I’ve always been a good writer. I’ve maintained a blog for years and have always known that I had a knack for writing.
But when a friend first told me about making money through freelance writing, I didn’t have any idea what was involved.
I was looking for a new job and freelance writing sounded cool, but the whole concept felt really foggy to me.
- What would I be writing?
- How much would I get paid?
- Who would my clients be?
- How would I even find jobs?
- Was this some sort of internet scam in which I would end up investing thousands of dollars?
So many questions. So few answers. I felt like I was blindly stumbling through a carnival house of mirrors.
I thought I could probably be a good freelance writer but also felt like I had no idea what I was getting into. Kinda scary, right?
Nevertheless, I hesitantly decided to give it a try.
(Side note: Lack of confidence is one of the biggest reasons people don’t get into freelance writing even when it could be a perfect fit for them.)
Let’s just say it wasn’t smooth sailing at first.
Because my friend didn’t give me much more info, I didn’t really know how to navigate the world of freelance writing. Lots of mistakes were made.
I wish I had known up front what was involved because it could have gotten me going so much faster.
Plus, it would have given me a lot more confidence from the outset.
Nothing makes you feel like and inadequate clown…
…like having zero clue what you’re getting into.
So to help potential freelance writers out, I decided to create a super simple guide to the world of freelance writing.
Consider this to be your whirlwind tour. I’m briefly going to break down the different ways to make money and what’s actually involved in freelance writing.
My hope is to give you the guidance I never had.
What Exactly IS Freelance Writing?
At the most basic level, freelance writing is any paid writing done as a freelancer (as opposed to an employee).
But that’s not helpful at all.
This could cover anything from writing for National Geographic to writing advertisements for a local Yoga Kickboxing Dojo.
We need to get more specific.
What sort of freelance writing should you do? Should you try to write fiction stories for magazines? Long form articles for news sites? Books that will be published and make you millions of dollars?
While those are all certainly ways of making money with freelance writing…
…they’re REALLLLLLY tough to get into.
Trying to sell a story is really tough. Getting to write for big news sites typically requires some sort of journalism background. And making millions publishing books? Good luck.
So what kind of freelance writing should you get into? What’s the simplest way to get started and to make money immediately?
Writing for businesses.
Businesses have marketing dollars to spend, and some of that will be spent on writing.
The best way to make good money freelance writing, whether as a career or a side income, is by writing for companies.
This could include huge companies with massive budgets and small companies with just a few thousand dollars to spend.
The main point is that you need to write for companies that actually want to spend money on writing (that feels like the most obvious sentence in the world).
What Sorts Of Things Can You Write For Businesses?
This was another thing that confused me when I was first getting started.
What sorts of things would businesses pay me to write?
All sorts of things, it turns out.
Businesses have numerous needs when it comes to writing, including but not limited to:
- Blog posts
- Product descriptions
- Website copy
- Social media posts
- Sales pages
- And loads more…
You know those promotional emails you get? Someone wrote those.
Same goes for the blog posts on your favorite company’s site and the product descriptions on Amazon.
Even social media posts need to be written by someone.
Yes, sometimes an employee writes this material, but more often than not, it’s a freelance writer…
…Like me. Like you.
I’ve gotten paid handsomely to write articles about shaving and digital marketing and coffee makers.
I’ve been hired to write a series of emails promoting business coaching.
I’ve written Facebook ads and Amazon product descriptions.
There are so many different ways to make money freelance writing. It’s really pretty amazing. Honestly, it’s a world I didn’t know existed until I started exploring it.
And to be clear, this is a REAL job.
This isn’t one of those scams where you invest thousands up front and then have to jump through all sorts of hoops to make money.
A business hires you to write. You write. You get paid.
Should You Be A Freelance Writer?
So should you be a freelance writer? Answer these questions:
- Can you write at between an 8th-10th grade level with decent grammar?
- Are you willing to write for businesses even though you may not be passionate about what you’re writing (I’m not particularly passionate about shaving)?
- Are you okay working from home or a coffee shop or any other location that’s not a company office?
- Generally speaking, do you enjoy writing?
If you answered yes to these questions, then freelance writing could be the ideal fit for you.
It’s incredibly flexible and gives back what you put into it.
If you want to make a full-time career out of it, you can! If you just want to earn some supplemental income, you can easily do that as well.
The beauty of freelance writing is that you create the job you want.
…You work the hours you want
…decide what you want to get paid
…and decide when you want to work.
It’s COMPLETELY up to you.
I know stay-at-home parents who have used freelance writing to earn extra income. I know people with full-time jobs who have used it as a side hustle.
And I know people like myself who have turned it into a lucrative career.
I know that you still have tons of questions after reading this, but I hope this gives you a sense of the world of freelance writing.
It’s a big world with loads of opportunities for any who are interested.
So Now What????
Now that you know a bit about freelance writing…
…what comes next?
For some of you, nothing. The thought of writing for businesses that you don’t really care about sends shudders down your spine. You should focus your time and efforts on writing what you love.
Some of you are sort of interested, but not really sure if this is up your alley. I’d recommend doing some Googling and seeing what you come up with. If you like what you see, you can come back here.
A few of you, however, are ALL IN on this. You feel like this could be the perfect fit for you and you want to know how to get the ball rolling.
If you fit into that last category, I want to connect with you and give you some more resources.
I created a free 10 Day Freelance Writing Email Course that will walk you through all the basics of what you need to do be a successful freelance writer. Every day, you’ll get an email that will give you a part of the freelance writing puzzle.
I would love to have you join me in this email course. Helping people create their own freelance writing careers brings me a lot of joy.
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