Freelance writing is one of those ways of making money online that is more available than most. If you have basic knowledge of the Internet you most likely understand that websites are ranked based on their content. When you do a specific keyword search those terms are linked up with websites whose keywords most closely match your search terms. In order to get the best search engine rankings website owners work hard to populate their sites with reliable and new content. As one would think, the job of developing all of that content is often outsourced out to freelance writers.
Below are some of the benefits of making money by way of freelance writing.
Little Start-Up Costs
If you like to write and have some writing skills then this path to online income could be ideal for you. The only requirements needed to get a freelance writing job are a computer and a solid understanding of the English language.
Many online job portals offer freelance writing work for the best service providers. You can try online job boards like Elance, Fiverr, or oDesk, find work on a forum, or on specific websites.
Work could be offered to you on a piece by piece basis, or on a project basis. Depending on the job at hand you could end up working for ten different employers each day (writing one article each), or land a job writing for one company, with enough income for you to work full- or part time.
Regardless of how many employers you have it is imperative that you come up with a way to track all of your work and income. Because of the nature of freelance writing, good organizational skills will save you time and ensure you get paid. One of the advantages to using a reputable website to find work is that you can confer with other writers about employers. They will be able to tell you whether or not someone pays on time, or if the pay is slow.
Any web site worth its weight will have strict rules regarding payment. Some sites allow you to be paid privately, usually through PayPal while others will process your payment through Escrow services. Either way, as long as you have tracked your pay and your work thoroughly you should have recourse options if you are not paid, or if your pay is less than was agreed upon.
Cash In On Your Experience
If you are an expert in a particular field you can also write articles and market them yourself. There are various article marketing websites that accept submissions and then post them for others to use. These articles can link back to a particular website and provide a stream of income for you. Alternatively they can help you with branding. The importance is to get your name out to provide you with a body of work for you to reference when you are looking for jobs. While this may not pay a lot to begin with, it can eventually provide a nice and steady stream of income.
Become a Professional Blogger
Writing articles is not the only way to make money with freelance writing. You can also write blog posts which can be somewhat easier and pay just as well. Pro-blogging is the act of being paid for blogging services. With the rise of the Internet, blogs have appeared in the market like mushroom in a rain-sodden forest.
Blog posts are often written with more authority, while still keeping the tone informative and fun. If you have ever visited a fan site you might have noticed that they contain blogs. In a great number of cases these blogs are not written by the actual webmaster, but instead by someone they hired.
How to Get Ready for the Gig
If you are considering freelance writing as an online career you will need to have some writing samples available. Trust that no one who is serious about hiring you would do so on the spot without first looking at your work.
You can go ahead and write a few articles, or blog posts as samples.
It goes without saying that you need to have well written material to show to potential employers, but you also have to understand how Internet-based writing works. A lot of writers out there are not native English speakers. This could work against them, but more and more the old adage of not being an English native speaker carries less importance. What matters is the resulting work.
You have to be able to write in a clear and concise manner. Your work should be easy to read and comprehend. To get a feel for the industry you are looking to target it is recommended you spend some time online. You will find good and bad samples when you do research. This should serve in picking the better option when it comes to delivering your work.
When you first start out you will probably have to accept whatever jobs come your way, often for little pay. Once you have established yourself you can get a little bit more money for your work, and build up a steady stream of assignments. To get to this point you will have to work very hard and do a lot of writing. Make sure everything you write is of top quality, even smaller and lower paying assignments. Remind yourself that it is your reputation is on the line if you fail to deliver quality content.
The world of freelance writing is wide open and can be done with almost no start-up costs. Expect to work a lot of long hours in order to establish your business. You also have to really enjoy writing, no matter what the topic, because you will do tons of it.
Interpersonal skills are slightly less important to do this job, but they help. You will still need to interact with other people.