How real are online freelance writing jobs
Resources for finding freelance writing and other work-from-home jobs
In ~ 10 years of professional blogging and writing, I learned a few tips on how to freelance writing. Today, I'm going to answer some of the biggest questions aspiring freelance writers have, and share some top spots to find freelance paperwork.
Before you start freelance writing, here are some things to keep in mind:
What kind of paperwork?
First of all, you need to determine what type of work you want.
If you are a blogger, there are plenty of blogging and ghost blogging (i.e. blogging without crediting your name) jobs out there.
However, you may feel ready to step out of that box for brand ambassadors, writing product descriptions, or copywriting. You must have experience in the field you are going in. So if you have any, add them to your resume. If you know of close contacts in these areas, consider offering your services either once or twice on a limited or low cost basis to get your feet wet. I don't recommend getting used to it, but having support from companies and brands is always beneficial.
The pay for writing varies widely. Some gigs are paid by the word, others offer flat-rate fees.
Since the competition is fierce, newbies believe they can't write for anything more than a few dollars.
My first gig was paying $ 0.05 per word, which is not great, but way more than $ 5 for 500 words.
Another thing to consider is that some websites pay a revenue share rather than a word count - that is, you get a share of the promotion. Other websites offer reader votes or volume bonuses, while the regular pay is quite low or nonexistent.
Earning a few dollars for a post may feel great right now, but on the street it will seem like you've done a lot of work for next to nothing.
Pro tip: never write for free (or cheap)!
You may be a beginner just trying to break into the freelance writing scene, but that doesn't mean you're writing for free or at cheap prices.
That is bad practice. You will come across many customers on the job portals and even on Facebook asking you to write free samples. Refuse.
- Pardeep Goyal, How To Make Money As A Freelance Writer
It worked for a short time, but if you're not comfortable starting out with such a low pay, instead offer a guest post on a topic that you are passionate and knowledgeable about. Contributing to something that is important to you will motivate you to write well and build your reputation. Otherwise, you cannot guarantee that the income you will receive is worth your time and effort and you may be tempted to write a lower quality piece.
Where to post your sample posts
If you don't have a website, or your blog is too personal, you need an online collection of articles.
Most job advertisements require writing samples so that you get a decent appearance without much experience. You can create a website easily by following these instructions; or head to newspaper clippings to upload your writing samples. Clippings.Me is a professional, polished and intended for writers. You can download an unlimited number of excerpts for free.
Where can I find freelance writing professions?
In 2008, after months of applying to some of the websites listed below, I found my first blogger job.
I didn't have any prior paid experience, but I did have a long history of blogging in this niche, SEO and web design.
Don't forget to apply for any job on these boards the same way you would any other job: write a meaningful cover letter that focuses on the prospect, upload a professional resume, and send a bespoke resume Writing pattern.
1. Problogger Job Board
Brought to you by the trusted folks at ProBlogger, this board primarily lists blogging work and that's why it's the first source I go to. Additionally, a lot of the ads here are pretty comprehensive if you say exactly what you need in terms of experience and payment parameters. Jobs are split according to blog network positions and company job offers. Also has plenty of blogging tips on the main page.
Take Action: Visit the Problogger Job Board
2. Freelance Writing Gigs
This table is updated every day of the week.
It's categorized under the "Content Writing Jobs", "Blogging Jobs", etc. sections, so you can look at writing jobs that are not strictly blogging but in areas like translation or training materials.
You can also subscribe and have orders delivered to your inbox. The blog also has lots of tips for landing jobs.
Also note the FreelanceWritingGigs.com feature a useful list of 100+ websites to pay you to write, review them.
Do you:Visit FreelanceWritingGigs.com
3. Media Bistro
This forum is primarily intended for local media work. So if you live near a major city or area they operate in, you should check these vacancies regularly.
They also have freelance and remote jobs from time to time, although many of them are full-time appearances in all areas of the media. This is a convenient place to search for jobs by location. This site also offers the latest media news and numerous paid training options.
Do you:Visit the MediaBistro.com Job Board
4. Journalism Jobs
Similar to Media Bistro, you can also search by job type (blogger, author) on this site. Don't be intimidated by the name of the site; There are local blogger jobs here. Also offers a lot of advice and training in this field as well as journalistic news.
Do you:Visit journalism jobs
5. Your local CraigsList
Be very careful with this one, but you can find local and possibly remote work on this site.
Often times, ProBloggers and Freelance Writing Gigs get the high quality ads from this website. However, that doesn't mean you can't find work nearby through CraigsList. The problem here is that some of these links can be spammy. If it looks and feels like an ad or just yelling, "Work from home!" You can be sure it's spam.
Do you:Visit Craiglist
6. Morning coffee newsletter
This newsletter is subscribed to through FreelanceWriting.com and is a great source for freelance blogging. The weekly email has a brief description so all you have to do is click on the links that apply to you. This is one of my most valuable resources. I recommend that you sign up right away.
Visit the Morning Coffee newsletter
7. All indie writers
This site is extensive and lists the paid / professional level before you even click on the content, making it a new favorite. Also includes a typewriter market for print jobs and sales opportunities.
Do you:Visit all indie writers
8. Blogging Pro Job Board
These are also separated by rental type: blogger, copywriter, editor. Lists only open / recent positions. Also offers tips on blogging.
Do you:Visit the Blogging Pro Job Board
Because of its nature as a professional website, LinkedIn is a great place to search for jobs, detail your work experience, gather advocates, and connect with the companies and areas you would like to work for. In addition, you choose what to look for from the contacts and how to contact you.
While it's not my best resource for finding work, I've landed some interesting projects through my contacts.
Do you:Visit LinkedIn Jobs
10. Sign in to Creative Placement Firms
This option will work best for you if you can take on temporary jobs on short notice, live near a large city, and want paperwork that is more like full-time employment, i.e. full days or weeks, and most likely on-site for a client. I recently signed up for The Creative Group and Creative Circle.
Where else can you find paperwork?
I've received some of my best work for friends and family for full payment, so don't leave a stone standing.
Find local businesses you'd like to participate in and look for targeted magazines that will accept pitches in your niche. Personal events and conferences round out my list of places I've contracted.
With these resources, you can get started on your first high paying freelance job and building your skills.
Other ways to find customers and keep writing are:
1. Have a blog
My first paid gig was writing for a well-known brand - American Greetings (AG). Having blogged for years, I had a head start on other applicants, but I made sure AG knew I was a fan and understood their audience.
Blogging is a great editorial, writing, and proofreading experience. Place your blog in the niche you want to write for: lifestyle if you want to work with brands, techie if you want to write scientific or technical writing, style if you want to work in fashion, etc.
Take Action: Learn How to Create and Grow a Blog Today
2. Make strategic personal contact
When you're attending events to find brands and companies to work with, it's not enough to just give your business card and media kit to each of them.
Check who will be attending the event and pick your top 5 or 6 to get in touch. Get in touch with the brand before coming to the event. Be creative about how to work with them beforehand and why they should hire you over anyone else. What are you going to do for them that no one else can do?
Also Read: Where To Find Work From Home Online Jobs
How can I stand out from the crowd?
1. Volunteer Where your passion is
One of my current clients kept me in the back of my mind because I was as passionate about GMO labeling as they were.
I wrote a number of childhood articles for this campaign and she eventually hired me on her team. That's why bloggers know me in the natural environment and hire me to work with other people who are looking for writers. This is because I am also active in this community and support its causes. Don't just do it voluntarily. Take action and get involved with the bloggers who do the work that really matters to you.
2. Passing on
The old cliché in business is: "Under promise and lore".
You should creatively build up perspectives to make less promises, while you decide in advance to incorporate "extras" for your customers, make you look good and give you room to breathe in the event of a disaster. For a customer, I was their "emergency room" for a while. This can be inconvenient and not always an option, nor should it be a long-term requirement, but it can build a good reputation quickly and easily. How can you "overarm" your prospects and customers?
3. Communicate problems before they explode
Real life is full of misunderstandings, missed appointments, and missed opportunities.
If this happens to a prospect or current client, take the road. Admit when you've done something wrong or when you're unsure. Take steps to do better. Recently, a misunderstanding between two of my clients caught me in the middle. I spoke to both of them about the subject and turned down a job to make them happy. They didn't solve their problems, but they appreciated my honesty and gesture.
Honesty has never made a situation worse; it just improved things or ended an unwanted customer relationship.
4. Get to know the customer personally
If possible, speak to your customer directly.
For little customers, this is a wonderful way to come up with ideas, find common ground, and bring you up to date. One of my aspiring clients is a service provider for my family. However, we have built a relationship based on our shared philosophy. When she was looking for a writer, she thought of me. I took what I knew from our time together and put her services above what she asked for. Now she is considering me for even bigger tasks on her team.
About Gina Badalaty
Gina Badalaty is the owner of Embracing Imperfect, a blog dedicated to encouraging and supporting mothers of children with special needs and restricted diets. Gina has been blogging about parenting, raising children with disabilities and an allergy-free life for over 12 years. She blogs at Mamavation.com and has blogged for big brands like Silk and Glutino. She also works as a copywriter and brand ambassador. She loves using social media, traveling and cooking gluten-free.
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