Can I Make a Living Writing?
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This is a daunting task. There are long hours with very little pay to begin the journey and most “would be” writers simply burn out or leave the arena after a couple of weeks or months of putting in the effort without seeing a great reward. However, it is possible for anyone to make a living writing. Make certain you want to become a writer before turning the corner to see if this is a profession for you.
Being freelance writer and finding freelance writing jobs is not an easy task
Tons of writers make a living writing full time. This does not mean everyone turns into Stephen King or John Sandford. Though, the sky is the limit in this circumstance. This is certainly not an easy task, but with the right know how writing as a means of income is possible. A living wage is a reality for loads of freelance writers.
There are a lot of Hubbers searching for the big payday and expect to achieve this particular resource overnight. Unfortunately, I want to tell you it for the most part it isn’t going to happen this way. Writing for a living is a hard job. Even searching for freelance writer jobs and connecting with those that pay well is difficult. You should ask yourself if you should be a freelance writer. The question of whether you want to be one is already answered. Anyone at this article has replied yes to the latter question.
The income for a freelance writer varies. What type of content is created, how much, for whom are all some of the factors which effect income. It also makes a difference in the amount of freelance writing jobs you are able to come by.
I want to add some words of wisdom about the pros and cons of different avenues of freelance writing for an income.Review this information to determine if writing is something that is a good fit for you and whether or not you would like to invest in this way to make a living.
These are the different types of income received from freelance writing;
These are clients searching for a writer to create specific types of content and willing to pay for these services.
Pros-you get payment for content or assignments immediately, you know what you will earn for your work up front, a consistent client means constant work, and you don’t have to share earnings
Cons-you earn once for a piece of content (unlike passive income), there are some clients that will not pay for the freelance work after completing the freelance writer job, clients are not steady work-there are times where there is feast or famine, you are writing what they need and not what you want, there is typically a deadline not set by you, finding clients is like searching for a new job with a new employer constantly, there is no remedy for non payment
Article content sites
Article content sites are places that accept a writer's article content in their directory.
Pros-you write basically what you want, you write when you want, you earn a passive income and an article could potentially pay you for years to come, some content sites are willing to pay for an article as well as pay passive income for page views on the same piece of work
Cons-you share earnings with the content site, you have to write within their guidelines or rules for content, the more articles you write the more passive income you receive-one or two articles (unless you get lucky and have thousands of views )will not cut it, many times a threshold in earnings is needed before payment is made. The more you write the more you earn and great content takes hard work. The better your freelance work is the better you will earn which entails maintenance for older articles
Blogs or websites
Pros-you are the boss and keep all earnings, you create whatever content you like, you format content anyway you want including adding pics and videos
Cons-you are the boss and need to maintain the site or blog, keep posts current and continually add information, make certain you choose the right niche to attract an audience, you need to market a blog or site to draw readers, make certain you have SEO, keywords and content that attracts readers continually, make certain an audience is built and maintained
As someone that enjoys writing, I have seen a lot of writers make a very decent passive income from it and I want to tell you to hang in there. The road isn't easy and the riches are far and few between when starting out, but in the end if it’s something that you are good at most writers will eventually get to a point where they are able to make decent earnings for their work and make a living writing.
More than a few success stories are found here on Hub Pages and these writers offer great advice and information on the subject. Part of being a great writer is reading. Take the time to read their advice and material as well as educate yourself on what works for writing success and what doesn't. After carefully reviewing everything ask yourself if you should be a freelance writer. It is possible to make a living writing.
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