Freelance writing is how many writers earn money.
Writing books is great too, but the income may not be consistent enough to live on, or it may not be enough.
That’s why many writers turn to freelance writing to make sure that they can earn a full-time income from their writing.
The ‘trick’ to working this way is to make sure you have plenty of projects to work on and that means finding enough writing markets.
And to help you I’m going to tell you about three types of freelance writing you can start doing straight away and where to find them.
- Writing for Magazines and Trade Journals. This is probably the easiest type of freelance writing to do. You look through magazines and trade journals, look up their submission processes online to see if they accept freelance work and what their rates are, and then send in a pitch. You can also find these types of writing markets online by doing a quick Google search of “magazine writing submissions” or “writers’ guidelines” or “write for us” or something similar. Alternatively, sign up for writing newsletters from bloggers who share lists of current writing markets to their subscribers.
- Writing regular blog posts. Once you start looking you’ll probably also find regular work writing for blogs and other websites. There are millions of sites online and many of them are looking for regular writers. If you can find a few of these they can provide you with a consistent income.
- Writing competitions. Many writing competitions are highly paid. And even if you don’t win, you still have a piece of unpublished work that you can re-slant for another submission somewhere else at a later date. I recently told my subscribers about a scriptwriting competition for a 60-minute stage play with the winner receiving ï¿¡3,000 British Pounds plus a ï¿¡3,000 advance against 8% of the box office takings. Not bad for a 60-page stage play (one page = one minute approx.).
So even if you’ve never thought about freelance writing before, don’t dismiss it because it’s a great way to earn income because as I’ve shown you, even writing competitions can pay well.
And not only is it freelancing a great way to earn money, but writing regularly and working to deadlines really helps you to create a daily writing habit that can go on to help you for the rest of your writing career.