Freelance Writing In 2013

Writing is a career that is always going to be profitable no matter if all the other careers slow down. If you are freelancing writing or thinking of getting into this niche 2013 can be a profitable year for you just like any other year. However, you are going to have to put in some time and effort. Not to mention the fact that there are some things that you are going to want to know before jumping head in.

Content Mills Are Not Bad


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Writer’s Block 1 (Photo credit: OkayCityNate)

If you are someone who has been working a job that is in an unrelated niche you are going to want to start by working at content mills. Content mills are something that need to be used carefully though. This is because all of them are not legit and some pay more than others. When I first started out I had to learn this the hard way and like many my first impression after reading the discussion forums what that ” A penny a word is ridiculous”. However, after seeing how easy the work could be done and a penny a word could lead to $15 – $20 an hour I decided it was something to give a try. Thankfully, later down the line I was able to run into content mills that was paying 3 penny’s a word and some even more than that. But, most importantly to make the income that you never imagined that you could make online you are going to have to quickly make your way out of the content mills.

Build A Reputation For Yourself

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When you enter the online world you are going to have to work whole-heartily when it comes to making a positive reputation for yourself. This means that your writing should be phenomenal and you will have unique things about you that strikes the client’s interest as well. Consider everyone that you meet in the online world to be a client. This means you should act appropriately in discussion forums, email, and social media settings. Once you have a good reputation you will find yourself always with a steady amount of work. My favorite ways to interact online are Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Not to mention the fact that guest blogging is a great way to expand your network as well. Building a reputation is something that could be discussed for hours, however. So, I will discuss that in the future over a series of posts.

Keep As Many Jobs As You Can


A lesson that I learned the hard way was you can never depend on solely one job no matter how good the pay may be. I always make sure that I have at least one or two good paying jobs that would allow me to live comfortable. However, I always make sure that I am some other smaller jobs that I work for as well. This prevents me from having to be scrambling around for work. Not to mention the fact that you are also going to need an diverse clientele. I have personally worked for people all over the world because different countries have different cultures. If you exclude your preferences strictly to the states you are going to find yourself working on a 9-5 schedule and not having any work on every single holiday. This may sound like an ideal job to some, however, the purpose of working online is suppose to be so you can make the decisions about your schedule. If you are not diverse with your clients you will find that being your own boss is something that you will not get to really experience.

There are other things that you are going to need to know for 2013 as well. However, these are the basics that will help you get your plans in order. Another part will be added at an later time.


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