The big picture tells me I have it pretty good, given local opportunities and employment services for those of us who have a handicapability are inadequate in my place of residence. I hope your experience is dynamically different, but you sound quite capable and willing to improve where need be which says a lot favorably concerning what you bring to the proverbial table.
All the best to you Denita, enjoyed the chance to talk shop! Avoid sites like Researchwritingcenter. I think the better question is, what kind of writing do YOU want to do?
What topics interest you? What style are you most comfortable writing in? Freelance writing is a huge industry, and you could be everything from a lifestyle blogger to a marketing copy writer. You need to determine what niche fits your skills and interests best; that will make it much easier for you to locate specific, nitty-gritty advice. I am based out of India. I would like to write short stories. Could anyone guide me as how I should go about it. Please recommend sites where I should register myself.
I have registered myself in Freelancer. You can find them here: This article was quite helpful and the comments were too.
I am just about to finish my English MA and I am broke as joke, living at my parents, and finding writing work online is my priority for the time being. Best of luck to everyone trying to survive out there! Thank you for this post. I just recently got into freelance writing and I feel so stupid already. I feel so cheated. Should I even complete the job? Is it possible that the work she is doing for oDesk would at least provide a portfolio for her future use?
I am brand new to the writing game. Love your words of encouragement to stay true to writing and get properly paid for your talent.
I love writing and have been caught up in content mills since I decided to write online about a month ago. I must admit the pennies I have received for my time, talent and dedication has been great to encourage me to seek something better. Are there any books or articles you recommend for beginners looking to earn a living writing online?
The Write Life has actually put together a great list of resources to check out. You can find it here: This article was an actual eye opener. Once again a big thank you for now I know what to expect and whom to deny. Thank you for the tips. I am handicapped and a fairly new mom at 41 to our 9 month old first and only son.
Can anyone give me additional tips on the best way I could start a blog aside from wordpress or blogger please? First of all, congrats on your new baby! Second of all, my thoughts are with you and all your friends and loved ones — are you located in the Philippines yourself? Third, The Write Life has put together a great list of resources you can check out. First off, congrats on your 1st son!
Sounds like you come central Visayas too like me, am from Bohol Phils. Yolanda Haiyan and the quake that hit our country — and the economic woes they brought are really challenges we need to hurdle. You see, I am more comfortable in writing articles than blogs. Also, writing websites that work like a vendo machines like Xoobiz, in , but now seems closed where writers can draw writing jobs from a queue — will also help, as we need not waste time in pitching for jobs.
Thank you for the great tips. I also get money writing for Bubblews and I I also write for sendmeglobal where they only give award to a writer each month. I was able to win it once. You have opened my eyes to other relevant targets.
There is soooo much info out there and this article has saved me from contentmills, not to mention wasted hours-thanks very, very much!! I guess you your words of wisdom are meant for US-based writers, knowing how much it costs to live there, this makes sense … well, kinda. If you were writing for a while before delving into the freelance world, i. However, taking those low-paying gigs is what you really need if you got no clue what your niche is, and want to get experience.
Since I write for my own amusement and because Jennifer Oh dear Jennifer who gave me my first writing gig! At least for the sake of getting good at your craft before pitching to high-paying clients.
Speaking of High-paying clients, I stumbled upon your post as I was looking for them, but all I could find is advice, and advice only. It just takes time to sort through and separate the wheat from the chaff! I vehemently disagree with you here.
Content mills horribly abuse writers and make it difficult for people who have spent years in this field to get a fair wage due to the expectation that companies can pay less to get more. All around bad news and not recommended for anyone who wants an actual career in writing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Alicia. To each their own opinion — some people, like Talal said, enjoy using sites like oDesk because it works for their needs and goals.
The pay is sustainable and you are able to begin your career well. Being a young, I started on Elance some weeks ago while at the same time trying oDesk. What is your advice for me? I think Elance is good for building some portfolio and acquiring experience, but naturally I want to move on to something bigger and better. Hi Matteo, thanks for your comment!
We actually have a post coming up on what to look out for when using outsourcing sites like Elance and oDesk. Keep an eye out for that in the next few weeks! Usually to make a change in life its quite scary but your post is so straight forward and well written that it makes anyone feel ready to take on the world!
Thanks for this post and some of the other ones as well about freelance writing. Thanks for the kind words, Grace! I hope TWL can help motivate and support you in your career change. I will be graduating with a Professional Writing degree in May. I just signed up to write articles on Hire writers. I was a technical writer before becoming a s-a-h mom. Whatever you do, when first out of college, it can take a long time to build up your experience. It can be a long, frustrating climb, but do have patience and try not to get frustrated when you keep hearing that you need experience to get the job.
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It took me eleven months to get that first Google Adsense cheque — but since then, the time that I invested on writing content has really paid off. A small proportion of my income comes from affiliate sales.
When I write a review of a product, I normally link to it with a special URL that lets me get commission on any sales that I make. Amy Lynn Andrews has an in-depth post on that here. It has step-by-step instructions to get you started.
But after I was asked if I offered mentoring, and after several friends had turned to me for help with blog posts or sales pages, I realised that there was definitely a demand out there for writing coaching.
I also really enjoy working with people on their writing, so it was quickly obvious that coaching was a good fit! I started out by working with a few people for free, until I was confident in charging for my coaching, then worked one-on-one with paying clients over Skype. Almost every client I worked with booked multiple sessions. The price of coaching can vary enormously, and my prices were definitely on the low end. These days, with the rise in popularity of e-readers like the Kindle, people are getting used to cheap ebooks.
You can still position yours as a premium product, especially if it contains specialist information and includes bonuses like audio interviews or video tutorials. Alternatively, you could create a much cheaper ebook aimed at a wide audience and sell it through Amazon and potentially other ebook stores. PayHip — this is the site I now use for my ebooks after they were off the market for most of When I started out with ecourses, I first ran them through email, then through a membership site where members could login for the latest modules.
Stay tuned for more on that. More generally, ecourses can cost almost anything, from a few dollars up to a few thousand. How much you charge depends on the value of the course to your audience, the format of the course video tends to sell for more than text , and the amount of support you offer, by email or through forums. Caroline includes lots of links to useful tools and resources along the way.
Of course, you can use the same software to deliver something a bit different e. What content will you be providing on a monthly basis? How much will you charge each month? Either approach could be successful: It cuts down on admin, and makes it easier to launch new courses etc … plus having a deadline gets people to make up their minds about joining!
This obviously depends on a what you charge per member and b how many members you have. It also allows you to get feedback and improve your site before raising the price. Just pop in your email address below to get this post as a printer-friendly workbook with questions to get you thinking about each method of making money as an online writer, plus space to write notes.
Of course you can unsubscribe at any time. I read all comments, and reply to as many as I can. Please keep the discussion constructive and friendly. This is an excellent post, Ali! Thank you for sharing this. Thank you for the help! Custom Letterhead Contest Winner! I got the job in the first place by sending in a guest post — the editor happened to be looking for writers.
When you first started was your goal to make a living solely from blogging? Thanks Ali, great post! I naturally write fast. I also talk fast! I always considered you to be a gypsy girl, gazing into a crystal ball, and yelling…abracadabra…ah, an occult artist and the dark arts. You, the female version of Darth Vader. These thoughts did cross my mind, but now I know better. Otherwise, how could you be so prolific? I would open any darn website—poof—Ali would be there.
On a more serious note, however, thanks for the autopsy report. Now, finally, we know just how you do it. Nobody does it better, Ali, not even James Bond. Truly, the pen is mighter than the sword—or the Walther PPK. Ali, you take my breath away that you figured all this out and made it work. I probably made the whole process sound a bit neater than it really was … I bumbled into paid blogging by accident, and it took over a year of writing before I made much money from advertising income.
Excellent post Ali and ever so informative. I learned a lot — especially about the marketing of ebooks. I did an ebook a year ago and to date have not made one single sale.
Very discouraging as I spent 8 years writing the book. Informative and yet funny at the same time. I have had excerpts from it published in magazines and people who read pieces from it love it, but no sales. I even have a free excerpt on my blog site. Do you have a sales page for the book? Or are you just using the free sample to market it? Your backups are stored both locally internal database and in a hidden folder in Google Drive.
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