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You Can Make Money as a Freelance Writer Online

Updated on August 26, 2011

The Dream Life

For those of us who dream of a career as a freelance writer, we may envision spending days writing in our pajamas or sweats, working as inspiration strikes us, and receiving many compliments on our magical words. While the real freelance life may not look that glamorous, making money doing what we love is possible.

It's Not What You Expect

Most people expect to write about the things that interest them. I tried for many years to write short stories and even nonfiction articles on subjects that interested me with no luck. I had many more rejections than acceptances and I doubted if I ever could make a living as a writer.

I've now learned that it is possible to make money with writing, but not always in the way you expect. Many times you will write about things you have no interest in or know nothing about. But the writer in you will emerge and you will find a fascination with your subject. It may be for no other reason than because the words were created by you.

You will need a never-ending hunger for information to help you create interesting articles about a variety of subjects. Look at life as a child experiencing everything for the first time and that excitement will show through even the most boring of subjects.

Right now, I'm working on a series of articles on the stock market for a client. It didn't start out as a very interesting subject for me but as I learned more about it, it began to intrigue me. I had to find a way to enjoy it to make the articles interesting enough for others to read.

It's Not Easy

Being a freelance writer on the internet is challenging. Because the pay is lower, you will have to write much more to make a decent income. At least, that may be the case in the beginning. I've heard that there are places that pay really well, but I haven't found them yet. That's okay; I'm enjoying the income that I'm making now. I spend every spare minute writing, which hasn't been easy with a full-time job and a family to take care of. But I love writing so it doesn't feel like work. And when I see money in my Paypal account, I know I'm realizing my dream.

Being a freelance writer isn't easy and writing online doesn't make it any simpler. But it is possible. You have to be persistent and believe in your ability and never give up. You will have to find as much time to write as you can; that may include giving up television and other activities.

Living the Dream

I've been writing for just a few months and I've already found a steady income that replaces my part-time job that I've had for nine years. My next goal is to pay off my bills and make enough money to work from home full-time. That's a few years away but I know it's possible.

In my next hub, I'll tell you the lessons I've learned that have helped me start making money. I still have a lot to learn but at least I'm earning a small income now while I'm learning. The most important lesson for me was to do my research. Spend time reading posts like this and other hubs and articles on writing, especially online writing. Learn from others and it will save you valuable time. Many people think hours spent on the internet reading is a waste of money, but it's educating yourself about your career. I've read dozens of articles and took notes; I sorted through the information to find what I could use in my career.

After all of these years, I'm finally working my dream job. It's never too late to make your dreams happen.


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      Ricardo 6 years ago

      This is the second piece of yours that I have read and I find it helpful and interesting. Thank you.

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      qsera 6 years ago

      Interesting hub! All the best in making your dream come true.