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Can I Make a Living Writing?

Updated on February 3, 2016
Is it possible to make a living writing? You bet!
Is it possible to make a living writing? You bet! | Source
Everyone will not achieve the success of John Sandford, but there are countless writers making a great living at it.
Everyone will not achieve the success of John Sandford, but there are countless writers making a great living at it.

The Renegade Writer is an unconventional guide to writing from Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell. Amazon has great material to help on the road to success

This is a daunting task. There are long hours with very little pay to begin the journey and most “would be” writers simply burn out or leave the arena after a couple of weeks or months of putting in the effort without seeing a great reward. However, it is possible for anyone to make a living writing. Make certain you want to become a writer before turning the corner to see if this is a profession for you.

Being freelance writer and finding freelance writing jobs is not an easy task

Tons of writers make a living writing full time. This does not mean everyone turns into Stephen King or John Sandford. Though, the sky is the limit in this circumstance. This is certainly not an easy task, but with the right know how writing as a means of income is possible. A living wage is a reality for loads of freelance writers.

There are a lot of Hubbers searching for the big payday and expect to achieve this particular resource overnight. Unfortunately, I want to tell you it for the most part it isn’t going to happen this way. Writing for a living is a hard job. Even searching for freelance writer jobs and connecting with those that pay well is difficult. You should ask yourself if you should be a freelance writer. The question of whether you want to be one is already answered. Anyone at this article has replied yes to the latter question.

The income for a freelance writer varies. What type of content is created, how much, for whom are all some of the factors which effect income. It also makes a difference in the amount of freelance writing jobs you are able to come by.

I want to add some words of wisdom about the pros and cons of different avenues of freelance writing for an income.Review this information to determine if writing is something that is a good fit for you and whether or not you would like to invest in this way to make a living.

These are the different types of income received from freelance writing;

Personal clients

These are clients searching for a writer to create specific types of content and willing to pay for these services.

Pros-you get payment for content or assignments immediately, you know what you will earn for your work up front, a consistent client means constant work, and you don’t have to share earnings

Cons-you earn once for a piece of content (unlike passive income), there are some clients that will not pay for the freelance work after completing the freelance writer job, clients are not steady work-there are times where there is feast or famine, you are writing what they need and not what you want, there is typically a deadline not set by you, finding clients is like searching for a new job with a new employer constantly, there is no remedy for non payment

Article content sites

Article content sites are places that accept a writer's article content in their directory.

Pros-you write basically what you want, you write when you want, you earn a passive income and an article could potentially pay you for years to come, some content sites are willing to pay for an article as well as pay passive income for page views on the same piece of work

Cons-you share earnings with the content site, you have to write within their guidelines or rules for content, the more articles you write the more passive income you receive-one or two articles (unless you get lucky and have thousands of views )will not cut it, many times a threshold in earnings is needed before payment is made. The more you write the more you earn and great content takes hard work. The better your freelance work is the better you will earn which entails maintenance for older articles

Blogs or websites

Pros-you are the boss and keep all earnings, you create whatever content you like, you format content anyway you want including adding pics and videos

Cons-you are the boss and need to maintain the site or blog, keep posts current and continually add information, make certain you choose the right niche to attract an audience, you need to market a blog or site to draw readers, make certain you have SEO, keywords and content that attracts readers continually, make certain an audience is built and maintained

In conclusion

As someone that enjoys writing, I have seen a lot of writers make a very decent passive income from it and I want to tell you to hang in there. The road isn't easy and the riches are far and few between when starting out, but in the end if it’s something that you are good at most writers will eventually get to a point where they are able to make decent earnings for their work and make a living writing.

More than a few success stories are found here on Hub Pages and these writers offer great advice and information on the subject. Part of being a great writer is reading. Take the time to read their advice and material as well as educate yourself on what works for writing success and what doesn't. After carefully reviewing everything ask yourself if you should be a freelance writer. It is possible to make a living writing.

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      A.CreativeThinker 6 years ago

      Hi smcopywrite,

      I agree, writing online takes a lot of time and dedication, if you want to make money at it. Interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing. Take Care.




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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thank you so much fellow writers for reading my hub and being writers. you never know which one of you is the next steven king or john grisham and we met you here at hub pages. keep writing

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I agree, we may not make millions but it's the best fun you can have with your clothes on.

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      Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

      I'm going to try! I quit my day job because I needed a break after 17 years doing the same thing at the same place and I'm giving myself 18 months to see if I can make it as a writer. Thanks for the encouragement!

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      anjperez 6 years ago

      very well written and direct to the point. just what an article about writing should be. i am glad you shared this because for those people who wanted to go this direction they would be guided. i am grateful for you. voted up

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      krosch 6 years ago

      I think this was a well written article. I think that building a good base for a good long time while keeping your day job is a great start. Most of us will never earn a full time living from it but if you enjoy it and its not all about the money it might be a good side income and pass time if nothing else! :)

      Keep up the good work!

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      Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

      To answer your question, I probably can't make a living writing, but I will enjoy trying. Enjoyed your article!

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      bangingbeauty 6 years ago

      Great article, I have been a writer for many years and agree that it takes hard work and effort to make this work. Keep the amazing posts coming!

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      LindaSmith1 6 years ago from USA

      Here is another take on earning with writing from a Hubs author. She has links to her blogs too, and they are worth looking at.

      I have conversed with her. I believe, from memory, that it takes at least 100 articles before any real income begins.

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      Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      Go for it,and let nothing stand in your way. I think the subject have a lot to do with it. I find that how you say something is just as important as what you say. I think you have a good shot.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I would love to be able to support myself writing. I think it was somewhat easier when it was 100% print media, as you get paid more in print - all the time it is based on number of words for the publication while online it constantly changes and sometimes is totally reliant upon people clicking ads.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Great information.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thank you fellow writers for your encouragement for so many writers.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Though I have been into online writing for a decent duration of time, but because of their excellent layout, formatting and dissected bullet points; I learnt a lot. Thank you for such an awesome hub. Voted up and useful

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      I use several methods for making money online. This hub is a good encouragement for newbies. Voted up.

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      Brandon Lobo 6 years ago

      All I would like to tell my fellow freelance writers is - never give up, I began writing 500 words for $2 per article and now within 2 months I get $5 per article. But offcourse you need to be good at your work.

      Great hub voted up :-D

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      Karla Whitmore 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      I use all three ways of making money with writing and find that although my income grows slowly, it does grow steadily as long as I keep working at it. Nice reminder to writers who feel discouraged. Thanks!

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      mcasswrites 6 years ago from United States

      Voted up! I enjoyed your thoughts on writing for a living. It does take a lot of hard work, but the work is fun. ;)