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3 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer

Updated on October 12, 2017
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I took a bold move 6 years ago, where I left my day job and started writing from home. Many of my friends and family were very sceptical 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 uses freelancing websites is that you typically have to bid on 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 onsight 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, this is 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 who 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!!


© 2017 Billie Raucci

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      Billie Raucci 5 days 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 5 days ago from Joliet, Illinois

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