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January 29, 2020

Multiple Income Streams for New Freelance Writers

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Much of the appeal of being a freelance writer has to do with the flexibility that the job offers. Having the ability to escape the redundancy and confinement of the office cubicle to work anywhere at any time is something that most people can appreciate. However, the writing profession is much more than that. Freelance writing can also be lucrative, and it is possible to make money from multiple revenue streams.

If you are a freelance writer in need of quick compensation for your work, there are many websites that offer an endless stream of assignments that can be claimed instantly. These upfront payment websites generally set low barriers for entry, making it a good place for novices to break in. Writing freelance for these websites may not make you rich, but they do offer some measure of income stability, especially for beginners. As long as you can follow instructions and write satisfactorily, you are more than likely to get paid immediately. It is not unusual for people to make a few hundred dollars a month from these sites.

Some websites that pay writers upfront fees per article include: Textbroker, The Merchant Circle, The Content Authority, Freelance Writing Center, and eCopywriters.

Of course, at some point, you would want to land higher-paying assignments. Depending on what kind of writing you wish to pursue, you may work with multiple editors or private businesses to produce various kinds of content. If you'd like to write for magazines, you may pitch your ideas to the publications of your choice. Print and online magazine markets usually provide submission guidelines for writers and it is best to review them before sending out query letters.

On the other hand, if you choose to be a freelance copywriter, you can offer your services to write promotional materials for businesses and non-profit corporations. This may include creating brochures, pamphlets, press releases, and/or newsletters. Copywriting can be lucrative and is generally more open to people with limited experience. It is up to you as a freelance writer whether to work with publications, private clients, or both.

While most of your income would likely come from direct payment assignments, it is also possible for you to create a passive income stream as a freelance writer. There are currently many online writing platforms that pay writers some share of their website's revenue. Depending on the site, earnings can come from page views, advertising clicks, or affiliate marketing commissions. It is important to note, however, that the process of making significant money can take some time.

Some people have claimed to make a full-time income on these websites, but it is best not to rely on them as the centerpiece of your freelance writing career. At best, revenue sharing websites serve only as a supplemental income source and as an online writing portfolio that you can use to land better-paying assignments in the long-run.

Currently, the top sites being mentioned in freelance writing circles today are: Infobarrel, Bukisa, Hubpages. Suite101 is also a good site to write for because of their reputable editorial team, but recent changes in Google's algorithm has generated complaints from some writers of decreased revenues and page views.

The sky is the limit in the world of freelance writing. Your success will only be determined by how much creativity and dedication you employ in honing your craft. Remember this: writing is an art. Much of your performance is based on the subjective evaluations of other people. To make a real living from freelance writing, you must always exude professionalism, reliability, and exceptional talent.

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September 28, 2011 - 1:29 am
Great article, thanks.
June 8, 2011 - 11:44 am
Thanks for sharnig. Always good to find a real expert.
April 27, 2011 - 4:20 am
Selling e-book is really a good idea. It's a great way to automate a writer's income.
April 25, 2011 - 3:14 pm
Great article! Freelance writers can also use their graphic and web design skills as another stream of income. They can become web consultants and re-design clients websites and design logos for them. They can also write eBooks and sell them on their websites.
April 25, 2011 - 12:28 am
Talking about being claimed instantly people can try their hand at fiverr where you can go to test out the waters and bring in a little bit of income to start off with. I think this is a great way for people to hone their skill while making money although I am not sure its possible to make enough for a full time career if you have others to care for but it can certainly help pay the bills or whatever is needed.
April 24, 2011 - 1:06 pm
How many freelance writers make over $100k a year? Is it even possible?
Marc Walthers
April 23, 2011 - 4:04 pm
Well written post and good advice for newbies.
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