20 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs (As a Beginner)

Are you interested in working from home and becoming a freelance writer?

I’ve been a freelance writer for over six years now and I get asked a lot about where to find freelance writing jobs. And not just any gigs. Good quality freelance writing gigs.

I know when I first started, I was obsessed with landing my first client. I had no clue what I was doing; I was a stay-at-home mom who decided to leap into freelance writing full-force…well, part-time full force…from scratch.

20 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs (As a Beginner)

So, you know what I ended up doing? I stalked other freelance writers. I went to their websites, looked at where they were writing, read blog post after blog post, made a ton of mistakes along the way, but eventually found how to attract high-paying clients.

But, you don’t have to do that. I’ve found 20 ways a beginner can land freelance writing work. And good writing work too! I’ll go through each of them in detail for you today!

If you’re just thinking about freelance writing, bookmark this post and come back to it when you’re ready to take action.

Freelance Writing Jobs – 20 Simple Ways to Start

Just to let you know, these 20 ways to find freelance writing jobs are the twenty ways I used when I first started out as a freelance writer.

So they are proven tactics for newbies who want to become a freelance writer and land some writing jobs online.

1. Start Cold Pitching

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Do you know cold pitching is a fabulous way to land recurring gigs? There’s much less competition and you’ll have a better chance at landing a gig when you contact clients directly.

What is cold pitching?

It’s when you contact bloggers, entrepreneurs, companies, small businesses or startups and let them know how you – a freelance writer – can help grow their business.

Yes, I know, it sounds hard (and scary) doesn’t it? Especially if you’re brand new to freelance writing. But, you know what? It’s totally easy to do.

First you need to locate businesses to cold pitch to. Maybe you noticed they don’t have a blog – but should. Or, on Twitter you see they are trying to grow their online presence and you think your content can help with that.

Once you locate these places, all you have to do is draft up a cold pitch and send it off to the right person! This can be the hardest step and takes the longest but in the end you’ll have a list of businesses and contact information to pitch to.

In your pitch make sure to include:

  • How you found out about them
  • Who you are
  • How you can help them

2. Pitch to a Job Board Ad

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If you’re new to freelance writing and you want to find quality jobs, responding to job ads is your best bet. It’s also the main way many new writers use for finding consistent work.

And it’s something I tell my course students to do as it helps you gain confidence as a new freelance writer.

A bonus to using job boards over a freelance market place like Upwork or Guru to find a writing gig, is there isn’t any bidding. Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups post job ads to freelance writing job boards and you pitch to these ads.

Sometimes you are asked to give your rate; other times the job ad specifies a starting rate for content.

While there are paid job boards you can use, I would suggest you first start using free job boards. I was able to find my first freelance writing job writing 800-word blog posts for $100 on a free job board.

Here are the job boards to start pitching to:

Check out my step-by-step guide on an insanely fast way to find freelance writing jobs using job boards.

3. Follow Tweets From Job Boards

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Did you know social media can be a goldmine for landing gigs? I didn’t know either until it happened to me several times. Twitter is a great place to find freelance writing jobs quickly and it’s a great way to build relationships with potential clients.

And by following certain freelance writing job boards you won’t be hard-pressed trying to land a gig during a dry spell. For example, I found this tweet recently:

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Want to know which job boards I follow:

4. Ask Friends, Family and Work

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Okay, this may be a no-brainer, but you never know until you ask! Before you make your leap into freelance writing, let your friends and family know.

Doing this can help secure your first samples as a new writer. Your friend or family member may need you to edit their résumé or just write an ad for their flower shop.

When you decide to quit your 9-5 job to do freelance writing full-time, let your work and coworkers know. They may end up being your first client and can provide you with your first testimonial!

It’s also important to be ready at all times for potential writing gigs in your day-to-day life. This means creating business cards that you can quickly give to friends and family.

You may also end up finding another writer in your town! I’ve met two freelance writers where I live and meet up with one of them regularly!

5. Use Your Website

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The best way to attract high-paying clients is to have a professional looking website. But, if you are just starting out, this may not be an option for you right off the bat.

Maybe you have a personal blog that you’ve built during your spare time. You can definitely use your site to offer your freelance writing services…in the beginning.

Eventually, though, to really ramp up your business you’ll want to invest in a self-hosted WordPress site and create a professional looking writer website.

*Check out my super simple, techy-free step-by-step tutorial to start a blog for your business (there’s even a video to show you how to start your website).

Don’t think a brand spanking new writer can do this?

Just take a look at my course participants’ websites after taking my complete freelance writing course:

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And if you want to get away from churning out 500 word posts for a measly $20, this is the route you go. I teach in-depth the precise pages to have on your site and the type of copy that attracts prospects in my course – since I know having a strong writer website is essential to a successful business.

6. Guest Post (For Free!)

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What? How can writing for free pay off?

The quickest answer is that when you guest post on popular sites hundreds and thousands of people will see your writing.

And you can bet one of those viewers is a potential client. For me, this is how I was able to first build my portfolio and eventually land more clients.

Pitching to job ads is great, but if you don’t have a good set of samples – especially from pieces published on other people’s sites – it will be hard to land a quality client, but not impossible.

I didn’t have any published articles or samples when I landed my first quality writing gig, so it can happen, but it’s difficult.

So, where do you guest post? It’s up to you. You can do a quick Google search, “niche + write for us” and see what happens.

This is the result for, “parent blog + write for us”

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Visit their guest post guidelines and pitch your post idea!

And don’t forget to spend a few minutes drafting your author bio. This is the best piece of copy you have to convince readers to come over to your site. I use several different author bios depending on where I am guest posting. For example, for my guest post over on Successful Blogging, I wrote:

Elna Cain is a freelance writer. She writes for Blogging Wizard, PageWiz, WPKube and more. She works closely with B2C and B2B businesses providing blog writing, ghostwriting and copywriting services. Not quite sure freelance writing is for you? Why not try her totally free course, Get Paid to Write Online!

7. Network With Other Freelance Writers

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You know, the best thing you can do for your new freelance writing biz is to network with other writers. Remember, we are all in this together and it isn’t a competition!

When I first started, I reached out to a few freelance writers (that I was stalking at the time!) and asked them their opinion on a starting rate. While most said go with your gut, I was grateful for their interaction and their patience with my numerous questions.

A few months later, I had freelance writers refer work to me! How amazing was that? In fact, one writer introduced me to my ideal client and I can’t thank her enough!

And now, when I’m swamped and can’t take on more freelance writing work, I offer my course students first dibs on potential jobs! It’s a win-win when you network.

So, if you’ve been following a freelance writer – ahem, me! – go ahead and reach out them.

8. Start Warm Pitching

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Hold up! Didn’t I start this post by telling you to cold pitch and now I want you to start warm pitching. What gives?

Well, to maximize your chances at landing a quality writing gig, you need to work both ends – indirect and direct approaches.

While cold pitching is a direct way to land work, warm pitching, on the other hand, is a more indirect and slower way. It all centers around creating relationships with brands and business.

For example, when I find a business in my niche, I follow them and Like their Facebook fan page. That way I can keep an eye on them and engage with their posts when I can.

So, if they tweet out a post on their blog, I’ll read it and then respond in hopes of getting on a prospect’s radar:

Over time, I will nurture this relationship and then I’ll formally introduce who I am and inquire about a writing gig.

9. Say You’re For Hire

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How easy is this? If you have a social media profile – which you should! – advertise that you’re for hire. It seems obvious but many new freelance writers don’t state whether or not they are for hire.

Prospects won’t know if you have time to take on more clients so when you tell them you are for hire, it just makes it easier for them to consider you.

Also, it lets other freelance writers know that you are available for writing work.

Early on when I first started freelance writing, I was lucky enough to land a writing job from simply saying I was for hire. A prospect messaged me on LinkedIn and told me another writer had referred me to him.

I had no clue who this writer was, so I messaged her back and asked how my name came up in their conversation. She had replied by saying my “for hire” signature had alerted her that I was looking for work! Presto, landed a gig!

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10. Visit Local Printing and Design Companies

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Another great way to land consistent work is to contact your local printing and web design companies. Sure, you can go to your business district and let the local dentist or local pet shop owner know that you’re a writer for hire, but this takes a lot of time out of your day.

A quick way around this is to visit only web design companies and let them know there’s a writer available. These businesses have a full roster of clients that need web content.

This is what I did early on in my freelance writing career and it’s helped with finding consistent work.

11. Pitch Your Story

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For many print journalists and writers, when they decide to go online and freelance, they stick to writing for publications and selling their stories.

While this can be extremely lucrative (for publication you can get upwards to a $1 or more per word), it’s highly inconsistent and it takes months to get paid.

But, it’s still a great option for writers. All Freelance Writing has a library of publications that accept and pay for submissions.

Many sites pay for your story too! Do a Google search for “publication pay submission” or “magazine pay submission” for ideas. Generally you have to cold pitch your story idea first and then pitch each additional time for subsequent stories.

12. Join Facebook Groups

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There is a lot of potential for writing gigs and online jobs on Facebook. If you know the groups to join then you should have no problem finding consistent work.

But, this approach does take time as you are building relationships with potential leads. For me, I belong to several entrepreneurial Facebook groups and I do my best to join in on the conversation.

I might also throw out a question to see if there are entrepreneurs that need help and are overworked.

For example, I might ask, “What’s the one thing you wish was easier in your business?” From here I’ll take a look at people’s answers and if content is mentioned, I’ll respond with a, “if you ever need some writing, I’m your gal!”

Some Facebook groups to join are:

It never hurts to give it a try and put yourself out there! Many entrepreneurs aren’t aware of job boards or just don’t have the time to sift through hundreds of pitches.

If you put yourself out there in a Facebook group, you could very well end up with a gig that hour.

13. Ask for a Referral

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Okay, this way means you have to have a client already, so if you don’t, then this may not be a good way for you.

However, if you’ve landed a few clients, this would be a great time to ask for a referral. I know, it can be scary! It was for me when I first started, but then I thought, the worst they can say is no or they can’t.

You can email a client and ask, or use social media like I have done in the past:

Using this tactic has generated me thousands of dollars in freelance writing income and when I have a spot open for another client, I always first approach my existing clients to see if they have someone in mind.

And since most of my clients are quality clients, I know with confidence they will refer me to another quality client.

By the way, I did end up landing that client and love writing for them.

14. Try Craigslist

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I know.

I’m sure you’ve seen or heard that Craigslist has low quality writing jobs and it’s not a place to score gigs. Well, I know for a fact Craigslist can be a well of quality clients.

You just have to know what cities to look in. If you want the best gigs around, check the New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Houston and Miami sites.

Businesses in big cities often have big budgets. So do a quick search in each of these cities a couple times a week and get pitching!

15. Pitch to Sites That Pay Writers

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Besides publications and magazines, there are hundreds of blogs that pay for your guest post.

What? Why did I tell you earlier to guest post for free when you can get paid to guest post?

Landing a paid guest spot is a bit more challenging than landing a free guest spot. So, while you’re building your portfolio with guest posts, you can also pitch to job ads and paid guest blogs to earn some cash.

To get started, check out this post on 30 Sites that Pay Up to $700 a Post. You can also go on Pinterest or search in Google for blogs that pay for guest posts.

Personally, I never used this approach only because it’s a one-off gig. You write the piece, pitch, wait to see if it’s approved, then get paid a few weeks later. Then you do it all over again.

I’d rather pitch to guest posts for free while pitching to job boards and landing recurring gigs for more consistent pay.

16. LinkedIn Jobs

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Did you know LinkedIn has a job board? I never did until recently. I have no idea why because I do spend a considerable amount of time networking on LinkedIn.

Go to their job board and all you do is put in your job (“writer”) and see what pops up.

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From here you can decide how you want to approach these businesses – use a warm pitch or a cold pitch. If you have the time to invest in building a relationship and you have clients already, I would use a warm pitch approach. But, if you are itching to land work now, go ahead and add these places to your list to cold pitch.

Guess what? There’s another way you can use LinkedIn to find more freelance writing jobs? Want to know what it is? It’s using your header image for your profile! Check out this video to see exactly what I mean (and subscribe to my YouTube channel when you have a chance!)

17. Use a Content Agency

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Okay, I don’t mean any content agency. The big ones usually don’t pay well and the work isn’t the greatest. Instead, you want to look for smaller content agencies.

For example, Tom Ewer of Leaving Work Behind, has a small content agency called WordCandy. They’re in the WordPress space and are always looking for writers.

The advantages to working with a small content agency is:

  • Usually better pay
  • Better training
  • 1:1 support

Free Course on Getting Paid to Write Online

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18. Use a Freelance Writer Directory

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Did you know these exist? They do! Well I only know of one but it’s a good one and you never know right?

The point is, when you’re just starting out as a freelance writer, you need to put yourself out there. So by guest posting, pitching, being on social media and in directories, you are everywhere at all times. This increases your chances of a prospect finding you and hiring you!

ProBlogger has a free Candidate Dashboard where you can create your online freelance writing resume.

Here’s Kara Fortier’s profile:

This might be worth a shot for you so give it a try!

19. Reddit

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Reddit is another social media site where you can find potential writing gigs and post that you are a writer looking for gigs.

And don’t think you’ll only find low-paying gigs on Reddit. I recently saw this on their subreddit /r/HireAWriter.

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Other subreddits to pay attention to:

  • /r/ForHire – a place for companies and entrepreneurs who are hiring. This isn’t specific to freelance writing so you’ll have to sort through the postings. You can also advertise your services in this subreddit.
  • /r/WritingOpportunities – is where you can find publications that pay writers for submissions.

20. “Wow” Your Clients and Make More Money!

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I’ve talked a lot on my blog (and over on FreelancerFAQs) about wowing your clients.

If you can free up time for your clients or make them more money with your content, you’ll probably make more money too.

How?

Well, one of my clients asked me to write for several of his other blogs not because I produce the best content, but because I also format my content for easy uploading and readability, I provide the most up-to-date stats and facts in my posts and I’m easy to work with!

I have clients telling me all the time that I’m their go-to writer. Because of this, I don’t have to pitch every day; if I wow my clients, they’ll give me more projects.

Common Freelance Writing Jobs Questions

Still unsure if freelance writing or landing a freelance writing job is for you? Check out these common questions and answers about freelance writing and online jobs to help you decide!

1. Are Freelance Writing Jobs Legit?

I’m not going to lie here – but, there are job scams out there as well as sucky clients.

Common red flags to look out for include a job ad wanting bulk writing projects or want you to write like an influencer or popular person in the industry.

These types of freelance writing jobs don’t pay well and the client doesn’t value your worth as a writer. They see you as a commodity instead of a value perspective.

Another red flag that an online writing job is a scam is if they want you to write a free sample.

This can be their way of gathering unique content for free. If a job ad asks for a unique sample (not one you already have), ensure they pay for it or you write one that is under 500 words.

But, overall, the majority of writing jobs out there are legit! In all the years of freelance writing, I’ve never ran into a scam or client that never paid.

2. What Kinds of Freelance Writing Jobs are There?

There are many types of writing jobs out there and that is a good thing for you!

Some popular types of freelance writing jobs are:

  • Ghostwriting – these types of writing jobs are credited to another person. These can prove to be highly lucrative writing gigs.
  • Blogging jobs – blogging jobs are the easiest and most recurring type of writing job there is.
  • Copywriting jobs – write sales pages, landing page copy or a company’s next marketing campaign.

3. What do Freelance Writing Jobs Pay?

Freelance writing jobs are so varied in the type of work that’s being asked, so the pay for article writing vary drastically.

Typical blogging gigs run anywhere from $50-$1,000 a post.

Email writing jobs average a few hundred per email.

Ghostwriting an eBook can start at $15,000.

The higher the rate, the more established you are to command that type of freelance rate.

4. Can Anyone do Freelance Writing?

I believe most people can be a freelance writer. Of course, if you hate writing or you struggle with writing, then freelance writing isn’t for you.

But, if you’ve always enjoyed writing, are creative and are able to work on you own and be your own boss, then you can definitely be a freelance writer.

5. Can You Make Money Freelance Writing?

Yes! I was able make my first $1,000 within months of starting and after years of doing this, I’m still able to stay home, keep my husband home and make a living as a writer!

6. How Does Freelance Writing Work?

Typically the process of landing your first freelance writing job goes like this:

  • You pitch to a job ad
  • The marketer responsible emails you back and asks for more information (like your rate and if you two could chat)
  • You negotiate a good rate for yourself and either accept the gig or give them a service agreement (some writers also ask for half their pay upfront for each project).
  • You’re given a deadline and either a topic idea (or one you have to come up with) and you get writing!
  • When done you proofread it, use an editing tool like Grammarly, proofread it a bunch of times, properly format it and send it off (or upload your piece to your client’s WordPress website).
  • You email your client that you submitted your piece and ask for feedback and let them know you will invoice them.
  • You invoice them and get paid!

7. Who Pays for Freelance Writing?

Many types of businesses and people hire freelance writers.

The most common are small business owners and big brands.

My main type of client is a small business person or solopreneur. Many of my clients own multiple sites as well.

Some freelance writers only work with coaches, while others only work with credit card companies or brands.

8. What are the Highest Paying Jobs For Someone Who Loves Writing?

If you’re interested in freelance writing jobs online, the highest paid writing are ones that are specialized forms of writing or need specialized skills to write on those topics.

For example, copywriting is a high-paying freelance writing job, but you have to learn the art of selling and write compelling, but also, conversational writing for businesses. Companies hire copywriters to write landing pages, email funnels, sales pages, brochures, press releases and more.

But, you can learn how to write specialized forms of writing and you know what? I can help you with that on my blog. Here are some beginner posts on how to write white papers, case studies, and press releases. All of these freelance writing jobs are high paying and can start at $1,000.

9. Do You Have to Have a Degree to Be a Freelance Writer?

Nope.

I know college students who are already freelance writing as well as adults with only a high school diploma as successful freelance writers.

Look –

Businesses hire writers because THEY can’t write.

They don’t know how to write effective copy to connect with their audience. So they hire a freelance writer – you – as the expert.

And, being an expert in something doesn’t mean you have to have a degree in it! With new titles like Youtuber or Influencer, there are plenty of ways to have a side hustle without having to have a degree.

Get Serious About Freelance Writing

I just showed you 20 legit ways to find freelance writing jobs. Not just any jobs, good paying jobs.

Are you ready to take action and kick some butt?

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Over to you – tell me which ways you’re going to start finding freelance writing jobs!

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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Hi Elna ! Your information was the best I have read so far and I’ve read a few..I have a question: is it best to be a blogger before I start into freelancing?! I am starting from crumb scratching level..lol..meaning I need hand holding at this point. I am going to keep in touch!Reply to melissa
Hi Melissa, Aw! Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m glad you found some tips in my post on freelance writing jobs. As for your question, no, you don’t have to be a blogger before becoming a freelance writer. You can start from complete scratch! That’s what I teach in Write Your Way to Your First $1k…for people who are just starting out!Reply to Elna
Waoo this is such a nice read Elna. I’m a beginner in freelancing, I really hope to connect with you!Reply to Temmy
Hi Temmy, Thanks so much! Good luck with your freelance writing journey!Reply to Elna
Thanks for the great information! But I need to clarify something. In #6 of the FAQ you say; “You pitch to a job ad”. I thought the definition of pitching was to send an unsolicited query to someone out of the blue…such as to a company manager through their LinkedIn page. When responding to a job ad (or one posted on a board) they typically ask for a resume, and even if the ad says “freelance” they’re usually looking to “hire” someone.Reply to Ben
Hi Ben, What you are referring to is a cold pitch. Cold pitching is sending unsolicited pitches to companies that aren’t actively searching for freelance writers. When I say pitch to a job ad, I’m just implying the act of sending your qualifications – I wouldn’t send a resume unless they asked and not all writing jobs ask for a resume – and such.Reply to Elna
Thank you so much for your wonderful post. I want to know one thing that most of the company demand SEO-friendly writing and so on. Where I can learn SEO, article researched based writing in a short time?Reply to Sabuj
Hi! Thanks so much! You can check out my budget-friendly course Fast Track to SEO Writing: https://courses.profitablecreative.com/p/fast-track-seo-writingReply to Elna
Great, lookingforword to the courseReply to deborah
Hi Deborah! Thanks! I can’t wait to welcome you into the private Facebook group! It sure is buzzing with success stories and leads!Reply to Elna
I truly enjoyed the various ways you can become a successful freelance writer. It was very informative and well written. I thank you so much for your expertise work. It has helped me tremendously. Again, I thank you. May you continue to be Blessed with your business. Respectfully, Linda M GainesReply to Linda
Hi Linda, Thanks so much for your kind words! So happy you enjoyed this post and good luck with freelance writing!Reply to Elna
Your article is very interesting. I am seriously thinking about taking your freelance course Writeto1k that is your freelance writing course how to make money onlineReply to Jesse
Hi Jesse! That’s great to hear! My Write Your Way to Your First $1k is for new freelance writers!Reply to Elna
Hello Elna I am interested in doing online jobs but would like guidance from you. I have experience of many years in Ms office. Kindly how do I start doing jobs. Your assistance will be greatly helpfulReply to Judicr
Hi, The best is to go online first. You can draft your writing samples on MS Word and I do use MS word for my freelance writing jobs, but to market my freelance writing business I’m online and blog! I do have a course called Writer Website in a Weekend and that will help you get your writing online first. https://courses.profitablecreative.com/p/wwiwReply to Elna
Hi Elna, I’m getting back into the swing of things as far as writing again. I was a journalist for a cup of coffee years ago but have been more into op-ed pieces and more personal storytelling. I’ve recently gotten back into the swing of things by re-opening my blog and adding posts. Right now doing at least a blog post a week to maintain content and get my groove back. This is something that I would like to transition to full time. These resources you have are amazing and I’m grateful for them. I do have a question, however. How do you maintain content on a regular basis without burning out? What tips would you give? Thank you again!Reply to Jordan
Hey Jordan, That’s great you are developing a habit of writing consistently. For me, maintaining a content on a regular basis is easy for me. I absolutely love writing and freelance writing! I love creating content in general whether it’s a blog post, an email or video! If you are struggling, outline your content for your blog or freelance writing clients and set up a time every day to write!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Very new to this but I am 20k+ words in four days with a story inside my head. I like the idea of freelance and blogging but am very green about it all. I shall keep reading your advices and continue to extract the gems I find there. RayReply to Ray
Hi Ray, That’s great to hear. Learning about freelance writing will help you gain confidence and the right tools to get started! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hi, Elna! Thank you for this wealth of information! I am a writer-turned teacher-turned writer again! My goal is to learn as much as I can, so that I can be highly marketable. I can write on any topic, really, but just need to hone in on content marketing! Do you have any advice for writing within that realm? Thank you!Reply to Earvina
Hi Earvina, That’s awesome you circled back to writing again! Regarding content marketing, my niche is digital marketing and content marketing falls under this niche. I do have a video to help you understand more of this freelance writing niche: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qe_0XLCvjcReply to Elna
Hi Elna! This information was so helpful! Thank you! I am really looking forward to learning to freelance! I am researching, learning, and exploring the options you wrote about. I would love any further insight to getting started…I’m anxious to be writing! Thanks again for your help!Reply to Elizabeth
Hi Elizabeth, That’s great to hear! Being a freelance writer and doing freelance writing from home is awesome! What you can think about is your writing niche and then some samples in those niche topics. You can reverse engineer this by looking at job boards and seeing what types of content they need and then write the samples! It’s also good to think about having a writer websites. This is your home base and what you link to in your pitches!Reply to Elna
Thanks Elna for a very engaging introduction to freelance writing. I’m in.Reply to Gerald
Hi Elna Cain! I’m currently very interested in becoming a freelance writer!!! I found this post to be such a great help to me! I have a question. I have a lot of ideas & topics I could write about! I was wondering if you’d think that if I created an Alias instead of my name could I still be possibly successful? I was thinking something like “ThoughtJunkie” “ThinkInnerJunkie” but hitting a wall on better names. I am really quite passionate in writing, & finally trying to take a next step into the world of writing & expanding knowledge of other topics, writers & more!!Reply to Alias
Hi! It’s best to use your name or a pen name, not much of a phrase. Remember you will be invoicing clients. You can name your website the ThoughtJunkie or similar and then use a pen name – Chris Holmes – and go from there.Reply to Elna
Hello Elna. Thank you for posting this. This piece is insightful and enlightening. I am thinking of going into full freelance in 2021. Although I dabbled into it some years ago, I could not get any job due to my nationality (I am a Nigerian and we are considered as frauds). As most jobs come from abroad, anytime I tell my clients I am from Nigeria or I try to apply to websites where I can work so as to get remote jobs most especially academics, I either don’t get any or I am not accepted into the agency. This made me depressed so many times that I decided to quit freelancing and concentrate on my teaching job. However, this Covid-19 has made me realize that I needed to get a better job because my teaching job is not paying me enough and there was no support from anybody (thank God I am still single, I had to move back to squat with my mum when I could not pay my rents). I am very good in academic writing, proof reading and editing and I also manage social media accounts for organizations. I currently manage my school’s account and create compelling contents that engages audiences. I am planning on learning more about digital marketing in 2021. Thanks for this piece once again. I don’t mind if you can outsource some jobs to me. Happy Holidays.Reply to Olalekan
Hi, So sorry to hear this. For you, you have to stand out in your country to make it I feel, like Bamidele Onibalusi. He carved a brand and is now recognized as a popular writer online. It will take time but you are on the right track.Reply to Elna
What a fun and great way to make some income! I love to write! Why not get a little spending money on the side too? I’ve published a short story for a Christian magazine and would love to share my opinions and advice for the world to read and benefit from:) Thank you for sharing your tips that you have leaned along your free lance writing journey Elna! I will definitely try out some of your recommendations! I think the more we can spread positivity and joy throughout our world the better!Reply to Krista
Hi Krista! That’s great to hear! I’m actually writing a post on faith-based writing so I hope you visit again to read that post!Reply to Elna
This was really helpful! Thank you so much!Reply to Jenifer
Hi Jenifer, You’re welcome! So happy you found out about freelance writing and want to be a freelance writer! Yay!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I’m Jennifer….i loved ur blog so much…..thanks alot for writing this….i would like to ask you a question….i wanna Freelance write but I’m only 13 years old….so can i Freelance write….?Reply to Jennifer
Hi Jennifer, Thanks for much. I do have a post for student jobs.https://elnacain.com/blog/jobs-for-students-part-time-jobs/ Hopefully you can find some freelance writing jobs.Reply to Elna
I need serious guidance to enter the field. The writing skills I have were developed on the job through personal effort. I am a retired person and war veteran in need of a distraction (widowed) and supplemental income. Your thoughts please. Thank youReply to Sal
Hi Sal, Thank you so much for coming over and commenting and well as telling your story! I’m here for you 🙂 Writing for me is a wonderful distraction and passion of mine. To know that I can make a living writing is such a great feeling. If you need more help I do have a Youtube channel and writing courses for you 🙂Reply to Elna
Hey Elna, You have done such an amazing job. I am finally able to get all my questions answered from this awesome single article. I was so confused by reading multiple articles about freelance writing over the past months and here you are with an amazingly wonderful article which has thoroughly motivated me to write with your clear explanation. As a fresher to freelance writing, this has helped me to get more clarity on how to get clients. It’s definitely going to help me a lot. Thank you so much.Reply to Pavithra
Hi Pavithra, That is exactly why I wrote this post on becoming a freelance writer! I wanted one single guide to steer new freelancers on this wonderful path to making a living a writer! Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m excited that you want to be a freelance writer!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I am so happy I found you. I love writing and now I seriously want to take my passion for writing to another level as a professional. I am struggling, sometimes I feel I should quit. But I can’t quit because for me writing is the only way to express my thoughts. Your post boosted my confidence, opened new ways for me. Thanks for sharing your expertise. it’s really helpful for meReply to Ashley
Hi Ashley, That’s fantastic to hear! Writing is truly my passion and I absolutely love to write. I think that is why I have so many blogs aside from my client writing! What you can do is moonlight as a freelance writer so that you can continue with your 9-5 job. That way you can see if freelance writing jobs are for you. As well, starting a blog is a great outlet for you to get your writing on “paper” so to speak and develop a writing voice for your potential clients.Reply to Elna
This is so helpful! I’m just starting out and this article has some great ideas!Reply to Jennifer
Hi Jennifer, Awesome! So glad you want to be a freelance writer! Check out my blog and Youtube channel for more freelance writing advice!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thanks for sharing your story. As a stay-at-home mom and writing newbie looking for a remote writing job, I often felt like quitting. But your blog gave me useful advice and motivation to keep on looking.Reply to Beti
Hi Beti, That’s great to hear! I feel freelance writing jobs are a great way for stay at home moms to make money working from home! So happy you are motivated to keep going at it and finding some good clients!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I absolutely love your post I read it all. My dream is to become a published writer and freelance writing is definitely for me. Reading your post have boosted my confidence and am ready to launch out.Reply to Kay
Hi Kay! Thanks so much! <3 So happy you enjoyed reading this post and that it helped you with being a freelance writer! You can do it!Reply to Elna
Hello Elna, am interested in freelance writing, how can I get in touch with you to start the training pleaseReply to Peter
Hi Peter, Feel free to sign up to the Get Paid to Write free course!Reply to Elna
I’m so happy that I found this article. I always dreamed of becoming a published author. I have enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember. When I was a teenager and shared my ideas of being a author, I don’t think that I was ever taken seriously. Now, at 36 years old I started to write again. Now everyone around me is encouraging me to write. I have so many different things I want to write. I actually started writing a book. I have one chapter done. The few people who have read it said it’s great. Now what? I finally have the time. I’ve always had the passion.Reply to Christina
Hi Christina, That’s awesome about your return to writing! I believe in the law of attraction and it’s working for you! With this added time because of the pandemic you can become a freelance writer as well as an author. What I see is that freelance writing will provide you with money from your writing and during your off-time you can write your book chapters. Once done you can self-publish your book if you want and continue to land more freelance writing jobs. You can even get into ghostwriting books, which will help you network with other authors!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna I know I want to freelance. My degree is in English. Also, I write a free article for a local newsletter on a monthly basis. Freelance writing scared the daylights out of me for many reasons. However, I’m going to use your information in this article and I’m going to sign up for your newsletter.Reply to marc
Hi Marc, Thanks for coming over and glad you want to sign up to my newsletter!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I am so glad I found your post. I have always wanted to venture into freelance writing but was so unsure about what first step to take and where to go to start. Your tips on how to pitch are very easy to understand and practical as well. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I’m not surprised why you are a big success in your niche – you share your expertise. You are truly blessed. Wish me luck, please.Reply to Rose
Hi Rose, Thank you for your kind words! So happy you are interested in being a freelance writer! I’m here for you!Reply to Elna
Hello Elna, I have always wanted to be a writer (and travel the world). I used to be very good, I had numerous people tell me I should pursue it but alas, I had no faith in myself and was a single mom with 2 children. My children are now grown (in fact, I am a grandmother) and life forced me to make changes. The writing bug is still with me. However, I stopped writing years ago, the world has changed considerably and I am quite frankly gun shy. It’s all very overwhelming (not to mention, I am about to acquire a certificate for Business Management Professional from the University of Calgary, my next 4 months are going to be chaos) but I am at a point where I feel it’s time for me to do what I want and I want to write. If I end up being no good at it, I will accept that but I have to at least try. I have no samples, I feel like I’ve had writers’ block for the last decade…it would make more sense to dip my toes in subjects I have some knowledge on, would it not? Anyway, sorry I rambled on. I will definitely be following up and am happily on your mailing list. Thank you for all your tips and for your time! TamaraReply to Tamara
Hi Tamara, First off, congrats on earning your business management certificate! How exciting! I’m glad you are going back to your passions, which is writing. Many people who love writing turn to freelance writing as a way to make money writing. They are also writing their memoirs or fictional stories and also want to publish a book. So you would fit right in with my Writeto1k students! I’m actually having a writer come in and talk about breaking into fiction writing as a freelance writer. She ghostwrites books that are fiction based! This is so new to me so I can’t wait to hear the discussion in our private Facebook group later this month. As for samples, yes, it’s easier to write about what you know, but you can always pick a subject and immerse yourself in that subject until you are comfortable writing about it. That’s what I did when I started learning about digital marketing. Good luck and enjoy the free course Get Paid to Write!Reply to Elna
Hats off! These tips were exactly what I needed, I’ll be sure to check out everything you mentioned in your post. I am a student and just starting as a freelancer. You provided me with an entirely new approach to freelancing! I would be highly grateful to you if you visit my blog and provide me a brief review. Thank you!Reply to Aina
Hi Aina, That’s great to hear! Good luck with your freelance writing!Reply to Elna