I wanted to touch upon making money online last week, and then move on to a new topic this week. That’s not going to happen. Making money online is often a topic that’s filled with scams and ways to “get rich quick.” However, due to the overwhelming amount of feedback/retweets of the post, it only makes sense to give you guys what you want by going into detail on the topics discussed. Today were going to talk about making money online through freelance writing.
First of all, why would anyone want to freelance? I can’t speak for all of you, but I will share a few reasons as to why I enjoy freelance writing:
Portfolio. You can easily build your brand by establishing yourself as an exceptional freelance writer. Whether your goal is to land a high paying gig with the New York Times, to promote your site, or simply just to land more paying gigs, freelance writing should be on your mind. It could be seen as your “resume” when you attempt to land future work.
You like blogging, but hate everything else. I love to help people get their finances in order. I love to learn from others. I love to share ideas. I’m not too fond of the technical/behind-the-scenes stuff that’s involved with running a blog. I don’t plan on quitting my blog, but I know of a few bloggers that have sold their blogs and stayed on as writers. Writing can be very fun, managing the business end of things can get redundant.
1. Showcase your work. Get your name out there. Write a few free guest posts to showcase your work. Start off on some of the super tiny blogs if you have to. Get your work across so that you have samples of your writing when someone may ask for it. If you’re having a difficult time finding work or gaining credibility, then start your own blog.
2. Reach out to bloggers. Most bloggers are moonlighting. Aside from a tiny percentage, the majority of bloggers out there have a full-time job, along with a real life (family, hobbies, and all that other stuff). As a result these bloggers are looking to free up some time. By offering to write quality paid articles for these bloggers you are essentially selling them more time. If you have a proven track record of writing quality articles, people will eventually become more than willing to pay for your services.
Just make sure you complete number 1 on this list before you begin reaching out to others. Speaking from personal experience, us bloggers receive a plethora of BS emails from supposed “freelance writers.” Stand out from the pack by displaying samples of your work.
3. Look out for opportunities. Whether directly or indirectly, the signs are often there. Some bloggers will flat out come out and openly advertise the fact that they are hiring a staff writer. Other bloggers will become consumed with real life. They’ll start posting less frequency because they simply have no time. This is the perfect scenario for you to present your services.
4. Check out job boards. Many of these come off as a scam. The only freelance writing job board that I feel comfortable with promoting is the one over at ProBlogger. There are many writing gigs available at decent wages. I personally haven’t use any job boards at all, but I have been informed that they can be helpful for new freelance writers.
Just please respect this service by only applying for relevant writing gigs.
What aspiring freelance writers need to watch out for…
Free/low paid article writing. I was really hesitant to discuss this topic for this very reason alone. There are many providers of cheap-to-free articles on the web. Don’t get caught up in this. You don’t want to kill your credibility by writing 300 word posts for 5 bucks a pop. You should try to avoid these services from both ends (as a freelance writer and as a blogger).
Payment in general. You need to watch out who you work for. Bloggers with strong credibility and even stronger reputation will provide you with a smooth experience. There are many shady “wannabe internet marketers” out there looking to build back links by getting freelance work done for them and never delivering on the payment. If you don’t have the type of relationship with the person that you trust them, a simple contract is usually recommended.
Any aspiring or current freelance writers care to jump in with some thoughts?
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