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Starting Points for Freelance Writers

Updated on November 7, 2013

Got Talent?

You have a gift. You can write. You know how to communicate with written words that cause people to really get it. You are talented and you are ready to do something with all of that talent.

I say start freelance writing.

Use your poetry and post it online. Take on writing assignments and upload content to article sites. Make a career of it. The least that you could do is start writing on the side. Do it in your spare time, on the weekends and after work.

Just get started.

Freelance Firsts

Start by searching through some popular sites. Get a view of what all is out there. Some sites have upfront payment and others only offer payments based upon page views or click-through advertising. Some offer affiliate points or payments, too. You may find yourself more inclined to write for a site that has some combination of any of these features that may work better for you. The key point is that you need to do some research.

Armed with some research, check the guidelines. See what the terms and conditions are for contributors. Are you cool with handing over the rights to your work for a few dollars and a couple of Google AdSense dollars? If so, there's a site that offers that among the numerous freelance sites.

  • Research some sites
  • Review the terms and conditions

Once you have done a thorough job of research and review, then you can start testing the waters. I have listed a few sites for starting out and gaining exposure. These are just what I have found useful in my research. You may find others, but here's where you can get started.

Cash in on Content

If anyone should cash in on your content, it ought to be you. Well, that is to some degree. Article sites pay you (or not) and "sell" your content. Site that allow authors to promote their blog, products and services with reckless abandon.

The author should cash in on his or her content:

  • Strategically: Your research should help you identify which sites offer which benefits. Choose carefully and do not become wedded to one site for any particular reason. Hedge your bets.
  • Steadily: Publish content steadily and consistently. Treat your content the same way that a blogger treats a daily blog or tweeter tweets on Twitter. Publish consistently.
  • Systematically: Become systematic with your content. Have niche sites for specific content publishing. Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. Create a system and schedule for posting. I use Wordpress for my blog, Gather, Facebook, LinkedIn and some others for posting links, and I am sure to use my online writing communities to share my article links and feeds with other writers.

I Like it, I love it, I Learned it

I like writing online. I really like it. Blogging, posting poetry, and uploading articles and other content. I really like it.

I love it. It's more than just getting paid. I do love getting paid, but some of my posts on writing communities have allowed others to go further and view my blog posts online.

I learned it. The entire freelance market calls for some learning. Take some time to get to know the thing. Imagine different ways that you can learn something new while freelancing.


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    • kerlynb profile image

      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Wow, a load of useful links! Thank you!

    • Diana Lee profile image

      Diana L Pierce 6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      A lot of good information here. Thanks for sharing.

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      chelle 6 years ago from Manila, PH

      Rich content.Thanks Rev Bruce Jackson...I'm a newbie here in hubpages as well as in freelance writing, a looooong way to go.

    • HattieMattieMae profile image

      HattieMattieMae 6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Ah unique content says they have the right to not give you authorship of your own writing, or use your name~ not a good sign! :)