I recently wrote a guest blog for Pick the Brain called 8 Things I’ve Learned Since I Quit My Day Job, and since that post went live, I’ve gotten a ton of questions about how to be a freelance writer. I don’t make my living freelance writing 100% of the time. Yes, I do a lot of writing for money. I also do some freelance editing, various internet marketing projects, and coaching in the fields of writing and publishing.
It is completely possible to make a living as a freelancer. You have to be really self-disciplined, though, and you have to be able to hustle. Here are some websites that will help you:
1. Thumbtack – http://www.thumbtack.com/
I get most of my editing work from Thumbtack, and there are tons of people on there looking to hire freelance writers and editors. The drawback is that you have to pay for credits to bid on the different jobs. For someone like me, though, it’s completely worth the expense.
2. Elance – https://www.elance.com/
This website is similar to Thumbtack in that it’s a place where anyone can hire any type of freelancer. There are paid plans that allow you to bid on more jobs, but you can also use this website for free. Watch out for people who want to pay writers pennies for their hard work, though.
3. Textbroker – https://www.textbroker.com/
You might not make a lot of money on this site unless you can churn out content fairly fast, but this is a solid source of work when you need it. There are different jobs on here (mostly web content) on a wide range of topics. It doesn’t cost anything to sign up or to work on articles although there are a limited amount you can do as a newbie to the site without reviews/rankings.
4. Freelance Writing Gigs – http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/
This website has a comprehensive list of paid writing gigs every work day. Jobs include content writing, blogging, editing, journalism, travel writing, and more. The author of the site also posts informative and helpful blog posts frequently.
5. iWriter – http://www.iwriter.com/
This site is kind of like textbroker in that it is a reliable source of work. Clients on this site usually want web content of some kind. The only drawback here is that you have to get high rankings before you can make a decent amount of money.
There you have it. Five websites that will help you to make money writing. What about those of you who are already freelancing? What websites do you use?