Last Updated on by Michael Brockbank
Writers have many different ways to make money online. The best way to build your success is to diversify your freelance writing jobs. Don’t merely stick to a single method as it could dry up suddenly leaving you broke. You need to spread your professionalism around to other venues.
The hardest part is finding the best methods that work for you specifically. Not everyone is going to have the same experience on every site. For example, I’ve created a great deal of success using Textbroker while others have not.
6 Sites to Try
The important thing to remember when starting a writing career is you can’t sit still and wait for clients to come to you. Perhaps you’ve already started and need to find other outlets that may propel success.
Below is a list of sites I’ve come across that offer writing gigs. Some systems are more generalized, such as oDesk. However, each of them have claimed openings for those who want to make a living writing for clients.
The difference between this list and my page of confirmed sites that pay is I haven’t tried all of these personally. In fact, there are only three in this list that have paid for my writing.
That’s not saying the others don’t offer something to help you diversify your writing outlets.
If you haven’t read other posts on WriterSanctuary.com, TextBroker is one of my ultimately favorite places to write. I have established myself as a competent writer and have produced almost 3,000 articles, blog posts and product descriptions.
Although WriterAccess.com pays its freelance writers more than TextBroker, the flow of available work is considerably lower. However, this is a good site to have open on your computer screen if the work flow for another of your chosen methods is low.
The freelance writing jobs available on the site are quite detailed in what the client wants and the editing system is well designed.
– Updated, 03/27/2018
Originally Elance.com, Upwork has potential to connect you with prospective employers. However, I found the system to be severely lacking especially in their requirements for finding writing jobs.
When I applied recently, I was turned down because the market was flooded with freelance writers. So if you need writing work, good luck and I hope you are accepted by the system.
Personally, I’ll never apply to the site again because of the explanation regarding my rejection. It’s really not worth my time as I am usually pretty loaded with work on a daily basis from other outlets anyway.
Guru.com is another one of those sites that could help you find freelance writing jobs but will charge you for not being a member. The site is well-developed, but again I have a problem with those that charge people who need the work.
Using Freelancer makes me a bit paranoid. The site doesn’t seem to have the professional feel to its design. However, it will give you information whether or not a client has prepaid for an order.
Unfortunately, charging freelancers seems to be a common theme with online work as memberships are needed for improved success on this site as well.
I believe anyone looking for work should be able to find it without paying. It would be like Walmart taking bribes from cashiers to be managers. Sites that charge professionals just to connect with clients disturb me some.
HireWriters is a much smaller site than something like Textbroker. Instead of gaining levels based on editorial reviews, however, you increase your offerings and income through client reviews. This means the system isn’t as strict for those who have grammar and spelling issues.
It’s not a bad site, it just doesn’t have an exceedingly amount of work available.
What about using oDesk.com?
Unfortunately, oDesk.com no longer exists. When you visit the site, you’re redirected to Upwork.com. This indicates that Upwork bought out oDesk. I’m not sure what all was absorbed during the transfer as Upwork denies my application.
Developing Your Own Skills
Most of the time, using the sites above to find freelancer writing jobs, you are actually a ghostwriter. You are paid to develop content for other people. While you can make a decent living doing such, as I do, sometimes building your own professionalism can have its own rewards.
Not only can you fine-tune your ability, but you may find things like practicing on a blog to bring in a few bucks on the side.
Don’t be afraid to start a blog. Maintaining a regular stream of posts to your site not only keeps you in practice, but you can add things like AdSense and affiliate banners to encourage a bit of income as well.
Now, you’re probably not going to get rich overnight from a blog. In fact, it may take a long time to actually pull in any decent amount of money. However, blogging gives you an outlet to flex your writing muscles while creating a portfolio clients can see online.
By setting up your own website and payment gateway, you can promote your skills to the general public without having to pay the middleman. If you tie in social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, you could drive additional interest from clients.
A freelance writing job could come to you instead of you looking for it.
Marketing yourself is a great way to diversify freelance writing. Especially if your capable of covering a wide range of subjects. Don’t focus too intently on being a computer or technology writer. Some of my favorite jobs were outside of my comfort zone.
I found I had skills for business and marketing that I didn’t know I had.
Don’t Fall for “Pay Upfront” Gimmicks
You should never have to pay someone in order to work. But if you choose to do so, research the organization and make sure that the money you spend will be justified. There are plenty of ways a writer can make money online.
Diversify your day among various outlets of freelance writing jobs and you could make a decent living.
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