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How You Can Make Money as a Freelance Writer
Don't Give Up Your Dream
You often hear about the hard work and countless rejection slips for writers and you may wonder if it is even possible for an average person to make a living as a writer. While you may have to change some of the ideas you have held about being a writer, it is possible to make a good income from your passion.
Take The Time To Learn
One of the first things you should do is research how others are making money and what you can do to earn an income as a writer. Your dream may be to write the great novel or to become a renowned children's author like J.K. Rowling. If that is your main goal, continue to work towards it. However, if your goal is more about making an income from your writing, you can find other ways to make that happen.
When I first began writing as a child, my goal was to write mysteries. It still is. However, my other goal is to be a full-time writer. To make that happen, I've found other ways to get paid to write.
Take the time to read what other people have done to earn an income. I spent at least a month investigating my options for writing on the internet; I tried some that earned me a few dollars. While that wasn't enough to pay my rent, it was enough to make me keep trying.
Once you get started, don't get discouraged if it seems like things are going slow. Keep looking for new ways to make money with your writing.
After writing a few articles on Hubpages and Yahoo!Associated Content, I found Textbroker. I began writing for them and making some real money, about $200-$300 a month. They have since changed so there are not as many good money making assignments as there were, but they are still a good place to begin if you want to see some cash for your writing.
After gaining some valuable experience on Textbroker, I started to look for other ways to make money. I think it is because I worry about having all of my income with one source. I feel safer if I have more options and don't worry about one site closing. I joined Elance and oDesk and learned all I could about finding jobs with them.
Elance and oDesk are two freelance sites where you can bid on jobs and get hired. You pay the site a commission of your earnings, but you set your own price. I have been a member of Elance for years with no jobs at all, but once I got serious about my writing last year, I started getting jobs. I think it was because I studied the best way to create a profile and creates samples of my writing.
I now work at least 20-30 hours a week and I'm making between $800 and $1000 a month. I started out taking lower paying jobs to get references on my profile and I'm still at the low end of the pay scale, but I'm moving up. I don't get nearly all of the ones I bid on, but I have enough recurring clients that I have a steady stream of work.
What I've Learned
Here are some things I've learned in the past year about making money online.
1. Dedicate some time to learning about new sites or ways to increase your income. You never know when something will change and you don't want to rely on one thing.
2. Keep learning new skills. If you write articles, learn to write SEO articles. Learn about blogs or writing product reviews. Expand your skills to writing sales letters or whatever interests you.
3. Have a plan. Set goals for yourself and come up with ways to meet those goals. It may be a dollar amount or a certain number of articles you will write.
4. Create a portfolio. The best way to sell yourself to clients is by showing them what you can do. You can use articles you've written or links to your blog, but let them see your writing ability.
5. Learn how to market yourself. This is true in any kind of writing, but especially if you are writing for clients on the internet. You have to find out what they want and show them how you can meet their needs.
6. Create your own website. This is a work in progress for me and I don't have mine up and running yet. However, you will want a site that you can show to potential clients that has your portfolio and tells them what areas you are skilled.
Don't Give Up
I've wanted to be a writer since I was five years old. I'm now almost forty and just getting started with my writing career. Never give up on what you want to do.
My goal is to be a full-time writer with no other job where I can work from home and spend more time with my family. I know it can happen if I keep working at it. Whatever your goals are, you can meet them if you keep trying.