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Best Freelance Writer Gigs: Hiring Writers Now

Updated on May 20, 2011

The Life of a Freelance Writer

If you're a freelance writer, then you know what it's like to hear friends and relatives say: "You get to work from home? That's so cool." And it is cool. Sometimes.

But a freelance writer's life can be mundane. I often compare my own life to the film Groundhog Day, with Bill Murray. I wake up, shower, get the coffee pot ready, and pound away on my laptop. I don't get to run out the door at 5 PM screaming "Thank God it's Friday," because to me, Friday is just any other day. Every day is the same.

To make money as a freelance writer, I often find myself working six or seven days a week. The laundry piles up, dinner is often served late, and people don't seem to get it - "You're home all day long," they say. They don't seem to understand that my life is quite different than theirs. When I am at home, I am working. I am not sitting around twiddling my thumbs.

Are you easily distracted? If so, freelancing may not be for you.

My baby boys doing everything imaginable to break my concentration.
My baby boys doing everything imaginable to break my concentration.

Do You Have What It Takes to Make Money as a Freelance Writer?

A writer with a good work ethic and determination can make money as a freelance writer. Of course, you won't become rich overnight. Like any business, making money as a freelance writer takes time.

Never put all of your eggs in one basket. A client that offers you work today may decide he no longer needs your services tomorrow. This is why it's a good idea to work for several clients at the same time.

Make Money as a Freelance Writer

There are a number of opportunities available to a person who wishes to make money as a freelance writer. Here are several freelance writing job opportunities that can help you bring in an income and establish a work history:

  • Textbroker: Make money writing unique articles for clients; get paid at a fixed-word-rate.
  • Demand Studios: Make money as a freelance writer and get paid a flat fee for writing assignments.
  • Suite 101: Get paid to write about topics that interest you. Make money as a freelance writer, collecting lifelong royalties generated by your articles.
  • About.com: Be a Guide. If you want to make money freelancing for About.com, fill out an application. Go through an online training program and make a base salary + payment incentives for page view growth.
  • Online Writing Jobs: Be the first to know about freelance writing gigs. Freelance writing jobs are posted each day, providing you with the opportunity to make money freelancing from home.  

 

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    • cashmere profile image

      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      I had only heard of suit101 will check out the other sites. Thanks for the info.

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      futonfraggle 7 years ago

      Demand Studios is great. I know a lot of freelance writers that are very happy with the money that make there. Glad you find the information useful, cashmere.

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      MotherHubber 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for the info. I'll be sure to check out the sites that you mentioned. :) ~mh

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      futonfraggle 7 years ago

      If you end up finding a client or landing a decent gig, I'd like to hear about it motherhubber. Good luck to you & thank you for dropping by.

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      This is great, will definitely look into demand studios, thanks!

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      wittywriter 7 years ago from Concord New Hampshire

      I agree totally with your hub. I was a full time freelance writer for 5 years until I had an upheaval in my life. Because I could not concetrate on my writing work, I went to work as a License Nursing Assistant. I, after a three to almost four year sabbatical, am returning to freelance writing. I hope to be full time in about three to four years (God willing). I miss being home with my family. Thank you for this hub. Oh, another place to go is Bukisa.com, check it out.

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      futonfraggle 7 years ago

      Good luck, Cindy. Glad you found the information useful.

      Witty, good luck with everything. It can be very hard to concentrate at home, sometimes. 99 things can distract us. Thank you for the info. on Bukisa.com

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Never hurts to know about alternative options for employment, be interested to know what someone can earn realistically once established.

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      lindagoffigan 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Add Helium to the list as well as eLance.  I wrote the list down and checked Demand Studios but will look into the others. I have the ideology that with hard work freelance writing is not bad at all.  I remember the TGIF days and is content to the low key days of my fans at hubpages, eHow, Triond and a few other writing sites.  Good Hub.

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      3cardmonte 7 years ago

      Excellent hub, thanks for the advice!

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      futonfraggle 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, Linda. I joined Helium about a year ago and I must say that I'm not very impressed. I guess I'm just not into the whole 'rating' system. However, I know a lot of people are fond of Helium. I guess it's all a matter of preference.

      Glad you found the information useful, 3cardmonte. Thanks for the kind words :)

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much for all the info - I will be back to let you know how useful I found it, lol...I must admit, that would be heaven on toast to me, distractions or no.

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      ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

      thanks for this information funonfraggle - am going to take a close look at your great suggestions - cheers

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      futonfraggle 7 years ago

      Great RedElf & Adjcor! Glad you found the information useful. I've heard fantastic things about Demand Studios. According to several friends, Demand Studios pays between $5.00 - $15.00 for articles. They also offer a revenue share if you prefer revenue over flat fee. Pay is made via PayPal every Friday.

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I too am going to take a closer look (upon recommendation from RedElf ;) 0 Thanks for the pointers...always on the lookout for tips :D

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      negacrowbar 7 years ago from Inglewood, California

      I bookmarked your hub..great article... i'm gonna check some of them out as soon as i can.. i already write for textbroker

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      Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

      Great article will help a lot of people who wish to go down this road.

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