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How to Make Money with Online Freelance Writing.

Updated on April 1, 2015

After being nominated as one of the Hubnugget Wannabes of the week, my mind flew to the time when I was just starting out, after being locked away by motherhood for a while, and finally realizing that I can work from home, while fulfilling my obligation.

The search was on for the perfect work-from-home job and here's my little sad story:

My fingers flew across the keyboard. My heart beat out an undulating rhythm -- a set of timpani in motion. I cannot believe my eyes or my luck. My head kept chiding--why didn’t I notice this before?

Take surveys from the comfort of your home. Big bucks for little work.

Wow! Finally, I can work at home and look at the testimonials of a host of people involved in this line of work:

One says: I can’t believe how easy this is. I can work anytime and make a few hundred dollars just by answering simple questions.

Another: It’s easy. I get to pick the survey I want to take and viola, I’m making more money now than I was working.

This is too good to be true. Now, I can work at home, take care of my kids and have that extra allowance to treat myself (or my kids or even husband) to Starbucks anytime, any day without cash depletion. No more talk about skimping here, there, no more 99 cents store. Wait a minute, there must be a catch somewhere. But no, look, these are testimonials with the faces of real people like me---well--it can‘t be that bad.

With sweating hands, I pounded out my particulars--name, age, address, phone number, even my favorite pastime. I even gave my family particulars away! That’s for a good cause, I assured myself. Pretty soon, I’ll no longer be a homemaker, a no glamour existence, trying to assemble some semblance of family life.

I was set. They emailed to tell me my surveys were on their way and I’ll be laughing all the way to the bank (excuse the cliché--their words not mine).

True enough, the very next day, I received a survey to fill. They promised 5 dollars for my time. Gleefully, I filled them up. Easy. Next, they informed me that to increase my income, I should join as many survey clubs as possible, all no costs, after all, I’m doing a valuable service, providing much needed feedback. So, what the heck, I joined them all. I’m becoming quite a businesswoman, considering I’ve been out of the job market since my kids were born.

My email blinked: Promise of cash for taking the next two surveys. I’m elevated. Just like they promised. In a snapshot, I’ll be rubbing my hands in joy, eyes radiating greed. I opened the first email with great expectation:

You get Twenty dollars if you sign up for a wireless network (will not mention name here). Just order the service, try it for a month and then fill up the survey.

Now, that means I have to sign up for the wireless service for a small fee? My head expands to grasp the task at hand. First of all, I hate ordering things and then returning them. I still have my garage full of car-wash solution that the gas station guy promised will remove all grease and that I can return it if unsatisfied. It has been four months since, and the product became a point of contention between my cash-conservative husband and I. I’ll not list other items, but suffice to say, that phone my end up in my piles of “been there, tried that.”


Well, I can still make off the second survey. Now, let me get to it:

Try out this new postage system and earn ten dollars after trial period.

But first, I have to install this program to enable me to buy the stamp, print it out on special paper; get a scale to weigh the package in order to determine amount of postage.

I ran my fingers through my matted hair (wet with frustration), blew my nose and tapped my keyboard to mentally weigh the feasibility of this “little” project. The scale will cost more than the income, I hardly mail anything (except for guilt trips to send packages to in-laws) and I really like real postage stamps, not ones with inkjet indentations.

Wisdom prevailed but work ethnics must go on. For the next two weeks, I filled out those surveys I could take and in the process disclosed every secret about my family. I might as well be charged with espionage. Earnings after two weeks: under ten dollars and the promise of a couple hundred of points for benefits I could barely use.

My short stint died just like that until another blink caught my eye:

Home Typists Needed. Easy Cash….

I found out I'm not a survey girl--so what do I do? I go back to my interest--I love to write and I love researching about topics that interest me, so naturally and inevitably, I turn to writing, but before that I took an online writing class, as online writing is slightly different from regular writing.

It was then that I was introduced to Hubpages and I've been here since. If you want to make some money, writing for Hubpages, check out the link:

Other writing sites:

Associated Content: is an open publishing platform that enables anyone to earn money by sharing their knowledge with an online audience of millions.

ehow: You can write about all kinds of how-to articles or make all kinds of how-to videos. To apply:

Bright Hub:If you're have expertise in these areas: science, health, education and technology--this is the site for you.

I'm also presently experimenting with include AssociatedContent--I would rate it 7 out of 10, and Triond (verdict is still out).

Other resources:

Top 10 Freelance Writing Sites to Get Paid.


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  • anglnwu profile image

    anglnwu 6 years ago

    tyra, making past the first 500 words can be a feat sometimes. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • tyra marieza profile image

    tyra marieza 6 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

    I like reading hubs that are so informative and entertaining that I don't realize I just read about 500 plus words.

  • anglnwu profile image

    anglnwu 8 years ago

    I love it too--so much--it makes me smile each time, while nodding my head incessantly--I agree with everything! Now, that's a real Ode, if ever there was one.

  • Charia Samher profile image

    Charia Samher 8 years ago

    good for you! BTW I forgot to mention that I love the video. I'll be watching it again and again. LOL!

  • anglnwu profile image

    anglnwu 8 years ago

    You're right--fortune favors the prepared, or the diligent one. I've learned, believe me, the hard way. Right now, I'm satisfied with what I'm doing--I enjoy researching and writing and I work at my own pace--like a sweet dream, only with this dream needs a lot of constant attention.

  • Charia Samher profile image

    Charia Samher 8 years ago

    Oh thank goodness I'm not the risk taker type..I don't believe easily especially if I have something to lose. Well if none then I'll give it a try..And maybe we should just stick to the saying that "good things come from hard work" Anyways "lesson learned". =)

  • anglnwu profile image

    anglnwu 9 years ago

    Totally! Got to look on the bright side after we've been scammed--instead of laughing all the way to the bank, we're laughing at our gullibility.

    Thanks, Dottie, for your constant support.

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    Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

    That would be me too!  The paramid schemes that they proved weren't, and the surveys. I guess the good news is I look 10 years younger from all the beauty and cleansing products I splashed on daily, haha and then returned.  Now that's worth a dime or two, don't ya think?

  • anglnwu profile image

    anglnwu 9 years ago

    Thanks, you're too wonderful for me--i need all the help i can get.

    Right, no such thing as free stuff--like our moms used to say, "You think money grow on trees?" Apparently not, or we'll just be sitting around, enjoying life under our money tree.

  • ReuVera profile image

    ReuVera 9 years ago from USA

    I will LOL with you too, as I'm in your club! When I get e-mails about those "take a paid survey", I remind myself that free stuff can be found only in a rat trap.

    As for your 0 cents, I would check if you set up your account rightly. Check if it is on hold because some kind of info needed.  I wouldn't expect $$$, but some cents should be there by this time  for sure.

  • anglnwu profile image

    anglnwu 9 years ago

    I want to LOL with you--you're way funny! I know, mine too--at least you made 10 cents, I've given up on checking my earnings--I've ZERO cents, so far. Very pathetic but I'm plodding on--maybe, there may be a pot of gold waiting, just like so many others have said. Now, is that a myth? You let me know since you're here longer than I.

    Thanks again for your support.

  • maggs224 profile image

    maggs224 9 years ago from Sunny Spain

    There is plenty of easy money to be made on the internet I've only been here two months and I've already made 10cents lol

  • anglnwu profile image

    anglnwu 9 years ago

    Haha--easy targets--we're not the only ones, I'm sure, I mean, hopefully, there are others. Anyone else?

    I learned the hard way that there's no such thing as "watching your money grows while you sleep." We've to hang in there, do our time and hopefully, maybe, hopefully, reap some rewards.

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    David Lim 9 years ago from Singapore

    You made my day. At least I'm not the only one stupid enough to fall for all those get rich quick schemes. :)


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