Starting Points for Freelance Writers
You have a gift. You can write. You know how to communicate with written words that cause people to really get it. You are talented and you are ready to do something with all of that talent.
I say start freelance writing.
Use your poetry and post it online. Take on writing assignments and upload content to article sites. Make a career of it. The least that you could do is start writing on the side. Do it in your spare time, on the weekends and after work.
Just get started.
Start by searching through some popular sites. Get a view of what all is out there. Some sites have upfront payment and others only offer payments based upon page views or click-through advertising. Some offer affiliate points or payments, too. You may find yourself more inclined to write for a site that has some combination of any of these features that may work better for you. The key point is that you need to do some research.
Armed with some research, check the guidelines. See what the terms and conditions are for contributors. Are you cool with handing over the rights to your work for a few dollars and a couple of Google AdSense dollars? If so, there's a site that offers that among the numerous freelance sites.
- Research some sites
- Review the terms and conditions
Once you have done a thorough job of research and review, then you can start testing the waters. I have listed a few sites for starting out and gaining exposure. These are just what I have found useful in my research. You may find others, but here's where you can get started.
Here are Some Sites to Start With
- Unique content - Textbroker.com
This site is the bomb! I mean it. You select an assignment and write the article/ blog. Once accepted, you get paid. After earning $10 or more, you collect funds via PayPal. My shortest article was like 75 words at 10 cents per word.
- Freelance Writing Jobs & Writing Opportunities - Suite101
This is where I started. The editorial help has made a major difference. I love it! Apply for freelance writing jobs with Suite101, a leading online writers network offering writing opportunities for both aspiring & experienced freelance writer
- Triond - Publish Writing, Poetry, Music, Video & Content Online
You pretty much publish anything on this site. There is no upfront payment but it works. Triond publishes user generated content on a network of websites, enabling users to reach a wider audience, gain more recognition and earn more revenue.
- Yahoo! Contributor Network (Associated Content)
Start by checking my contributor profile on Yahoo! Contributor Network. I like the ability to post and get connected to other authors, but the recent changes to the network from Associated Content has some definite changes.
- Helium - Where Knowledge Rules
This site requires some set up, but it is worth the work. You have a variety of assignments to choose from and you have to compete with fellow writers for articles to be accepted. Usually,you will write an article of at least 400 words for $2.
- Join Bukisa
Bukisa is the type of site where you can feel free to write what you want and see how others respond. There isn't much editorial help, but it is good practice for a freelancer.
Freelance Writing Guides
Cash in on Content
If anyone should cash in on your content, it ought to be you. Well, that is to some degree. Article sites pay you (or not) and "sell" your content. Site that allow authors to promote their blog, products and services with reckless abandon.
The author should cash in on his or her content:
- Strategically: Your research should help you identify which sites offer which benefits. Choose carefully and do not become wedded to one site for any particular reason. Hedge your bets.
- Steadily: Publish content steadily and consistently. Treat your content the same way that a blogger treats a daily blog or tweeter tweets on Twitter. Publish consistently.
- Systematically: Become systematic with your content. Have niche sites for specific content publishing. Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. Create a system and schedule for posting. I use Wordpress for my blog, Gather, Facebook, LinkedIn and some others for posting links, and I am sure to use my online writing communities to share my article links and feeds with other writers.
Here's What You Need to Start
- Do something, Learn something, Share something, Change something - Meetup
Helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world. Meet up with local authors and share insights and ideas.
- World\'s Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn
Get involved with groups such as other writers online. Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities.
- Incompatible Browser | Facebook
Post your article and author profile links online. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, post links and videos, and learn more about the people.
- Send Money, Pay Online or Set Up a Merchant Account with PayPal
You need this to get paid online. Very few people deal with checks via snail mail any longer. PayPal has a debit card, too. PayPal is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account.
- Blogger: Create your free Blog
Create a blog. Add pieces of poetry, article ideas and photos or videos. Blogger can interface with your Amazon Associate account and Google AdSense, too.
I Like it, I love it, I Learned it
I learned it. The entire freelance market calls for some learning. Take some time to get to know the thing. Imagine different ways that you can learn something new while freelancing.
Be Sure to Check Out These Popular Sites
- Freelance Jobs | Demand Media Studios
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- WRITING BIDS . com : BID ON FREELANCE WRITING PROJECTS and FREELANCE WRITING JOBS
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