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. If you already have qualifications, from a degree to a diploma, always make use of these to support your expertise. This letter has to sell your idea to an editor, blog owner, or website operator and will become a regular part of your toolkit.
Realize that turning a creative passion into a job can dampen your enthusiasm. Master pushing through the dislike barrier by treating it as the work that it is and looking forward to the more interesting writing coming up. Balance the joys of working alone with soaking up the vibes from being around other people. Part of the answer to this is to accept the unusual and often liberating nature of being a freelance writer; the other part is to get out and be around people as much as you can.
Be prepared for a lot of self-discipline and good money management. Have financial systems set up before you start taking in work and be regular with your invoicing, tax filing, and reconciliation of accounts. You cannot afford to be sloppy when it comes to your income!
Be organized; have a dedicated writing space, all of your reference books in one place and easily obtained, all the writing equipment that you need in good working order, and a decent ergonomic work station set-up. Have a deadline system in place. Whether you use a diary, an online reminder system, a wall chart, a whiteboard , or whatever, be sure to have some sort of system in place that allows you to see at a glance what writing work is due when and for whom. That way you can prioritize accordingly and not have last minute rushes.
Communicate well and regularly. Part of being organized is knowing your limits. Remember to maintain a good balance in your daily life. Set a goal and keep working in the meantime. This means that you might have to do your writing in the early morning or in the evening or whenever you have a spare moment, such as on the weekends. It also gives you the opportunity to work out whether you can write well enough. This will give you the know-how of writing in easy-to-digest guides.
There are numerous exercises you can do to increase your abilities as an author- submit letters to the editor of your local newspaper, write articles for your church bulletin, create a blog, even write articles for wikiHow.
Become active in the writing community. A quick search online should find organizations in your local area or country. Look for a group that has meet-ups, seminars , guest speakers, and offers advice on all aspects of writing including publishing and marketing, as well as having contacts with publishers and networking opportunities.
Many of these groups may also be an excellent resource for writing job leads, so being a part of them will soon pay back in terms of contacts and work offers. Attend conferences and conventions that focus solely on writing, authors, and freelance writing. You can meet publishing professionals on these occasions, as well as having the opportunity to network with other freelancers. In the United States, you can subscribe to "The Writer", a publication which provides information and advice on writing a query letter, finding publishing houses, and how to run a writing business.
These days the choice includes print writing magazines, trade publications, newsletters, and newspapers and online writing. Even within the online writing sphere, there are various possibilities, including blog writing , guest blog writing, topic specific websites for example, green living, pet care, collectibles , etc. Be aware that many print publications such as newsletters and trade publications are done in-house or outsourced to a company specializing in writing. In this case, you may be better off trying to get on the books of a company that is happy for you to do freelance work across a range of topics using their contacts.
Start looking for opportunities to write to build your portfolio. Initially it is important to establish your credentials and build a portfolio. It may be simplest to begin by writing for small, non-paying publications and websites.
By writing articles for smaller publications, you will gain experience, get known, and get a bunch of published articles with your name on them that you can use to show clients and employers. You need that portfolio for established publications to take you seriously and hire you. Visit your local library to get lists of publishers and ideas for whom to contact.
Regard this effort as good practice for your future freelance career. You can also offer your services at the writing lab, and write articles for the student newspaper, literary magazine, and alumni magazine. If you have your own blog or website , this can help you as you can include it as a backlink with your name. Non-profits are also excellent places to find writing work. Donate your time and effort and get your work published in their newsletters and publications and use those as part of your portfolio.
Turn your best articles into PDFs that can be easily emailed to potential employers or clients. Reach out and start job hunting. This cannot be over-emphasized - sending queries and articles in that have nothing to do with the publication is as bad as turning up to a job interview never having researched the company.
Know your market and target your writing accordingly. Include the first paragraph of your article and an outline of the rest. Another approach is to send in a completed article for them to consider "on spec".
Magazine or other major publication: Check online job boards for columnists, bloggers, web content creators, and other writing jobs.
For guest blogging , make it clear you have read and enjoyed the blog in question and keep your suggestion short and sweet. Good blogs get an overwhelming amount of requests and yours needs to stand out to make the blogger want to even read it. For article sites, if they require you to apply to be an approved author, then do so and supply all the needed background information and proof of your qualifications.
Congratulations, by the way. Write in your own unique and brilliant way and avoid conforming to the mold of other writers. By all means conform to the required guidelines of the publication in question, but try to avoid cliches , hackneyed turns of phrase, dull prose, and deadly boring content. Keep a thesaurus , dictionary, and grammar book with you at all times.
Find steady freelance writing jobs or even ongoing contracts. There are plenty of possibilities in both print media and online media. Update your portfolio every time you have an article published. Fix your grammar quirks, mend your heavy prose, and celebrate the fact that someone is giving you golden advice on how to improve your writing skills.
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