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I think I have read so much content from numerous bloggers about writing content, starting blogs, making a living writing, etc. I was already familiar with some of your techniques, but this was only a few. The first thing I am excited to do is take your course. I was laid off from my job of 7 years almost 3 years ago and have been struggling with contributing to my household after my last pregnancy. I have written for pleasure most of my life and want to be able to continue being home for my family.

I never thought that I would consider cold pitching but the way you put it just makes so much sense. Again, thank you for sharing. Wow thanks so much! This is a great blog! I am so glad I found it. I have a question though. Do you think it is difficult to find clients for a non-native English speaking writer? It might be a challenge, but not unheard of. If you have excellent English writing skills, then it should be no problem.

Your writing will speak for itself! Looking forward to more helpful post. I just became unemployed and have had blogs in the past, but reading this was kind of a wake up call. I have a lot of work to do before I can even consider getting a paid gig. Thank you so much Elna for these 20 tips. I am new to freelance writing and have recently read Writer For Hire: A quick google search led me to this blog post of yours which has given me the extra boost I needed.

A quick scan of your blog has assured me that I have found a goldmine of resources and I want to thank you again for taking the time to share your learning curve and your experience with us all. Very insightful and straight to the point. Very insightful and strait to the point. Thanks for this wonderful posts. Before reading your post I was in a dilemma whether to leave my pm job.

Thanks once again for this wonderful posts. And I am gonna need all your help. Hi Elna, I just bumped into this post when I was just beginning to give up because finding freelance writing tasks that pay well has been the hardest task. I look forward to revitalizing my writing career with ideas you shared. Hi Elna, Thanks for this post. In your final tip, you talk about how you are known for your well-researched pieces. It would be great if you could give some insight into how you generally conduct research before you write.

Glad you found a lot of options to help you find a freelance writing job as a newbie. As for researching, Google is my best friend! I also have a swipe file of sites I use for my clients…. Thanks for the crash course! I found it very knowledgeable and enlightening. I know a lot of freelancers writing novels and doing freelance writing! You can do it for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you so much for this. I have always loved writing and looking for a way to earn a little extra money. I found this post very helpful. Hi my name is Peggy and I am an amateur writer and have a couple of poetry books that are self-published and I was thinking about getting into freelance writing. Plus I wanna work at home and be able to set my own schedule because my husband is going to be having surgery soon because he has Barretts Esophogitis A condition of the throat So maybe you can email me when you can.

I think freelance writing is a great option for you! I encourage you to check out my Writeto1k course as this will give you a foundation for a sustainable and profitable freelance writing business!

Having extra places to find work really helps. Finding freelance writing jobs is one of the hardest task. We need to reach out and convince people why they should trust and hire you.

The content mills and freelancing sites are making harder and harder but with correct methodologies pitching, out-reaching, networking we can get high-paying clients easily. I am very thankful to you, I have bookmarked this page so I can try new way from the 20 and I am sure I will get the big fish.

One of my biggest concerns was finding legitimate jobs, and your advice has really given me the courage to go the extra step. May I ask what your thoughts are on transitioning into freelance with a current job?

Is there an industry standard? Any guidance for starting rates? Thanks so much for that comment! A lot of my course students are doing that. I suggest finding time before and after work to devote on your freelance biz. As for rate, it all depends on your experience, niche and writing skill.

This is something I talk about in my course as well. Your blog post has been extremely helpful, thank you so much! I rarely if ever leave blog comments. I just wanted to say how impressive I found your ability to keep up and respond to all those comments throughout a whole year till now! I specifically kept scrolling down just to see if you had given up at some point haha.

Currently I am in high school and working a part time job, I probably only work an estimated 8 hours a week though. Is there any freelance writing jobs that would possibly pay me in cash or something along those lines?

All my clients except one pay via PayPal. The other pay via Stripe. Great Post Elna Cain… You have shared some really encouraging information for the new-comers. Thanks and keep it up. From now onward I Will be following you always. Many of these… I would not have even thought about. So much wealth of info! I just discovered your blog and want to say how right on you are about the above.

Anywho, I wanted to ask about It seems like a great tip! But am wondering how open the web design companies are to providing writers with a list of people in need of web content? I definitely want to try this out. Usually the are contracted to do a site with site content and if their staff writer is too busy or not there, they may hire it out. Thank you so much for replying, Elna! Thank you for all of the information you provide on here. Your advice and posts have given me a lot to work with during this time of dead ends instead of beating my head against the wall trying to figure out how to get more work.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing this resource! Thank you so much for this information. I look forward to getting back to you shortly with an incredible praise report!! Freelance writing is a great side hustle for mamas! I am a journalism student and I graduate next year! I am starting to look for small writing jobs now to build my resume. This is a wonderful resource for me, thank you so much.

Hi Elna my name is Margie Bilyeu-Clark. I read the twenty ways to become a freelance writer and I am actually writing to books for fun and I am good at it I would like to join in on the writing fun. The tips were great and I enjoy writing I never knew there was such a thing as this until I seen your name pop up and I was curious about what you do and it sounds like what I like to do in my spare time. Great comprehensive list Elna!

The key takeaway is to hustle for your first writing job s. Not so much after a while though if you have a good marketing strategy! I am amazed and wowed!! I am so happy that my fingers did the walking and I found you!!!! You answered my question. I will start as you have suggested!!!! I have been interested in writing extensively since a very young age, writing either poetry, novels, short stories etc.

Eventually I ended up in the corporate sector writing business plans, marketing plans and various other corporate documents. But freelance writing has been in my blood, just never really had the inspiration to follow this dream of mine. I will apply your guidelines and intend to forge a new career path in freelance writing. This post is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your personal experiences and insights as a freelance writer.

Hi Elna, I read a lot of blog post about freelance writing but yours is the most helpful. Thank you a lot for your help. I have a bit of a problem. I would be happy if you tell me if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So I have a masters degree in creative writing and I have a pretty good portfolio but the problem is, it is not in english. I am Bulgarian and I wonder if that would be a problem for the blogs and online magazines out there. I would be really happy if you share your opinion on the matter.

What an informative and fun article. Finally, after my last request from a long ago former coworker, to write a plea to Salvation Army for assistance, I decided to try to finally do what I love and learn to profit from it. Your article captured me all the way through, and as I read, I clicked links and signed on with a few sites. Finding this article was truly a God send, because I feel the fresh cool breeze of hope. Maybe I can actually do this.

What a fun journey! Really very good and great tips to help!! May I ask, do you take any precautions for relatively unknown clients? Thank you very much for this valuable information, Elna! Great information I actually have very little skill with posting blog etc.

I am your basic blockhead but I spend hours writing stories songs poems devising quotes gleaned from my heroes and seem to lack the bravado to go to the edge and jump this year is my time to unleash the muse thanx for being there.

I do have one question… How do most of these freelancing gigs pay you? I started a blog a year ago and I would like to make a living writing now! Thanks so much for commenting. Wow, I have learned so much from this post… more than I could have pieced together from other posts all over the place. I also clicked on your links to referenced posts as needed, as I read through, and it was so helpful! Thanks so much for this amazing list.

I have made my living in the past in management and small business ownership aftermarket automotive parts store, a NAPA to be precise. I have a BA in Sociology and I have also worked in non-profit management and social work but my dream has always been to write. So after selling the business I decided to follow my dream of being a writer. I also have written curriculum for young adults that was published by a Christian publisher some years ago.

However, even with some marginal knowledge about writing for a living, I found the amount of information out there to be overwhelming and much of it is people simply promoting scams or trying to sell you on their program.

Thank you for taking the time to share. I know there are a lot of fluff type articles trying to promote riches from freelance writing or some other freelance gig. But, the truth is, it takes a lot of work and dedication to land consistent work and to make a living from this.

I want to be like you when I grow up. I love your blog. I got some great ideas from this post today. You just increased my confidence level with this article. Gaining confidence is key to having a successful freelance writing biz!

Elna, You may just started a fire under my butt. I need my break and I am determined to make it happen! Today a single job is not just enough for most of us so we opt to find another one on the side. A lot of freelance jobs ask for a resume.

How do I create a resume relevant to freelance writing that will stand out? If they do I point them to my LinkedIn profile. Thanks Elna for this awesome piece. I am glad our mutual friend Ruth referred me to this page. It is very informative. Thank you so much for writing this post Elna.

It has been really very helpful indeed. I have been a part time freelance writer for about 6 months now but still feel like I am finding my feet. This post has given me a boost and some new options to follow up. It certainly seems like the strategy should be to go at it hammer and tongs and never, ever give up! I look forward to exploring your website some more. Hey Ben, Thank so much for your kind words. I absolutely LOVE this article! Your blog posts have been so helpful for me Elna!

Thanks again, Alee King. Thank you for the post! Hours of learning, here I come! I received my first two clients a month ago one from my dad who is a web developer and the other upon referral from my first client.

I am serious about gaining more clients and setting out as a full-time writer, but the process of finding new clients has always intimidated me. I am excited to apply your advice.

Yes, it can be overwhelming with all the information out there. What a great post Elna! I have a contract that will be ending soon and so I will be looking at this in more detail again.

Bookmarking and pinning it! Business dev is always a tricky subject for freelancers, myself included, so I appreciate that you took the time to share your secrets! Good luck and I love reading your guest posts! I, unfortunately, started out on one of the writing mills that pays very little. I made quite a bit on there, but eventually left as I was writing hours a day for next to nothing.

I get a few new clients a week, plus all of my repeat customers. You can really get great gigs by finding websites that need content.

In fact before you try to find your first freelance writing job, you need to build up your skill set and portfolio. Yes, of course you need a portfolio to showcase in your pitches but I wanted to help new freelance writers WHERE you can find freelance jobs.

Thanks for a very informative post Elna. I had no idea it was possible to find writing gigs via Reddit or Twitter. This was exactly what I needed to read today. Love your simple writing style too. Thank you so much for this valuable piece, Elna. Is anyone aware of other content agencies hiring? That is a great list and I will be putting them to work very soon, or as soon as I finish your course. This is an awesome post! Very informative and extremely useful. You definitely made a fantastic impression on me.

Thanks for the detailed information. Every word you wrote moved me to get in touch with you. I am glad I did. Just what I needed thank you for all of the tips on different platforms and websites to use, compiling a list as we speak! Wow, this is an awesome list! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together and sharing it with us! Glad you liked it! I never realized all the different ways you can land a freelance writing job!

Or, at least different ways to help you land a job. This is super inspiring and so useful. I wrote a post on how I make a side income from freelance writing here: Glad you enjoyed my biggest post and hope you found some good ways to source jobs.

Shared and saved to our writers resources Trello board. Definitely network because established writers have way more work than they can handle and will pass some along to you. I go out of my way to identify the best writers, teach them our process, and introduce them to agencies that pay well.

Thank you — this is the most useful article I have ever come across with respect to freelance writing! So happy to hear this. I love posts like these — that give you all the ways you know? I believe these are literally the only ways you can score a gig online. I could be wrong? But no one else has told me of any new ways. I must say that this was perhaps the most useful article for freelance beginners.

I already visited and applied several of your tips. I have a question for you, What do you think about content mills? Is this a good way to start as a beginner with no prior experience or portfolio? Thanks for leaving a comment! As a new freelance writer I advise you stay away from content mills and freelance marketplaces.

Instead, I teach to set up your own website and pitch to job boards and connect with businesses and entrepreneurs. Email me if you need help or check out my course for new freelance writers! My Writeto1k course is helping many new writers. Hoping to have you on board in the future! Did you manually code that, or is there an easy way to draw that data from SW? In fact, I even borrowed you home blog page idea of adding a call-to-action in my header.

This post is just a teaser of what to expect from Writeto1K, but then again, all your blog posts are packed with the most useful tips you can find online. I can only say thank you for sharing them with us! Thank you so much for your kind words about Writeto1k! No problem for including your site in my post! Thanks for including my website in your post, Elna!

Looking forward to kicking it up a notch in the new year! Glad you are doing great as a freelance writer! Thanks for the Twitter tips! Am checking out the accounts you shared! There are a lot of junk job tweets and you have to sort through them. The ones I mentioned may have a few crappy ones, but generally pretty good.

Mostly having prospects contact me via Twitter because they see my presence on this platform. Thank you so much for posting such a brilliant list of ways to find Freelance writing jobs. So glad you enjoyed the post and found pieces of nuggets to help you! So, thanks for taking that extra step. If you want a PDF version let me know and I can easily give it to you! My year to make more money from freelancing, my year to pitch to clients — both locally and nationally.

My year to be more successful than I have in the past. Many of the tips you shared in this post were several of the ones that I had already planned to do this year to ramp up my business.

Thanks for the great, informative post! This is great news to hear! So happy to learn you found some new ways to revitalize your pitching game! I feel these 20 ways are the only ways to land a good paying freelance gig, but I could be wrong! Let me know how your pitching game turns out and feel free to email me to bounce ideas off of me!

You are right; It is good to be everywhere all the time. So far, I am not. And I am depending too much on one client at the moment; as you know. I will take your advice and join some more groups and directories. Hi Elna, Great post. Thanks for being a great coach. Your students always stand out. Keep the fire blazing. Hi Elna I am interested in writing. In high school I actually wanted to become a writer for photography, blogs,health, creative writing.

But now about 8 years later I have no experience and no schooling but would love to get into it. Where do I start even creating a portfolio? Thank you in advance if you reply. I have a lot of free resources to help you land your first client.

Check out my blog and my free get paid to write online course to get some ideas of what you need to do! So glad you liked this huge post! Thanks, so glad you found some new ideas. Warm pitching is one of my favorites, particularly when a business has already connected with me on social media.

It feels like an open door just waiting for me to step through. Yes I like warm pitching, but sometimes I have better success just using job boards. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Sign up below to download your FREE swipe file with 4 cold pitching templates! Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Are you interested in working from home and becoming a freelance writer? And not just any gigs.

Good quality freelance writing gigs. Start Cold Pitching Do you know cold pitching is a fabulous way to land recurring gigs? What is cold pitching? Once you locate these places, all you have to do is draft up a cold pitch and send it off! In your pitch make sure to include: Click here and grab my ultimate cold pitching swipe file 2. Here are the job boards to start pitching to: For example, I found this tweet recently: Want to know which job boards I follow: Ask Friends, Family and Work Okay, this may be a no-brainer, but you never know until you ask!

Use Your Website The best way to attract high-paying clients is to have a professional looking website. Guest Post For Free! For example, for my guest post over on Successful Blogging , I wrote: Network With Other Freelance Writers You know, the best thing you can do for your new freelance writing biz is to network with other writers. Start Warm Pitching Hold up! Visit Local Printing and Design Companies Another great way to land consistent work is to contact your local printing and web design companies.

Pitch Your Story For many print journalists and writers, when they decide to go online and freelance, they stick to writing for publications and selling their stories. Join Facebook Groups There is a lot of potential for writing gigs on Facebook. You can email a client and ask, or use social media like I have done in the past: Try Craigslist I know.

Pitch to Sites That Pay Writers Besides publications and magazines, there are hundreds of blogs that pay for your guest post. Why did I tell you earlier to guest post for free when you can get paid to guest post? The advantages to working with a small content agency is: Usually better pay Better training 1: Use a Freelance Writer Directory Did you know these exist?

This might be worth a shot for you so give it a try! Reddit Reddit is another social media site where you can find potential writing gigs and post that you are a writer looking for gigs. Other subreddits to pay attention to: You can also advertise your services in this subreddit. Are you ready to take action and kick some butt? If you enjoyed this post and found it super helpful, please make sure to Pin it! Become a Highly-Paid Writer Today!

Share this post with your friends! Comments Leave a comment Hi Elna, this was really helpful. Good luck as a freelance writer! Hi Marie, I would try to stay away from content mills and they pay so little.

I am hoping to get some simple advice; here is where I am at as a freelancer: Hi Elna, Thanks so much for this wonderfully helpful blog post. Hi Elna, This is a great article, thanks for sharing so many tips. Thanks again for the article and the help in advance. Hi Brendan, Congrats on your last year in college!

Hi Lois, Thanks so much! Hi Lily, Thanks so much for reaching out to me! Hi Porsh, What I can tell you is use those two samples as just that — samples in your writing. Glad you found this site the go-to resource for freelance writing tips! Thank you, Elna and everyone, involved for such encouraging time. Hey Marie, Thanks so much! Glad you got a gig! Hi Nicholas, Thanks so much! Crossing my fingers you get a gig!!!!

As for your blog, you can ask other writers to review your blog if you want! Hi Cynthia, Thank you so much for stopping by. Glad you found some ideas to land a freelance writing job! Hi Klara, Thanks so much! So glad you are enjoying the course! Hi Elna, Thank you so much for this article it has really helped me to out together a kind of plan I am a complete newbie to this! Is the advice in this article relevant for someone from England me? Hi Stewart, Yes, this advice is helpful for anyone online!

I know many freelance writers that travel and they love it! Really enjoyed this post! Thanks Elna, this is great! According to official information, Guru has 1. In a sense, this website is similar to Upwork. One of the cool features that Guru offers is the ability for you to manage your content creation project without leaving Guru. All of the necessary functions needed in order to complete your blog post, email, or website content. Depending on the type of membership plan the freelancer has chosen, this fee can range from five to 10 percent of the total cost of the project.

The cost of hiring a freelancer on Guru. To get started with posting an ad on Guru , you will simply need to create a membership account.

Textbroker is the first marketplace on this list that is dedicated strictly to finding writers and content creators. Textbroker is a site designed specifically for businesses who need custom content to help create an online presence.

Textbroker provides multiple options at multiple price points for small business owners. First, you can purchase content by quality. Content is ranked on a scale of two stars to five stars.

You can also purchase content either by commissioning an individual author, by hiring a team of writers, or by making your order available to over , proven, qualified authors. To get started on Textbroker you simply need to create a membership account. You can choose pricing based on the package and quality of writer that you hire.

The website allows allows you to manage the work flow of your writing project and place new orders for writers that meet certain qualifications. And there are various degrees of pricing.

At the lowest level is the pay as you go pricing structure where you pay per word starting at 2 cents per word. To get started on WriterAccess, you need to create a membership account and then you can place an ad for a job. Contently is not for the small business owner. Its ability to seamlessly integrate its network of freelancers, its analytics platform, and work flow software make it an appealing solution to the company with a high budget.

Pricing is not available on the Contently website as you must speak with a content strategist before using the platform. Everything about the service is custom. To get started with Contently, you can schedule a chat and tell the consultant what your content needs are. ProBlogger is one of the most popular and authoritative blogs about blogging on the web. One of the ways the blog makes money is through a job board. The ProBlogger Job Board is where bloggers looking for jobs and companies looking for bloggers to hire meet.

The quality of the writers is high and the rates will depend both on the topic and the experience of the freelancer. According to official ProBlogger data, there are over 1, writers actively seeking work on their RSS feed. They will also market your ad to their 42, Twitter followers and on the front of their website, which is viewed hundreds of thousands of times each month.

On top of having freelancers experienced in the field of writing, ProBlogger also attracts professionals that specialize in design, web consulting, web development and marketing. All that you have to do to get started is sign up , enter your payment information and publish your job ad. The quality of writers looking for jobs through AllIndieWriters is high and is affordable to fit within a wide array of budgets. Or, you can hire a writer directly from the Professional Freelance Writer directory.

A professional freelance writer will have the research and writing skills to do your business justice. A ghostwriter creates content that you publish under your own name. Ghostwriters help establish you as the authority that you are. However, writers do love a byline, and if ghostwriting fees are too high for your budget, consider offering a byline for a lower fee. That way, you still get great content and the writer adds another piece to his or her portfolio. You and your freelance writer will likely be building a long-distance relationship.

Email is the preferred method of communication between writer and client, with occasional phone calls to touch base and stay on track, and sometimes even texts for a quick check in. You want your writer to deliver great content on time, so make sure you reciprocate by delivering the information they need and paying them on time. Freelance writers are invested in you and your business, in part because your success is their success by proxy, but also because they need to eat and pay their bills.

Freelance writers will work hard and go out of their way to write great content for you, but you must also do your part. Hiring a writer is the professional version of hiring a babysitter; you want a reliable person you can trust. Do your homework, invest some time into setting expectations, treat your writer with respect, and they will be happy to show up at your door and take good care of your content.

Do you have questions not covered here? Please let us know in the comments! Karri Stover enjoys helping small business owners and entrepreneurs establish a competitive online presence through the use of valuable content and smart marketing strategies.

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