If you would’ve asked me what freelance writing was two years ago, I would’ve painted a picture of some starving artist trying to publish a novel. I knew that some people wrote for a living, I just assumed it was only those who wrote books of some kind. The thing is, no one ever told me what freelance writing truly is, and now I’m convinced it’s one of the world’s best kept secrets.
I have been writing my entire life, or at least as long as I can remember. I always kept a journal and found it as a way to escape my own reality for a moment. I always loved telling stories through writing, whether it be fiction or reality. Writing has been something that has always come natural to me, but I never knew it was a possible career choice. For that reason, I took the “traditional” route and went to college.
I had no passion in what I was doing, however, and that led to me changing my major 3 times. Do you know what happens when you change your major? You are basically flushing the time and credits you already have down the toilet and are starting over. I have 5 years of higher education, but still no degree to my name. This means I wasted so much time and money because I was trying to go “by the book” and get a college degree.
I am not bashing going to school and getting a degree by any means, in fact I am still enrolled in college and working towards a degree in accounting. All I am saying is, make sure you follow your passions, because that is where you will find happiness in what you do.
Once I realized there was a way to make good money doing what I love, I started right away. I literally started applying for writing jobs the same day that I learned about this secret world. Guess what? The next day, I got my first paying job. Don’t take this the wrong way- not everybody will get a paying job that fast. I just happened to find the right opportunity and they liked what they saw from me.
The worldwide web has grown into a world of its own- and the opportunities are endless. There are millions of companies out there that want an online presence, but they don’t have the time or ability to write great content. That is where freelance writers come in. Depending on the niche, we write articles anywhere from 250-3000 word articles to educate or entertain the readers.
There are a few ways to apply for new writing gigs. You can either scour the multiple job boards out there, or you can cold pitch potential clients. Almost every site that takes submissions has a “pitch to us” option on their website. You can submit a pitch to them, or you can reach out directly to administrator of the site. A good way to do this is to read their articles, and come up with an idea they can’t refuse. Job boards are a little bit better, in my opinion, because you already know that these companies are on the hunt for writers.
One of the best parts of being a freelance writer is that you can do it from wherever you want- whenever you want. You are completely in control of your work environment- and even your pay. The better you get, and with more experience you can give yourself a raise if you choose. Having this kind of control over your own job is what many of us are looking for.
Freelance writing is not for everyone, and it is not some get rich quick scheme. You do have to put your best foot forward and take pride in your work. If you impress your clients you will get ongoing work a lot of the time, and even referrals. Most of my clients are ongoing, and that kind of “stability” is priceless.
To sum things up, freelance writing is one of the lesser known “work from home” opportunities, and there is room for everyone. If writing is something you love to do, and are good at, then it’s definitely something you should consider. It is not for everyone, however, and many people won’t make it. As it is with anything, consistency and perseverance is key. As long as you never give up, you absolutely can make it. I have matched my income from freelance writing to what I make at my “day job” in only two months of taking it serious. There is no other job out there that will allow that kind of growth in such a short amount of time.
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What is the first thing you think of when you hear freelance writing? Did you know that it could be a legitimate career choice? Leave your questions in the comments, and I will be sure to answer each of them!
Gabrielle is a mother, student, and freelance writer. She has been writing her whole life, and she has been doing it professionally on and off for a year and a half. She is passionate about health and wellness, and her favorite kind of writing to do is storytelling. She has grown her writing business to a full-time income and wants to help others do the same.
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