3 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer
I took a bold move six years ago, where I left my day job and started writing from home. Many of my friends and family were very skeptical of my decision at first, but I pressed on. I wanted to write from home, and nothing, at that time, was going to stand in my way.
I quickly learned there are three main ways to make money writing online. There are other ways, of course, this is just the three main routes most freelance writers take.
1. Freelance Websites
Freelancing websites are the easiest to use if you are a beginner and need immediate cash. These types of websites include Upworks.com, Freelancer.com, and Elance.com. I have known many writers who have made these websites into their full-time career. In fact, I started on Upworks.com. The only con about using freelancing websites is that you typically have to bid on a job; however, you really get good practice talking to clients this way. You can also build a decent writing portfolio on these websites.
2. Craigslist/Job Sites
Employment sites like Monster.com and Craigslist are wonderful places to start looking for freelance writing, blogging, ghostwriting, or other content writing jobs. The downside to this method is that these employers typically would like to see more college education from the people they employ.
Don't be dismayed, though! I found an onsite writing job at a furniture store on Craigslist, and I worked there for two years before I started writing at home. The writing jobs are out there; you just have to be bold enough to answer the ads and take the time to research the jobs. Don't be afraid to take risks; you will be happy you did.
3. Pitching & Querying
Pitching and querying might sound like some odd baseball sport. I assure you, it is not a sport at all. It is, however, the route that many freelance writers go. Most magazines or blogs will pay outside contributors to write articles for them. Pitching and querying is where you contact companies that you actually wish to write for. A few good examples of whom to pitch to may include the Huffington Post, Cosmo, Parenting Magazine, and Forbes.
Before you send them a query letter and an article pitch, you should visit the website first and review their submission guidelines. After that, you can send them a query letter and pitch your article idea. If they like your idea, you are on your way to making money. If not, try again. Don't fret over rejections though, even some of the most talented writers received rejection letters along the way. Keep your chin up and keep plugging away. The payouts are typically bigger when you go directly to the companies.
Writing online for money is not rocket science. It just takes a bit of patience, practice, and hard work. Follow your heart and start the career you want now. It may be rough at first, but nothing worth doing comes easy. I have been freelance writing for years and love being my own boss. I wouldn't change my job for the world.
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