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Thanks so much mama! Ghostwriting is a lucrative niche but I like bylined content. If you need more help, remember to find me on Facebook! Full of usefull facts backed up by supportive responses made by people who have taken your ideas and suggestions, tried them by putting them to work and voila success. I am a 53 year old ex high school teacher and basketball coach who spent his life, until , working his butt off trying to get drafted to play professional baseball.

I was less than 3 weeks from attaining that goal when a back disease surfaced which ended all sports playing and eventually my ended my sports related career. Thank you for your help! Sorry to hear that but glad you can find something else to be successful at!

Freelance writing is great for those with chronic illness or mental health issues like depression or anxiety. Yes, my twins are five and this is the last day of school! Noise and mess here I come! Thank you for this article! From brief research, I am aware that content mill websites are not the best in regards to starting out freelancing. However, what is your opinion on using them to get feedback and experience on dealing with clients for the first time?

I would stay away from them but you can use them ONLY as a way to fill your daily income quota, not as THE way to make money or gain experience. You can pitch your ideas, work with an editor and get feedback for your writing. This can help you. This post mentions WHY content mills are bad: Cheers for taking the time! Slowwwwwly working my way through your Write to 1K course love it! So glad you are doing the course and not stopping! I have just ventured into the world of freelancing and i am grateful i am learning from the right person.

Your every post seems to be answering all my dilemmas. Oh my god this is so helpful! I have to admit that I was skeptical when I clinked the link, but nope — this has literally everything. I especially like how you broke it down into newer, emerging areas for writing like video marketing.

I want to write specifically for non-profit organizations. I think your niche is awesome! I would tweak it and personalize your pitches to make them stand out more! I love reading your posts, Elna. They are indeed a big inspiration. I hope to follow up on your tips and land my first writing gig soon! What a kind thing to say!

Thank you so much and you just made my week! Thanks for coming over and enjoy your day! Thanks Elna for another practical guide for beginners. Your success is in the numbers — the more you pitch, the more chances you have at landing work!

This is a great post guide to freelancing Elna. Now that I have found your website, I will be visiting soon. From your post, I can see you intentionally avoided mentioning freelancing websites such as Up work as a way of getting your first clients.

I know the clients at these sites can really pay petty, but I have read of clients who had a good start. Cold pitching is great and has to be done right. I also loooved the idea of outsourcing from your own website. Though am not an all time freelancer, I normally cash in from clients directly reaching out to me via my contact page after they have read a great post they enjoyed.

Thanks so much for being a follower! You need to build your OWN platform to attract clients. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. What are the new things you need to know? Laptop — you can get by with any laptop. My house is a Mac user house, and those are the laptops I do most of my writing.

Just remember to type appropriately so you avoid hand issues over time. Proper seating — invest in a good computer chair. Paypal account — if you already have one, get a business account when you land clients. Email address — most of your negotiations will be made via email or….

Skype address — some clients want to talk to you face-to-face, and Skype is a tool most know about. Motivation and Desire — I get a lot of emails from those wanting to start but have a hard time motivating themselves. Freelance writing is a solo job. You also need the desire to want to CHANGE your life since freelance writing means you can ultimately make money from home. Putting yourself out there — For a lot of newbies, the thought of putting yourself out there sends them to the hills!

Start a Blog This is the simplest way to get your writing online and one that can help you land freelance writing work. In , you start a blog, market yourself and can start making money as a freelance writer! Sign Up for a Contently Portfolio Contently is a content marketing blog, but also has a platform to showcase your portfolio. Here is what mine looks like: From here you hit get started and fill out your page! Some examples might be: Your latest blog post Your latest guest post Your latest client piece A video that can help your ideal client An article that can help your ideal client An update on your freelance writing business A Facebook live on a topic in your freelance writing nice Ex: Create a Sample There are some easy and obscure ways you can create samples.

For example, if you have a personal blog about parenting, a post on YOUR blog could be: So make sure when you create a sample, you think of it as a client post.

I would then go and upload it to Contently and share it on Facebook! I get a lot of emails from new writers, and I do my best to answer every single email. Freelance Writing Jobs in Do you want to know the secret about finding freelance writing jobs in ?

What are the top profitable niches for freelance writers in ? Speechwriting According to Oberlo speech writing and CV writing will be big this year. When looking at freelance jobs in , you also have to look at the top eCommerce industries. This is great for mom bloggers! The baby equipment niche! What are other popular freelance writing jobs there for ? Video Script Writing I strongly believe that video marketing will get bigger this year.

Email Marketing Writing Another freelance writing niche for is email marketing. Email marketing is HUGE for small businesses, big brands, and the solopreneur. I would also sign up for businesses emails like Grammarly for example. Learn the type of emails they send and how they engage with their customers or leads. Ghostwrite for Small Businesses Finally, digital products will take a huge surge this year.

As a freelance writer, you have to be up-to-date with what is happening online in Look at Freelance Writing Jobs One of the first things I used to find jobs was a freelance writing job board. My top free job board is ProBlogger. How can you tell if a freelance writing job is legit or good quality? Use Your Website Your freelance writing website can be a strong marketing tool and can help you land amazing and high-paying freelance writing jobs.

Make sure, though, to have these pages on your site: Portfolio page — share all your content on this page. There are many ways you can display your portfolio. Make it easy for leads to contact you. But, how do you cold pitch? First, you need to understand and know your ideal client. Who is your client? For example, my ideal client is B2B digitally native brands. Once you find your ideal client, you can start finding those companies. Then craft your email. Click on, marketing jobs.

This section shows writing jobs. From here, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Job Roles. Then click on More Marketing Roles. Then on Content writing From here you can see the roles and companies and pitch to. Click on a niche and see the businesses to pitch to. So figure out your strategy. For brand new writers, try the niche guest posting strategy first.

This is what I did. In your pitch, state who you are, what you do and how you can help them. A simple pitch can be: I would love to discuss some content ideas. I look forward to hearing from you. Send out your pitches and wait. If you hear back from some of those pitches, congratulations! Now comes the negotiation part. Read the email and see what the prospect wants.

Become a Freelance Writer in This is a great year to become a freelance writer! Become a Highly-Paid Writer Today! Share this post with your friends! Comments Leave a comment This post had been amazing!! Hi Tammie, Thank you! Hi Ashley, Thanks so much mama!

Hello Elna Thank you for this article! The first and second revisions are ok, but after running your work on plagiarism checker hundreds of times and proof-reading for grammar mistakes thousands of time. They will still ask you to revise something and dissolve your earnings through penalties one after another. They will not stop until you say you give up, in the end you lost all your earnings from unreasonable revisions and even end up owing them money for negative balance on your earnings.

So, are you an academic writer? I have been looking for chemistry or biochem based writing work and have had trouble finding appropriate places to look. Do you have any suggestions? I worked as a freelance academic writer for about 5 years and Uvocorp was one of the sites I worked with.

I totally agree with Norbert. Everything looked fine for about assignments before I started receiving revision requests. I had them review their comments and remove fines for the first two revision requests. However, I just gave up when I got the next seemingly senseless plagiarism remark. I was not sure if it was unintentional from their part, but I felt annoyed and disappointed by then. I started out writing for a website, not quite as bad as that one, but making just a few dollars for rather long articles and no byline.

I was young and desperate though — would never do it again! The website needs to be catchy and informative, with writing samples easy to access. I always advise my friends, who wish to get into freelance writing, to create a great website and put forward their experience.

So where are the legit sites? I began as a freelancer just this summer and found a lot of low-pay cruddy stuff. I wrote a blog on my experiences and it offers tips, tools and help. My fist post may be helpful to you as a beginner: I am a writer and have a manuscript I am trying to get published.

My manuscript has been accepted by two companies, but It cost a lot of money to do that, so I thought I would try to make money this way. Should I go further with this, and if so, can you help me along and teach me the ropes? Outsourcing and exporting work over-seas occurred in my former profession by the Medical Transcription Services, and it seems a fact of life in my 2-month stint as a content article writer.

The content mill has an author forum which is helpful for learning the ropes and venting! I did apply to The Writers Hub, and was surprised when they asked what my per page rate would be? I am hoping to network locally with a non-proffit in the coming weeks and eventually find a content article opportunity that pays decently, desires my talents, and provides a reasonable degree of work or referrals.

Perhaps that is what the majority of us want here. I am very grateful for this site, thread, and posts! How so many missed that only to find a chance to criticize is troubling.

I thought it was just auto-correct showing its butt again. Why is this so? I have, as of yesterday, begun exploring the opportunity of writing for income. Therefore, with no qualifications save my own, self-perceived ones, I say this: David, you should write to the editor of MedicalExpo e-Magazine and propose your journalism services. Take a look at the magazine first emag. I know the editor and they pay well. My girl came across this site, after I told her about losing a comment posting gig.

I appreciate the time you took putting this together. My international clients hate all the extra fees. You might want to consider keeping your eyes peeled for spelling errors if you want writing jobs…. On the western side of the pond, we would look at some cross-eyed if they used that term seriously. Spelt is definitely the way it is spelled and pronounced in Britain. My daughter reads and watches many British books, shows, and movies, and she spells and pronounces it that way because she has become so accustomed to it.

She had one English teacher criticize her until she showed said teacher that it is the British way to spell it. It is not incorrect. I have so many stories and poetry and even a couple of novels that I have written or started writing and I always joke that when I die, someone will find my writing and only then, will I get famous for my writing.

I, as the writer, would never turn something in, to have it read by anyone, without proofreading it myself either. One of the posts reads: Any sites you can recommend off the top of your head for someone starting out as a freelance academic essay writer? Should pay well too. Science-Fiction Writers of America, which I use as a guideline, advocates for no less than six cents a word as professional rates. Most good clients who hire freelance writers will pay considerably more. Most of the content mills I have seen pay about three cents a word.

Just saying…again, it trying to be rude or mean. I wish the best of luck to you! I too, am trying to get some writing gigs, and just starting out. I have no idea where to even begin. With that said, I think constructive criticism is a good thing, that if we take need to, can help us out in the long run. If anyone has any constructive criticism or constructive advice for me, please comment.

Hi Donna and others, The online writing lab at Purdue University has resources on the Chicago Manual of Style and the APA manual, as well as many articles related to English grammar usage that are user-friendly! Just type owl purdue university in your fave search engine and it should appear as a result.

I got a fairly good rating but not tops. Glad to have joined this particular thread and sooo thankful for the supportive content on here. Smiles to all, David. And hopefully a movie. It is called Zombie Revelations and has the old with a real touch of reality. I hope it can save some writers from going through the penny-a-word phase too many of us went through at one point! I would add staying away from Yahoo! Good for you for approaching businesses directly! Thanks so much Kelly for taking the time to research and put together this list.

It will get some good use here! Your skills and time are worth far more, and there ARE clients out there who will recognize and honor that. Hold out for the good ones. I am so glad to run across fellow writers who value what they do and will stand up and say so. I tried ODesk and was not only appalled by the pay rates, but by the attitude of many clients. Well now, I posted a response that I cannot quote in polite company.

So, thank you, your voice is much appreciated. One client said that he already had words. When I looked at what he wrote, it was on a sixth-grade level. No research, statistics, compelling copy, SEO keywords, etc. So I had to start from scratch. I ended up acting like a tutor.

Another client loved my work but kept disappearing. I asked for her website address, information about her company, etc. She let another week go by then disappeared again. I could go on and on. I think that clients who use the content mills do believe that they can get stellar writing for peanuts. I believe these incidents are blessings in disguise. I follow top-notch bloggers and copywriters and hone my skills continually. It is up to the freelancer to determine his standards and ultimately his worth.

Hello Denita and others, I am thankful for this site, thread and continued posts including yours. At present I am an IC with Textbroker International, and try to look at most the jobs as blessings in disguise. Generally, I am a better conversationalist since starting this in late September, agree with you about developing writing skills, and have kind of found my subject niche as it were. The big picture tells me I have it pretty good, given local opportunities and employment services for those of us who have a handicapability are inadequate in my place of residence.

I hope your experience is dynamically different, but you sound quite capable and willing to improve where need be which says a lot favorably concerning what you bring to the proverbial table.

All the best to you Denita, enjoyed the chance to talk shop! Avoid sites like Researchwritingcenter. I think the better question is, what kind of writing do YOU want to do? What topics interest you? What style are you most comfortable writing in? Freelance writing is a huge industry, and you could be everything from a lifestyle blogger to a marketing copy writer.

You need to determine what niche fits your skills and interests best; that will make it much easier for you to locate specific, nitty-gritty advice. I am based out of India. I would like to write short stories. Could anyone guide me as how I should go about it. Please recommend sites where I should register myself. I have registered myself in Freelancer. You can find them here: This article was quite helpful and the comments were too.

I am just about to finish my English MA and I am broke as joke, living at my parents, and finding writing work online is my priority for the time being. Best of luck to everyone trying to survive out there!

Thank you for this post. I just recently got into freelance writing and I feel so stupid already. I feel so cheated. Should I even complete the job? Is it possible that the work she is doing for oDesk would at least provide a portfolio for her future use? I am brand new to the writing game. Love your words of encouragement to stay true to writing and get properly paid for your talent.

I love writing and have been caught up in content mills since I decided to write online about a month ago. I must admit the pennies I have received for my time, talent and dedication has been great to encourage me to seek something better. Are there any books or articles you recommend for beginners looking to earn a living writing online? The Write Life has actually put together a great list of resources to check out. You can find it here: This article was an actual eye opener.

Once again a big thank you for now I know what to expect and whom to deny. Thank you for the tips. I am handicapped and a fairly new mom at 41 to our 9 month old first and only son. Can anyone give me additional tips on the best way I could start a blog aside from wordpress or blogger please? First of all, congrats on your new baby! Second of all, my thoughts are with you and all your friends and loved ones — are you located in the Philippines yourself?

Third, The Write Life has put together a great list of resources you can check out. First off, congrats on your 1st son! Sounds like you come central Visayas too like me, am from Bohol Phils. Yolanda Haiyan and the quake that hit our country — and the economic woes they brought are really challenges we need to hurdle. You see, I am more comfortable in writing articles than blogs.

Also, writing websites that work like a vendo machines like Xoobiz, in , but now seems closed where writers can draw writing jobs from a queue — will also help, as we need not waste time in pitching for jobs. Thank you for the great tips. I also get money writing for Bubblews and I I also write for sendmeglobal where they only give award to a writer each month.

I was able to win it once. You have opened my eyes to other relevant targets. There is soooo much info out there and this article has saved me from contentmills, not to mention wasted hours-thanks very, very much!! I guess you your words of wisdom are meant for US-based writers, knowing how much it costs to live there, this makes sense … well, kinda. If you were writing for a while before delving into the freelance world, i.

However, taking those low-paying gigs is what you really need if you got no clue what your niche is, and want to get experience. Since I write for my own amusement and because Jennifer Oh dear Jennifer who gave me my first writing gig!

At least for the sake of getting good at your craft before pitching to high-paying clients. Speaking of High-paying clients, I stumbled upon your post as I was looking for them, but all I could find is advice, and advice only. It just takes time to sort through and separate the wheat from the chaff!

I vehemently disagree with you here. Content mills horribly abuse writers and make it difficult for people who have spent years in this field to get a fair wage due to the expectation that companies can pay less to get more.

All around bad news and not recommended for anyone who wants an actual career in writing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Alicia. To each their own opinion — some people, like Talal said, enjoy using sites like oDesk because it works for their needs and goals. The pay is sustainable and you are able to begin your career well.

Being a young, I started on Elance some weeks ago while at the same time trying oDesk.


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