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Can You Quit Your Job and Work Online To Earn a Living?

Updated on February 27, 2014

This is a question that is often asked at Hubpages.

I'd say absolutely not. At least, not overnight. It takes time to build up from nothing to a full-time income working online. If you are asking the question, you've not done much online working before, so you'll need to get quickly up to speed, which can be done.

It is possible to earn a full-time living on Hubpages, but in order to do that you have a lot to learn. Learning it will take time, practise and some hit/miss and trial/error.

Learning to Earn Costs You Nothing, It's Free

Learning to earn good money with Hubpages is free though, because the superb community and forum are very quick to help you out, give you help/tips and check out what you've written to help you improve it (which means it might earn you more money).

If you want a quicker/easier way to make money from online writing, then you might like to additionally use BubbleWS alongside Hubpages - it's easier to write on and what you write can be much shorter.

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How Much Can You Earn?

How much you earn depends on: the subject, your keywords, your traffic to your hubs, whether they're laid out in the best way to get a good CTR, having a good rate per click.

In the long-term though, if you take a notebook everywhere with you and scribble down ideas for hubs when you think of them, then come home and tweak your existing hubs, research your new ones and write one new one per day, then in 2-3 years' time you could have built up enough money to be able to give up your day job and lead a comfortable life (depending where you live too, of course).

Hubpages is a long-term game. It's real, it's possible, it's achievable.

It's a bit like completing a marathon race, if you run it tomorrow you might not make it to the end and you might give up. Take it slowly, "train" and improve - and by this time next year you'll really be able to see proper/good money coming in regularly.

Learn from your mistakes and your successes. Learning is a never ending job, it's satisfying and rewarding.

Don't let these words put you off - go for it! It's just not a get rich quick scheme.

How Long Will It Take To Earn A Living From Hubpages?

How long it takes depends on how much you write and how targetted your articles are at subjects that are popular.

However, it is possible to see some action pretty quickly, then build on your success (by writing more similar articles).

If you can simply write one good article per day, then in a year you'd have 365 articles out there working for you. Quality, not quantity, is key though. For every article you write you can tell from your Adsense account how much you are earning and you can tell from the Hubpages account how much traffic you're getting, and where from - at an individual as well as overall viewpoint.

For me, Hubpages has definitely been the most worthwhile site I've joined up with. I nearly missed out because at first I just joined and wrote a few articles and left it. I wish I'd just stuck with it from the start as by now I'd have a full-time living from it I am sure.

The key to quit your job and earning a living online is certainly ternacity and volume: whatever you pick to do, stick with it and keep doing it!

With just 100 articles you WILL see a difference in your income - and once you have those 100 articles, you can improve how much they are earning you simply by getting feedback in the community forum.

My Advice Is:

  • Join Hubpages and BubbleWS
  • Write a short article on BubbleWS to get your ideas together, then come back to Hubpages and expand that into a full-blown article
  • Get feedback and help from the community on it
  • Write the next 4 based on the new things you've just learnt
  • Get more feedback.
  • Write another 20 articles
  • You now have 25 articles out there that could be earning you money every day... so now just keep going.
  • Keep writing, keep improving, keep picking up tips from the community and going back and re-working your existing articles where you think they could earn you more.
  • Pretty soon you'll be on auto-pilot and will know before you start writing just how you're going to write it to make the most money.

One year from now you'll look back at this moment and think "I'm glad I did that!"

Between the two sites you'll have a "home" for your short articles and longer ones.

Write for BubbleWS - the New Kid on the Block

One new entrant to the writing game, since early 2012, has been BubbleWS. This is a much easier site for beginners to get started and earning money fast, or for seasoned pros to enjoy making some extra money within a more social website setting.

Results and income are much faster than Hubpages - and it's easier as there are less rules, structures and things to think about; you simply join and start typing.

FInd out more about: BubbleWS, what you're paid for and how it is like Hubpages yet entirely different, or just Join BubbleWS.


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    • profile image

      Olde Cashmere 

      7 years ago

      This article is highly motivating. I to share a similar story with you and I'm glad as well for returning. Great job, voted up and awesome.

    • TaxNerd profile image


      8 years ago

      I think this is very sage. I'm new here but am finding the task of hubbing to be satisfying in and of itself. Maybe the money follows, maybe not, but if you go chasing the dollar, you're probably bound to be disappointed.

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      Katie Luense 

      8 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Awesome advice! Solid and completely true! Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

    • IndikaT profile image


      9 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka

      A very good advice. One hub a day is certainly a challenge but You have to face the challenge if you really want to earn from hub pages

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      David 470 

      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      I think a hub a day is the best as you don't want to rush as it will be harder to get content. I for a time wrote 2 articles a day, but not now.

      Of course there may be days where I write more or less...

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      Dedicated Content Curator 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Re backlinking and getting traffic, that's part of the learning bit.

      What I try to do is think about how/where I can backlink to the hub, as I am writing it.... or even spot an opportunity then write the hub!

      Many forums will let you put links in your signature. If you write a hub about knitting woolly hats, why not join a knitting forum and put your link in your signature.

      You'll always be learning..... there's always something new out there to try/do. But $1500+/month IS achievable, a year from now, for anybody who commits to writing just one hub/day, learning and, of course, backlinking... of course, the hub community and being on hubpages will generate a lot of free website traffic in itself!

    • CraigKeeble profile image


      9 years ago from England

      nice article. Motivates me to write more hubs!

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      9 years ago

      that is a bit too optimistic. You forget about backlinking. Getting backlinks and getting traffic are very time-consuming.

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      Peg Cole 

      9 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      I like your take the notebook everywhere idea. Otherwise I forget things in an instant. Like when I wake up in the night with a great hub topic and by morning it's gone. So I keep paper a pen on the nightstand.

      Just getting started out here and this information has helped. Thank you.

    • Anamika S profile image

      Anamika S Jain 

      9 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I have not been much into keyword rich articles to mint money but rather write on topics i like. Even then i am happy to say that HubPages works well for me. I also believe that Hardword definitely pays off.

    • seamist profile image


      9 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      Great article and very truthful. As you say, TENACITY and LEARNING are the keys! Unfortunately, many people give up before they can reap the rewards.

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      Filipino girls 

      9 years ago

      Very informative. No quick fix!

    • travelespresso profile image


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Excellent writing and interesting hub. Running a marathon or slow and steady winds the race is definitely a theme coming through many articles on this subject. I'm a fan.

    • vpolisi profile image


      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great honest information! Slow and steady wins the race...

    • Leop profile image


      9 years ago

      Great ideas about writing on hubs. I just started less than 2 months ago, I am starting to see a difference in earning and traffic. I will keep writing and I am positive that 12 months from now I will see a big different. Thank you for the tips.

    • rebekahELLE profile image


      9 years ago from Tampa Bay

      informative and encouraging hub, excellent. :)

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      9 years ago

      Yep, I agree it's not easy. But I agree with one responder; at least it's an honest site. Good writing.. :)=

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      9 years ago

      Hi, its really hard to work online all the time, write articles and get paid either on hub or else. Only few can do it. Anyways nice hub. Thanks and God bless

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      9 years ago

      Excellent article

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      A really great, honest and informative hub. Thank you.

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      9 years ago

      Great advice on writing down the idea of a hub and tweeking it later. It's good to know it's not a get rich scheme but I think most do it is because (like you said) it usually is satisfying and rewarding. That's why most long time hubbers are still writing.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      No quick get rich scheme for sure...but at least it is honest. A hub a certainly are motivated to make it work for you. I'd better get busy! LOL


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