There are few better ways to make money from home than by becoming a freelance writer. It’s flexible, and it can be pretty lucrative if you’re good at it. Whether you goal as a writer is to land a steady a side gig or a whole new career, here are a few valuable tips on how to make money as a paid freelance writer.
1. Start Small
You might start out thinking you have a lot more time or will be a lot more efficient than is realistic. That’s normal. But start with one or two different blogs or websites, depending on how busy you want to be and how much work is available. Choose sites that let you decide how much work to take on, where you can manage the ebb and flow of your workload as time allows. Before taking on more, stick with it for a while and see how you like it and if you should pursue more of the same.
2. Pick a Niche
It’s usually a good idea to choose a niche related to things you know. What are you good at or passionate about? Finance? Crafts? Travel? Home DIY? Stick with what you know and enjoy, and then if you like the writer’s life and want to learn new things, you can branch out. But if you do, be prepared to do the required research to know what you’re talking about.
3. Keep a Portfolio
Everything that you write, paid or not, should be part of your writer’s portfolio of work. You can use that portfolio when people ask for writing samples — and they will.
3. Know Your Job Boards
There are several freelance job boards and website resources out there, and many are specific to writers. A few of them include UpWork.com, FreelanceWritingGigs.com, and even Craigslist. Also checkout Indeed.com, which lists all types of jobs and gigs.
4. Start a Blog
If you want to be a writer and need to build your online profile or portfolio, start a blog. Your blog can be about anything you’re interested in that others would like to read. Make sure your blog is of great quality. Here are some tips on becoming a successful blogger.