Did you know that you can make money as a freelance writer? While this may not seem like a lot of money, think about it this way: If you can find a topic that you’re passionate about and you write effectively, you could make anywhere from $100-$200 per article. That’s not too shabby for a casual writing gig! So, how exactly can you make money as a freelance writer? Let’s take a look at the different ways that you could potentially get paid to write.
Become an Editor
If you’re looking to make extra money as a freelance writer, you may want to consider becoming an editor. An editor will usually review articles before they’re published, and if the writer meets their deadline, they’ll usually get an editing pass before the article is published.
You can get paid $10–$50 for each article that you edit, which is probably quite a decent amount of money for the amount of work you put in. You can also look into joining a publishing house as an editor, where you can work in a more managerial role.
There are many freelance editing jobs on websites like Upwork and Fiverr for you to check out.
Write for Popular Blogs
Since you’re a freelance writer, you could also consider writing for blogs that pay you to publish articles. There are thousands of these online, and they pay money every month, while some pay weekly.
Blogs are generally interested in written content, and they’re willing to pay good money for high-quality content. If you’re willing to write quality articles and promote your expertise, you could make around $5-$100 per article, or even more.
Publish an eBook
If you’ve been looking for an easy way to make some extra money, publishing an eBook might be just the thing! Many people are interested in learning new techniques and getting more out of their existing knowledge, so eBooks are a great way to sell products or learn new skills. You can choose from a variety of topics and create a guide that teaches the reader everything they need to know.
Once you’ve chosen a topic, find a good writing friend and start beta-reading (readers working on your behalf to critique your work). Your friend can help you identify any inaccuracies or grammar mistakes you may have left out. Once you’ve finished beta-reading, let your friend know how it went and how you’d like to improve. You can then take your feedback and make the necessary improvements before finalizing your eBook.
You can self-publish on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords, and then distribute it through the various apps for e-readers, smartphones, and computers. If you’re not too sure about how to start this, or how to market your eBook, consider hiring a professional to write the content and market the book for you.
If you enjoy guest blogging, you could write for other websites that pay you to publish articles. The catch? You have to be willing to write 500 to 2000 words for every specific topic requested. If you don’t have the time or energy to complete that, it’s probably not a good fit.
Most bloggers will welcome guest blogging, and you can usually expect to make between $15 and $100 for each article you publish. You can find thousands of guest blogging opportunities on websites like Upwork and Fiverr.
Write a Book
You can also write a book in exchange for a fee. The only catch? You have to be able to write decent book-level content, and you have to find a publisher who’ll publish your book. This can take months, if not years. So, if you want to make money from writing a book, it’s going to be a slow and steady process.
Create an Editorial for a Magazine
Let’s say you want to write an editorial for a magazine. You can usually find freelance writing gigs like this through various online services, or you can approach magazines and freelancers directly and ask for work. When you’re submitting an editorial, you want to make sure that you follow these three steps:
- Find a topic that you’re passionate about.
- Find a journal or magazine that you’d like to guest post for.
- Contact the editor and let them know that you’re interested in publishing an editorial piece.
If you have experience writing for a variety of different publications, you could charge $60-$500 for the article, which is decent money for the amount of work you put in.
Write an Online Course
If you’ve wanted to start teaching but didn’t know where to begin, consider offering an online course. Courses range in price and can be distance learning or online seminars. You can find a ton of different topics, including business, marketing, psychology, and more.
The great thing about these is that you don’t have to be a published author to write them. You can start out with “how to” eBooks on how to start a blog or “how to” eCourses on how to become a better manager, etc. And there are lots of different categories you can choose from, so there’s something for everyone.
As you can see, there are many different ways that you can make money as a freelance writer. There are also many different ways that you can make money as a blogger, a guest blogger, or an editor. There are many different opportunities available to make money online, and it’s important to consider what you’d like to do for a living and how you could best use your skills.
Success Osahenkhoe is a PR expert, writer, and content creator who has served in many parastatals. He loves writing, speaking, and composing great content that helps brands achieve their goals. Success Osahenkhoe is also a former special assistant to Nigeria’s Edo state government on gender issues.