3 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer

Updated on October 20, 2017
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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.

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.

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 2 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.

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, you 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 some 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.

Thanks for taking a minute to read this article. Check out my other work and website links. Happy Writing To You!!

A great book that has helped me on my journey.

Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success
Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success

I own the book 'Writer For Hire.' It has a wealth of information. I particularly like how the book teaches you how to write query letters.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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    © 2017 Billie Raucci


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      • kenneth avery profile image

        Kenneth Avery 

        17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        Billie -- great job here. Very helpful. I enjoyed your writing style. Thanks so much and just keep on making your keyboard talk. That is what I do when I am thinking of abstract ideas coupled with realism, and the black coffee helps smooth it all out.

        Thanks for your hubbing.

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        Billie Raucci 

        21 months ago from Illinois

        I am so glad you found it informative Sue! Thanks for reading and giving me positive feedback.

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        21 months ago

        Hey Billie! This is great information...I am going to check it out and have actually passed it along as well!!!

      • raucciwrites profile imageAUTHOR

        Billie Raucci 

        21 months ago from Illinois

        Thanks Kari! It takes work. But the more you do it, the better you get and the more $$ you make.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        21 months ago from Ohio

        I think I'll try the websites you provided. I want to start freelance writing. Thanks for the information. :)

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        Billie Raucci 

        21 months ago from Illinois

        Thanks William! So far I really like Hubpages! :)

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        William Kovacic 

        21 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        Congratulations on your success, Billie, and welcome to HubPages!

      • raucciwrites profile imageAUTHOR

        Billie Raucci 

        21 months ago from Illinois

        Thanks, Mary! I am still learning my away around Hubpages. Content Mills and bid for work sites have helped me learn and grow as a writer, but I know there are bigger steps to take and that's why I am here. I am really happy I decided to get on Hubpages.

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        Mary Wickison 

        21 months ago from Brazil

        Hi Billie,

        For me it was a little different. I moved to Brazil and write to supplement our income here on our farm.

        For me, Hubpages has been my main writing platform although I do, from time to time, write for a content mill.

        Welcome to Hubpages and I wish you every success here.

      • raucciwrites profile imageAUTHOR

        Billie Raucci 

        21 months ago from Illinois

        Thanks Bill! It has been a long road to self-discovery, but I have no regrets. So, glad you to hear you followed your dreams too!

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        Bill Holland 

        21 months ago from Olympia, WA

        We followed a similar path at about the same time. Six years ago I quit teaching and declared to the world I was a writer. No regrets at all with that decision.

        Welcome to HP!

      • raucciwrites profile imageAUTHOR

        Billie Raucci 

        21 months ago from Illinois

        Thank you Angel! Not having a job you enjoy is quite sad. But its never to late to start a new journey!

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        Angel Guzman 

        21 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

        Welcome to hubpages :) I will have to look into some of these! I hate my job :(


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