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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. 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. 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!
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