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Freelance Writing Jobs - How to Start Writing for a Living

Updated on December 24, 2010
You can write & work from anywhere, anytime!
You can write & work from anywhere, anytime!

Freelance writing is becoming a popular career these days. It is actually a pretty good home based job if you ask me. I've been working on freelance writing jobs for over a year now and never regretted getting into it. I actually consider myself pretty lucky to have accidentally found the perfect home based job.

Many people have asked me how to start writing freelance online. I can never really give one simple answer to that question. Actually I don't think it is possible to "teach" someone to write for a living in as little as a day. It takes several days to get a hang of it, and several weeks to be better at it, and then another 6 to 8 months to get really good at it.

There are so many things to learn if you want to write freelance online. People always ask for websites where they can find freelance writing jobs. Well, I can give you the websites but it doesn't mean you can actually write the way clients want you to.

The first thing you need to do to get freelance writing jobs is too get trained and familiarize yourself about different types of writing. There are journalistic writing jobs where you can write articles for news websites.

There are SEO (search engine optimization) articles you can do for companies who want to get good ranking on Google search engines. You can also write web content or blog posts for countless companies with websites on the net.

Another thing you also need to do before signing up for freelance websites is to get yourself a PayPal account. It's the best way to get paid, the cheapest and preferred by clients. If you don't have a PayPal account chances are you won't get any projects.

Clients just find it way too expensive to pay through other means like Xoom, Western Union, or to wire cash to your bank. If you are serious about getting good freelance writing jobs, you just gotta have a Paypal.

If you're lucky, you may find a client who will be willing to train you. This usually happens if the client needs long term writers. Most though, would expect you to know how to do SEO, how to use Ezinearticles, create backlinks, know basic HTML, and how to create articles for UAW (Unique Article Wizard).

You will need some time to learn the ropes. If you learn from the right people, you can be an expert freelance writer within a few months. Once you have the knowledge and know the best techniques and websites that can help you get freelance writing jobs, you will probably never go back to an office job.

You can try freelance writing jobs on a part time basis. I wouldn't recommend leaving your day job just yet. Get a feel of how it works, learn the various styles of writing, and then decide if writing online is really for you.


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    • anatrenas profile image

      anatrenas 7 years ago

      your welcome karen. good luck with your writing!

    • Karen Wodke profile image

      Karen Wodke 7 years ago from Midwest

      These are great suggestions and I am going to check them out. Thanks for this helpful hub.

    • anatrenas profile image

      anatrenas 7 years ago

      your welcome sarah! i saw your hubs. keep writing!

    • Sarah Masson profile image

      Sarah 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Thanks for this hub, great information.