Can I make money as a freelance writer? You’ve probably heard of people who write online for a living. They write articles at home and get paid. It sounds easy and a lot of fun, and it just seems like a great way to unleash your creativity. But before you give up your day job, let’s dig deeper into the world of freelance writing.
I want to mention that this post is originally created by a freelance writer. I wanted to hear what does he think about the subject so I can share them with you. I must admit that what he wrote, may surprise you as it surprised myself.
What is Freelance Writing and How Does It Work?
Freelance writing means you write for different companies or individuals, and you’re not bound by any long-term contract except the one you enter into for the current task. The way it works varies, but usually, you are emailed a topic to write about. It includes the instructions, deadline and how you’ll be paid.
Once you’re done writing, you submit the article via email or the company’s website. You get paid upon completion of the job and move on to the next task. If the contract runs for several months, you’ll be paid on a regular basis, weekly, monthly etc. usually via PayPal.
HireWriters is one very popular and high-quality place to earn money as a freelance writer. I have already bought many articles there.
Who is Freelance Writing For?
Freelance writing is for anyone who wants to earn extra income. Anyone who can type on a word processor can apply. These jobs are open to staying at home moms, dads, students, anyone who wants to earn more money. While freelance writing can take many forms, most are now done online.
If you don’t have a job and need to make a few bucks, you can go online and look for a writing job. If you’re a parent who has a job but wants to earn more, freelance writing is an option too.
- Freelance Online Writing Jobs are Legit: there are online job scams, but freelance writing is legit. There are companies and individuals who will pay you to write articles for them.
- Work at Home: being able to work at home means no traffic, no looking for parking lots, no annoying co-workers and no boss over your shoulders. You don’t have to dress up, you can eat home cooked food and don’t have to leave your bedroom to go to work.
- Little or No Work Experience Required: there’s no need for a degree in journalism. The topics are often diverse and as long as you know how to research and write, you can be a freelance writer.
- No Messy Contracts: once you’re done writing for a client, you can move on to the next one. There’s no need to put up with a client you don’t like.
- Take a Break Anytime: don’t feel like working for the next week or so? Once you’re done with the current contract, you can take a break and relax.
Freelance writing sounds like fun, but it’s not exactly the dream job you may think it is. In the following section, we’ll examine the facts that aspiring freelance writers have to know.
- There are Still Deadlines: one of the most common misconceptions is that freelance writers can work any time of the day they want. That’s not exactly true. When a client sends you articles to write, there’s a deadline. You must finish the articles within the day or you may not get paid. Sure you can start late, but if you do, you’ll be pressed for time later. In other words, it’s just like working in an office.
- No Benefits: forget about social security, 401k, maternity leave pay, paid vacation leave, medical leave, etc. You will not get any of those as a freelance writer. You’re pretty much on your own unless you have another job that pays for that.
- There are Scammers: yes, there are legitimate job offers, but there are also scam artists who will ask you to write articles but will disappear when it’s time to pay. This isn’t just common in online writing jobs but online work in general.
- You need to do a lot of research. Whether you’re writing about health, social media, SEO, reviewing a product, etc. you have to do your homework. You cannot just copy paste information you see online because there is software which can detect that. If your work contains plagiarized content, you won’t get paid, so it must be all original.
- You’ll Do Editing: you won’t just write, as you’ll need to proofread and edit your articles. If there are grammatical errors, the client will return it. You won’t get paid until the client is satisfied with your work.
- Competition is Stiff: you’re not the only freelance writer online, so you’ll be competing with others for the best paying gigs. If you’re just starting out, it’s going to be an uphill battle as clients prefer experienced writers. To build up your portfolio, you’ll have to take low paying jobs.
- Pay Varies: freelance writers make $24 on average, but that’s assuming you’re an established writer. If you’re new, the pay will be lower.
- Distractions at Home: there are so many possible distractions to working at home. Kids, friends dropping by, phone calls, TV, etc. Since you’re unsupervised, it’s tempting to slack off. This will affect the quality of your work and make your client unhappy.
- No Job Security: how long is this writing gig going to last? The fact that there’s no long-term contract gives you freedom. But what happens if you no longer get orders from that client?
My Final Opinion of Freelance Writing
So can you earn money from freelance writing? Sure, but it isn’t as easy as people might think. It entails a lot of work, and the pay isn’t what people or the job description makes it out to be. Not only do you have to work hard, but the pay, especially when you’re starting out, can be low.
If you want to make a living from home, a better option would be affiliate marketing. I know a very good a community-based online program that teaches you the step-by-step how to create your own online business. Membership is free and there are tips to help build websites and how to monetize them. Take a closer look and start for free!
Have you worked as a freelance writer? Where?
Everything seems nice about freelance writing, but I’m not convinced about the earning potential. Even when you become an established writer, you won’t earn more than $1000 per month. However, there are some writers who earn more than that but there are only a few. You need to write a ton of content to generate a sufficient income, which can be quite stressful if you’re not motivated enough.
Actually, you can earn way more than $1,000 per month as a freelance writer. I know that some people make even $5,000 if they have awesome skills.
The thing is that you need to have good skills at writing and then it will start paying off.
I would definitely pay $1,000 per month for a good writer but I know that they charge much more than that.
Yes, Roope. Good writers are an exception because they can earn well over $5000 per month. I would say that if you’re talented in writing, only then can you decide to pursue a career in writing, otherwise, it’s a waste of time.
Well, I don’t believe in talent 😉 If you study and learn, you will become a great writer and earn +$5,000/month as well.
Yes, you can make money as a freelance writer. How much? its depend upon you. How many articles you can write and how much the client will pay you.
you are right. That’s simply how it goes. If you can write very high-quality content, you may earn even $500 or more per article. However, the truth is that only a 0,001% (or something like that) of freelance writers are earning such money. Most of them are earning $5 per article on Fiverr or a bit more.
Writing works like anything else. You can learn and become a master. It’s a skill that you need to practice constantly in order to become better. But why should one do freelance writing while he could build his own online business?
Freelance writing is far more difficult than people think. Although you may not need a degree, you have to be able to express yourself in a better than average way. Not everyone makes the grade, although they may think that they do.
It is also indeed very difficult to get freelance jobs if people don’t know you, and some people want to pay minimal wages for hours of research and hard work by others.
I agree, affiliate marketing is far better. Better to spend your time and talents building up your own blog and online business in the long run. However, I know some people do like to write for others and not have their own blog…
I enjoyed reading your article, reminded me of days gone by.
thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience.
Rather than becoming a freelance writer I recommend outsourcing content writing because then you will have more time for the other things you need to do to build your online business.
I have used many freelance writers and I need to admit that many times the quality is not the best. That’s why I don’t use those writers anymore but only the ones that I like. I have bought more than 10 articles from one writer in Fiverr because she is writing so good reviews.
But sometimes I have needed to reject the article by other writers because the quality was not good enough.
You can make money as a freelance writer but like you said it can be very difficult in the beginning. There is so much competition and some people use that in their advantage. If you can write good content you can always start your own website. Sure there is a lot more work for you to do but you can earn more in the future. Probably the best would be to do both at the same time until you start earning good money from your own website.
that sounds like a good plan to work as a freelance writer and to build a website at the same time. Another option is also start a website while working in a day job (even though it wouldn’t be writing). And when you earn enough with the website, you can quit your job. That’s what many people have done in Wealthy Affiliate and that’s what I am doing at the moment.
I love freelancing but I really agree with the distractions at home part. I used to be very aggressive when working but after working long hours at home, I feel kind of cozy and its making me a bit lazy.
I take 4-5 breaks while writing content just to play Overwatch and its affecting me because sometimes, I carry on till nighttime, talk about procrastination! Do you have this problem as well when working at home?
I know what you are talking about! But I also think that it’s a great “school” to master ourselves when nobody is watching. When the boss isn’t watching over our shoulders and we are responsible only for ourselves (and for God).
I believe that through creating a great self-discipline, we will become even more successful Internet marketers. What do you think Riaz? 🙂