I’ve made money blogging, but for my first year, the majority of my income was from freelance writing. If you think you could work up 350-600 word posts on a regular basis, here are some ways you could become a freelance writer.
I personally made $15-$25 a post regularly by staff writing on about a dozen other blogs in 2010 and 2011. Most of my posts had to be around 500 words. I usually got my writing ideas from the blog owners and wrote about my personal stories like I do here. I got to the point that I was writing about 13 posts for others every week along with the 5-6 a week I was publishing here. Most posts take me 30-45 minutes to write since they aren’t research-oriented. When I did have research to do, it took me about 1-2 hours per post.
I found my staff writing positions through blogging buddies. I’d ask around my contacts to see if anyone was looking and then get pointed in a certain direction. After I had 2-3 positions, other bloggers would come to me since they had seen my work around. Word-of-mouth is definitely the easiest way to grow any business.
If you don’t have blogging contacts and don’t know where to start, you could become a freelance writer with the pensters or other writing service companies. Thepensters is an online custom writing service that specialize in things like essay writing or even assistance with your dissertation or thesis. If you were great at that sort of writing in school, it may make a great match for you.
It may not seem obvious, but many companies have to hire freelance writers to update their own websites since it doesn’t come naturally to just everyone. You could find a position like this by asking around, searching for jobs and “gigs” in writing on Craigslist, searching job sites for writing positions, and by approaching companies directly if you notice their sites are rarely updated.
Are you a freelance writer? How did you find your position?