Do you love writing?
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, you can make some extra money — or even create a full-time career — out of your love of writing.
This post today, outlines 10 legit ways that you can start a Freelance writing career online!
Is writing professionally something you aspire to do, but don’t know where to begin?
Maybe you don’t feel confident about your writing skills?
Well, there are various different routes into Freelance writing and some don’t even involve talking to clients at all.
However much experience you have, there are always options.
Sometimes it’s just going to take stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking the plunge into the unknown!
So, let’s get started!
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The Hirewriters platform is a very quick way to get started right away writing.
All you have to do is sign up for an account, take a brief grammar test, and then submit a mini-essay on the prompt you are given.
You will receive notice within 24 hours if you’ve been accepted.
This platform is especially good, if you’re just starting out.
The website has four writer rankings: beginner, general, skilled, and expert writer.
You start as a beginner, and then you work your way up, (the higher up you get, the more earning potential).
How does this site work? Well, it’s easy and flexible.
Every day, different clients will post writing jobs. You can then select any job you want, as long as it’s within your writer ranking.
This website is great because you can work whenever you want, and choose whichever writing job you want.
You also don’t have to deal with the hassle of setting your own rates or contacting people for jobs.
However, you do have the option to contact a client if you have a question about a writing job they posted.
It’s also really easy to keep track of your projects.
If clients like your work, they have the option to send direct requests for new writing jobs!
What’s the catch? No catch, it’s 100% legit and easy to navigate.
However, compared to other freelance sites, Hirewriters is below average when it comes to the pay!
Although, the higher your writing ranking, the more you get paid.
Think of it this way: the more you write, the more you earn!
While you definitely won’t get rich on this platform, it can act as a way to get started – especially if you’re not confident enough to pitch directly to clients!
This website is a great platform for Freelance writers, whether you are starting out or already have some experience under your belt.
You have the option to do a basic membership or the plus membership.
The basic membership is free, while the plus is $10 a month.
It all depends on your preferences, but the plus gives you just a couple more perks than the basic.
How does this site work? You have the perk of setting your own rates.
You will see a newsfeed/timeline of clients displaying jobs.
You have the option to “bid” for projects and earn deals. You will get paid as soon as the client accepts your work.
This website has the potential to earn full-time income!
All you have to do is set up an account and decide upon your specialties.
You can break it down to copywriting, SEO writing, blog writing — the possibilities are endless!
The site allows you to set your own rates and due dates.
You can charge by the word count or set flat rates, it’s completely up to you!
You can even provide different packing options for clients.
How does this site work? Unlike Upwork, clients go to you!
Since clients go to you, day or night, make sure you are on your toes while using this Freelance site.
You don’t want to miss any opportunities or miss a deadline!
The clock starts ticking as soon as the client submits their request to you.
You really have the opportunity to make extra money, by upselling on your “standard,” gig.
Whereas your standard gig is only $5, your additional upsell gigs could be hundreds or even thousands of dollars, (depending on the package you offer!).
4. Get a Copywriter:
Do you have a special interest in writing for certain topics?
This could the platform for you. Get a Copywriter is a site that is always hiring.
The application process requires a bit of patience, however, it’s totally worth it.
This site pays anywhere from $9-$15 per 100 words. That’s above average for the freelance writing world!
How do you get started? Well, first, you have to simply create an account. Then, you will take a grammar evaluation test.
After that, you will write a summary about yourself. Tip: don’t make it boring, make it fun and creative.
Writing doesn’t always have to be so serious. After you finish this step, you will need to apply for specialties.
The specialties are specific categories you will potentially write about.
There are so many to choose from, such as fashion, health, lifestyle, business, etc. The list goes on!
If you want to write for multiple specialties, you will have to apply for each one separately.
You will be given a prompt to write about. It’s not terribly long, but it will most likely require a bit of research on your part. Don’t worry, it’s anywhere from 200-500 words.
Submit your work and wait for approval! Once you’re approved, you can get started. 🙂
Textbroker is probably one of the most well known content mills out there on the net today.
They have a lot of high profile businesses that use them for content – including giant names like Ebay and Yeost.
You can click to sign up as a writer, (known as “author,” here) in around 10 minutes or so, so it’s very quick.
You’ll also need to have a PayPal account set up.
Once you have been accepted, you get to check out a large group of “orders,” and you can browse topics that interest you.
When you find an order that you feel able to complete, you can find out all the available details about the task and have 10 minutes to accept the job.
If you accept the job, you have a set amount of time given to complete it and that will be at a minimum of 24 hours, (perhaps more depending what the client has requested).
Submit your article and wait for it to be accepted! Clients have a total of three days to review and accept or reject your work.
How much you can earn is going to depend on your level – as a beginner, you will earn the lowest.
Gradually, you can earn up to 5 cents a word, at the highest level.
6. Create your own blog:
If you have a special hobby or have a quirky interest, (or obsession), this is a great option for you!
This generation has become the rise of the influencers and bloggers. You know what else?
There are many bloggers out there today, who not only earn a full-time income from blogging, but they can earn as much as six figures!
Blogging is for everyone, whether you’re a busy mom, college student, or just have a passion for something in particular!
You would be surprised to see how many people follow bloggers daily.
You don’t have to be a website wizard or great with HTML to get started.
You can use platforms like Wix, WordPress, and Squarespace.
All of these do the heavy work for you and provide all the tools you need.
Want to learn how it’s done?
Like the name says, this is a great site for Freelancers.
It’s not only a platform for writers, but for Freelancers of all kinds.
The structure is very similar to Upwork, (another useful platform, mentioned earlier!).
Join for free and set up a portfolio of your best work.
Pitch for jobs and submit your work to clients. Just like Upwork, once it’s approved, you will get paid.
It’s a straight forward platform and a good place to build up relationships with clients that you can get repeat work from.
This is a pretty cool site that connects you to hundreds of writing jobs!
This site provides numerous writing opportunities, ranging anywhere from 300 to 3,000-word projects.
The content can range from emails, e-books, e-commerce, and the list goes on.
The point is, there’s something for everyone!
This site also provides a community forum for the writers. It’s a great place for advice or just to pitch ideas around.
How do you get started? During the application process, you will have to submit a writing sample.
Hint: Verblio works with all kinds of different industries, and will match you with what they feel is the best fit.
If you like to specialize your writing to certain topics, submit a piece that matches.
This site allows you to work your way up and earn more over time.
If you have knowledge when it comes to content marketing copy, this is a possible option for you.
The writer application process may or may not require you to do some research.
You will be asked for basic information and then two prompts (there’s a chance you may have zero knowledge on the prompt, research!).
Keep in mind, this website only accepts applicants from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
10. Create Your Own Brand – Pitch To Clients!
If you really want to make money Freelancing – you’re better off forgetting about content mills and small income opportunities.
While this may be a way to test the water and build your confidence, it pays really badly and is unlikely to be worth it to you in the long run.
The best option is to….
- Create your own writer-based website, (creating a simple website, has never been easier).
- Identify a niche that you’d be comfortable writing about, (you don’t need to be an expert!).
- Create a portfolio of work relevant to your niche – one way to do this is by guest posting, (creating posts for other bloggers for free, which you can link prospective clients to!).
- Pitch for jobs! Yes, you can do this on Platforms like Problogger, Upwork, or Freelancer… But you can also identify websites and blogs in your niche, and contact them directly too.
If you want to learn more about how to directly pitch to clients and learn all about Freelancing, I recommend this course.
The list does not stop here!
These are just some ideas to get you started right now :).
When it comes to freelance writing, opportunities are endless.
What are you waiting for?
Start your freelance writing career started today! 🙂
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