The Internet is full of opportunities for almost anyone to make money. While a large portion of these “opportunities” are on the south side of being legal, there are still plenty of sites that center around a legitimate way to earn a living. As a writer, this may be something that may never decline over time. Especially if you write blog posts for clients. After all, content is king.
Making Money as a Freelance Writer
I’ve been a steady freelance ghostwriter for more than four years. I’ve completed more than 5000 jobs for various clients across several online platforms. I can safely say that it is completely possible to make a decent living, if you’re willing to put in the work. Like most other quality jobs, you’ll get out of freelancing what you put into it.
Finding Legitimate Sites
The sites I promote on Writer Sanctuary are those I have used in the past or currently work for. For instance, Textbroker.com has helped me make a great deal of money over the years. I’d make even more if I could eliminate some of the distractions I have throughout the day.
One thing to keep in mind when searching for work as a freelance writer is that legitimate places will never ask you for a “deposit” or “fee” of any kind. I don’t care what kind of benefits they boast, you should never have to pay out of pocket to work. If a site is asking you for a set up fee, it’s time to move on. There are plenty of opportunities for writing out there on the Internet.
Some of the more respectable outfits will have a great deal of security in place to protect you as a writer and the client. Not to sound like a broken record, but Textbroker.com has clients deposit the money in an escrow-like account in order to guarantee you are paid for accepted work. In the past four and a half years, I’ve never had a client skimp out on paying what I was due.
I cannot stress this point enough on this blog. If you want to be recognized as a professional, you need to act the part. I’ve seen a lot of potentially good writers take a poor attitude towards the process. This makes it difficult to land those lucrative opportunities. Since there is such a strong market for online content developers, the client will simply go somewhere else.
I know that a lot of you relish in the idea of working from home in your pajamas. Speaking from experience, it helps to dress up – even if you’re sitting at your own home office. I find it easilier to keep in the professional frame of mind, which boosts confidence. I’m not saying that you can’t be successful in your PJs, but it does help you keep the mind focused on your expertise.
Getting All You Can Out of the Experience
It’s not difficult to start your career as a freelance writer. Like I said, the need for content on the Internet is great – and it shows no signs of slowing down. My advice for those who are looking to replace a full-time income by creating content for others, you should:
- Find legitimate writing sites that you enjoy using: I am always looking for legitimate companies to post on this site. Take a look at my list if you’re interested in the ones I verified as beneficial.
- Schedule a specific time in your day to dedicate to work: Any distraction, regardless of how long, is going to take away from the experience. Set and stick to a schedule to make sure you get jobs done in a timely manner.
- Expand your reach: Don’t be afraid of signing up for more than one favorite website. At one point, I was using Textbroker and WriterAccess in tandem. When work was low in one, I would write for the other. Recently, I was completing orders for clients on both Textbroker and Fiverr.
- Don’t waste time waiting: If you’re waiting for work to appear in your favorite category or if you’re waiting for a client to respond, don’t turn on Netflix. Keep yourself busy on personal side projects, such as blogging. This helps you hone skills and keeps your mind in the professional zone.
- Set goals for yourself: Setting goals can be subjective to the website you’re using. However, it can be valuable if you want to continue growing as a freelance writer.
With the right amount of effort, it’s easy for anyone to flourish as a freelance writer. The greater your skills, the more likely you’ll make a fair amount of money. Because of the clients I have and the teams I belong to, I can easily make between $20 and $25 per hour…if I was to actually sit down and write without being interrupted by life. Of course, this may also be subjected to where you live. For instance, $25 per hour for me is a LOT of money. In New York, not so much. 🙂