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When I first started my blog, I made extra money by working as a freelance writer.
As a freelance writer, you work flexible hours, you’re your boss, you can use your creativity in work, and you can work anywhere in the world. I wrote posts for my freelance writing gigs when I was traveling in other countries.
This is why I’m so excited to talk with you guys today about freelance writing as a full-time career. The opportunities are growing as the world moves online. Plus, you can get paid a good chunk for a couple of hours of work!
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After graduating from a Fashion Marketing program in Toronto, I moved home to live with my parents because I knew I didn’t want to work in the fashion industry in the traditional sense.
Once home, I opened up an online clothing store with my friend, but after about a year of doing this, I knew my business was failing. I closed the shop and gave myself the summer to figure out an online working situation.
If I couldn’t do it, I would apply to some office job, which I didn’t want, but I knew I needed the money. I searched high and low for an online job, considering everything from taking surveys online to applying to a full-time remote working situation.
It was at this point that I discovered Upwork, and started to wonder if I could make freelance writing work as a legitimate business.
From there, everything just snowballed, and I’ve been writing professionally now for close to three years.
What benefits are there to being a freelance writer?
There are many, but I think the biggest one is the freedom it has allowed me.
I’m able to make my schedule, take vacations when I want to, and travel when it suits me.
I’ve lived in Montreal for a month just because I could, I took a three week trip to Europe last summer (while simultaneously writing and making money), and I have an upcoming trip to Florida in May that I was able to book last minute without having to ask anyone’s permission.
Freelance writing has given me the freedom that I always hoped for when choosing my career.
Do you need the experience to be a freelance writer?
I think to become a successful freelance writer; you need to have at least some interest in writing.
If you hate writing, it’s going to be hard to make it into a career, ‘ya know?
I’m a big believer that it’s possible to start a freelance writing career with little to no experience.
It’s just about having realistic expectations about starting. It drives me nuts when people say you can have no experience and start making thousands of dollars right off the bat.
Instead, in my opinion, you need to build on your experience as you progress and increase your income as your skills improve (just like you would with any traditional job).
If you have no experience, you can’t assume you’ll be making a full-time income right off the bat, but at the same time, it’s possible to get there with practice (I didn’t have any experience writing professionally when I first started!).
How does freelance writing and making money blogging relate?
This is an interesting question, and it’s not something I see addressed a lot, but I think freelance writing is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring bloggers.
Why? Because, as many bloggers know, making money blogging is not often an easy task.
It takes time and serious effort! And so, during this time when you’re working on building your blog, I always recommend people to take on some freelance writing jobs.
Not only is it a great way to make side income on your terms, but it’s also the perfect opportunity specifically for bloggers because you already have experience with online content marketing, which many clients appreciate.
In other words, bloggers are the perfect candidates for freelance writing opportunities.
If you need a little more help starting your blog, I even have a free How To Start A Successful Blog quick 5-day course that shows you step-by-step what to do AFTER you started your blog. This quick course is filled with a TON of value giving you everything you need to get started the best way.
Do you need a blog to become a freelance writer?
As much as a blog is a nice thing to show to prospective clients, I’m a firm believer that having a blog is not necessary to become a freelance writer (there’s way too much info on the internet that tells you HAVE to have a blog to start freelance writing).
When I first started freelance writing, I didn’t have an active blog, and I was still able to build a freelance writing career. In fact, to this day, I still don’t share my blog with my clients.
This isn’t intentional, but I built on my body of work by taking on projects for clients, and those became the pieces of work that I shared when looking for new jobs.
If you want to skip all the overwhelm of setting up a blog/social media to promote your freelancing services, you can do it with my approach to freelance writing.
How can someone get started freelance writing?
There are plenty of different ways to start your freelance writing career.
Based on my own experience, I think Upwork is a great place to start when building a freelance writing career.
Unfortunately, Upwork gets a bad reputation, but I’ve been using this platform for close to three years, and have never had a problem with it. I still use it to this day!
Final Note From Alexis
You can also get started freelance writing with my friend Holly’s course, Earn More Writing.
I had no idea what freelance writing was (or that you could make money from it) until I met my friend Holly. Freelance writers make money by creating articles for websites and blogs.
There are hundreds of freelance writing jobs out there, but getting those freelance jobs isn’t as simple as saying “I want to freelance write for your website”, which is why Holly created Earn More Writing.
Earn More Writing helped me get started freelance writing, which helped me land on sites like GoBankingRates and many others. I went from charging $50 to $250 per article and now, I know I can charge much more than that with my writing experience.