*first published in Pencil Head Writers blog. You can view the article here.*
Whether you are a college student seeking for part-time job, a Journalism graduate trying out other form of media, or a stay-at-home mom looking out for ways to support your family, you can definitely make some money by writing online. In fact, you do not need to be a professional writer with high-profile resume to earn good money. If you know how to put your thoughts into words, turn these into coherent form, and make this form interesting and informative, you are on your way to make money.
Start by organizing your portfolio
If you are a freelance writer, you need to build your credibility and showcase your writing skills. Creating a blog or your own website is a great way to demonstrate how well can you write. When you apply for job postings, employers normally request for two to three samples of your work. If you have a blog where all your write-ups are placed, employers can easily read your work.
Write about various topics
It can also be advantageous if you write about various topics. Most employers want versatile writers who can write almost every topic available. It also saves time on your part since you do not need to attach files every now and then. You can just include your blog in the signature of your e-mail.
Create a comprehensive profile
Also, remember to create a comprehensive profile of yourself. Write about your expertise. If you had a short stint writing for a lifestyle magazine, you may want to include it in your profile. You may write something like: ____ is 26-year old work-at-home mom who has written several articles for (name of magazine or website). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing. Her expertise includes health issues, latest technology, and how-to articles.
Search for freelance writing websites
You can find plenty of job openings in these sites but you will need to sign-up first and create an account before you can apply for a job posting. You are also required to build your profile when you sign up. If there is a link that allows you to place your blog, do so. It makes things easier for you.
Aside from job openings, most of the sites provide helpful tips about writing and landing your perfect job. Freelance Writing (dot com) for example has helpful articles like how-to’s on copywriting, business writing, and creative writing. Freelance Writing Gigs (dot com) features articles about job-hunting tips and blogging for a living.
There are websites that look for writers and pay them for what they write. Sign-up is also required before you get to write for these sites. Some of these websites include About (dot com), Associated Content (dot com), Suite101 (dot com), and eHow (dot com). Each of these sites has different application processes before they allow you to contribute for them. About (dot com) for example requires you to undergo one-month training/trial period before you are allowed to write for the site.
Apply to companies that hire independent contractors
If you are not fond of signing up and building profiles repeatedly, you can apply to companies hiring independent contractors. Unlike freelance writing sites, you have to be a little more careful when applying directly to the job postings because some of these are frauds. Craigslist is one site where you can source lots of writing jobs and more.
Blogging is another way to earn money. In fact, you can do this in your own blog, though it will be more advisable if you choose a certain topic to write. For example, you may want to explore about diabetes. After writing several entries about diabetes, you can install Google ads (Adsense) on your blog. You will be paid every time a visitor clicks the ads. Other ways to earn on your blog include selling links or posts to advertise a certain product, service, or website. To make this work, you have to get more traffic on your website.
Now that you found your dream writing job, make sure the keep these few reminders in mind:
- Writing for several websites can surely put some money in your account. If your goal is to make writing a full-time job, you have to write for several different websites. Doing so makes you a more flexible writer. It also helps you in your writing. At times, you will feel as if you cannot write anymore (writer’s block). One reason this happens is that you have been writing about the same topic repeatedly. If you have various topics to write about, you become a more productive writer.
- Always write as if it will be your last. It is a cliché but you have to give your best in every article that you create. It gives a good impression on your employer, which could mean more writing jobs for you. In addition, it makes you feel proud of yourself when you see your article online.
- Find your specialization. There are articles that you write because your client requires you to do so; then there are articles that you write because you enjoy writing about them. When you know your niche, you can easily find online writing jobs that best apply to you.
- Always be professional. The last thing that a client wants is an unreliable writer who keeps on saying that he or she will meet the deadline but fails to do so.
Lots of writing opportunities are available online for savvy writers. Whether you want to augment your monthly income or to make it your bread-and-butter, writing online is something worth your time and effort.