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. 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. Do you want an expert in a particular area? Are you willing to work with a young, unproven writer who seems to be a wizard with words? Do you want someone who has a marketing background or who knows SEO tactics? Do they need to live in your area? Knowing exactly what you want in a writer will make your search easier.
If you have a larger budget, agencies will do the matchmaking for you. Bigger firms like Creative Circle and Outsource have huge stables of writers hoping to grab odd jobs.
But before you work with an agency, be sure to check out their reviews online—there are a few out there that have seriously bad reviews from past writers who were paid peanuts for a project. Skip the drama and work with a reputable organization. Starting your search locally is a good jumping off point. Speedlancer offers content by word-length along with consultation for a day editorial calendar.
The next time you read an article on a blog or magazine site, such as Entrepreneur. This route, however, might lead you to pay more than you anticipated as these writers are often at the top of their game, allowing them to charge significantly more.
With a little expertise, LinkedIn search and Twitter search can be valuable resources for finding agencies and writers. With LinkedIn, the earliest results will be people who are in your network to some degree, which means that you can ask your colleagues for recommendations and introductions.
And once you stumble upon an intriguing writer on Twitter, rest assured that person will be following other writers, too. Or you can consult your Twitter followers for potentials by tapping into Followerwonk , an app free for one social profile that lets you search for keywords in the bios of your followers.
Instead, search for something like " freelance writer luxury brands " to nail your specific request. The media company stands behind the dozens of marketers on the list, having each of them complete advanced coursework and submit work for review in order to make the cut. A ghostwriter creates content that you publish under your own name. Ghostwriters help establish you as the authority that you are. However, writers do love a byline, and if ghostwriting fees are too high for your budget, consider offering a byline for a lower fee.
That way, you still get great content and the writer adds another piece to his or her portfolio. You and your freelance writer will likely be building a long-distance relationship. Email is the preferred method of communication between writer and client, with occasional phone calls to touch base and stay on track, and sometimes even texts for a quick check in.
You want your writer to deliver great content on time, so make sure you reciprocate by delivering the information they need and paying them on time. Freelance writers are invested in you and your business, in part because your success is their success by proxy, but also because they need to eat and pay their bills. Freelance writers will work hard and go out of their way to write great content for you, but you must also do your part.
Hiring a writer is the professional version of hiring a babysitter; you want a reliable person you can trust. Do your homework, invest some time into setting expectations, treat your writer with respect, and they will be happy to show up at your door and take good care of your content. Do you have questions not covered here? Please let us know in the comments! Karri Stover enjoys helping small business owners and entrepreneurs establish a competitive online presence through the use of valuable content and smart marketing strategies.
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