December 5, 2019, 9:39 am

How to make money as a freelance writer. A beginners guide

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Blogging,Make Money Online
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So, you have a passion and flair for writing, and you want to make a little money with your talents. The freelance writing industry is absolutely booming right now, which means that it’s easier than ever to find work and to put your writing skills to the test. Believe it or not, you don’t need an English degree or a background in professional writing to make it as a skilled writer. What you will need however are some good basic writing skills, creativity, time and familiarity with plagiarism and apa citations and formats – such as the Modern Language Association standard format

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There are lots of prospective writing options that you could make money from, so with this in mind read on for how you can make money as a freelance writer. 

Start a blog

You’ll find that most freelance writers host and write their very own blogs. Why? Well, it’s good writing practice for a start. It’s also a good way for prospective employees to find out more about you. They can see how you write, your style and get a measure of how dedicated and passionate you are about writing. Your blog could also be a source of advice for other freelance writers, which in turn can provide you with access to the freelance community and further job leads. 

In addition, you may have the opportunity to make money from your blog itself by selling advertising space or even reviewing relevant products from third parties.   

Get paid for writing listicles 

We all enjoy reading listicles. Whether it’s the top ten moments from Friends, or 15 of the best celebrity Halloween costumes this year. Listicles are usually filled with images and gifs as well as being based on your own opinions, so if you’re already thinking of the answers to the examples above, then why not get paid for it instead! Pop culture sites such as Buzzfeed and Mashable are bursting with listicles! Complete a quick google search and find out who’s hiring. 

Self-publish

Sitting on a really good novel idea but worried about being rejected by a publisher? You’re not alone. Due to the high rejection rate and slow paced approach of traditional publishing, more and more writers are turning to Amazon direct publishing to realise their dreams of becoming published authors.  It doesn’t have to be a fantasy novel, it can be anything – a collection of poetry, funny anecdotes or even a subject that you’re truly passionate about. Don’t forget to update your blog and let everyone know you have a book available

Try your luck at a writing contest

Forget those old writing contests you’d try to win at school. Real writing contests are a whole different ball game where it doesn’t matter if you’re a professional writer or a beginner. Search for free entry writing contests online and try your luck at bagging some of the cash prizes! Even if you don’t win, it’s a good opportunity to practice your writing style and present your work to a different audience.  

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