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Would You Like To Make Money As A Writer?

Updated on March 12, 2014

A Lovely Message from a Friend

I am in contact with hundreds of writers during a normal week. Two years of networking will do that for a fella, and I love the interaction and the exchange of ideas.

This morning I received an email from a dear friend who had a question, and I gave her some advice and she was ecstatic about it. She even went so far as to say I should have a “Dear Abby” column for writers where they can go to get answers about this crazy business we are a part of. It was a very nice thing for her to say and I was happy to help.

Listen, I’m no writing guru. I learned, like everyone else, by trial and error, and there has been a great deal of error over the past three years. I know what has worked for me, and I know what hasn’t worked, and I’m more than willing to pass that information on to anyone who is interested and willing to listen. I started out like everyone else, from scratch, and through pure determination I have managed to make a decent living doing what I love to do, namely write.

Which brings us to the purpose of this article: would you like to make money as a writer? If not then stop right here and go watch some soap operas. If, however, you would like to make some money, then read on and maybe you’ll pick up some tidbits that will be helpful to you.

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Two Types of Money-making Schemes in Writing

For the sake of this article let’s break down earnings into passive income and active income. I’m not terribly enamored with the term “passive income” since even that comes from the act of writing, and writing is an action, so how can it really be passive? But passive income is a term that is used these days for certain types of writing income, so we’ll stick with it for uniformity. Let’s take a look at both.

Passive Income

Passive income writing occurs when you do the work once and then keep earning over a long period of time. This type of writing has increased in popularity in the past five to ten years and I suspect it will continue to attract many who like the idea of earning on articles months and even years after the articles were written.

Online sites like HubPages and Bubblews are classic examples of passive income writing. On those sites a writer writes articles, those articles head out into the netherworld of the Web, and the writer earns money based on the number of views and the advertising attached to those articles. It takes some time to get established, and it takes time to write a number of quality articles, but once those are written then the writer can sit back and make money. How much money is made will depend on the quality of the article and the level of interest for that article.

Blogging has also become a popular way to make money online. Setting up a blog and monetizing it will earn money for the writer as advertisers pay for the space on that blog. Again, the amount of money made is dependent upon the amount of views that blog generates.

There is no limit to the things you can write about that magazines will be interested in
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Active Income

It is a big world out there and there is money to be made, but in this category there is a whole lot of work involved. Writers earning active income from writing never get to sit back and rest on their online laurels. They must keep writing, keep generating ideas and keep selling their wares.

This category includes the magazine and newspaper writers, the ghostwriters, the editors, the content mill writers, the novel and book writers, the proposal writers, the copywriters and many others. They are not only writers but they are marketing gurus, networking experts and tireless seekers of the next writing gig. When one article is finished it is time to begin another. When one customer is satisfied it is time to find another. It is a full-time job if you really want to make money and it can be discouraging and exhausting….but it can also be very rewarding.

The Realities of Making Money As a Writer

If your goal is to make a supplemental income of a couple hundred bucks a month, then set up a blog, monetize it, and write for a site like Bubblews. Put in your time, make some contacts, do some networking, and you will make some money. Continue to network and make contacts, continue to write articles for Bubblews, and you will continue to make money.

The reality of active income writing, however, is not as encouraging. The percentage of writers who make a decent living by writing articles for magazines or newspapers is small. Continuing to make money after several years is a bit easier because this type of writing is all about making contacts in the industry and establishing yourself as a quality writer.

Three years after I started as a freelancer, I can honestly say that making money is not a problem for me, but that was three years of hard work, eight to ten hours per day, and dealing with a whole bunch of rejections. Today I have several businesses that pay me hundreds of dollars each, per month, to maintain their business blogs and do copywriting for them. From those businesses new leads are found and new leads mean new income…..but….it is a constant process.

A freelance writer making money in an active income sort of way never gets time off for good behavior. I have not had a vacation in three years. My bills are paid when I have money, and for me to have money I must constantly write.

So I have done the only logical thing to do….I do both active and passive income writing.

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Doing Both

Here is the main point I want you to grasp immediately: making serious money as a writer requires a ton of work. It is a job. It must be treated like a job. I cannot overemphasize this point too much.

As I stated, I do both kinds of writing. For two years I have written articles for HubPages and now I earn a decent supplemental income from those articles and will continue to do so even if I stop writing tomorrow.

In addition, I am constantly doing the freelance gig and earning money in an active way as well.

Pay attention to this point: It has taken three years of writing eight to ten hours per day to reach this point in my writing career. You do not make serious money in writing overnight. Those who think they can need to go find a new career. I do not want to discourage you, but I also don’t want to give you false hope. If you can’t put in the time and do the footwork then don’t bother with freelance writing.

Dear Abby

So yes, I am happy with that title, and you can reach out for advice any old time you feel like it. I have included a link to my writing blog “Artistry With Words” and I would encourage you to sign up and follow that site. There you will find helpful tips and also a community of writers who believe in networking and helping each other. I hope to see you there. Also feel free to email me if you have questions. You can reach me at holland1145@yahoo.com. I will answer your questions if I can, and if I can’t I’ll point you in the right direction.

I only require one thing from you: if you ask for my help, and I give it, I then expect you to help some other writer when they need it. It is called paying it forward and I’m a big believer in it.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great options in writing and sounds easy with some hard work

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I totally agree that you could do well as the next Dear Abby for writers and really should think about this. But can't thank you enough for always sharing your wisdom on this with us. Huge thanks again and Happy Wednesday now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDe, I'm not sure it is easy but I am sure it is hard work. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine! I'll consider it after I finish my novel. Have a great day my dear.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Oh, Bill, no vacation in three years and working 8-10 hours a day? Say it ain't so. I bet it still beats the old 9 to 5. I like how you've put yourself out there and extended support to other writers, not just in your hubs but also by providing your email address. It's very important to help one another without expectation of anything in return. We have each been beneficiaries at some point of the good will and support of other professionals, and may we each spread the good will around.

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      You should do a "Dear Holla" column. People will benefit it from it for sure. I know I have benefited from your articles and I have established a writing schedule now, and it's turning out pretty good for the most part. I just got to keep plugging away at it. Thanks, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I'm afraid it is so....before that a teacher with summers off. LOL What a change of pace for this old man.

      I agree...it is very important that we be willing to help one another. Best wishes to you this day and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mari, I'm very happy to hear that. Good luck to you my friend, and thanks for the visit.

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      Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      Great advice as usual, Bill. I'm sorry I'm not around much anymore. I'm still polishing my latest WIP and when it is done, I hope to switch from Smashwords to kindle for publishing. I don't know if I'll be writing much more on this site or not. I'm pretty discouraged because I seem to file more DMCA's for work I've pubbed on this site and it's tiring. February was unreal for filings. On other sites, I don't seem to have as many problems with copying, although I do understand it can happen anywhere. I just notice it happening more here, that's all.

      I appreciate your advice in each post, especially those that speak to more ways to make money online. But I'll keep my HP account open so I can keep checking in on your posts and those by my other favorite hubbers. I'm sending much good luck your way for success of your new book.

      Mary

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I'm sorry to hear all the problems you have been having. In the end we have to do what is best for us, and I understand you looking at different venues. Best wishes to you and thank you so much for your support and well-wishes. The same to you my friend.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I believe in paying it forward too, Bill. I do it whenever I can. That's what's so great about networking. Most people in writers groups are more than willing to share their knowledge and experience. I've even gained new friends and readers from paying it forward. Sometimes you get real lucky and receive recommendations and future work from being of help to others.

      As they say, what goes around comes around.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it's how I was raised and I believe in it. Good karma my friend; it will come back to you eventually. Thanks for your thoughts young lady.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      It's inspiring to hear your story, but no vacation for three years! Now I see why several freelance writers with whom I was in grad school ended up selling real estate. I do want to do some writing for pay to supplement my income when I retire, but I also want to be retired at least half the time. Sounds to me like I'll have to make a choice. Oh well. I like the paying it forward idea, too.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I tried my luck at writing for an online magazine once. I was not impressed and I guess they weren't either. But I do take your suggestion of writing both ways - passive and active. If I want quick money, although, not much albeit, I write for textbroker.com. They pay weekly and stick it right in your Paypal account. Bubblews I hadn't heard of so I'm going to check it out and I thank you for that. As always, you are very helpful, Bill!

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      Tina Truelove 3 years ago

      You are always so helpful and I appreciate you so much. I am now following your blog, Artistry with Words.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You do go above and beyond the call of duty billy and that makes you a really wonderful person. ^

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Bill - I like this hub! Until now I'm (embarrassed to admit) I did not know the difference between passive and active writing. But I do now, thanks to your hub. This is a great presentation and I enjoyed both videos. The combination of facts and a brief look into your personal side keeps me, the reader, interested until the final word. And for the record, it's been three years since I've had a vacation too:) Up, good votes and sharing. Hugs - Audrey

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful hub Billy and of course voted up .

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Thank you for the refill on writing for success. The video is helpful. Your wisdom is priceless!

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      Great reminder to make sure that writing is a priority if one wants to make a living from the endeavor. Often competes with my "day job" and home-schooling....but it's okay. I need my "day job" work to pay bills while I am also working on the writing career. ~:0)

      I've made a very small "steady" income from my work on HubPages...and it's satisfying to receive the money when I do....and I mindfully balance my life the way I do. My other career is teaching, and I have an opportunity to teach as both a Girl Scout leader and a home-schooling parent...so it's all good.

      I may just order that "Renegade Writer" book. ~:0)

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Hi billybuc:

      You would do well as the next Abby. You are always giving such great advice and sharing your knowledge with other writers. We really appreciate you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I'm a bit of a fanatic. There is money to be made part-time and I'm sure you will do fine. Make it work for you in the time you are willing to give it. :) Thanks as always for being here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm glad Textbroker is working for you. I'm not a strong advocate of magazine writing; it is a tough market and the work is sketchy at best...keep doing what you are doing and I hope Bubblews works for you. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tina, thank you. The more the merrier on my blog. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Jackie. I just believe in giving back and I've been given a great deal by all of you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I think vacations are highly overrated. LOL Of course I'm going to say that since I can't take one. :) Thank you dear friend. You are greatly appreciated.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy. I hope all is well in Wales on this sunny morning.

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I'm not different than you. We are teachers and teachers teach. That's what we do my friend.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seafarer, finding balance is so important. We all have priorities in life and the trick is to squeeze writing in and still not take away from other priorities. Good luck to you my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you cecileportilla; I appreciate all of you as well.

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      Yes I would like to make money as a writer. Thanks for asking. It is hard work, and you are smart to combine active and passive earning revenue streams to maximize your potential.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I quickly realized that I would not be making a fortune at writing here. I do enjoy the passive income I receive. Of course it makes me want more. I just have to be more disciplined in my writing and branch out into other arenas.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      I totally believe in paying it forward.

      Bill, you have supported writers with great informational hubs.

      I appreciate all the good articles. My goal is to have someone read

      my work, one day, and say, "this is a fine novel". At the rate I am going,

      I may be in my 80's. Ha, ha

      Thanks for all your help, Bill. You are the "real deal".

      DJ.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Interesting alternatives for writers here, bill. I'm still reticent to try the more interactive online stuff but then I don't need it so I'll remain comfortable with what I have now. However, it's great for others to have this information literally at their fingertips.

      I have had one request from a hubber to do some proof-reading and I find that interesting but that's as adventurous as I go!

      Hubpages and more so the hubbers benefit greatly from your writing, your profile and your advice on just about everything! This is another example of what you do so well.

      You once said I was a mentor to you when you started out; I think it's the other way round now! Great work, bill. Enjoy your evening. Ann

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Dear Bill (Abby), thank you for always being here for us writers who struggle with various elements of the writing lifestyle. I'm glad to hear you mention that success takes time - it doesn't happen overnight. I have definitely found that to be true. It has taken a long time, but I'm starting to like where my writing has taken me. I am glad I put in the time here at HubPages because it serves as a wonderful platform to showcase my writing style. Your advice about niching has truly paid off. I chose real estate and now people in the real estate industry pay me to write for them. The best part about it is that I got to name my price. I have you to thank for all of it. I'm not wealthy from my writing, but now that I have a reliable source of income from writing, I can relax a little. I get the "work" done, go for a walk, then the rest of the day is spent writing what I want to write. For the people whose blogs I manage, I write up all the blogs on the weekend and schedule them to post day-by-day. Life is good Bill, but it probably wouldn't be as good had I not listened to you and the valuable advice you share. Thank you Bill.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      If I wrote on HubPages to make money I would be in trouble! I always, and I mean always, appreciate your advice. Up, useful, interesting and awesome!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Abby, you are such a great help to help those writers who need it with their relationship ..."writing" ... and making money!

      Bless you for helping others and that is why we are still here, I truly believe.

      Blessings, dear Bill,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shasta, I think it's the only way to go. As we have seen on HP, earnings can take a nose dive leaving us with no revenue. That's why it's nice to have a backup plan. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's the key, Glimmer. Branching out! Think about monetizing that blog of yours. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I would be honored to read your novel when you finish it. You know how to find me. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, no matter who is the mentor, I greatly appreciate your friendship and always will. You are as loyal as they come and I value loyalty a great deal. Thank you my friend and enjoy your evening as well.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, that is music to my ears. If I have helped you then I am grateful. I love it when good things happen to good people and Marlene, you are good people. Thank you for the kind words and hooray for your success.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, I see an ebook series in store for you. With that sense of humor you have and your political awareness, I think an ebook would be perfect.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, bless you and thank you! I'm just doing what I was raised to do. Maybe I can inspire others to pay it forward.

      blessings always

      bill

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      This is a wonderful hub and I hope a lot of new writers read it and take the warning to heart. I think a lot of people stop writing because they're convinced they can become an instant success and then give up when that doesn't happen.

      I also believe in "pay it forward". The guy who helped me find a place to get my books published didn't want anything in return. To return the favor he did for me, I now help other new writers if they're interested in self-publishing. I don't see writing as a cut-throat competition, but as people who have a passion for writing all working together to help each other whenever they can.

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      Jonathan McCloskey 3 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Thanks for yet another article of gold, Bill. Anytime someone asks me about something their having trouble with, I give them what advice of my own I can and then I show them your articles if I think the could help. Many thanks for your always engaging articles, happy jotting.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Awesome advice as always. I can definitely say that your articles and support have helped me countless times over the past couple of years. I got into this lifestyle because I really needed a way to work from home and pay the bills, and that three cents a week at first was incredibly discouraging. But you've always been honest about how much hard work it takes, and I've pulled 15 hours days at time just to get ahead. I had to learn a lot, and start from more than scratch--I had came with no degree, no contacts, no work experience that I could really market and no clue about what internet marketing was all about.

      I've learned a lot, worked hard, and can now pay a few bills when times are short. Plus, I've met amazing, helpful people like you! I'm going to start paying it forward by sharing this around so that other new writers can benefit from your words of wisdom like so many of us here on HP have done.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, we think alike. None of you are my competition. All of you are my friends in arms. :) Thanks for your great thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jon, you are appreciated. You are the quiet cheerleader who is always in the background giving support. Best wishes to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharkye, thanks for taking time from your pregnancy to comment. :) I hope you and the twins are doing well. Thank you for your kind words, and I love that you can now pay some bills. Well done for sticking with it and putting in the work necessary.

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Another great hub billy. I just had to mention that bubblews will not allow me back into my account. They leave the articles up that I authored, but no pay. I am close to filing a complaint on them. I have been very busy doing freelance work, that taking the time to complain over them...well you know.

      Just wanted to mention that bubblews pulled that on me, so be wary.

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      annerivendell 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Another interesting Hub. Thank you Bill. I'm learning a lot about earning money with writing. I've been on Hub pages for about a year and a half now, and hadn't written anything for a while, until recently. So far, I made the fantastic total sum of $50 plus.. But that's about to change!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Greg, I won't do Bubblews...just a personal preference and philosophy. I'm sorry you've had trouble with them. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      annerivendell....it takes time and a lot of hubs. I saw a dramatic increase in my earnings on HP at the two year mark. I would make more on HP if I wrote "evergreen hubs" but that's not where my interests are. Having said that, between HP and working for customers I made decent money and you can too. Thank you for your visit my new friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      So many of my friends have their own blogging sites. I think i would like to do that, now setting one up is the thing! Thank's again for all you do to assist other writers...

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a great article Billy. I'm so glad to be part of your large group here. I love your honesty about how much hard work it takes before one can see any monetary rewards. I feel that the connections with other writers is already a great reward that can lead to many other benefits. Today I did a lot of work getting my blog posts onto the kindle. I wonder if anyone else has than that? For me being on Hubpages, Bubblews, and Wikinut is more to make connections. Earning is a bonus that will come in handy in years to come.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, remember this: if I can set up a blog then anyone can. It really is that easy on WordPress...and it's free if you don't want to advertise on it. I know you can do it.

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      meloncauli 3 years ago from UK

      Hi Bill

      I sent you an email an age ago but never received a reply!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, you said a mouthful there my friend. I'm on HP for the community. I love my friends here and lean on them for support; hopefully I give equal amounts of support in return. The earnings will come with time, but I have to be willing to put in the long hours to make that happen. I'm glad you are here, Nadine.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Wow, this is one of the most honest, straight forward and helpful articles on freelance writing I've ever read. The advice you offer is priceless. As a newcomer to freelance writing this gives me great guidance to use. Thanks - voted up and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      meloncauli, I'm so sorry. I have found some emails go to the spam folder, and if I don't think to check it then I will miss it....I'm sure that's what happened because I never ignore emails I get from other writers. Try again and I promise to get back to you....send it as fan mail through HP...those always seem to get through to me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zainab, it is my pleasure. I'm glad you found it so helpful and welcome to HubPages.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great article especially combined with that great interview.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Eric! Just spreading the love my friend.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening Bill.

      Absolutely phenomenal conception of principles applicable both in writing as well any other undertaking one chooses to succeed. Wow! You my friend are practicing the universal principe " he who sows plentifully will also reap plentifully" - and at the same time encouraging us to do the same.

      Voted awesome ,useful and beautiful.

      May the blessings continually follow you .

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, good evening! You reap what you sow, correct? But sometimes those seedlings never sprout. My theory is called "mass planting" whereby some seedlings die off but a multitude survive. :)

      Thank you my friend and blessings always

      bill

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I like the idea of a "Dear Bill" column :-) I know that you have a blog too!

      I completely agree with you that to make serious money as a writer it requires a lot of work. And as you said, it must be treated like a job. It takes time and work to create a network. As I mentionned in a comment in another of your hub is that when you work from home not everybody takes you seriously. In my case, with time I learned to just ignore those phone calls!

      Thank you for making us think all the time, Bill :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, that was something I had to learn as well, but eventually my friends and relatives got the point. It is interesting, though, that so many writers have a similar experience.

      Thank you for being here once again. You leave wonderful comments.

      bill

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      Donna Caprio Quinlan 3 years ago from Newburyport, MA

      Bill - Thanks for the reality check...so much to think about! I hope that with more practice I get quicker at writing blogs & hubs. I find it wonderful, the amount and quality of the hubs you write, in addition to being so very helpful.

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      srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Thanks, Bill. I am greatly inspired by your Hub. I have completed one year on HubPages now and got some degree of success. I would like to step up now for better dividends. Thanks for your guidance from time to time which you continue to bestow upon online writers. Have a nice time.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is good advice. It IS hard! I've found that I can do some writing as a supplement to some teaching, but I'm not sure what direction it's going for sure. I'm still figuring it all out, but writing is still a part of the plan. Your hubs always give me things to think about, to consider, so thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Donna! I'm somewhat of a driven person, but I know what I want and I'm determined to make it happen. Best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      srsddn, you are very welcome my friend. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, if I had a full-time teaching job I couldn't do this. Luckily I can devote all my time to this direction. Good luck on your end and thank you.

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      suraj punjabi 3 years ago from jakarta

      Yet another great and helpful article, Mr. Holland. I like how realistic it is. Many people come to hubpages thinking to make quick money but it does not happen that way. I still remember how excited I was when My earning was US $0.01.

      I realize you recommended bubblews, do you write for bubblews as well? I started writing for bubblews recently and figured out along the way that their payment was never on time many ppl in fact have written detailed and researched articles on hubpages about how they never got paid from bubblews and it might be a scam. It is also not recommended by scamadviser.com. and stumbleupon does not allow any links from that site to be added. I am very interested to hear your take on this. Thank you. Once again, great article! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, Bill, I know what you mean. Fortunately, my teaching is part-time, so it does leave me time to pursue other things. My teaching almost pays the bills, so it's almost enough while I build in other areas. I'll find balance one day! I hope!

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 3 years ago from Nigeria

      Thanks dear for this writing info

      It is useful to me oh...

      Thanks really !

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great advice. Great attitude. You keep us motivated. Thank you.

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      Kenneth C Agudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      I got interested because of the title. Thank you for sharing it honestly :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good honest advice Bill. You don't get anything worthwhile without hard work. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suraj, it is an interesting site. I have several close friends who write on Bubblews and get paid regularly and make quite a bit per month...it seems to be hit and miss over there and maybe that is because they are so new. I have written there but I don't like the format.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that Vicki! Once those bills are paid a certain amount of freedom follows. Good luck my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome Abbaelijah...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! I'm glad to hear that and I appreciate your loyalty.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Ken; good luck and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I never have; maybe some are born lucky but this boy has had to earn every penny. Thanks buddy!

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      This is such a helpful article and so realistic. Writing for money takes hard work and should be treated like a job if your goal is to make real money from it. I admire those like you who are so successful at it! It's not easy and I like how you make that clear here and that you point out to branch out in several places to write. The video was helpful, too; good points about making the space your own and making a point to avoid distractions from home. I enjoyed reading this, thanks for taking the time to help out other writers, as always!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BNadyn, it's nice to see you here again. I think it's important to let people know what it takes. It sounds like it should be so easy to make money as a writer, but the exact opposite is true.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, I started so many blogs and word press sites, I've forgotten about some of them. It's funny thinking about all those sites sailing around out there like motherless children. :) I love your idea of paying it forward we all need a little help now an again, I know you're always there and that is reassuring. Great hub, very useful information. My best to you as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gosh, Jo, now that I think about it, I think I have six different blogs too, but only two that are active. As long as I stay focused I'm alright; it's when I try to do too much with too many ideas that I run into trouble. :)

      blessings to you always

      bill

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      Amie Butchko 3 years ago from Warwick, NY

      What a great and helpful hub. It is so nice how you ask for the pay it forward mentality from others writers. I love it. Your hub really helped me. In fact today, I found out that my major freelancing client is no longer going to be needing me! It surely is feast or famine for the active writer. But, you gave me encouragement and reminded me that no one owes me anything. Writing is a job and we all have to put in the hours to keep it coming.... thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      amiebutchko, I'm sure you will recover. I had that happen about six months ago. I found a new client in two months and now make more money than I did before. Just pick yourself up and go get them. :) Thank you for your kind words and best wishes.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for more helpful advice, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm very happy to share it vkwok! Thank you!

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      TheScarletPlague 3 years ago from Florida

      There are more options than article writing and freelance writing too! Once of the big ones is self publishing ebooks- which, I know, we have hubs out the ears for- but I wrote one specifically about erotica and how to make money on it. That's how I make my living, it's both active and passive income, and markets itself so I have to do minimum advertising and social networking for it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ScarletPlague....no doubt about it...there are hundreds of different ways to make money as a freelancer....and I appreciate you adding your expertise to this article.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      The passive vs. active income mix (multiple streams of income) is a necessity for writing and all other businesses. I didn't pay enough attention to the passive side of my income streams over the years and I regret it. Lesson learned and won't make that mistake going forward. I'm starting to see some results from pursuing more passive streams (one of them being HubPages). Thanks for emphasizing this important point for all of us!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Heidi!

      It's a lesson we all need to learn. I'm moving steadily from concentrating on passive to active now that passive income is steady. Full speed ahead my friend.

      Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      It does take a lot of hard work. Have you had success with Bubblews? Voted up and useful!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jtrader, I would have had success there if I stayed, but I could only stand it there for one week. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great options, indeed. There is so much that we can do out there, if we put our minds to it. Thanks for always helping, you have given me so many great ideas.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it is always my pleasure, and thank you for your continued support.

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Wow excellent hub and highly important for hub writers. Very happy I read all of this. Truly will be referencing this hub in the future.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      joedolphin, glad I could be of assistance. Thank you!

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