Updated February 12, 2020
Doesn’t that title sound enticing?
Freelance writing from home may conjure up a vision of yourself relaxing out on your patio or deck with your laptop, a cup of coffee by your side, birds chirping, creative juices flowing and the sun shining as you check your bank account and see the latest deposit from your client and congratulate yourself on being a successful online writer.
Well, this scenario can be you, should you dare to dream it, but I would like to offer you a few things to consider before you carve your path in the online writing world.
Is There a Demand?
You bet there is!
If you can write, you can generate income for yourself. Just do a casual search on the internet on this topic and you will see that the demand for writers is everywhere. People create their own websites on any topic you can think of and they need writers to help with their content.
People still love to read books but now they read them on devices such as a Kindle. Did you know that you can write an e-book and publish it online yourself for little to no cost? If you sold it on Amazon, for example, think of how many people would see it. Then buy it.
Blogging for yourself is another avenue you could pursue, and many bloggers are creating a great income for themselves in any subject you can think of. See how you can make money blogging later in this article.
The important thing to remember is that none of the ways to make money writing online are going to be “get-rich-quick”. It takes time to develop trust and authority with your work, any way you look at it. You need to write with authenticity and sincerity and offer genuine help to people.
You might try writing through, say, Upwork, which is a global platform that connects freelance writers and clients. If you have very little writing experience, you would have to start on the lower pay scale but as you gain experience and confidence, you could be charging more. Over time, as your reputation grows, you could become one of their featured writers and command a higher dollar amount per hour or job. More on that a bit later.
Brushing up on Writing Skills
Don’t worry if you haven’t written since English class in high school. Even if you have never written anything more involved than a birthday card, there are classes that you can take online to get you brushed up on your skills and help set you up for a successful, and potentially lucrative career writing online.
If you haven’t typed for a long time and need to refresh your skills or if you have never been more than a two-fingered typist in the past, set your mind at ease! We have found a very good, economical and fun typing course for you to get you ready for your budding writer’s career. You can learn more about Typsey here.
Udemy can help you learn how to write. They have courses in freelance writing, creative writing, copywriting, writing a book, you name it. They also offer new student discounts and a 30-day risk-free trial of their products. I think this company has a lot going for it. If you are interested in honing your writing skills and would like to learn in a relaxed atmosphere at your own pace and in your own home, you should check them out.
Where can I find Work?
Here are some ideas…
Writer’s work connects freelance writers with the clients that need them.
They also have training videos, useful writing tools and chat support to help you get started. The types of writing jobs they have are, for example, general content, blogging, copywriting and social media posting. You can work full or part-time and completely from your home office. They say that their writers can earn anywhere from $20 to $60 an hour, depending on experience.
You can read my review of Writers Work here.
This is another great resource and it is free to join. Fiverr is a worldwide platform for freelancers in a huge variety of categories, including writing. Once you join, you create your profile detailing the services you offer (there is lots of help for doing this) and put yourself on the marketplace. Buyers come to the site looking for freelancers, so the clients come to you.
I wrote an extensive review of Fiverr which will give you more information.
Established in 1997, this platform offers remote writing jobs on many topics such as creative writing, copywriting, ghost-writing, and copywriting to name a few and they even have writing contests. They also offer tips, guidelines and free e-books for aspiring writers.
They find jobs from many sources and put them all in one place for you so you don’t spend hours and hours on the internet researching yourself. Jobs are offered from beginner through to expert.
When you view the job being offered, you will see the pay rate. It could range from $20 for a job up to $100’s.
This platform allows employers to ‘interview’ freelancers and choose the one or more that they want to work with. The company has a timesheet app that allows screenshots to be taken so the employer can see how many hours you are working. They offer fixed price jobs and jobs paid per hour. You will see which one it is when you look at the job.
There is a huge selection of writing opportunities here in many categories. They are also very open about describing their fee structure for freelancers.
Some of their featured writers, who have earned a great reputation, are making $40 to $75 an hour or more. They offer top writers in many categories. With time and effort, you could become one of these.
This company, which was created in 2007, has part and full-time jobs online in many categories, including writing. Flexjobs have been featured in news publications such as USA Today, TIME magazine and Forbes.
They really seem committed to providing you with a high-quality service. One of the features of the platform is that they screen every single company and job before they post them to make sure they are legitimate. This saves you a lot of time, effort, and frustration.
Additionally, they offer webinars, helpful articles, courses, job checklists and more. Plus, they have a 5*, A+ rating from the BBB. They stress that customer service is a major priority for them and it certainly appears that way.
Write your e-book and publish on Amazon
Do you have a book in you?
You don’t have to be a professional author or have any internet experience to publish your e-book on Amazon. You can write about anything you want and it can be short, long, fiction or non-fiction, self-help, a hobby or children’s story. The list is endless. There will always be somebody who wants to read your book!
The most cost-effective way to do this through Amazon is to use their Kindle Direct Publishing Program. It has no fees, you just need to be an Amazon member. You set your own price and retain the rights to your book. For every book sold, you keep 70% of the sales price and Amazon keeps the rest. You can also make changes to your book any time you want to.
If you are interested in becoming an e-book author, and you have no previous training or experience, I suggest you read my review of How to Write and Publish Your Own E-book V2.0 by Jim Edwards.
This could really be fun, don’t you think?
I have recently reviewed three more resources for you because I want you to have options. If you are interested in freelance writing and would like to have access to programs that will help you super-charge your client base and give you some advanced strategies for finding online writing work, you might want to take a look at Freelance Profit Academy, My Freelance Paycheck and Writer Help Wanted.
These three programs were developed by known authors with successful businesses that could help you take your career to the next level.
Write a Cookbook
Here is a fun idea…do you love to cook? You don’t have to be a professional chef to write a cookbook.
Cookbooks are very popular and you can find someone interested in almost any type of food. Yes, you can make money by writing a cookbook and it isn’t that hard to do. For more information, you can read my review of Write a Cookbook and Make it Sell.
This is a very specific type of writing and which is in huge demand!
Anyone who is selling something needs a copywriter to help persuade a reader into becoming a customer. Copywriting skills are needed for:
- tv and radio commercials
- newspapers and magazines
These are just a few examples. For more information, please read my article What is a Copywriter – Someone in High Demand.
We hear about blogging everywhere these days and it simply means that you find something that you have an interest in and that you love to write about such as a favorite hobby. You then create a website about that interest, start writing (blogging) lots of content and get people to come to your website and read what you are writing. This is a very popular thing to do now.
But how do you make money by blogging about stuff that you love? The next item I am writing about is the way to make money blogging about your passion or interest.
Because that’s exactly what I do…
Affiliate marketing, which is the method I use, is another way to make money by writing/blogging online. I love this method because it allows me to write about things that I know can help people in their quest for generating an online income from home and I can make money doing what I love. Here is our article on Affiliate Marketing if you would like to learn more.
When my husband and I found ourselves in the situation of having to continue to work at retirement age (see our About Us page), we investigated many opportunities out there. We discovered that there are lots of programs that claim to teach you how to do affiliate marketing. However, their claims were exaggerated and came with a very high price point and lots of upsells. Some were just downright scary as they seemed so aggressive and salesy.
After much research, we came upon a platform that is so genuine and up-front and you can even get started with it for FREE. It is called Wealthy Affiliate and you can read our review of this online platform HERE.
Of course, everyone is different.
You may want to just write on a casual basis and earn some part-time money that way. Or, as in our case, you may want or need to make a full-time income.
They offer many ways to generate income online as a freelance writer and I encourage you to do your own research as well and to take your time with it. Only you can decide how much time and effort you would like to dedicate to becoming a writer. You can do as little or as much as you want.
Do not doubt yourself in any way as to whether you can succeed or not. Take a couple of courses, such as at Udemy, brush up on your skills or learn new ones. There is so much help available now online to help you succeed. If I can do it, you can do it. You may just surprise yourself and tap into creative corners of your mind that you never knew existed!
The fact is, you absolutely can make money online as a freelance writer and the opportunities are vast.
If you have any writing programs that you have seen or heard about that you would like me to review, please just ask me in the Comments area. I am here to help you succeed in your goal to create an online income with writing so that you can sit out on that patio or deck with a cup of coffee and truly be successful.
If you would like some more ideas on how to make some online income from home, have a look at my post Money Making Ideas for Retirees.
My dad came from a very humble background and he grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a WWII Army Veteran and was only able to obtain his education thanks to the GI bill. He was a huge fan of the poet Edgar Guest. One of dad’s favorite poems of his is “It Couldn’t be Done”. I would like to share the last verse with you. It always inspires me. Thanks, Edgar Guest, and thank you, dad. I miss you.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done
There are thousands to prophesy failure.
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it,
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done” and you’ll do it!
Do you have any favorite poems that maybe your mom or dad used to recite to you that give you inspiration? I would love for you to share that with our readers.
I would love to hear from you!
Don’t just dream it, do it.
The greatest years of your life are still ahead!