How to Earn Money as a Freelance Writer

Freelance writing

How to Become a Freelance Writer

Hundreds of thousands of writing opportunities exist. Making the most of them is where the art of the freelancer really comes into play. A freelance writer is someone who writes without belonging to any single company or entity but acts like a small business or an independent contractor.[1]

It's possible to be a full-time freelance writer earning a living, or to be a part-time freelancer supplementing a regular income. Another role is to simply do it for fun or to build up a broader portfolio of skills. In this article, you'll get the basics on what it takes to ease your way into freelance writing as a career or hobby.

For most freelance writers, writing for a magazine provides a better opportunity than freelance websites to find success as a freelance writer and build a solid reputation. When you publish an article for a magazine, your name is generally placed in the by-line and you are able to share your accomplishment with your friends and family, as well as use it as part of your "published work" portfolio to gain even more clients. The best way to break into the world of freelance writing for magazines is to build a relationship with the editor of that magazine. This can be done in several ways but usually starts by sending a resume and portfolio to him or her, and let the editor know that you are available as a writer for any freelance work that the magazine might have available in the future.

Most magazines pay anywhere from $70-$100 for a feature story, so this is a great way to start making decent money as a freelance writer. However, it also requires you to be constantly creative and always observant in order to find the best content to pitch.

                                               Here are 10 websites you can start with:

1. Listverse pays $100 for each accepted post. The article must be a list, it must be at least 1,500 words and you must include at least 10 things. Other than that, you can get pretty creative with it. Listverse was built on the efforts of readers just like you. Readers who didn’t have any experience as writers but decided to put a list together and send it in.

The rules are really pretty simple. As long as your list (and we do mean yours—don’t steal other people’s stuff) is over 1,500 words you can choose any topic you like. We also need you to link to reputable sources (see Section 7 of our author guide for more details) so we can verify what you’re saying. Just remember—if it’s good enough to publish (by our standards) you get 100 bucks—simple as that.

2. FundsforWriters pays $50 for each accepted post. They are looking for articles about writing and making money with it. They only accept articles between 500-600 words, but they want you to make each word count. Articles should fall between 500 and 600 words. Why so short? Writers look to FFW for sources. So each FundsforWriters newsletter lists only one article – short and sweet and to the point. That leaves more space for awards, contests, grants and markets. So make each word count.

Payment:

Via PayPal – $50 for unpublished original articles; $15 for reprints.
Via check – $45 for unpublished articles; $10 for reprints.

3. iWriter – iWriter pays up to $15 for each accepted post. That may seem small, but they aren’t as strict as many of the others above and they also allow you to pick exactly what you write. You can write as many or as few articles as you want.  Anyone can register and start earning money immediately. Earn up to $15.00 for every article you write!

At iWriter, you'll be able to earn money by writing articles for other people. Anyone can register for free and start earning money immediately. Earn up to $15.00 for every article you write. You'll be able to select which topic(s) you would like to write about, select as many or as few articles to write each day, work at your own speed, and decide how much money you want to earn each day!

4. Matador Network pays up to $60 for each accepted post, but standard pay is around $20-$25. They don’t really focus on a minimum word count, but they have a maximum count of 1,500 words. Matador seeks original writing, photography, and video that speaks to the adventures, cultures, and identities of people around the world.

Payment – standard payment is $40, depending on article type and length. (Higher rates may be offered in special circumstances; please note this is determined on a case-by-case basis.) Payments are made via Paypal1 the first week of each month for all content published by the 21st of the previous month.

5. New York Observer pays $100 on posts about politics and culture for “sophisticated readership of metropolitan professionals. Observer accepts interns in editorial, sales and marketing, social media and web development.  Observer offers a sophisticated readership of metropolitan professionals an original take on the latest in news, culture, politics and luxury, bringing its irreverent sensibility to a national audience.

6. MediaBistro: Check out the freelance section of the site for a wide range of jobs from industries like TV, PR/marketing, magazine and book publishing and social media–a little something for everyone.

7. Morning Coffee Newsletter: This weekly e-newsletter provides a nice compendium of freelance writing and editing jobs of all shapes and sizes from around the Web with competitive pay rates. Save yourself the time of scouring numerous sites and let this newsletter bring the decent jobs right to your inbox.

8. Freelancer (previously GetAFreelancer) is a freelance job board that offers over 100 different available types of jobs for freelancers. IT, writing, programming, design and so much more – if you have the skill for it, Freelancer can help you find a client. Freelancer is great for writers to get started by providing massive jobs – some require over 500+ articles to be written!  Pay for work safely and securely. Only release payment when you are 100% satisfied with the work provided!

9. About.com -One of the largest companies to offer freelance writing jobs, About.com is one of the biggest sites on the Internet. A plethora of people (aptly called “Guides”) write the content for About.com, to the tune of 2.8 million articles on over 70,000 subjects—and growing. This company is constantly expanding its topics lists, which provides steady work for scribes everywhere.

10. Rodale -One of the top publishers in the health and wellness arena, Rodale publishes well-known lifestyle magazines and books—all with a health-oriented slant. For example, Rodale publishes Women’s Health, Prevention, and Men’s Health, in addition to popular books like Eat This, Not That and The Flat Belly Diet.

Skills Required for Freelance Writing

You must have above par English and grammar skills. In addition to being able to write well, you also need to be organized and self-motivated to work at home.

It’s important to remember that there is no one right way to learn how to become a freelance writer. Even more importantly, writing is a business. As with any business, if you want to succeed, you need to become an expert in your niche. That involves learning how a freelancing business operates – but you don’t necessarily need to go to journalism school or get a degree in writing. It depends on whether you’re a natural writer, and how quickly you pick things up.

 
You must have excellent English writing skills and in-depth knowledge about what you are covering. You are writing for an audience of both seasoned and aspiring writers. We are very selective in what we publish and we consider the overall experience of the writer who wants to write for us.

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Copyright © FreelanceWriting.com - All content on our website is copyrighted in the U.S. and internationally and may NOT be re-produced, or re-printed, online or offline.
FreelanceWriting.com is a writer-oriented website, launched in 1997, that offers informative, useful articles on freelance writing and the writing process.

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