So You Like To Write? Why Not Make A Living Out Of It!
There are so many of us that waste our talents at a 9-5 job, or if you’re like me (I’m a full time cosmetologist) you’re working nights, weekends, and holidays not able to enjoy time with your family because you’re too busy bringing home the big bucks. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love my job and the field I’m in, it is not my passion and it’s not what I long to do full time . Writing has always been my first passion and something that if I knew I could write and get paid, I would have done that and never went through beauty school. Throughout my search on the perfect site to write for I have come across many sites that pay you to write for them and make money, hopefully this will help YOU find your perfect website so you can live your dream writing too!
Some websites are by upfront pay, so basically as soon as they publish your post, you will receive payment. I have applied to many of these, there is about a month waiting period for majority of these, simply because they have a lot of applicants to go through. I personally respect the fact that they require certain samples with word limits, so they know what skill set that they will be working with. So stay patient and be prepared!
You also have content mills, which is where most freelancers start, all you need to do is find a project you want to work on and bid on it, while proclaiming why you are the best suited for the project! If you haven’t found your niche yet, then these are the way to go here you can try different topics and see which one you enjoy the most!
Then There’s Fiverr
Fiverr is in a category all on it’s own. This site is where you can start your own business, anything that you can offer I guarantee that they have it. So if you don’t like the thought of working for someone then you can start your own business on here. From graphic design to writing letters you can sell anything on this site!
- Copy writer
- Their writing is mostly consisted of the boost of sales! This type of writing is found usually in catalogs, and flyers.
- Resume Writer
- Clearly you would be writing resumes.
- Obviously writing short stories!
- Letters, Newsletter
- These could be another version of copywriting, or just letters to friends and family. All depending on your clients
- You could write blogs on your own website, or guest post on someone else, chances are they have a particular topic that attracts their audience.
- Similar to blogs but on a higher scale. Normally 600+ words
- List writing is becoming fairly popular online. Usually list of 10+(something offered on The Write Life)
- Detailed Reviews often a couple hundred words about the good and bad of a product, or brand.
- The process of writing a proposal for funding.
So You’ve Decided Freelance Writing Is For You!
Plot Out Your Day
Even though you will be working from home, plotting out your day, will help you become more productive and keep you on schedule. When planning out your day, be sure to include breaks, lunch, and end of day, so your not in front of the computer all day!
Dress For Your Work Day
Always get dressed, even if it’s just changing into new pajamas, changing clothes will always put you in a productive mood. If you’re in a professional mood then dress professionally. Like they say dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
You can’t stay at your computer for long hours of the day, without feeling a little worn down. No matter how much of a writer you are! I can personally attest to that, even if you’re writing about something fun. Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time will cause strain on your eyes. Remember to take breaks! From 5 minutes to 30 minutes, take this time to eat, drink, stretch even taking a walk around the block to get fresh air into your lungs.
Deadlines Are A Priority!
Keep your deadlines! The thing about your deadlines is majority of the time you have editors going over your work. They have other responsibilities besides making your work look flawless! So give them credit and keep up with the deadlines!
Join Groups Just For Writes
Joining up with a group for writers, is the best thing to do when starting out, they share their stories on how they got to where they are. Which is a learning experience all in itself. They are optimistic, helpful and above all just like you. These freelancers have all started from the ground up, and are now the veterans of the trade, so who else to go to when you need help. We all start somewhere, and we all go through the trials before we make that client/writer connection. Don’t be nervous to be apart of these groups, you are the only one who can take the first step, but they can lead you on a journey( here is a link to get you started, 20 Facebook Groups For Writers You Don’t Want To Miss)!
So Give It Your All!
Take what you’ve learned here and take flight! If writing is your passion DON’T give up! You can do anything you set your mind too! There are plenty of opportunities for your writing to take off! There will be times that you’re denied, but only let that make you stronger, believe in yourself and believe in your writing. If you don’t believe in your dreams than who will? Write ON!