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Working As A Freelance Writer

Updated on May 9, 2015
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Cara is a web writer and website owner with over 15 years of experience providing information to readers on a number of topics.

Making the Leap

Some people call it making the leap, others call it the slow climb to the top. Regardless of what you want to call it, it is an adventure of hard work, to say the least. Becoming a freelance writer does not happen overnight. Even after you find someone who will publish you. It is still a very slow climb to financial independence that some people never see. Sadly, many leave before they make their dreams come true, and others just fold their hand and walk away shortly before they become a successful writer.

No matter what your writing style or your game plan, quitting your day job at this point is not recommended. Many writers spend years trying to make it to the top, and some never make it.

Setting Up

When you decide that you are going to pick up writing. It is important to determine where you want to write. For many, there really aren't a lot of choices at first. The majority of people end up at revenue sharing sites in the beginning.

This is a great place to get yourself noticed and to get your name out there. You will also find it easier to become part of social media groups, and get advice from peers that have been where you are. Keep in mind that some of the people you will come into contact with have ill intentions and learn how to filter them out, just as you do in your daily life.

It is best to start with one revenue sharing site at a time. You don't want to overwhelm yourself just coming out of the gate.

Choose a Niche

Choosing a niche may be easy. However, I recommend choosing a micro-niche. For instance, if you want to write about parenting, choose a specific aspect of parenting that you want to write about. A micro-niche would be "Parenting a Child with ADHD." This allows you to become known for a small topic faster and people will learn to relate your name with this type of writing, which will bring in page views a lot faster than sporadically writing.

Monetize Properly

Each niche has its own method of monitization that works best. Do research on your personal niche and determine what methods work best for your specific niche, writing style and web host.


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