Freelance Writing Jobs From Home – Make Money & Replace Your Income

You woke up this morning, and you’re sick of your job.

Every day you hear that alarm clock go off and dread getting ready to go to your full-time job. You want something different.

So, during your office breaks, you search Google. You find ways on how to make money from home and freelance writing jobs from home and you suddenly found freelance writing!!!

Freelance Writing Jobs From Home – Make Money & Replace Your Income

Well, if you’re reading this, then you did 🙂

Freelance writing is a great way to make money from home.

You can do this on the side of your full-time job, if you’re in high school or college, if you’re a stay-at-home mom and even if you suffer from a disability.

And the greatest thing about freelance writing jobs from home? You don’t need experience to get started.

I didn’t.

Before this, I was working in the school system and only used the internet to browse YouTube and Amazon (oh, and update my Facebook profile).

I started from scratched and learned the roadmap to get started as a freelance writer.

Here’s how to become a paid online writer without experience.

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Freelance Writing Jobs from Home – Steps to Making Money

Here are the right steps to help you make money from home as a freelance writer.

1. Figure Out Your Niche

Your freelance writing niche doesn’t have to be the same as your blog niche (if you already have a blog). For example, this is my blog, Elna Cain, and it focusses on freelance writing tips for newbies.

My freelance writing niche is digital marketing content for digital brands.

And I even have other blogs in different niche topics like parenting or lifestyle.

Can your freelance writing niche be the same as your blog niche? For sure!

You can be a pet writer and have a pet blog. Or a financial blogger and decide to pick up some freelance writing gigs in the financial topic.

There are three ways I like to approach a freelance writer niche.

1. Client-Based

When coming up with niche ideas, think about the client you want to serve. There are all different types of online clients like:

  • Small businesses
  • Startups
  • Big brands
  • Apps
  • Authors
  • Magazines
  • Publications
  • Bloggers

The list can go on and on. The idea is to pick a client and focus your content around that. For example, if authors are your ideal client, then the content they want probably is:

  • To promote their latest book
  • To showcase their credibility in the topics of their books
  • Ghostwritten

If your ideal client is apps then the content you will write will center around what the app is about. This will be helpful to figure out content ideas for your client.

So, if the app is a productivity app, then content will focus on productivity tips (and how the app fits into your life)!

2. Service-Based

Instead of focussing on your client, you can focus on the type of service you provide. Freelance writers offer many different services including:

You can market yourself as the white paper writer or the case study writer. Of course, if you niche down even more to include your ideal client, you will get better freelance writing jobs from home, but it’s a start.

In the beginning, I marketed myself as a copywriter and was able to land plenty of gigs for copywriting. When doing this you can make money from home fast.

3. Topic-Based

Finally, you can decide you freelance writing niche by topic. This is by far the most popular way to think about your freelance writing niche. When I first started, I chose parenting, natural health, and education.

To figure out your niche, you can draw from experiences, look at your job or see what hobbies you enjoy doing.

2. Get on Social Media


What sets many successful freelance writers from other wannabe writers, is their social media presence. If you want freelance writing jobs from home, you need to be online!

It’s that simple.

You don’t have to be everywhere, but I suggest you start a Twitter profile and a LinkedIn profile.

These two profiles are more business in nature, and many brands and businesses use these two social media platforms.

It’s also a good idea to show a picture of you. This makes you look legit, real and more personable. Having an avatar or image of something else does not make you trustworthy to a client.

It’s okay if you even use an out-dated photo of you; just as long as you use one of you!

The best image is a headshot you create just for your freelance writing business. Here are some pointers to help you with that!

What do you do next?

You start sharing blog posts of brands and businesses you want to write for. You also share your samples from your portfolio.

3. Secure Freelance Writing Samples

No one will know you are a freelance writer if you don’t have samples to show. These are in your freelance writing niche and show how great of a writer you are and can help you make money from home.

There are four ways you can create writing samples:

1. Create Samples from Scratch

You can draft a sample blog post or sample email using Google Docs.

You can even share your samples to prospects or download your sample as a PDF and use that if you want. What I suggest is you share your doc with a prospect and then email the prospect letting them know you did that! A heads-up is a good idea!

2. Guest Post

A great way to create samples is to guest post on another blog. This shows that your content is good enough for someone else to publish on their blog.

This gives confidence to a prospect wanting to hire you and it gives you social proof that you are a legit writer.

You can easily search for guest blogs in your niche by using Google. Just type in, “niche topic + write for us.” Here is the results of pet blogs + write for us.

3. Start a Blog

If you really want to make a living as a writer, then you need to have a blog. A blog can serve as your writer website as well.

Here is mine. This is my #1 way to make money from home.

A business blog immediately makes you more professional and legit as a freelance writer. Businesses like to work with other businesses, not someone doing this as a hobby (or is unsure about it).

My blog has definitely helped me with attracting high-paying clients. Without it, I highly doubt I could have been doing this for years.

If you want to start a blog but have no idea how to do the tech stuff, I have an easy course that shows you and walks you through step-by-step on setting up your blog for freelance writing!

4. Re-Purpose Writing You Already Have

A “hack” for creating writing samples is to use what you already have! Maybe you helped your sister with her resume, or your brother owns a sporting goods store, and you wrote one of their sporty emails.

You can use that for your portfolio.

Dig deep and figure out what types of writing you did in the past that could serve well for your freelance writing. Remember, things like poems and short stories don’t show your credibility in the freelance writing world. Freelance writing is non-fiction!

5. Showcase Your Writing Samples in a Portfolio

Now that you have drafted a few samples in the freelance writing niche you chose, you need to house these samples somewhere. There are five places you can do that (and you can use all three places at once too!).

1. On Your Blog

Your blog can have a portfolio page. On that page, you can list all of your samples, guest posts and eventually your client pieces. This is what my portfolio page looks like:

Since I do have a lot of samples to showcase, I have them divided into subcategories of my freelance writing niche.

2. On Your Blog

You can also just place them as a blog post on your blog. Create a post like, Where I’ve Been Writing, and when a prospect wants your samples just link to that blog post.

3. On Contently

Contently is a digital marketing platform, but they also have a portfolio platform for freelance writers. Here is what my Contently profile looks like:

It doesn’t hurt to have a Contently portfolio and a portfolio on your blog. It’s just more places for prospects to find you!

4. On LinkedIn

Finally, you can use LinkedIn as your online resume and share your portfolio pieces there. It’s best if your samples are guest posts so you can mention the brand or business and look more credible too!

But, if you are new, it doesn’t hurt to add them there also!

5. On Contena

Contena is a great job board you can use to find freelance writing jobs from home. But, did you know that it’s also a publication site? You can sign up for free and publish your writing samples right on Contena Publish!

Find Freelance Writing Jobs from Home

Alright, we are at the spot you wanted to be the #1 spot for this journey as a freelance writer! Show me the gigs! Finding freelance writing jobs can be exhaustive if you don’t know your strategy.

There are two approaches to finding work:

1. One Off Pieces

If you need cash quick, then you can just find one-off pieces as a way to cover your expenses or get some extra cash for the holidays. The best places are paid guest spots like this one or submission pieces like this one.

You can’t make a living doing that, but it does help if you’re in a financial pinch!

2. Make a Living

I hope for most of you, you want to quit your full-time job for good and work at home. It is possible to make a living as a writer online. I’m proof that it does work.

I’ve been freelance writing for almost four years now and I don’t plan to stop!

I’ve made so many amazing connections with big writers online, other freelance writers and big brands.

If you want to do this for a living, make sure to check out this guide!

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Make money from home and replace your income for good!

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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This post is amazing Elna! I always try to read your blogs whenever I feel lost about freelance writing. As a freelance writer in the Philippines, finding clients can be a bit of a challenge. But looking at your site inspires me to do better and push myself even harder. Thank you so much.Reply to Kevin
Hey Kevin! That’s awesome! Thanks so much for being a loyal reader! Don’t let your location stop you from being a freelance writer! You can do this from anywhere in the world 🙂Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, What an inspiring post! Can’t wait to get started!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.Reply to Rhiannon
Hi Rhiannon, You’re welcome! So glad you found some tips on how to become a freelance writer without experience!Reply to admin
Hi Elna, This post makes very inspiring reading! It gives the positive energy to get started with freelance writing and backs it up with plenty of informative tips to make progress and achieve success! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.Reply to Rhiannon
Thank you Elna! This is so informative and you make it sound easy. I keep putting it off but I need to start. Thanks for these tips. Oh what is a one off piece and what is a white paper? I m sorry I may have asked this before.Reply to Heer
Hi! Thanks for stopping by! A one-off piece is just one project. A white paper is a marketing material guide for small businesses. It’s a way to get more customers.Reply to admin
Hi Elna, This is an interesting and informative read. The fact is most everyone want to be independent, which is why many are joining the freelance writers rank. Creating a portfolio is a great way to build your credibility and improve your chances of being hired. Thus, to add to where you can create a portfolio, I believe Pinterest is also amazing for creating a portfolio of your work. More is that, finding freelance job is not always easy, especially when you’re a newbie. I recommend checking job boards frequently. For me, its first thing every morning. Thanks for sharing this remarkable post!Reply to Moss
Thank you Elna! This is so informative and you make it sound easy. I keep putting it off but I need to start. Thanks for these tips. Oh what is a one off piece and what is a white paper? I m sorry I may have asked this before.Reply to Jane
You’re welcome! Working from home can be easy as long as you know what steps to take!! 🙂 White paper writing is professional writing for business. They are like reports. A one-off piece is just that – one writing project from a client or prospect.Reply to Elna