10+ Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners
So you’d like to earn money online as a writer.
Maybe you’ve had some writing experience, maybe you’ve already earned some money from your writing, or maybe you’re just an ambitious amateur.
Whatever group you fall into, I’m sure you’ll find some useful information in this post.
Working as a freelance writer can be a great way to earn a little extra money. With the right information and resources, it can generate a full-time income for the right person. If you enjoy writing, you can often find ways to turn your passion into a means of earning cold hard cash.
The biggest challenge when first getting started as a freelance writer is sourcing legitimate and well-paying places to find work. There are lots of Content Mills online that are happy to hook you up with potential employers, but many pay you peanuts for your efforts.
Some websites will offer you writing work that pays on a revenue-sharing model. You might be paid a few cents every time someone reads your piece or clicks on a link within the article. There are others that pay per word, or some that pay a set fee for a certain type and size of article.
The bad news is; until you’re an established writer you’ll probably have to use these types of lower-paying websites to get established.
The good news, however, is that if you choose well, these lower-paying sites can become the springboard to a lucrative writing career.
10 Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners. (Plus one, as a bonus)
I’ve put together this list of writing websites that pay reasonably well, are well regarded, and may be perfect for you.
iWriter will pay you a fixed rate for any article you supply to them, depending on the length and your experience.
Starting rates will be less than 1 cent per word, but this increases as your rating improves. Your published articles will be graded, and once you reach a 4-star rating your rates will double. When you reach 4.5 stars they will triple. (From the starting rate) At the Elite level, you can earn up to $80.00 for a five hundred word article.
Once you register with the website, you’ll be asked to submit two samples of your writing and research skills. If accepted, you’ll then be able to apply for specific tasks.
Clients on iWriter will be asked to approve your article. If they reject it, you don’t get paid. Generally though, if they aren’t happy you’ll simply be asked to do a rewrite.
Textbroker works in a similar way to iWriter. One drawback for many of you will be the fact that they only employ writers from within the US.
Their rates start at .7 of a cent per word and range up to 5 cents per word.
Application and qualifying procedures are also similar, as is their star-rating system.
Depending on your typing speed and skills you can expect to earn between $5 and $15 per hour working with Textbroker.
When you start writing for Textbroker, you will be on probation and your work will be vetted by their team of professionals. This is a good thing, as when just starting out as a content writer any professional help you can get will be most valuable.
There are other, similar sites to these, offering similar conditions and pay rates.
Working for content mills such as these is a good way to get started as a content writer, but don’t expect to be able to earn a good income from them; at least not at first. If you can live with the lower rates and accept that it’s just a temporary situation, while focusing on your long-term goals, content mills like these may give you the experience and confidence you need to kick-start your writing career.
Puckitz works in a slightly different way. Your content actually remains your intellectual property and is ‘rented’ by Puckitz. You’re free to remove the posts you’ve written from their website and publish them on your own site, so long as you notify them and give them time to remove them from their lists.
Generally, they are a little more demanding regarding work quality, so are more suitable for experienced writers. You’ll probably be asked to contribute posts within a particular niche.
Pay rates are in the vicinity of 50 cents per month for an article of 500 words or more.
If you happen to be an expert at coding, web design, web development or creating apps, games or logos Tuts+ may be right for you. They do pay fairly well: from $50 for quick tips to $250 for full-length tutorials. Some of their projects fall into the category of UX Writing.
You can apply through their official ‘Write for Us’ page. Tuts+ is a relatively high-profile site, so you will be expected to have some experience in your niche to be considered!
Listverse focuses on all types of top-10 lists. Things such as Top 10 Sinister Conspiracy Theories About Hillary Clinton, or Top 10 Insane Elvis-Is-Alive Theories. Submit an interesting list that’s at least 1500 words long, and you could earn $100 via PayPal.
Are you something of a wiz with computers and technology? Do you know the best Microsoft Office tips and Windows 8 tricks?
You can share practical tips for technology on Worldstart and earn from $25 to $50 per article. They publish articles on the blog and in daily and monthly newsletters.
Writing Op-Ed Pieces:
What’s that? Well may you ask. Op-Ed means Opinion/Editorial comments. Sort of like Letters to the Editor, but on a higher level and for a fee. You’ll need to be prepared to compete with professional journalists or writers in this field, but if you can come up with a unique and topical article you could be on a winner. Many respected publications will accept Op-Ed articles. Try sending your article or synopsis to any newspaper or magazine that you feel your article might be a good fit for. Contact them first though, and don’t be fooled into sending it to a generic email like ?editor@XXX.com? or similar. These are usually what’s known in the industry as ‘Black Holes’. Submissions sent there will rarely be read by anyone who counts.
There’s one big difference between FlexJobs and the other income sources I’ve mentioned so far: FlexJobs is a paid service.
For a monthly membership of $14.95, Flexjobs can match you with high-paying professional income sources worldwide. You can complete up to 50 in-house skills tests to establish your particular strengths. If your score in any of these skills tests is over 70, their clients can see them to help choose potential employees. This can definitely help you get the job.
If you’re a beginner, though, I wouldn’t recommend FlexJobs, as their expectations and standards are pretty high. If you think you have the skills, though, it just might be right for you.
Another paid source is:
Freelancer does offer a free trial membership, with restrictions, so you can get the feel of their platform before you invest any money.
Generally, their rates are better than the cheaper content mills mentioned above. On the downside, though, there will be more competition from other writers.
You have the option to list your work experience, and also take certification exams on their platform before you throw your hat into the ring and start bidding for jobs.
The main difference with Freelancer.com is that you search for jobs you might be interested in and bid on them. Potential employers will take your bid into account, as well as your experience and qualifications. As a new writer, you may find it difficult to get accepted until you start to gather some reviews of your work. Of course, the bidding system does tend to force the price down.
The free membership only gives you the ability to bid on a handful of jobs, but you can sign up for one month’s full membership for free. Just be sure that, if you don’t find it suitable, you cancel well before the renewal date.
With full membership, which costs $10.95 pm, you can bid on 100 jobs per month. There are upsells as well.
With Fiverr.com, you basically set up your own freelance writer’s shop.
You specify what types of work you are interested in doing, as well as the sort of rates you’ll be willing to work for. You can set up your storefront in around 15 or 20 minutes.
Fiverr is free to join, but they will take 20% commission from every job negotiated through their website. When starting out, this may be a better proposition than a flat membership fee that you pay regardless of whether you get work or not. The extra 20% is just something you need to factor into your pricing.
As with all online freelance writing platforms, Fiverr can be very competitive, especially before you build your review ratings. You’ll probably have to work for around one or two cents per word to start, in order to get work. (and hopefully, good reviews)
When you first get started on Fiverr, you’re limited to only offering one service. As time goes on you can offer upsells, different service levels and service bundles. You can set your own prices and conditions.
You’ll need to be comfortable with self-promotion, as Fiverr doesn’t offer this. Pinterest, Instagram, even FaceBook can all be used here. You may have to spend a few dollars on promoting your posts/pins also until you get established.
Generally, the long-term proposition with Fiverr is a little better, provided you work at building your brand successfully.
Your Own Website:
If you’re serious about working as a freelance writer and building your own online business, then starting your own Freelance Writing Website should definitely be on your to-do list. Having your own web presence is essential if you want to be seen as a serious writer. A website of your own offers many extra options in addition to simply writing content for other businesses.
Whether you find work through Fiverr, Freelancer.com, FlexJobs, or any of the above services, you’ll be seen as being so much more professional if you have your own professionally created website. That’s not to say you’ll have to employ someone to do this for you. Website design and creation is something that most people can learn these days quite easily.
Once your site is established, and you begin to gain a following, you can then become a true freelance writer. You promote your own business, you set your own fees, and best of all you keep all the money you earn for yourself. As an independent freelancer, working with your own private clients, you can earn much more than you ever will with a content mill or similar operation.
If this sounds intimidating, be assured it’s really much easier than you might think.
In addition, when you’re running your own website and offering your writing services, you’ll never have to worry about the possibility of the company you’re writing for going out of business or shutting down your account. Sadly, even well-established freelance writers sometimes find themselves facing suspension from various platforms for one reason or another. When you run your own online business, you can rest assured knowing that your income is safe so long as you continue providing good customer service.
Once you create your own Freelance Writing Business, you’re in effect employing yourself. Isn’t that so much better than relying on someone else’s business to supply you with work or contacts? (Contacts that you may be prevented from having any direct association with and whom you could be locked out of contact with at any time)
Many freelance writers create their own online businesses and go on to earn well into the six-figure range per year; Not just by selling their writing services to clients online, but by actually writing articles that create sales and bring in good returns direct to their own business.
So there’s my list of 10 Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners.
It’s now up to you to take the plunge and get started. The very first thing you need to do is learn how to create a website; a website that can effectively sell your services and showcase examples of your work, while also producing income on its own merits.
So, How Can You Get Started with Your Own Freelance Writing Business?
The best and easiest way to build your own website is with WordPress. If you go to https://wordpress.org you can download WordPress for free.
Don’t confuse it with wordpress.com. The .com site is a hosting company run by Automattic, a commercial company that was created by one of the founders of WordPress for the purpose of hosting WordPress driven sites. Users don’t need to download or install the WordPress software—it’s part of the hosting services that WordPress.com provides.
The differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org arise from the differences between hosted and self-hosted websites, so choosing between them largely depends on the level of control a user wants over the design and management of their site.
Personally, I recommend setting up your own site. You will have to shop around a bit for hosting, but there are long-term benefits to this.
I host my sites with SiteGround. I was with another host, a part of the Wealthy Affiliate group, but we have parted ways. Who knows, I might even return to the fold one day.
I don’t have time or space to go into how to instal and set up your WordPress site in this article. There will be another post covering all that in detail. Stay tuned. In any case, there are a plethora of sites online that can cover that for you if you need more detailed help.
Thanks for reading. Please join the discussion via the comments box below. Ross.