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Can I Make a Living Writing?

Updated on December 18, 2017
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There is always something to write about. Themes, subject matter and viewpoints are worth thousands of words. Break into something new asap.

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 authors here at this site searching for the big payday and expect to achieve this particular resource overnight. Unfortunately for the most part the percentages say it isn’t going to happen this way. Hard work has been shown to make a lot of money for lots of writers at Hub pages. Most of these are built via lots of material and not simply one article.

It is a hard job

Writing for a living is a difficult way to make a living. It looks simple enough, but this is not the case. Even searching for freelance writer jobs and connecting with those that pay well is a hurdle to jump.

Most folks jump into the fray without asking important questions. One of the most significant is whether or not to be a freelance writer. The question wanting it is one thing, how to achieve it is another. Making a living doing it is still another. All of these are unanswered until an attempt is actually made to do it.

The income for a freelance writer varies. What type of content is created, how much and for whom are all more than a few of the factors effecting how much a writer earns. 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 crafting material for an income.Review this information to determine if this is a good personal fit and whether or not 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-Get payment for content or assignments immediately. There is a definite idea of what earnings will be for work. The assignment, due date and payment is discussed and agreed upon before starting.

Clients who enjoy working with a particular freelance writer are typically repeat business. These are companies who hire for a specified amount of time or come back again and again. A consistent client means constant work, and generally no middle man used to share earnings.

Cons-Earnings are only once for a piece of content (unlike passive income). There are circumstances where the pay for the job is not as much as a passive piece of material is able to make over a period of time. Remember, one fee for one piece of work.

The client owns the work after paying for it. There are times when a client buys the work and puts another name or byline on it. This means work is written by one person, but the name published with the material is another writer's.

This is a feast or famine arena. In other words, there are either tons of work in the wings or none at all. Waiting for the next paycheck and not knowing when it will come is not a great thing. Neither is having too many jobs at the same time which leads to less than stellar work being produced.

There is typically a deadline set by the customer. This does not always coincide with all of the work outstanding or on the horizon.

Finding clients is like searching for a new job with a new employer constantly, there is no remedy for non payment when working with a customer. The use of most companies as a middleman will eliminate this issue. Yet, there is characteristically a fee to be paid when using these particular services.

Article content sites

Article content sites are places which accept a writer's article content in the site's personal directory.

Pros-There is the freedom to create basically what a writer desires. There are no guidelines for when to write. Most importantly is the ability to earn a passive source of income.

Any article is eligible to become a viral piece of material. Even if there is no viral article on file, each one is earning for months and even years to come. More than a few of these are willing to pay for an article on top of the income received from passive earnings via page views.

Cons-Earnings are shared with the site. Each one has guidelines and rules to follow before publication is done on each platform.

One or two articles are not going to earn enough passive income to make it worth a writers time investment. Therefore, a multitude of material is necessary. There is no ideal number, but the more quality material the better.

Most if not all will have a threshold in earnings before payment is made. Great content takes hard work. The better a freelancer's work the better earnings. Though, there is a desire by these kinds of platforms to not only create new work, but to maintain older articles as well. Updates and changes are necessary to make old content current. When discussing sometimes hundred of articles this is a lot of work.

Blogs or websites

Pros-It is nice to be the boss and keep all earnings. Freedom to build, create or format is within reach. Put together content anyway you want including adding pics and videos.

More than one niche is not unheard of. This means for those folks with more than one there is indeed twice the work. Though, there are those who connect the two or make them close enough where work is interchangeable or able to be linked.

Cons-Being the boss with a need to maintain the site or blog alone. Keeping posts current and continually adding new and informative material. Making certain to select the right niche to attract an audience.

The wrong niche is a lot of work for nothing. Not only a waste of precious time and resources, but also double work. To continue a new one will need to be elected and worked out.

Hard work goes into marketing a site to draw advertisers, readers and assure correct search engine optimization is performed. Keywords and content evaluations must be done along with careful review in analyzing data to assure the right moves are being made for the future success of a blog or site.

In conclusion

As a writer be aware of an attempt by countless people in the field to make a decent living. There are tons of folks who do. Whether through passive income or client based there are success stories all over the web.

For anyone serious about it, hang in there. The road isn't easy and the riches are far and few between when starting out, but in the end for those good at it there is an eventual point where decent earnings come in. Wages or monies are actually enough to make a living after a while. There are a fortunate few finding a viral piece of work right away, but most fail to fall into this sort of road to make a living as a writer.

So many success stories are found here on Hub Pages and these writers offer great advice and information on the subject. Part of being a wonderful one is taking the time out of writing to read. Knowledge is power and the more reading the more powerful a writer becomes.

Take the time to read other author's advice and material as well as continue education in the specific field or niche chosen. Discover all of the various ways to make this profession work fruitful on a personal level. More significant discover what fails to make it happen.

After carefully reviewing everything ask if this is a good fit for an individual set on becoming a freelance writer. It is possible to make a living professionally doing it. It is not an easy task. With determination and will it is doable.


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.

Take some advice from one of the best writers in the world. James Patterson. With almost one hundred of his books making it to the NY Times best selling list ha

Inspiration comes from anywhere. More often than writers imagine. One pic creates millions of pieces of discussion and thousands of pages of words.
Inspiration comes from anywhere. More often than writers imagine. One pic creates millions of pieces of discussion and thousands of pages of words. | Source

Inside of a brilliant writer is a great reader.

Not everyone is a poet or even the next author of Homer or Hamlet, but there is so much more in between.

Being a great writer includes being an excellent reader. Therefore, with the material and info given to us by the author of these works we get ahead as writers.


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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. ;)


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