Freelance Writing Jobs: Five Great Resources For Finding Work
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Becoming a freelance writer is a great thing if you love to write. Many people, however, are writing for pennies. They genuinely write for the love of writing. They enjoy speaking their mind and simply knowing it's being read. They smile at the thought of their articles helping others. While there is nothing wrong with that, there are other people that are in this with the dream of working at home. The dream of not having to worry about losing yet another job because they had to call off work because, out of five back up babysitters, none are available at last minutes notice to watch their child. I tend to fall into the latter category. While trying to transform my life from a single mom struggling to pay bills into a successful work at home mom, I've stumbled across some great resources for freelance writing jobs, and thought they might help you out too. So check 'em out, and please feel free to share any other tips or websites you know of in the comments below!
1. People Per Hour
This website is a little like a job board. People post what they need (for ex. one job might be 100 product descriptions) and they also post a budget with the job description. Then, as a seller, you would send them a proposal for the job. After so long, the buyer (person that posted the job) will choose a seller (person that will be doing the job) and they can begin work. So much money is deposited into what is known as an escrow, so you won't get scammed out of all of your money. Pay can range anywhere from ten dollars to a few hundred for some of the jobs posted. It's definitely worth checking out!
Elance is a bit like people per hour, but instead of someone accepting your proposal and then you simply starting work, you would then do an interview and once again you can agree on terms and payment. After that, you would begin work. I'm new to this site, but so far I really like it. Jobs, as always vary in payment. Regardless of the site, you will always have people that want you to write for rates so low you may as well be doing it for free. Don't let them ruin these sites for you though. I will admit, I have had quite a few of these offers on Elance, so I'm not sure how this one is going to go yet, but I still think it's worth checking out. There are also always people that are willing to pay you what you should be earning, you just have to weed through the bad ones a little bit. (TIP: when they offer a really low rate, I usually try to be polite about it by saying something along the lines of "I'm sorry you don't have a higher budget right now" or "I'm sorry I don't work for less than professional rates" so I don't get bad feedback of any kind.)
3. Chicken Soup For the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul has a website that allows readers to submit their stories into certain categories. If your story gets accepted, you get $200 and your name gets published. This isn't exactly a job board, but it's a great opportunity that not a lot of people know about, so I wanted to include it. Entering your story is also extremely easy. Go to the website, and look at the categories. Then, review the requirements, and submit your story. Most stories are not required to be much longer than a hub, so it's not too time consuming. The only catch is that your story has to be true, you are not supposed to do fictional writing. Good luck on making a quick $200!
4. Job Boards
Job boards are just that. Much like how people will post jobs for other careers, jobs are also posted for freelance writers. These jobs range from a single blog post to an employee with a contract for a year. Education ranges from no requirements to having a degree in journalism. There are a lot of different options out there, so just check them out! Some great job boards for freelance writing are:
NichePage.com is a website very similar to Hubpages, but it focuses a little more on specific products, and shopping for them. For example, you would write a Niche (kind of like a hub, and similar in length) about how to shop for a product. An example would be blenders. You would then write about your experience in shopping for a blender. Then, you would also list some great product examples of blenders that you would refer shoppers too. I saw a snapshot of a person claiming they earned a few hundred off the site. i just signed up, and it seems to me you earn pretty much the same way that you do here on Hubpages. They have a special going on where you keep all of your earnings until April 2015!
These are five of MY favorites, but what's awesome to me, might not be for you. So, after you check out these five, then go out there on google and dig up your own too! There are a lot more resources than just these five, and a lot more opportunities to earn money than you may realize! If this is your dream though, like it is mine, then don't give up. Stay motivated, and keep looking! You'll get there, just like I know I will. So good luck! :)