How to Make Money Writing As A Freelancer – 8 Ideas to Get Started

The one thing every internet writer or freelancer is thinking is – how do I make money writing?

Many professional writers earn a very reasonable active income and work full time as freelance writers. Making the choice that you want to go pro is very easy, but at some point, you would have to make a decision to be typing thousands of words daily to achieve the life you dream of.

Personally, as a professional writer, it is important I put people through my line of work because I want to help them earn so much that they can make writing a full-time Job. On the other end, it is crucial that if you’re going to join the train of professional writers, following the steps in this tutorial can guarantee you an active or a passive income doing what you love.

Some time back, there have been myths about writing online, some of these myths discouraged people from doing and earning much from what they love. Now let’s look at 4 myths about writing that is not true!

Myths about Writing and Earning Online

  1. It is impossible to earn money on the Internet – this is not true as to so many writers, make money by writing online.
  2. My writing skills are average, so contractors won’t hire me – this is false, you can start out as an average writer then grow to be a professional writer with time. The only downside is that you earn lesser but enough being an average writer.
  3. You can earn money but not enough to quit your job – this is a fallacy, it might be through a while back, but with the rise of the internet, most writers now make a living earning writing online.
  4. You can’t get wealthy with freelance writing – this is a myth spread around by people who actually haven’t accepted the fact that the world has evolved. Most freelancers earn about $100,000 upwards to $300,000 a year just from writing online.

Still talking about the last part of that myth, let’s take a quick look at most of the successful writers who have made it so far big and have gotten wealthy just from writing online.

Some Online Writers who Are Successful

Currently, freelance writing is one of the highest paying jobs on the internet. Sure, these folks made a lot of money just doing that, but they didn’t just sit down there hoping they can just make a living out of writing but they put in so much focus and dedications.

Also along the line, with the growth of the internet the past few years (from 738 million in 2000 to more than 3.2 billion in 2015 then to about 4.1 billion users in Dec 2017) there is no doubt that they can massively grow their income while creating a career in writing online. Below are some of the writers who made it successfully writing online.

Jesse Gernigin

As a freelance writer, Jesse Gernigin started out small as a part-time freelancer to make extra cash as he was touring around the world and traveling. He had a job where he made up to $74,000 a year, which is kind of a reasonable amount to live on but he wanted to chase his passion which is writing.

He first started writing earning only about $3,000 every month which he made about $36,000 every year.

That was too small for him and almost half the price which he made at the old regular job, but with time he acquired some certain skills to push his freelancing further. After hard work and dedication, he started making more than $68,000 a year just doing what he loves. Now he earns over a $100,000 yearly writing online.

Carol Tice

Carol Tice is a Seattle based freelancer who started out back in 2005. She was earning little just from writing while she was working, but she decided to go full-time into freelancing. After quitting her job in 2008, she started out fully as a professional writer. She didn’t make much immediately, but with much effort and dedication, she grew along the line.

She started using freelancing to pay her kid’s school fees and save up for their college tuition. As she grew in writing, she had a goal of earning six figures (which all are from her freelancing jobs) in 2010, but she missed that.

The next year being 2011, she achieved her goals and made more than $1,000,000 just from writing online for different high paying clients despite the facts that there was a high amount of economic instability that year. She now coaches freelancers and other writers who want to make success in doing what they love to do.

How to Start Making Money Writing Online

Before we jump right into the steps on how you can make money writing, it is essential to know that this takes determination and dedication. You have to decide that you want to make money and work towards it. This is going to help if you really have a writing as a passion and hobby. With that cleared, let us go through what you will need for this tutorial:

  • A laptop for writing
  • Internet connection
  • A work email

1. Writing A Blog

One of the easiest ways of making money writing is by writing on your own blog. This makes you a boss of yourself thereby making you flexible at what you do.

The first step is to find a niche – deciding whether your blog is going to be an evergreen niche or a micro niche blog is the first important step.

Secondly, you get keywords for your niche blogs to optimize it, thirdly you create your blog and lastly you start your writing.

However, this is not totally that easy as to running out of ideas as you progress along the line. Finding blog topics depends greatly on your niches, there are websites which give ideas on what to write (you can google them). Some of the things you can write on your blog include:

  • Interviews
  • Reviews
  • Tutorials
  • Life Experiences
  • Daily Life Hacks
  • Posting a Comedy
  • Writing a Song
  • Hosting a giveaway
  • Writing a conspiracy theory
  • Making a movie theory etc.

Other websites tend to generate topic ideas for you when you insert various keywords in them; websites like hubspot.com does this very well. You just put in your keywords and voila! A very nice structured topic comes out.

What you need:

  • A blog
  • Keywords
  • Blog development tools
  • An Adsense account for earning
  • An affiliate account for also earning

How to make money after writing a blog?

This is where the tricky part comes, after developing your blog to a reasonable traffic zone, you now start finding ways to make money on it. There are several ways to do this, but I am going to go about it in 3 ways:

1. Using Google AdSense – Google has made it possible for turning your blog traffics into a stream of income. This is the most common and colossal way of benefitting from your online contents. Monetizing your blog gives way for Google to place ads on your blogs which in turn pays you for the space used. If your traffic is reasonable, you can then sign up for an AdSense account. This gives Google the approval of analyzing your blog and hence when it is approved, and you can then install the HTML coding to display your ads.

2. Affiliate marketing – Another way to earn huge from writing online is through affiliate marketing. To a layman, this is the process where you are paid to advertise a product for sale. Once the product is sold through your link, you get a percentage share of that product sold. There are so many affiliate platforms out there, from Clickbank to Clickpromise to ShareASale, and other popular online stores like eBay and Amazon affiliates.

3. Direct placement of advertisements – if your blog has a huge amount of traffics, you can get proposals from companies/top individuals to personally put up their adverts on your blog. This pays directly huger than using Google AdSense, but it is tough to come by.

Other ways include selling merchandise to your readers, conducting classes or tutorials, blog subscriptions, etc.

For more information on how to open your own blog and earn from it, refer to one of our previous posts.

2. Writing as an Online Contributor

Another way to make a few extra bucks is by posting on other blogs while getting paid. Most blogs offer payment for guest posts, but each post is scrutinized for maximum accuracy, so research thoroughly before you post. These blogs also monetize their blogs, so if you post your articles or write-ups, they give a percentage of the money to you.

In this situation, this is a win-win achievement as to you are paid as a contributing writer while the blogs get your valuable information. Websites who offer these services are spread across on the internet. Some of these websites are:

  • Smallteaser.com
  • Makealivingwriting.com
  • Medium.com
  • Techcrunch.com etc.

3. Writing an E-book or a Cover book

As a writer, this is one of the ways you can earn or even be noticed. The world has been so digitalized that any single thing can be read or downloaded through the internet. So why don’t you write a book out there and put it up for sale?

The most exciting thing about writing an E-book is that materials and publishing fee is not used or less likely. This makes you cut down on cost and earn more. If it is a hard or soft cover book, you can sell it on any online platform trading books.

I know most of you are asking, “what am I even going to write about?” well, there are so many genres of books out there.

Most of them include – fiction, non-fiction, horror, romance, poem, etc. most of the times, you can even try to mix things up a bit by joining two genres like horror-fiction, horror-comedy, comedy-romance, etc.

After deciding on what to write about, comes the research. You can research and get ideas or storylines by looking at successful E-books out there, research on websites that give E-book advice or talking one on one with real-life authors.

I am not saying you should go out there to copy other people’s story, but create a unique one – originality is the key.

Selling your Books Online (E-book and cover)

Most people find it hard to publish their E-books online. There are a series of free websites that are glad to do that.

These websites collect a fraction of the money on each book sold as payments for using their platforms.

Some of these websites include:

  1. Amazon.com
  2. Lulu.com
  3. Tradebit.com
  4. Smashwords.com
  5. Payloadz.com
  6. Bookbaby.com etc.

4. Writing and Selling Short Stories

Short stories are stories with fully developed themes but are shorter and more elaborate than novels. They are mostly fictional stories that can be read in one sitting which contains self-contained incidents with the intent of mood creation rather than plot.

This type of writing deals with only a few characters and only comes from a single perspective.

Before going into this type of writing, it is best to know what constituents a short story, so I advise you research a bit more.

Where to sell a short story?

Most magazines and websites online pay a lot for these types of stories. Some of them include:

  1. BWR or bwr.ua.edu
  2. carvezine.com
  3. pshares.org etc.

5. Make Money by Writing Articles

You can earn money online while writing articles. This can be about anything depending on what you are good at or the niche you are good at. Creating articles is one of the superpowers of a writer and people needing those articles are the advantages you have.

You can create content for a client that gives you instructions or specifications through certain platforms you were hired. Some of these platforms are:

  1. Upwork.com
  2. Fiverr.com
  3. Guru.com

Sometimes, as a freelancer, you just feel the need to create content without instructions or specifications. On the other hand, you can create content for a client that gives you instructions or specifications through those platforms you were hired, and most clients either reject your jobs or end the contracts before submitting.

Do not fear; you can still market those articles through these platforms:

  • Constant-content.com
  • Articlesale.com
  • Dotwriter.com
  • Hubpages.com

6. Writing a Product Review

This is an easy way to earn money; the reviews mostly influence most purchases made on the online store so producers and marketers will pay you just to put a word out there to recommend their products being bought.

Most reviews are made on Amazon or traders pay to make a review on your blog, giving you the link to advertise on your website.

Most places where you can be able to sell reviews are:

  1. Fiverr.com
  2. Upwork.com
  3. Vipon.com

7. Writing Poems

Writing poetry is a form of literature, which expresses feelings and ideas with so much intensity, so as words or language is used aesthetically and rhythmically. For you to go through this type of writing, you have to know the fundamentals of poetry.

Currently, poets find it difficult to market or sell their works to willing buyers, but I will show you various ways in which you can sell your masterpiece to willing buyers. Platforms you can sell your poems:

  1. The Sun Magazine
  2. Poetry Foundation
  3. AGNI
  4. Blue Mountain Arts
  5. Fiverr

You can also piece together your Poems into an E-book, and sell it off on Amazon or Kindle

8. Making money Writing Fanfictions

Fanfiction is fiction about characters from already written or already made characters from an original work of fiction created by its fans rather than the original creator. In simple terms, this is taking an already famous cartoon or movie, etc. then using their characters to make your own story or your own masterpiece.

Fanfiction was illegal to publish back in 2013, but a whole lot of websites are now allowing publications and even selling of fanfiction works. These include:

  1. Amazon.com
  2. Lulu.com
  3. Fanfiction.com
  4. Wattpad.com

Tools to Help You when Writing

As a writer, you cannot be perfect, that’s why some tools were created to assist you when you write to help you achieve certain things or prevent drastic errors. Most times, errors are a huge turn-off in websites, ie. Visitors tend to get irritated by poor grammar skills. Below are some of the tools that can help you when writing:

1. Grammarly

This is very useful for bloggers and writers. This is an AI-powered tool that tends to identify grammar errors and help you correct them by suggesting other options. This is mostly useful if English is not your strong foot. It has a paid and free version, in which there is also a plagiarism checker attached to it. I highly recommend you use this while writing.

2. Ginger Software

Just like Grammarly, this is an automated platform that helps you write better English, and effectively corrects your text if any errors are found. The company claims it uses patent-pending technology, which makes it look like a human reviewer is working with you.

How to Research Topics and Ideas while Writing

Researching a topic and ideas can be very hectic and time-consuming, that’s why these platforms have made it possible to lift the load off your neck by helping you achieve the best ideas and topic for your writing piece:

Buzz sumo – this is a powerful online tool that allows writers find what content is popular by topic or any website. This platform helps you provide what people want to know. This tool can take a very long time scanning sites, probably hours helping you to find your competitors and to give you insights on what people are looking for.

Built visible – this platform, makes use of SEO optimization to help its users gain visibility on the internet platforms. They help target, the best audience for your publication by helping you build engaging blog posts, articles, and contents.

Ahrefs – this is one of the best toolsets for SEO and backlinks. In other words, this tool helps you learn from the best websites directly by analyzing it. It makes use of a sophisticated website crawler, to recreate the way search engines see websites allowing you to see the complex networks of incoming links and produces a report about it.

Conclusion

Going through this tutorial, I hope I was able to make you see the brighter part of making money writing online. You may start out slow, earning few bucks along the line, but I promise with much effort, and passion put into it, you can be able to make a direct income just writing articles while working at the comfort of your home.

As a writer, I feel sad when I see people earning nothing or less, not making much to support their daily lifestyle. This should change because now you have been enlightened! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, please like, share, and tell me what you think about this in the comment box.

Samantha Ehlers

Samantha Ehlers

Samantha - A stay at home mom who has been an author and survey freelancer since 2015. She used to work as an editor at several well-known magazine companies in the US, and writing has been one of her passions since the beginning of her career.

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