How to Become A Freelance Writer

This is based from my experience and again I am not claiming to be perfect. I would like to share my journey as a freelance writer and if you’ll be able to pick up something from my post, then good!

Writers? Who need them Anyway?

Freelance WriterFrankly, there will be no shortage for people needing writers. But mind you, this job is open to everybody that can write decent articles but few makes a living out of it. Why is that? People want fresh content and not just re hashed content from other websites. The search engines will rank your articles based on your topic and if it very good, people will read it. You may have noticed a big difference from writing web content to blogs and that of article directories such as the use of subjects and pronouns. Meaning, the word “you” is not allowed in article directories as well as sales pitches. Conversational type of writing is best for blogs like what I am doing now (I’m talking to you…)

When requested to write an article, be sure to ask where your article will be submitted and adjust your writing style.  

What the article is all about?

Writing StyleEmployers are pretty specific in the subject that you are going to write about. For example, they indicated in their ad that they are looking for people that can write about health related topics, then the person suitable is the one most likely with a background in medicine or health. If not, then make sure that you can do intensive research and write an article as if you knew the subject!

I have written a blog post that if you do not know something, then certainly you can ask google! Research, research, research. Gather lots of material and write from your heart.

Easy? Yeah, right! My advice is for you to choose topics that you know something about and try to read about different subject matters in your spare time. You can ask your employer for some extension if you can’t come up with a decent article, better than turning in a half-baked one that will be rejected anyway.

What is the Rate Per Article?

This is pretty vague but if you put in effort to write your article I am sure that you want to get paid decently. There are several people taking advantage of the newbies, therefore, make a counter offer. $3 per article is a very good deal and make sure that the article has good quality.

 I Want to Be a Freelance Writer, Where Can I Find Writing Jobs?

Try reading my post for the best job sites. Those are your best bet.

Create several sample articles that you can publish on the web about any subject matter. Employers are going to ask for those as well as request you to undergo a test. 

Good Luck!

If You Don’t Know Something about Anything, Ask Google!

Google

The title of this post came to me when I tried to work online. Since I am a newbie, I tried looking up several tutorials to help me learn anything and be qualified for a job.

The biggest giant of all search engines out there is Google. I do not need to expound on this because I am pretty sure that you query terms on this search engine everyday for whatever purpose. Students look for ideas, research and assignments on the internet and they immediately type google.com on the browser. How’s that? Writers look for materials to write about, as well other people on all walks of life.

Typing the Right Word

Have you experienced typing such a long string of words on Google and sifting through the search results pages for the information that you needed? I’m sure you do. How about getting results not even related to what you are looking for? Have you wondered how Google displays the results according to your search terms?

Knowing the right search terms or keywords will help you get the results that you needed fast and accurate on several websites; on the other hand, not doing it right will give you information that is not related to your subject.

freelancerWho Writes The Content

After typing in the keywords and getting results, you are going sift through the pages to look for a site that has the facts or information that you needed. Who wrote that content? How were they able to publish it online? They are authors or bloggers that write content for websites or their own blogs.

Content is King

Google is looking for fresh, new content everyday. Therefore, if you can write original articles, you can definitely earn money. Website owners are also looking for people to write content to promote their products or websites. It’s a chain and writers play the most important part.

If you love writing and can write about different topics, then why not become a freelance writer?

Awesome List of Job Sites

I have already covered the basics of working online like how you get to be paid and withdrawing your earnings as well as what jobs you’d want. If you haven’t read those, then here are the links:

Working at Home Careers | Which job is for you?

Ways to Get Paid

How to Withdraw your Earnings

Also, I have mentioned in my first blog that there are several ways to earn money online so I’ll do my best to categorize these job sites and provide as much description as possible.

My Personal List of Job Sites

Craigslist – This is an online classified ads that you can definitely look for jobs ranging from writers to web developers and jobs abroad. You do not need to create an account or sign up for anything.

Tip: The email address of the employees are changed in to this format: jobxxxxx123@craigslist.org.  I specifically mention this because there are several friends of mine who are confused on how they will send their resumes and application letters. The main purpose of this obscurity is to protect the employer from spam.

Craigslist is a good avenue to look for jobs, however, you have to be careful because there are several people who posted jobs with very low salaries. Try looking at other job sites and compare rates.

OnlineJobs.Ph – Another online job directory. This one is a giant and needs to be set up properly. You need to create an account and sign-up. They provided an online resume that you can fill up with your skills and such. Be as accurate as possible when rating your skills on different levels because it helps employers gauge you.

Tip: Upload a video of yourself if that’s possible to increase chances of getting hired. Also, create a knockout summary of your skills and basically sell yourself.

After creating your account, you will be amazed that several employers are willing to interview you! I am not saying that it is this easy but as time goes by and your experience is piling up, you’ll pretty much receive invites straight to your email. When you’re hired by an employer, your resume will be marked as hired. 

Freelance Sites

I separated these list of websites because they are basically into a system of freelancing. They have their rules and they perform as a middleman between you and your employer. They also have time tracker that takes screenshots of your pc, a payment system in which you are billed by the hours that you worked, and the bidding system.

Odesk – You need to create account and undergo several process of verification. To be a odesk contractor, you have to submit valid ID’s or proof of identification to their webmaster before lift the limit of job quota that you have. For a non verified contractor, the quota is set to 2, but if you’re verified already, that is set to 20 job quotas. Job Quotas refers to the number of companies or clients that you can send your application letter. If after several days and you haven’t heard from them, you can remove them so you can apply to others.

Tip: Several freelancers bid on a project or a job. I do not recommend lowering your rates just to win a job as you are just picking up a large stone to hit your head. Think of a reasonable rate and make sure that you can justify it.

Elance – Pretty much the same system with odesk.

Well, there you have it. My list is very short since I am just mentioning those job sites that are AWESOME! Now, I suggest that you sign up, create a profile of yourself and see how it goes.

Happy Job Hunting!

Ways to Get Paid

Everybody is looking for a job because we want to get paid, right? To be honest, it is only natural to be curious on how you get paid and the frequency of the payments when working online. I was apprehensive myself, thinking that I do not have a contract like regular companies, I do not see my employers face to face, nor do I have the capability to sue them if they run away without paying my services. So this post will hopefully answer your questions and I will try not to discourage you on working online or provide exaggerated feedbacks.

Salary/Compensation

The salary or compensation depends on the your skill level or your job. If you will still require lots of training then it is only fair that you get the salary you deserve. Do not lose hope though as you will continue to learn the ropes, then you will be able to demand high salary from your employers.

Article Writer
Article Writer on ODesk

Gigs from odesk, freelancer and other freelancing sites offers hourly rates and you can set up your own hourly rate too.

Project based work is also abundant but based on my experience you’ll get paid AFTER the work is done and only 10% of the buyers will agree to upfront payment.

Jobs like virtual assistant, programmer, designer and such usually have fixed rates and the range depends again on the skill level and years of experience. The lowest salary is $250 for full-time work (40 hours per week).

Tip  Tip: If you are a newbie, you will find that your resume and applications are rejected in favor of those people with most experience. Try accepting low paying jobs first to gain experience (like MMORPG games) as you learn things. Training materials are invaluable. When you feel like you have learned a lot, try looking for high paying job later.

Frequency

There are four frequencies of getting paid when you have fixed hourly rates job or per article.

  1. Monthly – You get paid once a month, either in the first day of the month or at the end.
  2. Every Fifteen Days – You’re paid every 15th and the 30th of the month.
  3. Weekly – this is the most common especially to writers and virtual assistants. However, this proves to be a strain for most employers because of the fees that they shoulder.
  4. Bi-Weekly – You get paid every other week. For me, this is much more convenient and the employers are happy as well.

Now, as I have mentioned in my previous blog, you can also earn money through answering surveys and pay per click ads. Neobux is one of the leading companies for these type of gigs. You’ll be able to withdraw your earnings when you have reached the minimum withdrawal set by the company.

Reminder There are no contracts and there is nothing you can do when your employer doesn’t pay you well. Be careful and always watch out for these type of people. Make sure that you do your job well and they will do their part.

Stability

Just like any job out there, there are no guarantees that you’ll be employed by the same company forever (uhm,long time). There are risks and there are advantages. If the project that you are working on is over, you can look for work with a good experience on hand that’ll help you land a more high paying job.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions. Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Ciao!