If you want to know about freelance writing gigs, this post will help — especially if you are looking for any type of freelance writing job you can do from home.
The best part about freelance writing? If can be done from anywhere.
You can make money writing from home (or even the Bahamas) in different ways, too. The money you make writing articles will be different from the money you can make writing a book. Either way, there’s great money to be made as a freelance writer. In fact, there are many freelance writers that earn up to six-figures writing in some form or another.
Also, you should know that you don’t need a degree in journalism or English to make money as a writer, though you should be able to cobble some sentences together well enough for an editor to spruce up your work for publication.
As our digital world ramps up, the need for written content is increasing. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that writing jobs will grow by 8% by 2026. The median income for writers is listed as $61,000 — but some people make more and others will make less (since many people write as a side job.)
This means the demand for writers is growing — right along with the pay. For example, I’ve made as much as $1.00 per word as a freelance writer! If you write for print publications, you make earn as much as $2.00 per word. Can you imagine getting paid $2,000 for a 2,000-word article? Dreams can come true…I’m a witness!
However, writing isn’t the only way to make money as a writer. If you are able to bang out words at break-neck speeds, then here are some writing and writing-related jobs that could work for you.
1) Start a Blog
If you like to write, then starting a blog is a great way to get your thoughts into the world and get your influencer-on. Blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme by any means, but it is a viable model of earning money as a writer. It also helps you create a writing portfolio so you can show prospective clients your work.
The nice the part about blogging is that you can pick a niche that works for you and expound on that niche as much as your heart desires. If it resonates with your audience, then write it!
Not sure you can make money as a blogger?
No worries, there are many routes you can take to make money as a blogger.
Here are some possible income sources from your blog:
- Affiliate marketing
- Advertising (Google Ad Sense, Media Vine or Ad Thrive)
- Selling eCourses on a platform like Teachable <—— free to create courses here!
- Sponsored posts and social media shares
- Providing services like social media management, writing or blog management
- Lead magnets and tripwire upsells
2) Make Money Freelance Writing
In fact, I’m part of several Facebook groups where writers post their earnings and workloads. I can attest to these earnings because, I, myself, see similar rates for the articles I write.
The money you make will depend on the niche you write in. There are some topics that can be more profitable than others.
For example, personal finance is a niche I write in and the pay is pretty good. There are other niches like health, beauty, and parenting that can garner good pay, too.
If you want to get started as a freelance writer, you can check out a course, Earn More Writing, from my friend Holly Johnson who earns over $200,000 per year as a freelance writer!
She’s helping thousands of writers start their freelance writing careers with her course, Earn More Money. She also has a Facebook group and webinar to tell people all about her approach and course.
To find out more about the Facebook group, course and webinar times, you can visit the Earn More Writing website.
Related resource: 10 Companies with Remote Writing Jobs You Can Do from Anywhere
3) Make Money Writing Short Stories
This one boggles my mind but it’s totally possible to earn thousands of dollars a year selling eBooks on Amazon. In fact, I’ve got some blogging buddies who are doing this and earning $1,000 to $2,000 per month in passive income by writing short stories and selling them on Amazon.
The process is not hard at all and your books don’t have to be super long to get sales. There are some authors that product several books a month and release them, like television episodes, to their readers. As time goes by, readers get hooked on the stories and sagas they create which causes them to be very loyal customers.
Want to learn more about earning money as a published author?
Here are some resources to get your going.
- How I earn $1,000 a month in passive income selling eBooks on Amazon
- How I Made $22,000 last year selling eBooks
- Free eBook Template
4) Create and Sell Lead Magnets & Tripwires
Have you ever been to a website that promises you a free piece of content (usually a PDF) in exchange for your email address? In some cases, you’ll give away your email address and the thank you page usually has an inexpensive offer called a tripwire. These can be anywhere from $3 to $27 but don’t be fooled by these low prices.
With the right amount of traffic, you can early thousands of dollars a month with a well-coordinated offering lead magnet and tripwire combo. Lead magnets and tripwires don’t have to be very extensive or in-depth as long as you offer something of value.
I’ve used lead magnets to add thousands of people to my email list with Facebook ads. I used paid tripwires to cover the ad costs and even turned a small profit. If you are interested in this approach, you check out my eCourse, The Profitable Genius + Facebook Ads Training, where I show people how to create mini-funnels that can bring in thousands of email subscribers and dollars.
Related resource: 14 Surprising Writing Jobs for New or Experienced Writers
5) Offer Proofreading Services
As a freelance writer, much of my work gets passed to editors, proofreaders, and fact-checkers. These people are paid per word, projector on a retainer basis. Like freelance writing, proofreading can be done from home (or any place you want to be!)
If you’re interested in starting a career in proofreading, Caitlin Pyle’s course, Proofread Anywhere, can give you insight into how to start this writing career.
6) SEO Writer/Editor
SEO is short for search engine optimization. Basically, SEO helps websites get higher rankings in search engines. As an SEO writer/editor you will either write or create content to help digital businesses get found in search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.
Not only do you create content, but you could be responsible for performing key word research. This is where you kind keywords that will cause a webpage to rank highly in the search engines. This type of work is high in demand because a single page that ranks well could produce thousands and thousands of dollars for a website owner. This being said, this work is in high demand because of the revenue potential for some businesses.
The good news is that there are tons of resources out there for SEO training. If you decide to invest in this skill, it would be time well spent. The work is in high demand and will only continue to grow.
7) Become a Copy Writer
Copywriters, like SEO writers, can also earn lots of money. Copywriters create compelling copy that converts people into customers. They can write copy for websites, landing pages, emails, and sales letters. The key with copywriting is to use techniques that elicit emotion. These emotions should hit pain points that cause people to buy.
Some copywriters can command thousands of dollars per project. For companies selling high ticket items like courses, coaching or even expensive physical products, good copywriting can mean the difference between thousands and millions of dollars.
8) Social Media Manager
You might think that managing social media doesn’t require good writing skills, but nothing could be further from the truth! As a social media manager, you’ll need to create lead-in text for posts on various social media platforms. Many times, you’ll need to mimic the writing style and personality of the person or publication you are posting for. You should also be familiar with relevant keywords and hashtags. It’s a skill in high demand and worth checking out if you enjoy social media and believe you could make a difference for someone’s business.
9) Write articles for content mills
Content mills are places that produce content prolifically, usually for the sake of ranking in search engines and generating income via affiliate sales or ad networks. Content mills don’t offer the greatest pay, but if you want to get started with making money as a writer, they aren’t a terrible place to start.
Some content mills include sites like:
- DotDash (formerly About.com)
- Seeking Alpha
- Writers Department
- Constant Content
- View a full list of content mills here
Related resource: How to start a freelance writing business
Want to get started with writing? Check out my guide, 10 Tips to Landing Your First Freelance Writing Client: