tips so there ya go! Thank you so much for this post, it is very very helpful but also very overwhelming.
It is just too much information at once. I am also going through your course for freelance writers-newbies and I am thinking how I will start to become a successful freelance writer. Anyway, thank you very much for sharing your wisdom! I stumbled onto this article in my search and it seemed to put an ease on things. I had no idea where to even begin, but with your 20 suggestions, I feel maybe I can get started. I have only written a little poetry, so this is a new direction for me.
I am currently working on my Associates in business, so I have a little free time to try this out. Thanks for sharing this and giving insight on the subject, it is appreciated! So glad this post has given you some direction to get paid to write online! Take it one day at a time and learn as much as you can! Thank you so much for this article it has really helped me to out together a kind of plan I am a complete newbie to this! I have wanted to work in the writing industry since I was at school I am 35 now but have ended up working in social care instead With a BA degree in that field rather than anything to do with writing but have now decided to try and follow my dream and see where it takes me!
Yes, this advice is helpful for anyone online! That is such a helpful post, I am SO thankful for you taking the time to share all of this. Hii…Elna thank you for such a helping post…. Have you ever spoke with anyone else of the same mind? What could you suggest? I appreciate all the information that you have given us. Even if this was only a part time thing for a while it would still be great to write for people. I read an article about becoming a blogger too and she suggested even starting out as a ghost writer.
What are your thoughts on ghost writing? I suggest you write for clients under your name and then you can offer ghostwriting services! Some of it seems to official and like a different ball game altogether. I know there are freelance writers that eventually became authors. Two of them are Alicia Rades and Brent Jones. Where was this post when I started freelance writing 3 months ago? Thank you so much! My twins are 5 and in school this year. Just curious what kind of education you have that allows you to be a writer?
Is a formal degree necessary? What you need is the motivation and passion and desire to learn to make it! This was a brilliant post and it has filled me with confidence that it is possible!
Thank you very much! So happy you found the confidence to find your first freelance writing job! Hi, I would really like to start freelancing but i dont have any formal writing degree or certificate, should this affect how much work i will receive. You just need the passion, drive, motivation and tenacity to do it!
And I feel like no matter how many emails and resumes I send out, I rarely get a reply. I am currently working towards breaking into the field of freelance editing and your advice has helped me immensely. After reading this, I feel so much more at ease. Do you have any tips for students who still need to gain experience? Freelance editing is a great skills.
You can even target other freelance writers than need a copyeditor! I know many do. To gain experience I would do some free jobs in return for a testimonial.
Get the experience and the credibility at the same time! Elna, thank you for this wonderful article. It is full of resources, and it has motivated me to begin work as a freelance writer. I am currently a single parent of two witty little boys, who works full time outside of the home.
In reading this article, I have found a renewed strength and a bit of a push to move forward with optimism to start little by little until I am able to eventually work more time from home. I appreciate you sharing this information.
I really enjoyed reading this , and i am very interested in becoming a freelance writer, but my cash flow makes it impossible for me to buy and host a website for now. You can get started without spending lots of money! Hosting is all you need to start in the beginning and then later you can invest in an editing tool or job board! Hi Elna, I am very impressed with this article.
The depth of the information you relayed within your post is extremely helpful and easy to follow. This is probably one of the best articles I have read on becoming a freelance writer. I thought cold mailing and job boards were the only places to find freelance writing job, and that it would be quite tough finding a job given the competition, but after going through this list, I think finding a job would be easier.
Thank you so much for sharing this! Yes, there are multiple ways to find and land freelance writing jobs! This post has a lot of great suggestions to help new writers like yourself! Thanks for writing this post. Your blog posts and tips have been motivational to say the least! I landed my first gig as a freelance writer by speaking with a contact at a local radio station. Turns out, he needs help creating fresh information for his website.
I was even able to negotiate a higher rate than may be expected for a newbie! The warmth and encouragement that come through in your writing have helped keep me going. Hi Elna, Thank you so much for the detailed information given. I no longer feel that I am in a maze and will carefully follow your advice. I live in Nigeria and I am particularly interested in Relationship issues, Abuse as well as Parenting.
Can you advice on where to look for writing opportunities in my areas of interest? Especially taking my location into consideration? Research parenting guest blogs to start growing your portfolio! Then check out job boards for parenting gigs.
Hoping a helpful revert. Thank you so much for all this information. I have one question, however. I have a Mac, and I keep hearing that every client wants writers to use only Word. Is that true, or is there another program I can run that will be accepted? Thank you in advance. Hello, I am totally new to this. My curiosity led me to discover that such a thing exist. I enjoy writing mainly for my school assignments and topics that I am passionate about just leads to words flowing effortlessly from my head.
Glad your very informative post was the first I read. Now I am even more interested. You really love what you do. I am not sure which way to go atm, but thank you so much for this.
Thanks so much for commenting! I love helping new writers and hearing their stories. Elna I have to say, your writing is truly the most informational! I kept reading, thinking wow! This is awesome information! But then I realized no way Elna again!!? You always have the BEST articles! Another article I loved! I hope to freelance write soon and do it well like you! I only came across your work about months ago I think but since I found you, you are always inspiring me!
Its no surprise people want to work with you! You are great at what you do!! Thanks for stopping by. Do you think the market place for freelance writers is saturated. I tried signing up with Upwork but my application was rejected.
The reason for this was they already have a vast amount of writers with the same skills as my own. Their advice was to apply again once I had acquired further skills. I registered my skills as — SEO article writer, blogger and proofreader.
Do you think I should have included a nich? Sheverley I was also rejected by Upwork…twice! It seems quite obvious to me that most of those profiles are fake. In fact many of the jobs are clearly students getting someone else to write their research papers for them. Surely this is NOT okay?! I will keep the dream alive and pursue ALL of the above.
The freelance marketplaces are, however. So get away from Upwork and places like that and create your own writer platform! Hi Elna, thank you for this piece! There are so many great resources listed. My question is, if I prefer writing articles for online publications instead of copywriting, would you recommend focusing on that?
Or is copywriting much more lucrative than article-writing? I do mostly blog writing and can make a living off of that! This will make your posts more valuable and you can charge a premium for that. I was hoping you could give me some examples of what types of samples I should be writing when pitching for a job. Elna … Sharing is caring!
Hope one day I can also write online. Thank you for your tips. Hope you can be my coach one day. This is very informative. I have always had a passion for writing and recently started a self hosted blog. This list gave me the tips I need to start on the right path.
I will definitely subscribe and get the email course. Thank you for taking time to create this. I am living abroad, dating abroad, and working abroad. Ready to get serious about writing!! So I am about to hand in my notice and try writing from home, only thing is I have never had any work published.
Is that a bad thing? You can totally rock this! I would like to know your opinion on this. It might be, but it depends. Hi Elna, Wonderful blog! Be sure to bill in USD to benefit from our low dollar!
I have read blogs that are informative but this one is VERY informative and helpful. Bookmarking this blog post. I just started writing guest posts for a client and I get few bucks for it. I wanted to earn more so I should start paying attention more in writing.
Check out this post and my latest for some good tips! Thanks so much for posting this! I love writing and its my dream to be a freelance writer…but do you think I need a website to better promote myself? Also what if all people want is someone with experience?
Hi Elna, thank you so much for your practical tips and positivity! These are all great ideas. In my case, I did extensive technical and creative writing for my previous company but it was all considered intellectual property for them, thereby preventing me from including it in any personal portfolio of mine.
How does one build a portfolio if you already need one to get started? The easiest way is to create samples yourself. Place them on your blog or on a Google Doc or on Medium. After you have these samples, go to Contently to sign up to a portfolio account.
Then upload your posts or place your links there and it will populate your sample. Your advice is greatly appreciated. I have yet to begin, and I needed someone to point me in the right direction. I especially value your tip that suggests newbies begin by posting to free job boards. It seems to be a wise suggestion for many reasons! SO happy I found this blog! I am so happy I found your blog!
I have been trying to figure out how to turn freelance writing into a career, and I think reading your posts have really helped. My plan is to begin my own blog as well soon; reading your posts have really lit the fire in me! I love hearing from my subscribers so much! Happy to hear that you want to do some freelance writing as a way to make money online!
Hello Elna, This is great! Thanks for this extensive list. The accompanying links were very helpful as well. I am very interested in writing for some extra cash. I was wondering, do I have to own my a website in order to find freelance writing jobs?
So happy you are interested in learning about freelance writing! For now you can use a site like Contently to host your portfolio for free just upload them on their platform and then link to that in your pitch emails!
Warm emailing is one of my favorite ways of finding new clients. Will try Reddit, too! Hi Elna, I love reading your blog. This article is evidence that you are a goddess of freelance writing. But, I have been trying this for some time.
I feel like there is a secret formula that is hidden from me. I have read so many blogs, followed all sorts of advice but I still feel something is missing. If you are still struggling, you might have to enroll in a course!
Thank you so much for this post! It was so helpful. Thank you for the insightful post! I am just starting out with freelancing and your article has provided a lot of useful informations! I have one question though; in order to sign up as a freelancer in websites such as Upwork or other related sites, do you have to be a US citizen?
Because I am not! If yes, does that mean you can only apply for freelancing jobs in your own country? I hope to hear from you soon! Elna, this was such an incredibly helpful wealth of information for someone me! Honestly, I hope to be as skilled and successful as you one day.
Thank you so much for giving back to up and comers like me with this article. Love love love it! How brilliant you are Elna. I went through your website and I could feel such positivity in your words. I really want to congratulate you on the kind of person you have turned out to be. There are very few people who sound as enlightened as you do. Keep it up Elna, go as far as the wind.
So happy to know that you enjoyed this post to help you make money as a freelance writer! Thank you for this informative blog.
This indeed enlightened a writer like me to be extra cautious as to what sites to visit. I have been writing as freelancer for barely a year now.
Lately, I have been hired by a private client through a website not included in the ones you have mentioned. Worst, she became inactive on skype and on the site where we both are members. What disheartened me more was that I have found some of my blogs already posted online on different sites.
Coming across this blog, I now have several options as to what sites to visit and what to do as well. By the way, I am a stay-at-home mom too. Sorry to hear your story about your first freelance writing job. I would definitely try out the job boards I mentioned in this post and start guest posting too!
Hi Elna, thank you so much for your helpful post, made my search a lot easier! The above ways are quite useful and I will try them in no time. Do you have a subscribe button? I love your blog and would enjoy following you. Thanks so much for your comment.
So happy this post will help you research freelance writing jobs! As for your question, I do have a subscribe button! If you go to my homepage ElnaCain. Not just for providing us with good information but workable resources. I usually lack in marketing and selling myself, but after reading this post, I feel confident and relieved. Looking forward to apply these tips, and boost my selling. Anyways, awesome post and keep posting.
Good Luck Thank you Arpan. Hi Elna, I was frustrated with my job and made a decision to become a freelancer, but getting started is difficult. So many useful links and precise steps to take. Hello an thank you very much Elna this article was very informative and helpful.
I am a writer and have been looking to use my skills to generate income. I had no clue where to start. I am happy to have came across this article.
It gave me not only valuable information but inspiring motivation as well. And I definitely look forward to reading more content from you. Again thank you very much. How does one get paid though? And how one can be sure that someone will pay once a piece has been written down? How to go about setting up a payment method? Any answer would be appreciated. I use PayPal to do my invoices. Thanks Elna, Great advice I plan on using tomorrow.
Glad your son told you about this post. It will help you revive your writing for sure! Hopefully if I spend some time following your tips, I will be able to improve it substantially. Aww thanks so much! You can definitely start a blog to help you in a pinch!
Thank you for writing this. However, I was wondering if you might have some tips for minors looking to make money. Is there anything on this list to steer clear of or any alternatives for younger people such as myself? Thank you so much for the tips here! Let me know of anything I can do for you including spreading the word about you! One question I have: Do you find that freelance writing is seasonal? I was speaking to another writer earlier today, and she told me summer can be a slow season.
It depends if summer is a slow time. I have recurring clients and get new prospects every week! Thank you so much for the great article, Elna! Now I know where to start. Thanks for sharing your expertise tips on how to become a freelance beginning writer, with the high-paying jobs.
I found the information extremely helpful and am looking forward to the rich rewards from my first writing gig! Not only did you provide amazing information and helpful links but most importantly, you related to a wide audience. With that in mind, you maintained a positive outlook for all writers in different levels of their careers. I, personally, am just researching for ideas and ways to get started.
Your article was not only helpful, but inspirational as it was honest and relatable. Thank you so much for the time you took to create such a helpful page. I recently came across some of your posts after searching for new ways to find and pitch freelance writing clients.
This article offered fresh ideas and unique details about the standard job sources—I was really impressed! I am going to put some of these ideas into my business plan this month. A few other things I plan to try: Thank you so much for these steps in becoming a freelance writer! I have always loved writing, but never knew how to really get myself out there and this post has helped me out a ton! Glad you found this post helpful! Hi Elna, thank you for the inspiration.
Thank you very much. Wow thank you so much Elna. Your article really helped me a lot! Thank you for your guidance! Thanks for this down to earth tutelage, I have received a great impartation which I will apply. You are part of my success story that just began.
I feel inspired to come across this article. All my life I have wanted to be a writer and this just give the motivation I needed. Thank you so much,you are an inspiration. In your experience, does one need any specialized training or education to be taken seriously in the writing world? You sound like me!
My degree is in Psychology! Your article is helpful, and I plan to try some of these. Now I want to do more of it — but searches are yielding abysmal and depressing results. My content is rarely and minimally edited by professional editors and I turn it in on time with solid grammar and syntax.
What tips would you have for starting out? I think you have the potential to be a freelance writer. I would start a blog or create samples on Medium or LinkedIn. Start writing posts that you want to get paid for. So finding a niche like business writing, digital marketing writing, parenting, gardening etc.. Then finding the clients that want that content!
Hi Elna, I have gone through your ways to find freelance-writing job and found it wonderful for the new comer. I used to write short stories, short drama etc. I have completed my 30 years of job career in different national and international development projects in Bangladesh and now would like start my days with freelance writing jobs. Your kind guidance on to proceed on that would be greatly appreciated!
I absolutely love this article Elna. Thank you so much for providing your top techniques on how to start as a freelance writer. I think I have read so much content from numerous bloggers about writing content, starting blogs, making a living writing, etc. I was already familiar with some of your techniques, but this was only a few. The first thing I am excited to do is take your course. I was laid off from my job of 7 years almost 3 years ago and have been struggling with contributing to my household after my last pregnancy.
I have written for pleasure most of my life and want to be able to continue being home for my family. I never thought that I would consider cold pitching but the way you put it just makes so much sense.
Again, thank you for sharing. Wow thanks so much! This is a great blog! I am so glad I found it. I have a question though. Do you think it is difficult to find clients for a non-native English speaking writer? It might be a challenge, but not unheard of.
If you have excellent English writing skills, then it should be no problem. Your writing will speak for itself! Looking forward to more helpful post. I just became unemployed and have had blogs in the past, but reading this was kind of a wake up call. I have a lot of work to do before I can even consider getting a paid gig. Thank you so much Elna for these 20 tips. I am new to freelance writing and have recently read Writer For Hire: A quick google search led me to this blog post of yours which has given me the extra boost I needed.
A quick scan of your blog has assured me that I have found a goldmine of resources and I want to thank you again for taking the time to share your learning curve and your experience with us all. Very insightful and straight to the point. Very insightful and strait to the point. Thanks for this wonderful posts. Before reading your post I was in a dilemma whether to leave my pm job. Thanks once again for this wonderful posts. And I am gonna need all your help. Hi Elna, I just bumped into this post when I was just beginning to give up because finding freelance writing tasks that pay well has been the hardest task.
I look forward to revitalizing my writing career with ideas you shared. Hi Elna, Thanks for this post. In your final tip, you talk about how you are known for your well-researched pieces. It would be great if you could give some insight into how you generally conduct research before you write. Glad you found a lot of options to help you find a freelance writing job as a newbie.
As for researching, Google is my best friend! I also have a swipe file of sites I use for my clients…. Thanks for the crash course! I found it very knowledgeable and enlightening. I know a lot of freelancers writing novels and doing freelance writing!
You can do it for sure! Thanks for stopping by! Thank you so much for this. I have always loved writing and looking for a way to earn a little extra money.
I found this post very helpful. Hi my name is Peggy and I am an amateur writer and have a couple of poetry books that are self-published and I was thinking about getting into freelance writing. Plus I wanna work at home and be able to set my own schedule because my husband is going to be having surgery soon because he has Barretts Esophogitis A condition of the throat So maybe you can email me when you can.
I think freelance writing is a great option for you! I encourage you to check out my Writeto1k course as this will give you a foundation for a sustainable and profitable freelance writing business! Having extra places to find work really helps.
Finding freelance writing jobs is one of the hardest task. We need to reach out and convince people why they should trust and hire you. The content mills and freelancing sites are making harder and harder but with correct methodologies pitching, out-reaching, networking we can get high-paying clients easily. I am very thankful to you, I have bookmarked this page so I can try new way from the 20 and I am sure I will get the big fish. One of my biggest concerns was finding legitimate jobs, and your advice has really given me the courage to go the extra step.
May I ask what your thoughts are on transitioning into freelance with a current job? Is there an industry standard? Any guidance for starting rates? Thanks so much for that comment! A lot of my course students are doing that. I suggest finding time before and after work to devote on your freelance biz. As for rate, it all depends on your experience, niche and writing skill.
This is something I talk about in my course as well. Your blog post has been extremely helpful, thank you so much! I rarely if ever leave blog comments. I just wanted to say how impressive I found your ability to keep up and respond to all those comments throughout a whole year till now! I specifically kept scrolling down just to see if you had given up at some point haha.
Currently I am in high school and working a part time job, I probably only work an estimated 8 hours a week though.
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