Thursday, June 30, 2011

How to Land Freelance Writing Jobs to Work At Home

How to Land Freelance Jobs

Freelance writing jobs for those who want to work from home.

This is how I got started as a paid freelance writer.

At the age of 11, I had filled up journal after journal with rants and raves, poems and stories. By the time I was 17, I started blogging, and I fell in love with it. It was like a light bulb went off in my head. One year shy of becoming an adult, and I had finally decided what I wanted to be when I "grew up."

I make it sound so easy, huh? Well, it was definitely a lot harder than I had previously imagined, but it all started with a Google search.

I began by searching "make money writing online." All writers have Googled those exact words at least once, right? If you have, you know that it literally brings up over 40 million results. Well, it was those 40 million results that changed my life.

Okay. So, maybe not all of them. There were plenty of scams among those results; scams that promised I would earn thousands of dollars per day via the power of the Almighty Internet. Can you believe that all I had to do was purchase and download their e-book for only five easy payments of $29.99?

I guess it sucks for them that daddy didn't raise no fool. I was smart enough to research every opportunity in depth before falling into such a silly scheme. I still cannot stress the importance of researching the companies you intend to write for.

I started getting paid to write online.

I came across Niner Niner in 2007. Before signing up, I browsed the site and did some of my own research. Based on my findings, it seemed to be legitimate, so I tried it out.

The site was littered with rotten grammar, horrible misspellings, and content that was just, well, bad. I wasn't sure that I wanted my content on Niner Niner, but, being my first online paid to write opportunity, I stayed. I earned $2 per post, which I now realize is considered slave pay in the freelance writing business.

When I finally caught on that Niner Niner could ruin my chances of success as a freelance writer, I moved on. That's when I found Yahoo! Voices. I began earning, on average, around $4 for my 200-word posts, plus revenue share. I continued submitting work with Yahoo! Voices before moving on to bigger and better things in 2008 when I was hired as an independent contractor by Demand Media Studios.

I am incredibly thankful for DMS. Not only did they help me improve my writing, but they've also allowed me to establish myself as a professional writer in the freelance world. Since May 2008, I've earned thousands of dollars with Demand Media Studios, and it is because of DMS that many doors have opened for me.

These days, I tend to stay away from "content mills." I don't down 'em though, because they helped me get my start in the freelance writing industry. I currently produce content for private clients or sell my work on sites such as Constant-Content. This allows me to maintain control over my work and to dictate my worth as a writer.

Becoming a freelance writer does not require a college degree.

Of course, a college degree will help you to expand your opportunities. Even still, the only thing you really need is an excellent grasp of the English language, great writing skills, a reliable internet connection, focus, patience, and determination. Patience, perhaps, is one of the most important aspects. You're not going to get rich overnight. You're not going to get rich in a week, a month, and maybe not even a year!

If you’re a freelance writer, how did you get to where you are today? What was your journey like? What road blocks did you experience along the way?

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