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I love writing and have been caught up in content mills since I decided to write online about a month ago. I must admit the pennies I have received for my time, talent and dedication has been great to encourage me to seek something better.

Are there any books or articles you recommend for beginners looking to earn a living writing online? The Write Life has actually put together a great list of resources to check out. You can find it here: This article was an actual eye opener. Once again a big thank you for now I know what to expect and whom to deny.

Thank you for the tips. I am handicapped and a fairly new mom at 41 to our 9 month old first and only son. Can anyone give me additional tips on the best way I could start a blog aside from wordpress or blogger please? First of all, congrats on your new baby! Second of all, my thoughts are with you and all your friends and loved ones — are you located in the Philippines yourself?

Third, The Write Life has put together a great list of resources you can check out. First off, congrats on your 1st son! Sounds like you come central Visayas too like me, am from Bohol Phils.

Yolanda Haiyan and the quake that hit our country — and the economic woes they brought are really challenges we need to hurdle. You see, I am more comfortable in writing articles than blogs. Also, writing websites that work like a vendo machines like Xoobiz, in , but now seems closed where writers can draw writing jobs from a queue — will also help, as we need not waste time in pitching for jobs.

Thank you for the great tips. I also get money writing for Bubblews and I I also write for sendmeglobal where they only give award to a writer each month.

I was able to win it once. You have opened my eyes to other relevant targets. There is soooo much info out there and this article has saved me from contentmills, not to mention wasted hours-thanks very, very much!! I guess you your words of wisdom are meant for US-based writers, knowing how much it costs to live there, this makes sense … well, kinda.

If you were writing for a while before delving into the freelance world, i. However, taking those low-paying gigs is what you really need if you got no clue what your niche is, and want to get experience. Since I write for my own amusement and because Jennifer Oh dear Jennifer who gave me my first writing gig!

At least for the sake of getting good at your craft before pitching to high-paying clients. Speaking of High-paying clients, I stumbled upon your post as I was looking for them, but all I could find is advice, and advice only.

It just takes time to sort through and separate the wheat from the chaff! I vehemently disagree with you here. Content mills horribly abuse writers and make it difficult for people who have spent years in this field to get a fair wage due to the expectation that companies can pay less to get more. All around bad news and not recommended for anyone who wants an actual career in writing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Alicia. To each their own opinion — some people, like Talal said, enjoy using sites like oDesk because it works for their needs and goals.

The pay is sustainable and you are able to begin your career well. Being a young, I started on Elance some weeks ago while at the same time trying oDesk. What is your advice for me? I think Elance is good for building some portfolio and acquiring experience, but naturally I want to move on to something bigger and better. Hi Matteo, thanks for your comment! We actually have a post coming up on what to look out for when using outsourcing sites like Elance and oDesk. Keep an eye out for that in the next few weeks!

Usually to make a change in life its quite scary but your post is so straight forward and well written that it makes anyone feel ready to take on the world! Thanks for this post and some of the other ones as well about freelance writing. Thanks for the kind words, Grace! I hope TWL can help motivate and support you in your career change. I will be graduating with a Professional Writing degree in May. I just signed up to write articles on Hire writers. I was a technical writer before becoming a s-a-h mom.

Whatever you do, when first out of college, it can take a long time to build up your experience. It can be a long, frustrating climb, but do have patience and try not to get frustrated when you keep hearing that you need experience to get the job. So where can you find freelance gigs?

Journalism Jobs While most of the postings are you guessed it again! FlexJobs One of the top job boards for telecommuting, FlexJobs enables you to create a custom job search profile to meet your specific needs. Morning Coffee Newsletter This weekly e-newsletter provides a nice compendium of freelance writing and editing jobs of all shapes and sizes from around the Web with competitive pay rates.

ProBlogger Job Board Created by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, an authority site on blogging, you know jobs listed here will be from serious employers who have an idea what good writing is really worth. Freelance Writing With exclusive job opportunities as well as posts pulled from sites like Indeed and Craigslist, this board consolidates a variety of gigs for everyone from newbie to seasoned freelancers.

Featured resource Earn More Writing Learn how to find freelance writing jobs that pay and earn the kind of money you deserve. Featured resource Creative Class Move from irregular client work and crappy pay to being a freelance leader in your field. September 23, at 3: September 27, at 8: March 29, at May 11, at 5: December 17, at June 4, at July 15, at 3: October 19, at 7: November 21, at 3: February 7, at 9: August 15, at 9: January 3, at 4: February 9, at 1: April 3, at 9: February 27, at 3: May 30, at 7: October 29, at 9: October 29, at November 4, at 8: December 3, at 2: April 1, at 6: May 1, at June 1, at 4: October 1, at 7: November 17, at 1: November 17, at 9: August 6, at 9: August 12, at 7: October 9, at 8: August 17, at 3: January 18, at 9: January 29, at 2: June 20, at 3: June 16, at 1: May 29, at January 4, at 3: March 11, at 5: August 23, at 7: Shawn Mory McMillion says: May 4, at 5: May 15, at 7: July 10, at 3: February 9, at 8: July 10, at 4: October 4, at 8: You want control and visibility.

Sometimes writers get stuck. The site is run by Darren Rowse, a guru for writers and bloggers. Behance is a platform for showing and discovering all sorts of creative works. Our CEO turns to Behance to find the latest and most cutting-edge designs, dipping in to an international pool of talent his favorites are the designers in Japan. Top designers post their stuff for feedback and advice.

Snag someone you like off the site. LogoBids allows you to crowdsource your logo. When you choose a logo, the designer who created it gets paid. StackExchange is part of a broader network called Stack Overflow. It might take a little digging, but you can find the best of the best on StackExchange.

Guru allows you to post your projects, along with your budget, to help you streamline the process of finding a freelancer. The interface is intuitive and easy-to-use. There are tons of great developers on the site waiting for work. Toptal prioritizes talent and only accepts the 3 percent of the developers who apply. I especially value your tip that suggests newbies begin by posting to free job boards.

It seems to be a wise suggestion for many reasons! SO happy I found this blog! I am so happy I found your blog! I have been trying to figure out how to turn freelance writing into a career, and I think reading your posts have really helped. My plan is to begin my own blog as well soon; reading your posts have really lit the fire in me! I love hearing from my subscribers so much! Happy to hear that you want to do some freelance writing as a way to make money online! Hello Elna, This is great!

Thanks for this extensive list. The accompanying links were very helpful as well. I am very interested in writing for some extra cash.

I was wondering, do I have to own my a website in order to find freelance writing jobs? So happy you are interested in learning about freelance writing!

For now you can use a site like Contently to host your portfolio for free just upload them on their platform and then link to that in your pitch emails! Warm emailing is one of my favorite ways of finding new clients. Will try Reddit, too! Hi Elna, I love reading your blog. This article is evidence that you are a goddess of freelance writing. But, I have been trying this for some time. I feel like there is a secret formula that is hidden from me.

I have read so many blogs, followed all sorts of advice but I still feel something is missing. If you are still struggling, you might have to enroll in a course! Thank you so much for this post! It was so helpful. Thank you for the insightful post! I am just starting out with freelancing and your article has provided a lot of useful informations!

I have one question though; in order to sign up as a freelancer in websites such as Upwork or other related sites, do you have to be a US citizen? Because I am not! If yes, does that mean you can only apply for freelancing jobs in your own country?

I hope to hear from you soon! Elna, this was such an incredibly helpful wealth of information for someone me! Honestly, I hope to be as skilled and successful as you one day. Thank you so much for giving back to up and comers like me with this article. Love love love it! How brilliant you are Elna. I went through your website and I could feel such positivity in your words. I really want to congratulate you on the kind of person you have turned out to be. There are very few people who sound as enlightened as you do.

Keep it up Elna, go as far as the wind. So happy to know that you enjoyed this post to help you make money as a freelance writer! Thank you for this informative blog. This indeed enlightened a writer like me to be extra cautious as to what sites to visit. I have been writing as freelancer for barely a year now. Lately, I have been hired by a private client through a website not included in the ones you have mentioned.

Worst, she became inactive on skype and on the site where we both are members. What disheartened me more was that I have found some of my blogs already posted online on different sites. Coming across this blog, I now have several options as to what sites to visit and what to do as well.

By the way, I am a stay-at-home mom too. Sorry to hear your story about your first freelance writing job. I would definitely try out the job boards I mentioned in this post and start guest posting too! Hi Elna, thank you so much for your helpful post, made my search a lot easier!

The above ways are quite useful and I will try them in no time. Do you have a subscribe button? I love your blog and would enjoy following you. Thanks so much for your comment. So happy this post will help you research freelance writing jobs! As for your question, I do have a subscribe button! If you go to my homepage ElnaCain. Not just for providing us with good information but workable resources. I usually lack in marketing and selling myself, but after reading this post, I feel confident and relieved.

Looking forward to apply these tips, and boost my selling. Anyways, awesome post and keep posting. Good Luck Thank you Arpan. Hi Elna, I was frustrated with my job and made a decision to become a freelancer, but getting started is difficult. So many useful links and precise steps to take. Hello an thank you very much Elna this article was very informative and helpful. I am a writer and have been looking to use my skills to generate income. I had no clue where to start. I am happy to have came across this article.

It gave me not only valuable information but inspiring motivation as well. And I definitely look forward to reading more content from you. Again thank you very much. How does one get paid though? And how one can be sure that someone will pay once a piece has been written down? How to go about setting up a payment method? Any answer would be appreciated.

I use PayPal to do my invoices. Thanks Elna, Great advice I plan on using tomorrow. Glad your son told you about this post. It will help you revive your writing for sure! Hopefully if I spend some time following your tips, I will be able to improve it substantially.

Aww thanks so much! You can definitely start a blog to help you in a pinch! Thank you for writing this. However, I was wondering if you might have some tips for minors looking to make money. Is there anything on this list to steer clear of or any alternatives for younger people such as myself? Thank you so much for the tips here! Let me know of anything I can do for you including spreading the word about you! One question I have: Do you find that freelance writing is seasonal?

I was speaking to another writer earlier today, and she told me summer can be a slow season. It depends if summer is a slow time. I have recurring clients and get new prospects every week! Thank you so much for the great article, Elna!

Now I know where to start. Thanks for sharing your expertise tips on how to become a freelance beginning writer, with the high-paying jobs. I found the information extremely helpful and am looking forward to the rich rewards from my first writing gig! Not only did you provide amazing information and helpful links but most importantly, you related to a wide audience. With that in mind, you maintained a positive outlook for all writers in different levels of their careers.

I, personally, am just researching for ideas and ways to get started. Your article was not only helpful, but inspirational as it was honest and relatable. Thank you so much for the time you took to create such a helpful page.

I recently came across some of your posts after searching for new ways to find and pitch freelance writing clients. This article offered fresh ideas and unique details about the standard job sources—I was really impressed!

I am going to put some of these ideas into my business plan this month. A few other things I plan to try: Thank you so much for these steps in becoming a freelance writer! I have always loved writing, but never knew how to really get myself out there and this post has helped me out a ton!

Glad you found this post helpful! Hi Elna, thank you for the inspiration. Thank you very much. Wow thank you so much Elna. Your article really helped me a lot! Thank you for your guidance! Thanks for this down to earth tutelage, I have received a great impartation which I will apply. You are part of my success story that just began. I feel inspired to come across this article.

All my life I have wanted to be a writer and this just give the motivation I needed. Thank you so much,you are an inspiration. In your experience, does one need any specialized training or education to be taken seriously in the writing world?

You sound like me! My degree is in Psychology! Your article is helpful, and I plan to try some of these. Now I want to do more of it — but searches are yielding abysmal and depressing results. My content is rarely and minimally edited by professional editors and I turn it in on time with solid grammar and syntax. What tips would you have for starting out? I think you have the potential to be a freelance writer. I would start a blog or create samples on Medium or LinkedIn.

Start writing posts that you want to get paid for. So finding a niche like business writing, digital marketing writing, parenting, gardening etc..

Then finding the clients that want that content! Hi Elna, I have gone through your ways to find freelance-writing job and found it wonderful for the new comer. I used to write short stories, short drama etc. I have completed my 30 years of job career in different national and international development projects in Bangladesh and now would like start my days with freelance writing jobs.

Your kind guidance on to proceed on that would be greatly appreciated! I absolutely love this article Elna. Thank you so much for providing your top techniques on how to start as a freelance writer. I think I have read so much content from numerous bloggers about writing content, starting blogs, making a living writing, etc.

I was already familiar with some of your techniques, but this was only a few. The first thing I am excited to do is take your course. I was laid off from my job of 7 years almost 3 years ago and have been struggling with contributing to my household after my last pregnancy.

I have written for pleasure most of my life and want to be able to continue being home for my family. I never thought that I would consider cold pitching but the way you put it just makes so much sense.

Again, thank you for sharing. Wow thanks so much! This is a great blog! I am so glad I found it. I have a question though. Do you think it is difficult to find clients for a non-native English speaking writer? It might be a challenge, but not unheard of.

If you have excellent English writing skills, then it should be no problem. Your writing will speak for itself! Looking forward to more helpful post. I just became unemployed and have had blogs in the past, but reading this was kind of a wake up call. I have a lot of work to do before I can even consider getting a paid gig. Thank you so much Elna for these 20 tips. I am new to freelance writing and have recently read Writer For Hire: A quick google search led me to this blog post of yours which has given me the extra boost I needed.

A quick scan of your blog has assured me that I have found a goldmine of resources and I want to thank you again for taking the time to share your learning curve and your experience with us all. Very insightful and straight to the point. Very insightful and strait to the point.

Thanks for this wonderful posts. Before reading your post I was in a dilemma whether to leave my pm job. Thanks once again for this wonderful posts. And I am gonna need all your help. Hi Elna, I just bumped into this post when I was just beginning to give up because finding freelance writing tasks that pay well has been the hardest task. I look forward to revitalizing my writing career with ideas you shared.

Hi Elna, Thanks for this post. In your final tip, you talk about how you are known for your well-researched pieces. It would be great if you could give some insight into how you generally conduct research before you write. Glad you found a lot of options to help you find a freelance writing job as a newbie. As for researching, Google is my best friend!

I also have a swipe file of sites I use for my clients…. Thanks for the crash course! I found it very knowledgeable and enlightening. I know a lot of freelancers writing novels and doing freelance writing! You can do it for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you so much for this. I have always loved writing and looking for a way to earn a little extra money. I found this post very helpful. Hi my name is Peggy and I am an amateur writer and have a couple of poetry books that are self-published and I was thinking about getting into freelance writing.

Plus I wanna work at home and be able to set my own schedule because my husband is going to be having surgery soon because he has Barretts Esophogitis A condition of the throat So maybe you can email me when you can. I think freelance writing is a great option for you! I encourage you to check out my Writeto1k course as this will give you a foundation for a sustainable and profitable freelance writing business! Having extra places to find work really helps. Finding freelance writing jobs is one of the hardest task.

We need to reach out and convince people why they should trust and hire you. The content mills and freelancing sites are making harder and harder but with correct methodologies pitching, out-reaching, networking we can get high-paying clients easily.

I am very thankful to you, I have bookmarked this page so I can try new way from the 20 and I am sure I will get the big fish. One of my biggest concerns was finding legitimate jobs, and your advice has really given me the courage to go the extra step. May I ask what your thoughts are on transitioning into freelance with a current job?

Is there an industry standard? Any guidance for starting rates? Thanks so much for that comment! A lot of my course students are doing that.

I suggest finding time before and after work to devote on your freelance biz. As for rate, it all depends on your experience, niche and writing skill. This is something I talk about in my course as well. Your blog post has been extremely helpful, thank you so much! I rarely if ever leave blog comments. I just wanted to say how impressive I found your ability to keep up and respond to all those comments throughout a whole year till now!

I specifically kept scrolling down just to see if you had given up at some point haha. Currently I am in high school and working a part time job, I probably only work an estimated 8 hours a week though. Is there any freelance writing jobs that would possibly pay me in cash or something along those lines? All my clients except one pay via PayPal. The other pay via Stripe. Great Post Elna Cain… You have shared some really encouraging information for the new-comers.

Thanks and keep it up. From now onward I Will be following you always. Many of these… I would not have even thought about. So much wealth of info! I just discovered your blog and want to say how right on you are about the above.

Anywho, I wanted to ask about It seems like a great tip! But am wondering how open the web design companies are to providing writers with a list of people in need of web content? I definitely want to try this out. Usually the are contracted to do a site with site content and if their staff writer is too busy or not there, they may hire it out.

Thank you so much for replying, Elna! Thank you for all of the information you provide on here. Your advice and posts have given me a lot to work with during this time of dead ends instead of beating my head against the wall trying to figure out how to get more work.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing this resource! Thank you so much for this information. I look forward to getting back to you shortly with an incredible praise report!! Freelance writing is a great side hustle for mamas! I am a journalism student and I graduate next year!

I am starting to look for small writing jobs now to build my resume. This is a wonderful resource for me, thank you so much. Hi Elna my name is Margie Bilyeu-Clark. I read the twenty ways to become a freelance writer and I am actually writing to books for fun and I am good at it I would like to join in on the writing fun. The tips were great and I enjoy writing I never knew there was such a thing as this until I seen your name pop up and I was curious about what you do and it sounds like what I like to do in my spare time.

Great comprehensive list Elna! The key takeaway is to hustle for your first writing job s. Not so much after a while though if you have a good marketing strategy! I am amazed and wowed!! I am so happy that my fingers did the walking and I found you!!!!

You answered my question. I will start as you have suggested!!!! I have been interested in writing extensively since a very young age, writing either poetry, novels, short stories etc. Eventually I ended up in the corporate sector writing business plans, marketing plans and various other corporate documents. But freelance writing has been in my blood, just never really had the inspiration to follow this dream of mine.

I will apply your guidelines and intend to forge a new career path in freelance writing. This post is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your personal experiences and insights as a freelance writer. Hi Elna, I read a lot of blog post about freelance writing but yours is the most helpful. Thank you a lot for your help.

I have a bit of a problem. I would be happy if you tell me if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So I have a masters degree in creative writing and I have a pretty good portfolio but the problem is, it is not in english.

I am Bulgarian and I wonder if that would be a problem for the blogs and online magazines out there. I would be really happy if you share your opinion on the matter. What an informative and fun article. Finally, after my last request from a long ago former coworker, to write a plea to Salvation Army for assistance, I decided to try to finally do what I love and learn to profit from it. Your article captured me all the way through, and as I read, I clicked links and signed on with a few sites.

Finding this article was truly a God send, because I feel the fresh cool breeze of hope. Maybe I can actually do this. What a fun journey! Really very good and great tips to help!! May I ask, do you take any precautions for relatively unknown clients? Thank you very much for this valuable information, Elna!

Great information I actually have very little skill with posting blog etc. I am your basic blockhead but I spend hours writing stories songs poems devising quotes gleaned from my heroes and seem to lack the bravado to go to the edge and jump this year is my time to unleash the muse thanx for being there.

I do have one question… How do most of these freelancing gigs pay you? I started a blog a year ago and I would like to make a living writing now! Thanks so much for commenting.

Wow, I have learned so much from this post… more than I could have pieced together from other posts all over the place. I also clicked on your links to referenced posts as needed, as I read through, and it was so helpful! Thanks so much for this amazing list. I have made my living in the past in management and small business ownership aftermarket automotive parts store, a NAPA to be precise. I have a BA in Sociology and I have also worked in non-profit management and social work but my dream has always been to write.

So after selling the business I decided to follow my dream of being a writer. I also have written curriculum for young adults that was published by a Christian publisher some years ago. However, even with some marginal knowledge about writing for a living, I found the amount of information out there to be overwhelming and much of it is people simply promoting scams or trying to sell you on their program.

Thank you for taking the time to share. I know there are a lot of fluff type articles trying to promote riches from freelance writing or some other freelance gig. But, the truth is, it takes a lot of work and dedication to land consistent work and to make a living from this.

I want to be like you when I grow up. I love your blog. I got some great ideas from this post today. You just increased my confidence level with this article.

Gaining confidence is key to having a successful freelance writing biz! Elna, You may just started a fire under my butt. I need my break and I am determined to make it happen! Today a single job is not just enough for most of us so we opt to find another one on the side. A lot of freelance jobs ask for a resume.

How do I create a resume relevant to freelance writing that will stand out? If they do I point them to my LinkedIn profile.

Thanks Elna for this awesome piece. I am glad our mutual friend Ruth referred me to this page. It is very informative. Thank you so much for writing this post Elna. It has been really very helpful indeed.

I have been a part time freelance writer for about 6 months now but still feel like I am finding my feet. This post has given me a boost and some new options to follow up. It certainly seems like the strategy should be to go at it hammer and tongs and never, ever give up! I look forward to exploring your website some more. Hey Ben, Thank so much for your kind words. I absolutely LOVE this article!

Your blog posts have been so helpful for me Elna! Thanks again, Alee King. Thank you for the post! Hours of learning, here I come! I received my first two clients a month ago one from my dad who is a web developer and the other upon referral from my first client. I am serious about gaining more clients and setting out as a full-time writer, but the process of finding new clients has always intimidated me.

I am excited to apply your advice. Yes, it can be overwhelming with all the information out there. What a great post Elna! I have a contract that will be ending soon and so I will be looking at this in more detail again.

Bookmarking and pinning it! Business dev is always a tricky subject for freelancers, myself included, so I appreciate that you took the time to share your secrets!

Good luck and I love reading your guest posts! I, unfortunately, started out on one of the writing mills that pays very little. I made quite a bit on there, but eventually left as I was writing hours a day for next to nothing.

I get a few new clients a week, plus all of my repeat customers. You can really get great gigs by finding websites that need content. In fact before you try to find your first freelance writing job, you need to build up your skill set and portfolio. Yes, of course you need a portfolio to showcase in your pitches but I wanted to help new freelance writers WHERE you can find freelance jobs.

Thanks for a very informative post Elna. I had no idea it was possible to find writing gigs via Reddit or Twitter. This was exactly what I needed to read today. Love your simple writing style too. Thank you so much for this valuable piece, Elna.

Is anyone aware of other content agencies hiring? That is a great list and I will be putting them to work very soon, or as soon as I finish your course. This is an awesome post! Very informative and extremely useful. You definitely made a fantastic impression on me. Thanks for the detailed information. Every word you wrote moved me to get in touch with you. I am glad I did. Just what I needed thank you for all of the tips on different platforms and websites to use, compiling a list as we speak!

Wow, this is an awesome list!

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