One of the best ways to improve your writing skills and earn immediate online income is through freelance writing. What is freelance writing? At times early in my blogging career, I would depend on freelance writing to “fill in the gaps” when my blogging income was not producing as consistent as I would have liked. Freelance writing means that you are an independent writer who works from home with several different employers at the same time. Companies and individuals alike are looking for competent writers who can produce quality content for their sites. These projects can pay you up front for the content that you write. The best past is that you can choose to write in areas of passion, knowledge, and interests.
Where to Find Freelance Work
There are more and more sites popping up everyday it seems. This list of freelance sites is not exhaustive. In fact, I am only going to mention sites that I have personally used and earned income from in the past. In the future, I plan on writing detailed guides on exactly how to use the following sites to earn income from home.
- ODesk - You can open up an account, search through the thousands of writing jobs that are available, and bid on the assignments. Just do not sell yourself short just to get the work. More jobs are added all the time. Be patient.
- Elance - Another great place to find nice writing gigs. This site has even higher paid writing assignments than others in my opinion. It is not unusual to find assignments such as creating a whole ebook as a ghost writer for a working professional or business.
- Our Job Board - We recently launched a job board that has many paid blogging and freelance writing gigs listed.
- Demand Studios- There are pros and cons to being a writer for Demand Studios. The pros are that once hired, you have access to thousands and thousands of titles and you can earn as much as you want. They pay twice a week by Paypal so you can get paid quickly. In the past, I have put in extra hours and effort when I know that a vacation was coming up. The downsides are that the pay is less than you can make elsewhere (average $15 per 400-500 word article), but if you write fast you can make up for the time spent. I average about 30 minutes per article ($30/hr).
- Text Broker – The writing assignment are easier for the most part. However, these are writing orders placed by individuals so you do need to pay attention to the individual instructions that are being given. Still it is a great freelance income bucket when you want a different pace of writing. They pay by Paypal twice a month.
- Freelance Writing Gigs – There are always new jobs going up on this site. If you are really interested in making a go of freelance writing then this site will give you the know-how.
- Craigslist – You need to be careful of who you are dealing with here. Still, I have found a few great writing jobs here. One project paid me $100 week for a writing assignment that only required about 2 hours of my time a week.
- Guest Posting – Build relationships with other bloggers along the way. I started by just trying to promote my blog by reaching out to other blogs and doing a free guest post. Some of those relationship over time turned into regular paid blog posts averaging between $30-$75 per post.
Hopefully, this has opened your mind to what freelancing is all about and the opportunities that exist. I do have one word of caution for you. Use freelance writing as a filler. It should support your blogging endeavors and not the other way around. In the end freelance writing, just creates a job for you. There is no leverage like owning your own blog can create. Although the supplemental income is nice. Do not take you eyes off the prize.
Question: If you have participated in freelance writing, what sites have you used in the past?