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Can You Make Online Writing Your Full Time Job?

Updated on March 2, 2013

Can you make online writing your full time job and make it earn as much as a regular day job? Some people say it is possible but with the recent algorithm changes in search engines, it is becoming more and more impossible for people to make writing a full time job.

Online Writing as a Full Time Job

One of the many things a person needs is to earn money for his everyday needs. Sadly, one of the many things that is lacking these days is to have a job. But with the advent of new technology such as the internet, can a person really find employment using this technology?

A few articles out there are saying that it is possible to earn money through the internet. One possibility is by being a writer. But is it good enough to replace a real job? Some of them have claimed to earn hundreds of dollars a month, some claimed to have earned thousands. But should someone like you and me really believe them? Or is something like this possible for someone like you and me?

Most people who are writing online are probably only earning a small amount. There are just so many online writers that it is very possible for some to earn a good amount of money. These lucky people are the best out there. These talented writers go the extra mile to earn more than most people. Aside from having to work more hours, they are also more knowledgeable in internet marketing than most.

Having a regular day job is difficult because of your having to commute back and forth everyday and having to spend long hours at work. Aside from that, the time you spend during the day is not yours. But having to write online can be equally as hard. However, the everyday hardships of an online writer may not be the same as that of a regular employee.

I can safely say that if you really want to make writing your full time job, you need to work extra hard. Aside from that, you need to have more knowledge about how the internet works. Even that additional knowledge and hard work does not guarantee online success.

Becoming an online writer may seem easy because of the many open publishing platforms that are available for everyone to take advantage of. But to make online writing as your regular day job and having the ability to earn as much may be impossible for most of us. Extra knowledge, extra work, extra patience, and lots of luck are all needed to make online writing work for you as a full time job.


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      BeatsMe 4 years ago

      Hi SallyTX, I agree with you in everything. Like I've been saying all along, it is going to be very hard.

      Thank you so much for the vote and for reading. :)

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      Sally Branche 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Writing for a living is very hard work and takes lots of computer time. It also takes leading a very austere life. It can be done, but not by people who have to pay high rent, have car payments, want to buy coffee at Starbuck's or have a smoking or drinking habit! Good article! Voted up and interesting. ;D

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      BeatsMe 5 years ago

      Hello Richawriter, best of luck for that $1000 mark. I have to warn you that it is going to be a really hard work and I'm afraid that wanting it enough may not be enough. It's not that I'm discouraging you, it is just that trying to make it online is very difficult.

      Anyways, just like any endeavors in life, trying to really make it can be challenging. As a result, a few make it but most others are fortunate enough to be average.

      Thank you so much for dropping by and for sharing your thoughts. Take care and best of luck again. :)

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      Richard J ONeill 5 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hey beatsMe.

      I understand what you are saying and you are correct. It is extremely difficult to successfully earn a full-time income online.

      However, what attracts me to the challenge of doing it, is the fact that even though right now, I am earning a small amount each month, that amount grows each month AND residual income.

      Just imagine, 2 years of writing down the line and a friend asks you how much you earn as an online writer, you reply, "I make $2000 a month and I only have to do 2 hours work a day, because all the hard work is already done." Your friend would be stunned and immediately begin doubting the truth of your words.

      The point is, if you want it enough, it is possible. If you doubt it enough, it's impossible.

      It's a choice.

      Well anyway, good topic and I enjoyed reading and commenting on this.

      I'm going to darn well try for that $1000 mark writing online. Wish me luck. :)

      Take care and peace to you today. :)

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      BeatsMe 5 years ago

      Uh-uh, Quicksand. Not everyone is lucky and it's almost impossible to be extremely lucky. =P

      Still, lucky or not, I would like to thank you so much for reading. :)

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      quicksand 5 years ago

      Well BeatsMe, my opinion is that you get lucky if you are at it for long hours and and for a long period of time and explore everything that you stumble upon online.

      It is an ongoing thing and the trends keep changing. Previously arbitrage worked a great deal for adsense sites.

      Right now it's a question of re-doing SEO. Still what matters is page views and that will be the criterion forever!


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      BeatsMe 5 years ago

      Hi Quicksand, agreed. And heavy promoting is not easy. You'd need to work at it full time. And if you've been reading the forums, there are those who used to earn a lot from their writing, now find it hard to keep up with what they used to earn. As I've said, earning online is unreliable. Unless you are one of those extremely lucky people. :p

      Thank you so much for dropping by and for sharing. :)

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      quicksand 5 years ago

      I guess it's all in the number of page views. There are those who get around five thousand exposures each day to their articles. This kinda thing requires heavy promoting.

      Cheers and good luck. :)

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      BeatsMe 5 years ago

      lol Katyzzz, you're not alone, most writers are. There are only very few who can actually make their earnings work as their sole income.

      Thank you for reading. :)

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      katyzzz 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Well, I could, beats me, but it seems I'd be awful hungry, judging by the usual response I get around here.

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      BeatsMe 5 years ago

      Hi ThisisShe, thank you so much for sharing what you know and experience regarding this. I agree with everything you say. It has never been easy and the income online can be very unreliable. Of course, some people are better than others. Still, there are sacrifices that need to be taken if anyone would want to succeed online. And the sacrifices may even be harder for the online writer who is aspiring to be successful at it. Thank you so much for dropping by. The additional info you gave has been helpful. :)

      Hi Rschauhan, thanks for dropping by and for leaving nice comment.

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      Rschauhan 5 years ago from Himachal Pradesh

      I think the article you have written is a realistic one.

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      ThisisShe 5 years ago

      I agree that it is hard work for someone to work as a writer online full-time. It really takes time and investment to start working full-time. Perhaps someone who has enough money saved to get them through a few months without any income coming in from writing would be able to do it. Just estimating on the top of my head, I would venture to guess that it would take a few months working full-time getting a good portfolio together, formulating a marketing strategy and finding those private clients to generate the type of income someone needs in order to survive. Entirely possible, but not easy.

      I make a few hundred each month writing, some months are a lot better than others. I take every opportunity I get. If I was able to invest the amount of time and money in creating a better online presence so I could do this full-time, I would. Sadly, the few hundred I make I really need. Gosh darn though student loans!