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Make Money By Becoming A Successful Freelance Writer Online

By Andre Conferido Under Make Money Online

If you have the knack for words, becoming a writer is an excellent choice. What’s more, you’ll find that the explosion of digital technology has made it easier than ever to earn a living at writing. Thanks to the Internet, you no longer need to worry about writing for a magazine or newspaper, or penning the next Great American Novel. In fact, you have a tremendous wealth of ways that you can earn money online with your writing skills.

Before You Start

Before you begin poking around on the Internet looking for writing jobs, we need to discuss a few things. Most people don’t really think that writers need much in the way of tools, but that’s not true. Once upon a time, all you really needed was something to write with, a supply of fresh paper and enough coffee to keep going. Today, you need more than that, particularly if you want to be a freelance writer who finds most of your work online.

You’ll most certainly need a computer. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it does need to be capable of running word processing software and staying connected to the Internet. You’ll need a word processing program (Microsoft’s Word is the industry standard), and you’ll need a high-speed Internet connection (you really can’t get by with dialup these days). Those are the essentials. You might also want to have a printer and fax machine on hand as well.

Where to Find Work

The most frustrating thing for new writers once they make the decision to jump ship from their previous job is finding work. The Internet is a huge place, and finding paying jobs isn’t that easy if you don’t know where to look. However, there are some excellent places where you can find paying gigs in which you get paid to sling words.

One of the best places to start your search for jobs is Elance.com. This is the largest freelancing job site in the world, and you’ll find an incredible range of freelance positions on offer, from designers to marketers, programmers to engineering professionals. Writers can find a broad range of jobs here, working with clients from around the globe.

Odesk.com is a similar site. While it’s not quite as large as Elance.com, it shouldn’t be ignored, particularly by first timers. You’ll find a similar range of skills in demand here, and the client base covers the entire world as well.

As a note, both Elance.com and Odesk.com are paid membership sites. While they both let new users try the system out free of charge, you’re going to have to pay for membership if you want to get all the benefits available. Don’t worry; it’s money well spent.

Of course, Elance and Odesk aren’t the only places that you can find writing jobs online. You can also find work at:

  • FreelanceWriting.com
  • iFreelance.com
  • Freelancer.com
  • AllFreelanceWriting.com
  • SunOasis.com

There are many other sites out there too, some dedicated specifically to writers and others that work more like Elance. They can all offer value and help you find work, but they’re not all the same. Sometimes, larger sites like Elance are better simply because there’s more work to be had and many clients are not as worried about taking a chance on a new, untried writer.

Originality and Plagiarism

Content is king on the Internet, but that doesn’t mean that just any content will do, particularly with Google’s new updates to their algorithm. No matter what you’re writing, from articles to blog posts to reviews and more, you need to ensure that you are providing your clients with 100% original content. Duplicate content (plagiarized work) won’t fly. Your clients expect and deserve original work, and not only is plagiarism bad for business, but it can land you in hot legal water.

Making money as a freelance writer online can be a great way to achieve more freedom and realize your dreams, and following the tips above will help you reach those goals.

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15 Comments Add yours
  1. niel bersamina
    September 1, 2012
    8:28 pm #comment-1

    very well said very clear unbiased and transparent. i am looking for a job as a freelance writer and i really do not know how to or where to start. i’m sure with suggestions and tips like this, all those who wants to be an article writer on the internet will have a clear direction to follow. thank you and keep up the good work. regards!
    niel- philippines

    • Chimezirim Odimba
      November 2, 2012
      4:12 pm #comment-2

      Niel, I believe you can start off right away if you go to a site like iwriter.com (All you’ll have to do is sign up and you can start working now). However, the pay for new sign ups is quite poor. However, if you can get up to an average of 4.6 stars (from a total of five) after 30 reviews, you will be upgraded to the elite class. These writers get paid very well. I grew to earn as much $22 per 1000-word article (NOT much but a lot compared to when I just started).

  2. Prasanga Perera
    September 16, 2012
    9:01 am #comment-3

    Great post. I think the competition is fierce when it comes to making money online as a freelance writer. I tried to make money online as a freelance writer. I think it requires an excessive portfolio to get accepted by the employers. I think blogging is a great alternative for me. I am happy to be creative to and be my own boss. I think for someone who rather not write everyday it is an opportunity they can not say ‘no’ to. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Anup Kayastha
    September 21, 2012
    2:21 am #comment-4

    Hey Andre, this is a very handy guide for the people like me who wants to do freelance writing work. Luck I landed onthis post while I was searching for the idea to strat the project.

    Thank you so much for tge post!

  4. jack
    October 31, 2012
    10:03 am #comment-5

    u man rock on the stage
    i saw ur sevral video

  5. Clifford
    November 9, 2012
    4:32 pm #comment-6

    I had this experience of taking a shot from a Chinese client whom I thought doing his assignment but found out that’s his business. His requirement is a challenge since his clients wanted to have a Harvard referencing. I shared this experience with a SEO friend and found out that he’s way earning a lot but only paying Filipinos 200 yuan for 1k words. Not bad though, it’s better than nothing.

  6. jesper
    November 10, 2012
    3:20 am #comment-7

    Great tips. I think it’s also a good idea to have a blog of your own to show your work. If you have an interesting blog, you might be offered some work.

  7. Shaila
    November 20, 2012
    7:45 pm #comment-8

    Aside from doing freelance writing online, you can find a lot of ways to earn money online such as becoming an affiliate or starting your own blog.

  8. Rich Blogger
    December 19, 2012
    6:48 pm #comment-9

    Writing is and always will be paid well. Especially if you are expert in some field, it can make your writing really good source of income. If you are just starting with writing, don’t write only for others, write for yourself, on blog, prepare ebook, write articles. It will help you a lot with your skill development.

  9. Eduardo
    January 25, 2013
    9:30 pm #comment-10

    Thanks Carl for the pOst.

  10. Shannon
    February 9, 2013
    6:33 am #comment-11

    awesome carl i need at least 20 articles for my new system.

  11. R1chard
    February 12, 2013
    6:02 pm #comment-12

    Indeed, originality is important. You should also add factual content there, which is the most important of all. As such, we can say that research is important in article writing. Poorly researched content may be overlooked by the client, but fact is that it will eventually be called out by some discerning reader and it will negatively impact the credibility of the client’s company.

  12. Rupert
    February 25, 2013
    12:58 am #comment-13

    I am a freelance web developer from the Philippines. I’ve been working on elance for almost a year. And it works well for me.
    You can check my profile here :) https://www.elance.com/s/luckymouse/

  13. Ryan Bruno
    March 11, 2013
    10:23 pm #comment-14

    Thanks for the article links.
    I have always enjoyed writing and will take a look at these links. I bit of extra income is always nice however big or small.

  14. Eric Pangburn
    April 7, 2013
    1:17 pm #comment-15

    Hey,

    This is a great post about making some extra money as a freelance writer. I know from experience that you can make some serious money as a freelance writer and blogger. You offer some very solid tips.

    The only other thing that I could suggest is don’t forget some forums. Forums are a great way to network, get your name out, and even create some solid links.

    If your every interested in looking for a writer look me up!

    Eric

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