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Start Freelance Writing

Updated on December 23, 2012

Get Into Freelance Writing

Do you enjoy writing? Do you want to earn cash from home? Freelance writing just may be for you! You see, there are thousands of people out there with websites, blogs, and e-books that are either too lazy, too busy, or just plain don't want to write their own content. That is where freelance writers come into play. Keep reading to find out how you can make money with your words and see reviews of popular sites people use to buy their content.

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Is Freelance Writing For Me?

I know that was the first question I had. Do I have what it takes to earn money writing articles and e-books? If you enjoy writing, know the basic rules of grammar, and are willing to accept criticism and use it to improve your writing, then I'm sure you can do it! No, you don't have to be an amazing writer to make money. You simply need to know how to explain a concept in a way the average person can understand. If freelance writing is something you might be interested in, keep reading and I'll show you all kinds of sites where you can make money writing.

Squidoo

Of course, we can't forget Squidoo, after all, that is where we are now! Squidoo is great for writing articles. It has a community full of people that may read your article and has ways to make money. You can write about anything you want which gives Squidoo the most freedom out of any freelance writing site. You also keep all rights to your writing, meaning you get the credit for your work, you can reference back to it on your website or blog, and you can update it as you wish instead of it being forever sent off to a client.

Squidoo isn't bad for money providing you pick a good topic and some good products to recommend on Amazon. I would highly recommend you write some articles for Squidoo if you want to get into into freelance writing. You will get some experience writing, you can get comments from members of the community on your writing, and you will have plenty of writing samples you can refer to later. It is also the best place to write if you want to be able to keep the content for yourself while making money.

If you haven't already, you can sign up by clicking here.

Fiverr

Fiverr is a wonderful website, not just for writing, but all kinds of things. The purpose of this site is for people to post things they will do for $5. People come on and order 'gigs' and send $5 to Fiverr. Fiverr then forwards $4 to the person who competes the job. This is also a great place to start. You can sell simple 400-500 word reviews and articles for $5. On top of that, there are tons of great services people provide on here for a great low price! Definitely check out Fiverr in the link list.

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Constant Content

Constant Content is one of the most popular places for webmasters to buy articles. You will get fair prices for your work here, but before you start submitting your work, be sure you are writing quality articles and be sure to do research in your topics. This is important if you want to actually sell your articles. If you aren't sure, ask around and have some of your samples read. Most people will be honest when you ask if your content is actually something they find worth buying.

This site offers different levels of rights you can sell. You can sell usage rights where the person is allowed to post it on their site but must include your name, you can allow them to put their name on it but the article must stay the same, or you can sell full rights where they can put any name they wish on it and change the article to fit whatever they would like. Obviously selling full rights is going to earn you more money. Also remember that if you sell unique rights to someone you are not allowed to sell that article to anyone else or post it anywhere with your name. This option will make you the most money, but if you break the rules and are caught you will not be able to sell your content there anymore!

Check out Constant Content if you think you are ready to start selling your writing!

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E-Lance

E-Lance is an online freelancing website. Here there will be tons of people looking for all kinds of freelance work. All I have to say about this site is have a great portfolio! You will only be allowed to write a few proposals a month unless you pay for the site, and there are tons of people looking for work on this site.

I suggest this site to people once they already have some articles posted on Constant Content. On Constant Content you have to wait for your articles to sell to earn money. On E-Lance you can find jobs where people know what they want and submit a proposal and write for them. No waiting if your proposal is accepted. It feels a lot more hands on than waiting for your articles to sell.

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iWriter

I found iWriter recently and it has bee great for between clients. There is always TONS of work available, though the pay isn't fantastic. (If you want the best pay, you'll need to find your own clients anyways.) Once you complete 30 gigs you can rank up and get paid higher rates. You start at under a cent per word but can get up to almost two cents per word.

You don't need a sample to sign up, which is great for writers who just want to get in and start writing. You DO need to look out for bad seeds when looking through requesters though. Look at rejection rates before accepting gigs. If it is too high, it could very well be someone who is rejecting good articles and stealing the content.

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In Conclusion

There are many more sites than these out there for freelance writing, these are just the ones I have the most experience with. Feel free to comment with more or let me know how you do on these sites!

Please check out my blog as well where I explain my personal experiences with these sites as well as talk about other ways to make money from home!

Links!

Here are the links to all of the sites listed above as well as my blog.

Book Recomendations

Great books on writing to help get you started!

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    • puppyprints profile image

      puppyprints 

      5 years ago

      I just hired a lady through fiverr to transcribe some audio for me.

      I am going to have to check out that Constant Content and maybe try to sell something there. Thanks for the tips.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Now there is also Whizzley and Zujava to add to the list of great sites to write add.

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      traveller27 

      5 years ago

      Didn't know about Fiverr - thanks for the info.

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      victoriahaneveer 

      5 years ago

      Great lens. I love your no-nonsense way of writing too. There's a lot of junk and scams on the net but your lens has only reputable sites on it. Nice resources for any keen writer!

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      poppy mercer 

      5 years ago from London

      All new information for me, so very useful and many thanks!

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I've stopped by before but just popping by once again to check out your information for writing freelance. It can be so fun and so frustrating. A lot of work but worth the effort.

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      John Dyhouse 

      5 years ago from UK

      Very interesting and useful advice contained here I will be looking into one or two of these. Thanks

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      nicolane 

      5 years ago

      Freelance writing is great for disabled people -easy to do from home.

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      Brandi 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      I've been thinking about trying out Fiverr but really don't have time to add something else to my plate. I love Squidoo and work here most of the time. I used to write for Textbroker but didn't feel like I was getting paid enough. I love freelance writing, thanks for this list of resources...I bookmarked it for the future! :)

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      Loretta 

      6 years ago from United States

      Fiverr and iWriter are awesome for newbies ~ it gets you in the habit of writing assignments and getting paid. Elance can be a rough sea of opportunity, but if you make some good connections there they can turn into long-term work.

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      memoonajabeen 

      6 years ago

      Hey , I want you to add www.ezonlinewriter.com to your list of free lance content writing websites. I am sharing my valuable experience with you.

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      chas65 

      6 years ago

      I had my first article published last year, got paid $150 for reporting on an antique auction. I was going anyway, so just had to take notes and photos and submit it.

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      Gail47 

      6 years ago

      I used to write for Associated Content which is part of Yahoo now. You might want to check it out. There are quite a few of the writers in that group on Facebook!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      So far I just write in the writing communities like Squidoo and HubPages, Zujava and Wizzley. I like being able to choose my subjects and write on my own schedule. It's nice to know about other ways to Freelance,though.

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      termit_bronx 

      6 years ago

      I'm not a freelance writer, but I buy articles from iwriter :)

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      belinda342 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for this information on places to write online for money! Much needed information for all of us writers. Blessed.

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      savvymj 

      6 years ago

      I've been toying with the idea of writing for Constant Content. I recently joined them, got full marks for the test but haven't started for them writing yet.

      I didn't even know that such sites existed until very recently!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I love writing online . I have been writing here at Squidoo now for 5 years and I have never looked back. I write at a number of sites but Squidoo is one of my favorites. Best wishes to you in your online writing adventure.

    • MTSonnenberg profile image

      MTSonnenberg 

      6 years ago

      I don't know how I've never heard of Constant Content before. I'll have to give it a shot. Thanks!

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      manutara69 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the info.

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      AgingIntoDisabi 

      6 years ago

      Great sources for anyone getting into writing professionally!

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      Little Linda Pinda 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for the links.

    • betsy-wooters profile image

      betsy-wooters 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this info! I'm definitely going to check some of these sites out.

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      Lisa Musser 

      6 years ago from Kansa, USA

      These are good resources. I have used eLance and Constant Content, they are both very good.

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      brian_pelton 

      6 years ago

      I love to write and it is still a learning process for me. If I began to freelance it would probably be on Fiverr. Great information here. Thank you!!

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      jballs6 

      6 years ago

      It has certainly given me food for thought. Thanks for showing and sharing this information. It is really helpful to new people like me who are just starting out to write online.

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I've chosen Squidoo as my main platform for writing, and have found great success here. Wishing you all the best in your online writing endeavors :)

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      bearlane 

      6 years ago

      I love the sites you have listed to post your work, truly a great idea. Fiverr sounded extremely interesting!

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      dave-sutton 

      6 years ago

      Never knew about Elance, now I'm retired it will be woeth a look, but not for writing .

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      pattywatty8 

      6 years ago

      Great lens, I think I'm going to try Fiverr after reading this.

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      pawpaw911 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. Keep up the good work.

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      Lou Martin 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I like your lens! Great job!

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      Palomina 

      6 years ago

      Hi useful tips I want to start freelancing but sometimes the first step is the hardest.I have started writng lense to see if I have what it takes hopefully I can take it from there.

    • AmandaTWaH profile imageAUTHOR

      AmandaTWaH 

      6 years ago

      @Lolcrow: Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. It was really hard getting started with making money writing and I'm happy to share my resources with others.

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      Lolcrow 

      6 years ago

      I really liked the Lens; always good to have some sort of run-down of options when you are going into "the biz".

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      sheezie77 

      6 years ago

      Great lens well done!

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      Anime-e 

      6 years ago

      I love your work!! my friend!

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