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. Is there any freelance writing jobs that would possibly pay me in cash or something along those lines?
All my clients except one pay via PayPal. The other pay via Stripe. Great Post Elna Cain… You have shared some really encouraging information for the new-comers. Thanks and keep it up. From now onward I Will be following you always.
Many of these… I would not have even thought about. So much wealth of info! I just discovered your blog and want to say how right on you are about the above. Anywho, I wanted to ask about It seems like a great tip!
But am wondering how open the web design companies are to providing writers with a list of people in need of web content? I definitely want to try this out. Usually the are contracted to do a site with site content and if their staff writer is too busy or not there, they may hire it out.
Thank you so much for replying, Elna! Thank you for all of the information you provide on here. Your advice and posts have given me a lot to work with during this time of dead ends instead of beating my head against the wall trying to figure out how to get more work. Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing this resource! Thank you so much for this information. I look forward to getting back to you shortly with an incredible praise report!! Freelance writing is a great side hustle for mamas!
I am a journalism student and I graduate next year! I am starting to look for small writing jobs now to build my resume. This is a wonderful resource for me, thank you so much.
Hi Elna my name is Margie Bilyeu-Clark. I read the twenty ways to become a freelance writer and I am actually writing to books for fun and I am good at it I would like to join in on the writing fun. The tips were great and I enjoy writing I never knew there was such a thing as this until I seen your name pop up and I was curious about what you do and it sounds like what I like to do in my spare time.
Great comprehensive list Elna! The key takeaway is to hustle for your first writing job s. Not so much after a while though if you have a good marketing strategy! I am amazed and wowed!! I am so happy that my fingers did the walking and I found you!!!! You answered my question. I will start as you have suggested!!!! I have been interested in writing extensively since a very young age, writing either poetry, novels, short stories etc. Eventually I ended up in the corporate sector writing business plans, marketing plans and various other corporate documents.
But freelance writing has been in my blood, just never really had the inspiration to follow this dream of mine. I will apply your guidelines and intend to forge a new career path in freelance writing. This post is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your personal experiences and insights as a freelance writer. Hi Elna, I read a lot of blog post about freelance writing but yours is the most helpful.
Thank you a lot for your help. I have a bit of a problem. I would be happy if you tell me if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So I have a masters degree in creative writing and I have a pretty good portfolio but the problem is, it is not in english.
I am Bulgarian and I wonder if that would be a problem for the blogs and online magazines out there. I would be really happy if you share your opinion on the matter. What an informative and fun article. Finally, after my last request from a long ago former coworker, to write a plea to Salvation Army for assistance, I decided to try to finally do what I love and learn to profit from it.
Your article captured me all the way through, and as I read, I clicked links and signed on with a few sites. Finding this article was truly a God send, because I feel the fresh cool breeze of hope.
Maybe I can actually do this. What a fun journey! Really very good and great tips to help!! May I ask, do you take any precautions for relatively unknown clients? Thank you very much for this valuable information, Elna! Great information I actually have very little skill with posting blog etc. I am your basic blockhead but I spend hours writing stories songs poems devising quotes gleaned from my heroes and seem to lack the bravado to go to the edge and jump this year is my time to unleash the muse thanx for being there.
I do have one question… How do most of these freelancing gigs pay you? I started a blog a year ago and I would like to make a living writing now!
Thanks so much for commenting. Wow, I have learned so much from this post… more than I could have pieced together from other posts all over the place. I also clicked on your links to referenced posts as needed, as I read through, and it was so helpful! Thanks so much for this amazing list. I have made my living in the past in management and small business ownership aftermarket automotive parts store, a NAPA to be precise. I have a BA in Sociology and I have also worked in non-profit management and social work but my dream has always been to write.
So after selling the business I decided to follow my dream of being a writer. I also have written curriculum for young adults that was published by a Christian publisher some years ago. However, even with some marginal knowledge about writing for a living, I found the amount of information out there to be overwhelming and much of it is people simply promoting scams or trying to sell you on their program.
Thank you for taking the time to share. I know there are a lot of fluff type articles trying to promote riches from freelance writing or some other freelance gig. But, the truth is, it takes a lot of work and dedication to land consistent work and to make a living from this. I want to be like you when I grow up.
I love your blog. I got some great ideas from this post today. You just increased my confidence level with this article. Gaining confidence is key to having a successful freelance writing biz! Elna, You may just started a fire under my butt. I need my break and I am determined to make it happen! Today a single job is not just enough for most of us so we opt to find another one on the side.
A lot of freelance jobs ask for a resume. How do I create a resume relevant to freelance writing that will stand out? If they do I point them to my LinkedIn profile. Thanks Elna for this awesome piece. I am glad our mutual friend Ruth referred me to this page.
It is very informative. Thank you so much for writing this post Elna. It has been really very helpful indeed. I have been a part time freelance writer for about 6 months now but still feel like I am finding my feet. This post has given me a boost and some new options to follow up.
It certainly seems like the strategy should be to go at it hammer and tongs and never, ever give up! I look forward to exploring your website some more. Hey Ben, Thank so much for your kind words. I absolutely LOVE this article! Your blog posts have been so helpful for me Elna! Thanks again, Alee King. Thank you for the post! Hours of learning, here I come! I received my first two clients a month ago one from my dad who is a web developer and the other upon referral from my first client.
I am serious about gaining more clients and setting out as a full-time writer, but the process of finding new clients has always intimidated me. I am excited to apply your advice. Yes, it can be overwhelming with all the information out there. What a great post Elna! I have a contract that will be ending soon and so I will be looking at this in more detail again. Bookmarking and pinning it! Business dev is always a tricky subject for freelancers, myself included, so I appreciate that you took the time to share your secrets!
Good luck and I love reading your guest posts! I, unfortunately, started out on one of the writing mills that pays very little. I made quite a bit on there, but eventually left as I was writing hours a day for next to nothing. I get a few new clients a week, plus all of my repeat customers. You can really get great gigs by finding websites that need content. In fact before you try to find your first freelance writing job, you need to build up your skill set and portfolio.
Yes, of course you need a portfolio to showcase in your pitches but I wanted to help new freelance writers WHERE you can find freelance jobs.
Thanks for a very informative post Elna. I had no idea it was possible to find writing gigs via Reddit or Twitter. This was exactly what I needed to read today. Love your simple writing style too. Thank you so much for this valuable piece, Elna. Is anyone aware of other content agencies hiring?
That is a great list and I will be putting them to work very soon, or as soon as I finish your course. This is an awesome post! Very informative and extremely useful. You definitely made a fantastic impression on me. Thanks for the detailed information. Every word you wrote moved me to get in touch with you. I am glad I did. Just what I needed thank you for all of the tips on different platforms and websites to use, compiling a list as we speak!
Wow, this is an awesome list! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together and sharing it with us! Glad you liked it! I never realized all the different ways you can land a freelance writing job! Or, at least different ways to help you land a job. This is super inspiring and so useful. I wrote a post on how I make a side income from freelance writing here: Glad you enjoyed my biggest post and hope you found some good ways to source jobs.
Shared and saved to our writers resources Trello board. Definitely network because established writers have way more work than they can handle and will pass some along to you. I go out of my way to identify the best writers, teach them our process, and introduce them to agencies that pay well. Thank you — this is the most useful article I have ever come across with respect to freelance writing! So happy to hear this. I love posts like these — that give you all the ways you know?
I believe these are literally the only ways you can score a gig online. I could be wrong? But no one else has told me of any new ways.
I must say that this was perhaps the most useful article for freelance beginners. I already visited and applied several of your tips. I have a question for you, What do you think about content mills? Is this a good way to start as a beginner with no prior experience or portfolio? Thanks for leaving a comment! As a new freelance writer I advise you stay away from content mills and freelance marketplaces. Instead, I teach to set up your own website and pitch to job boards and connect with businesses and entrepreneurs.
Email me if you need help or check out my course for new freelance writers! My Writeto1k course is helping many new writers. Hoping to have you on board in the future! Did you manually code that, or is there an easy way to draw that data from SW? In fact, I even borrowed you home blog page idea of adding a call-to-action in my header. This post is just a teaser of what to expect from Writeto1K, but then again, all your blog posts are packed with the most useful tips you can find online.
I can only say thank you for sharing them with us! Thank you so much for your kind words about Writeto1k! No problem for including your site in my post! Thanks for including my website in your post, Elna! Looking forward to kicking it up a notch in the new year! Glad you are doing great as a freelance writer! Thanks for the Twitter tips! Am checking out the accounts you shared! There are a lot of junk job tweets and you have to sort through them.
The ones I mentioned may have a few crappy ones, but generally pretty good. Mostly having prospects contact me via Twitter because they see my presence on this platform. Thank you so much for posting such a brilliant list of ways to find Freelance writing jobs. So glad you enjoyed the post and found pieces of nuggets to help you!
So, thanks for taking that extra step. If you want a PDF version let me know and I can easily give it to you! My year to make more money from freelancing, my year to pitch to clients — both locally and nationally.
My year to be more successful than I have in the past. Many of the tips you shared in this post were several of the ones that I had already planned to do this year to ramp up my business. Thanks for the great, informative post! This is great news to hear! So happy to learn you found some new ways to revitalize your pitching game! I feel these 20 ways are the only ways to land a good paying freelance gig, but I could be wrong! Let me know how your pitching game turns out and feel free to email me to bounce ideas off of me!
You are right; It is good to be everywhere all the time. So far, I am not. And I am depending too much on one client at the moment; as you know. I will take your advice and join some more groups and directories. Hi Elna, Great post. Thanks for being a great coach. Your students always stand out. Keep the fire blazing. Hi Elna I am interested in writing. In high school I actually wanted to become a writer for photography, blogs,health, creative writing.
But now about 8 years later I have no experience and no schooling but would love to get into it. Where do I start even creating a portfolio? Thank you in advance if you reply. I have a lot of free resources to help you land your first client. Check out my blog and my free get paid to write online course to get some ideas of what you need to do!
So glad you liked this huge post! Thanks, so glad you found some new ideas. Warm pitching is one of my favorites, particularly when a business has already connected with me on social media. It feels like an open door just waiting for me to step through. Yes I like warm pitching, but sometimes I have better success just using job boards. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Sign up below to download your FREE swipe file with 4 cold pitching templates!
Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Are you interested in working from home and becoming a freelance writer? And not just any gigs. Good quality freelance writing gigs. Start Cold Pitching Do you know cold pitching is a fabulous way to land recurring gigs? What is cold pitching? Once you locate these places, all you have to do is draft up a cold pitch and send it off!
In your pitch make sure to include: Click here and grab my ultimate cold pitching swipe file 2. Here are the job boards to start pitching to: For example, I found this tweet recently: Want to know which job boards I follow: Ask Friends, Family and Work Okay, this may be a no-brainer, but you never know until you ask!
Use Your Website The best way to attract high-paying clients is to have a professional looking website. Guest Post For Free! For example, for my guest post over on Successful Blogging , I wrote: Network With Other Freelance Writers You know, the best thing you can do for your new freelance writing biz is to network with other writers.
Start Warm Pitching Hold up! Visit Local Printing and Design Companies Another great way to land consistent work is to contact your local printing and web design companies. Pitch Your Story For many print journalists and writers, when they decide to go online and freelance, they stick to writing for publications and selling their stories.
Join Facebook Groups There is a lot of potential for writing gigs on Facebook. You can email a client and ask, or use social media like I have done in the past: Try Craigslist I know. Pitch to Sites That Pay Writers Besides publications and magazines, there are hundreds of blogs that pay for your guest post. Why did I tell you earlier to guest post for free when you can get paid to guest post?
The advantages to working with a small content agency is: Usually better pay Better training 1: Use a Freelance Writer Directory Did you know these exist? This might be worth a shot for you so give it a try! Reddit Reddit is another social media site where you can find potential writing gigs and post that you are a writer looking for gigs. Other subreddits to pay attention to: You can also advertise your services in this subreddit. Are you ready to take action and kick some butt?
If you enjoyed this post and found it super helpful, please make sure to Pin it! Become a Highly-Paid Writer Today! Share this post with your friends! Comments Leave a comment Hi Elna, this was really helpful. Good luck as a freelance writer! Hi Marie, I would try to stay away from content mills and they pay so little. I am hoping to get some simple advice; here is where I am at as a freelancer: Hi Elna, Thanks so much for this wonderfully helpful blog post.
Hi Elna, This is a great article, thanks for sharing so many tips. Thanks again for the article and the help in advance. Hi Brendan, Congrats on your last year in college! Hi Lois, Thanks so much! Hi Lily, Thanks so much for reaching out to me! Hi Porsh, What I can tell you is use those two samples as just that — samples in your writing. Glad you found this site the go-to resource for freelance writing tips! Thank you, Elna and everyone, involved for such encouraging time.
Hey Marie, Thanks so much! Glad you got a gig! Hi Nicholas, Thanks so much! Crossing my fingers you get a gig!!!! As for your blog, you can ask other writers to review your blog if you want!
Hi Cynthia, Thank you so much for stopping by. Glad you found some ideas to land a freelance writing job! Hi Klara, Thanks so much! So glad you are enjoying the course! Hi Elna, 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!
Is the advice in this article relevant for someone from England me? Hi Stewart, Yes, this advice is helpful for anyone online! I know many freelance writers that travel and they love it! Really enjoyed this post! Thanks Elna, this is great! And you do it all with twin toddlers!? Hi Rayna Thanks so much!
Glad you enjoyed this post! Is there any course you would recommend? Hey Joe, Have the tenacity and motivation to keep going! Hi Mari, Freelance editing is a great skills.
Hi Colette, Thank you so much! What an awesome story! Introverts rock in this area! The best way is to create samples yourself or to guest post! Hi Elna Do you think the market place for freelance writers is saturated. Hi Charisse, Thanks for letting everyone know the truth about freelance marketplaces!
Hi Callie, I do mostly blog writing and can make a living off of that! You should pitch samples in your writing niche! Although I have no experience. I started with no experience other!! So glad you found some great tips to get a freelance writing job!
Hi Elna, So I am about to hand in my notice and try writing from home, only thing is I have never had any work published. Thank you so much,and so glad to you found some new ideas. Hi Rayna, The easiest way is to create samples yourself. Glad this post helped you! Yes, it does take time to market your service and find clients! Hi Elna, I am so happy I found your blog!
Hey Kelly, Thanks so much! Glad you are doing what you really want to do! Hey Elna, Thanks for this extensive list. Hi Courtney, So happy you are interested in learning about freelance writing! So happy you enjoyed this post. Good luck finding some freelance writing jobs!
Hi Gail, Sorry to hear your story about your first freelance writing job. So glad this helped you navigate your way into freelance writing!
My son Brian sent this article and him for it. I all newcomers happy writing mi success. Right on, write on, Michael. Katelyn, Aww thanks so much! You can start freelance writing in high school! Hi Elna, Thank you so much for the tips here!
Hey Justin, It depends if summer is a slow time. So glad to help! Now go get guest posting! Glad that this post will help you find a freelance job! Dear Elna, Not only did you provide amazing information and helpful links but most importantly, you related to a wide audience. Hi Elna, I recently came across some of your posts after searching for new ways to find and pitch freelance writing clients.
You have a good plan to market your business! Elna, Thank you so much for these steps in becoming a freelance writer! Hi Yvonne, So glad this helped! Good luck on your first novel!
Gald you found some tips here! Hey Heather, You sound like me! I have been looking for a job as freelancer but up to now it seems to be impossible. Glad you found some tips to help you! Aisha, Wow thanks so much! Hi Elna, This is a great blog! Hi Laurel, Thanks so much! This blog post was super informative. Thank you from the UK! Glad you found some inspirations and tips! Awsome article Elna,feeling so inspired.
This is a great list, Elna. Hey Elna, Finding freelance writing jobs is one of the hardest task. Thank you so much for your post! Hi Sarah, Thanks so much for that comment! Keep up the great work! Hi Victoria, All my clients except one pay via PayPal.
I was not sure if it was unintentional from their part, but I felt annoyed and disappointed by then. I started out writing for a website, not quite as bad as that one, but making just a few dollars for rather long articles and no byline. I was young and desperate though — would never do it again! The website needs to be catchy and informative, with writing samples easy to access.
I always advise my friends, who wish to get into freelance writing, to create a great website and put forward their experience. So where are the legit sites? I began as a freelancer just this summer and found a lot of low-pay cruddy stuff. I wrote a blog on my experiences and it offers tips, tools and help. My fist post may be helpful to you as a beginner: I am a writer and have a manuscript I am trying to get published. My manuscript has been accepted by two companies, but It cost a lot of money to do that, so I thought I would try to make money this way.
Should I go further with this, and if so, can you help me along and teach me the ropes? Outsourcing and exporting work over-seas occurred in my former profession by the Medical Transcription Services, and it seems a fact of life in my 2-month stint as a content article writer. The content mill has an author forum which is helpful for learning the ropes and venting! I did apply to The Writers Hub, and was surprised when they asked what my per page rate would be?
I am hoping to network locally with a non-proffit in the coming weeks and eventually find a content article opportunity that pays decently, desires my talents, and provides a reasonable degree of work or referrals. Perhaps that is what the majority of us want here. I am very grateful for this site, thread, and posts! How so many missed that only to find a chance to criticize is troubling. I thought it was just auto-correct showing its butt again. Why is this so? I have, as of yesterday, begun exploring the opportunity of writing for income.
Therefore, with no qualifications save my own, self-perceived ones, I say this: David, you should write to the editor of MedicalExpo e-Magazine and propose your journalism services. Take a look at the magazine first emag.
I know the editor and they pay well. My girl came across this site, after I told her about losing a comment posting gig. I appreciate the time you took putting this together. My international clients hate all the extra fees. You might want to consider keeping your eyes peeled for spelling errors if you want writing jobs…. On the western side of the pond, we would look at some cross-eyed if they used that term seriously. Spelt is definitely the way it is spelled and pronounced in Britain.
My daughter reads and watches many British books, shows, and movies, and she spells and pronounces it that way because she has become so accustomed to it. She had one English teacher criticize her until she showed said teacher that it is the British way to spell it. It is not incorrect. I have so many stories and poetry and even a couple of novels that I have written or started writing and I always joke that when I die, someone will find my writing and only then, will I get famous for my writing.
I, as the writer, would never turn something in, to have it read by anyone, without proofreading it myself either. One of the posts reads: Any sites you can recommend off the top of your head for someone starting out as a freelance academic essay writer? Should pay well too. Science-Fiction Writers of America, which I use as a guideline, advocates for no less than six cents a word as professional rates. Most good clients who hire freelance writers will pay considerably more.
Most of the content mills I have seen pay about three cents a word. Just saying…again, it trying to be rude or mean. I wish the best of luck to you! I too, am trying to get some writing gigs, and just starting out.
I have no idea where to even begin. With that said, I think constructive criticism is a good thing, that if we take need to, can help us out in the long run. If anyone has any constructive criticism or constructive advice for me, please comment.
Hi Donna and others, The online writing lab at Purdue University has resources on the Chicago Manual of Style and the APA manual, as well as many articles related to English grammar usage that are user-friendly! Just type owl purdue university in your fave search engine and it should appear as a result.
I got a fairly good rating but not tops. Glad to have joined this particular thread and sooo thankful for the supportive content on here. Smiles to all, David. And hopefully a movie. It is called Zombie Revelations and has the old with a real touch of reality. I hope it can save some writers from going through the penny-a-word phase too many of us went through at one point!
I would add staying away from Yahoo! Good for you for approaching businesses directly! Thanks so much Kelly for taking the time to research and put together this list. It will get some good use here! Your skills and time are worth far more, and there ARE clients out there who will recognize and honor that. Hold out for the good ones. I am so glad to run across fellow writers who value what they do and will stand up and say so. I tried ODesk and was not only appalled by the pay rates, but by the attitude of many clients.
Well now, I posted a response that I cannot quote in polite company. So, thank you, your voice is much appreciated. One client said that he already had words. When I looked at what he wrote, it was on a sixth-grade level. No research, statistics, compelling copy, SEO keywords, etc. So I had to start from scratch. I ended up acting like a tutor. Another client loved my work but kept disappearing. I asked for her website address, information about her company, etc.
She let another week go by then disappeared again. I could go on and on. I think that clients who use the content mills do believe that they can get stellar writing for peanuts.
I believe these incidents are blessings in disguise. I follow top-notch bloggers and copywriters and hone my skills continually. It is up to the freelancer to determine his standards and ultimately his worth. Hello Denita and others, I am thankful for this site, thread and continued posts including yours.
At present I am an IC with Textbroker International, and try to look at most the jobs as blessings in disguise. Generally, I am a better conversationalist since starting this in late September, agree with you about developing writing skills, and have kind of found my subject niche as it were.
The big picture tells me I have it pretty good, given local opportunities and employment services for those of us who have a handicapability are inadequate in my place of residence. I hope your experience is dynamically different, but you sound quite capable and willing to improve where need be which says a lot favorably concerning what you bring to the proverbial table. All the best to you Denita, enjoyed the chance to talk shop! Avoid sites like Researchwritingcenter. I think the better question is, what kind of writing do YOU want to do?
What topics interest you? What style are you most comfortable writing in? Freelance writing is a huge industry, and you could be everything from a lifestyle blogger to a marketing copy writer. You need to determine what niche fits your skills and interests best; that will make it much easier for you to locate specific, nitty-gritty advice.
I am based out of India. I would like to write short stories. Could anyone guide me as how I should go about it. Please recommend sites where I should register myself. I have registered myself in Freelancer. You can find them here: This article was quite helpful and the comments were too. I am just about to finish my English MA and I am broke as joke, living at my parents, and finding writing work online is my priority for the time being.
Best of luck to everyone trying to survive out there! Thank you for this post. I just recently got into freelance writing and I feel so stupid already. I feel so cheated. Should I even complete the job? Is it possible that the work she is doing for oDesk would at least provide a portfolio for her future use? I am brand new to the writing game.
Love your words of encouragement to stay true to writing and get properly paid for your talent. I love writing and have been caught up in content mills since I decided to write online about a month ago.
I must admit the pennies I have received for my time, talent and dedication has been great to encourage me to seek something better. Are there any books or articles you recommend for beginners looking to earn a living writing online? The Write Life has actually put together a great list of resources to check out.
You can find it here: This article was an actual eye opener. Once again a big thank you for now I know what to expect and whom to deny. Thank you for the tips. I am handicapped and a fairly new mom at 41 to our 9 month old first and only son. Can anyone give me additional tips on the best way I could start a blog aside from wordpress or blogger please? First of all, congrats on your new baby! Second of all, my thoughts are with you and all your friends and loved ones — are you located in the Philippines yourself?
Third, The Write Life has put together a great list of resources you can check out. First off, congrats on your 1st son! Sounds like you come central Visayas too like me, am from Bohol Phils. Yolanda Haiyan and the quake that hit our country — and the economic woes they brought are really challenges we need to hurdle.
You see, I am more comfortable in writing articles than blogs. Also, writing websites that work like a vendo machines like Xoobiz, in , but now seems closed where writers can draw writing jobs from a queue — will also help, as we need not waste time in pitching for jobs. Thank you for the great tips. I also get money writing for Bubblews and I I also write for sendmeglobal where they only give award to a writer each month.
I was able to win it once. You have opened my eyes to other relevant targets. There is soooo much info out there and this article has saved me from contentmills, not to mention wasted hours-thanks very, very much!!
I guess you your words of wisdom are meant for US-based writers, knowing how much it costs to live there, this makes sense … well, kinda.
If you were writing for a while before delving into the freelance world, i. However, taking those low-paying gigs is what you really need if you got no clue what your niche is, and want to get experience.
Since I write for my own amusement and because Jennifer Oh dear Jennifer who gave me my first writing gig! At least for the sake of getting good at your craft before pitching to high-paying clients. Speaking of High-paying clients, I stumbled upon your post as I was looking for them, but all I could find is advice, and advice only.
It just takes time to sort through and separate the wheat from the chaff! I vehemently disagree with you here. Content mills horribly abuse writers and make it difficult for people who have spent years in this field to get a fair wage due to the expectation that companies can pay less to get more.
All around bad news and not recommended for anyone who wants an actual career in writing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Alicia. To each their own opinion — some people, like Talal said, enjoy using sites like oDesk because it works for their needs and goals.
The pay is sustainable and you are able to begin your career well. Being a young, I started on Elance some weeks ago while at the same time trying oDesk. What is your advice for me? I think Elance is good for building some portfolio and acquiring experience, but naturally I want to move on to something bigger and better.
Hi Matteo, thanks for your comment! We actually have a post coming up on what to look out for when using outsourcing sites like Elance and oDesk. Keep an eye out for that in the next few weeks! Usually to make a change in life its quite scary but your post is so straight forward and well written that it makes anyone feel ready to take on the world!
Thanks for this post and some of the other ones as well about freelance writing. Thanks for the kind words, Grace!
I hope TWL can help motivate and support you in your career change. I will be graduating with a Professional Writing degree in May. I just signed up to write articles on Hire writers.
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