Interested in making money as a writer? You do not need to publish your great novel to do so. These places to do freelance writing can help. The truth is that most people making a living as writers have little in common with what you envisioned when you were younger. In reality, working writers are mostly creating short pieces for websites and magazines and/or working as ghostwriters.
Now, knowing that might take away some of the romanticism, but once you get into it, this type of writing can be very rewarding—and pay very well. Below are five places you can get your start as a freelance writer.
Upwork doesn’t exactly have the best reputation in the industry, mainly because there are many clients who are looking to pay bottom dollar and aren’t particularly concerned about the quality of the writing they are given. However, there are also many clients who are willing to pay you well for quality work. Not to mention that if you are looking to build your portfolio, it is one of the easiest places to pick up small assignments. If you are truly just getting started, Upwork is a great place to start.
People Per Hour is interesting because it works opposite the way most freelancing portals do; instead of applying to posted jobs from clients, you create a storefront and the clients come to you. People Per Hour also lets you get started for free, but if you are not making sales within the first three months, you will need to purchase a subscription.
Text broker offers excellent rates for writers, even if you are a beginner. And, as you prove yourself, you can work your way up to higher paying jobs. The only downside is that you must snap up the jobs as they become available, otherwise another freelancer will take them before you get the chance.
Constant Content works in a similar manner to text broker, though it is less competitive. The main thing to be conscious of with Constant Content is that you read the client instructions very carefully. Many of the clients are not used to delivering instructions to writers and their ideas can become muddled. Unlike other platforms, you generally do not get the chance to make multiple edits if needed.
If journalism is what you are interested in, this is the place to get started. They post numerous writing gigs, but they also post other jobs in the field that might grab your attention. It isn’t for everyone, but if this is where your interests lie, it is a great place to start