Freelance Writing: How To Find Your First Job

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As many of you know, I am an advocate of making money online through freelance writing. As far as I am concerned, the barriers of entry are relatively low and the opportunities are numerous.

Plenty of Leaving Work Behind readers have contacted me asking how to find freelance writing jobs. Some people don’t know where to look, what to look for, how to apply for jobs, and so on.

And this comes as no surprise — taking those first few steps can be rather intimidating. I say that from personal experience. When you have certain freelance writing websites telling you that you should be commanding rates of $100 per hour and up, taking that first step can be a paralyzing experience. However, in this post I want to show how the process can in fact be relatively simple.

Don’t Be Afraid To Start Small

Whilst you can make upwards of $100 per hour doing freelance writing jobs, there is absolutely nothing wrong with starting at a lower level. Don’t be intimidated into thinking that you should be aiming for “jackpot jobs.” My equivalent hourly rate at the moment is well under $100 per hour, but I have no problem with that. I have regular work, I don’t have to look for jobs, and I have prospective clients coming to me (rather than vice versa). Edit: my equivalent hourly rate is now around $150, which aptly demonstrates what is possible with freelance writing!

The fact is, you can’t walk straight into $100 per hour jobs as a new freelance writer. You need to build up your skill set and portfolio. There is nothing wrong with taking on a $20 per hour job and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you had two regular clients paying you $20 per hour, eight hours per day, you’d be earning upwards of $40,000 per annum — that’s nothing to sniff at. It may not pay the bills, but it can be your start point.

Besides, there are other benefits to starting modestly:

  • You can bulk out your portfolio
  • It is an opportunity to increase your network
  • It can increase exposure to your blog (if you have an author byline)
  • It is good practice!

And remember – you can always ask for a raise once you have proven yourself. If a client is unwilling to increase your pay, you can always walk away (on good terms, of course). Working for a below-ideal rate does not have to be permanent, but it is nothing to be afraid of in the short term.

I Am Not Talking About Content Farms

Let me get something straight – I am not suggesting that you work on so-called “content farms” (such as Elance and oDesk). Quite the opposite in fact. There is no reason that a reasonably competent writer can’t work on something real – something rewarding. Something that you will be able to display in your portfolio with pride.

I am talking about finding work where you will be valued — where you will be able to further your skills and connections. I have never worked for a content farm and I never will. It’s just not necessary.

Browsing Job Listings

For the purposes of this article I am going to be referring to the ProBlogger Job Board. It is the only job board I have used to look for work. If you would like to branch out, check out these additional resources.

The first thing to bear in mind is that when it comes to finding work, you may have to throw a lot against the wall in order to find something that sticks. I submitted quite a few applications to get both of my writing jobs. Once you have a good template letter set up it only takes a few minutes to submit an application, so don’t be afraid to get stuck in and send out a whole load. What’s the worst that can happen?

What To Look For

  • Something that interests you
  • Reputable sites/companies
  • Clients who have worked with writers before
  • Permanent/semi permanent freelance writing jobs — you don’t want to constantly be looking for new work
  • $ per hour or per article

What To Avoid

  • People asking for free trials — if they’re serious about finding someone, they’ll offer paid trials
  • “The rates aren’t good, but…”
  • Incentive-based pay
  • Nonexistent / private sites
  • Blog networks / SEO / mass article writing work

What’s Out There Right Now?

Multiple Leaving Work Behind readers have gotten in touch with me, voicing their frustration that nothing is available on the ProBlogger Job Board. Sometimes I have wondered if I just got lucky with the two clients I found there. But having spent ten minutes looking around, I am confident that is not the case.

From my brief search, I believe that any of the following listings are worth applying for:

Apply to what interests you, and be sure to pop back every day to check up on what’s new. Although you can get a job on a listing that is days or even weeks old, it doesn’t hurt to get in there early.

Your Pitch

It is absolutely vital that you make a good first impression with any prospective client. They will be receiving multiple applications — you should try your best to stick out from the crowd.

By far the best piece of advice I can give you is to follow their instructions. If they request specific information, make sure that you give it to them. Nothing demonstrates a lack of professionalism more than an inability to follow simple instructions in a job listing. It is a really easy way of filtering out potential candidates.

The makeup of your email will of course vary depending upon the type of client you are targeting and the existing portfolio you have to show off. Here is a copy of the application I submitted for my first client, WPMU:

Hello,

I came across your available writing position and would like to apply for the role.

I am confident that I tick all of your boxes in terms of what you are looking for. I am very proud of my blog (Leaving Work Behind). There are of course plenty of articles available to read on the blog, but I would suggest that the following posts demonstrate my writing style and capabilities:

I would consider myself pretty savvy with WordPress. I also have a good understanding of CSS and HTML (I used to build websites manually back in the day), and a passing familiarity with PHP.

A little bit about me – I am a 26 year old male living in the UK. I currently have a full-time and very flexible job in property development (it is a family business). I am looking to resign from that role as soon as possible and become self-employed. The role that you are offering may be an ideal opportunity for me to do that. Initially I would be available to work say 16 hours a week, although we could work on that. Rest assured, I am an extremely efficient worker, so you get a lot of bang for your buck!

I’d love to become part of what is already an established and popular blog, and would be very keen to help you take it to the next level!

Thank for your time – I look forward to your response.

Kind regards,

Tom Ewer

There are a few things to note here:

  • Brevity: the application is well formatted, gets to the point, and is packed with information — no fluff. Don’t waste their time.
  • Examples of your work: this is essential. If you have nothing to show them, consider writing up a few example pieces.
  • Background of your (relevant) experience: it shows that you have actually considered their listing — you are not just submitting applications at random.
  • A little about yourself, your situation, and what you can do for them.

Here is the email I sent when applying for the job at ManageWP:

Hello,

I noticed your job listing over at ProBlogger and would like to apply for the position.

I consider myself a highly competent WordPress user. I am currently a staff writer at WPMU. You can find examples of my work here: http://wpmu.org/author/tom/

I also have my own blog (http://www.leavingworkbehind.com/) which showcases to an extent my ability to customize WordPress themes.

If my services are of interest, please note that I cannot start work until mid-January 2012.

Thank you for your consideration.

Kind regards,

Tom Ewer

As you can see, this application was much more brief than the first. It was in fact rather speculative — I submitted a bunch of applications in November 2011 in the hope of attracting advance work in January 2012. Fortunately, Vladimir Prelovac (the CEO of ManageWP) decided to overlook my claimed availability, and I started writing for the blog shortly thereafter!

Despite my application being brief, it was still successful. I believe my involvement with WPMU was a big plus — one job can easily lead to another.

What Next?

So what do you do if an application is successful? Being a successful freelance writer is an ongoing process – once you have the job, you need to do good work!

With that in mind, I have a few tips that should elevate you above the norm:

  • Respond to emails and messages promptly
  • If at all possible, never miss a deadline — be careful not to overextend yourself
  • Always try to exceed your clients’ expectations

The fact is, your clients probably have to put up with a lot of crap in the process of running their business. Do your job well, exercise initiative and ensure that you are an asset rather than a burden and you will be progressing in no time at all.

Finally, if you’re interested in taking your career as a freelance blogger to the next level, take a look at my comprehensive course: Paid to Blog.

Comments

  1. says

    ok great post on finding freelance jobs. Thanks for the example application ideas…I have always found my application never spills all the beans about myself..but I do think having a place the employer can refer to ..via..your own website is a good idea.

      • Charles says

        Thank you so much for writing an article detailed and brief at the same time. This was exactly what I needed to read because I have been having a rough time trying to pick up even the smallest jobs. Do you have any recomendations for brand new freelancers (without a portfolio to provide prospective clients) getting a starter job?

  2. says

    You literally read my mind on the answers to questions I was looking for again, Tom! I had a freelance writing position before, but it fizzled out and I haven’t really been trying to find a new once since.

    Thanks for the great advice, especially the email scripts. I’ve been looking over the ProBlogger job board, and it does seem a bit limited at times. But I think you’re right when you say you need to send out a lot of applications to get things going.

    • says

      Hey Jeff,

      Glad I could be of help! I personally think it is just a case of persistence over time – I am confident there are good opportunities available. People aren’t paying $50 to post listings for nothing.

      Cheers,

      Tom

  3. says

    This is a great post! One of the things that I’ve found to be priceless when looking for a freelance job on Elance is the necessity to look like I’m serious about the job in the first place. Usually, I’ll have a template in the back of my head, but jump off of it almost immediately as I show the reader the enthusiasm that I’ve got for their position.

    When I first started getting serious, I got my first job the next day after completing some of the tests and giving them what they wanted. It’s led to some long-term gigs. The best part about it is that when I do get rejected, it’s not out of hand anymore – mostly it’s for things like ‘you don’t match my style’ which to me is a lot better than ‘no reasons specified.’ Keep it up!

    • says

      Hey Emily,

      There’s absolutely nothing wrong with “personalizing” your template email – quite the opposite in fact! Sounds like you’re doing great :)

      Cheers,

      Tom

  4. says

    Here’s the thing Tom – it is VERY hard to raise your rates (particularly with existing clients) once your set them.

    My rate is $125/hour and more than 80% of my clients provide repeat business.

    I stay away from all job boards, including ProBlogger. Instead, I reach out directly to the VP Marketing reps at large companies and point out that I can extend their internal resources and provide copywriting support so that their team can be focussed on strategy and bigger picture stuff.

    Another great strategy for me is to approach companies seeking to hire permanent, full time copywriters or social media strategists. In those cases, even with an hour rate of more than $80, it is CHEAPER for the company to outsource the work – so even as a stop gap measure (until someone is hired), companies often respond favourably.

    Certainly nobody she feel badly about taking on lower paid gigs. They should just be realistic about how much money they are going to make, and if it fits within their model (and helps them to realize their goals) then they should go for it.

    At the end of the day, we are selling our time. It’s a question of how much you think your time is worth.

    • says

      Hey Ruth,

      For the most part, I agree with you. I don’t agree with your assertion that it hard to raise your rates with new clients (or even existing ones, to an extent). If it’s a word of mouth recommendation then that might be tough, but at the end of the day, I am a believer in supply and demand. If your rate reflects your value against comparable writers, you shouldn’t have problems in the long run (in my opinion).

      Having said that, you are working at a higher echelon than the people I am writing this article for. They are not likely to be able to adapt your marketing approach and land high-paying clients straight away, because they do not yet have the experience or a strong enough portfolio.

      I honestly believe that it can be intimidating and overwhelming for people who are new to freelance writing to read “you can earn $125 approaching marketing reps and cold calling companies”, etc. I know that kind of stuff intimidated me a few months ago – I felt like it was expected that you should earn that much – like “only” earning say $25 per hour (which full time is comfortably above the US salary average) represents a failure.

      Getting a few modest-paying jobs with regular clients is a great start to a freelance career – and can in itself provide you with a livable income. It can give you confidence and bulk out your portfolio. Once you’re on the ladder, you can then look to take the step up (which will likely involve finding new clients).

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

      Tom

      • says

        If you are REALLY comfortable working for $25/hour then I have a proposition – work for me! I need to start outsourcing some of my copywriting work, and I think that your writing, at $25, would be a bargain.

        Wanna chat?

        • says

          I’m not comfortable with working for $25 per hour now ;) although I started off being paid less than that. However, maybe we can work something out (depending on your budget) – fire me off an email if you’re interested!

        • Nivea says

          Hi Ruth! I would love to work for you, if you need an extra set of hands. Please let me know! And if not, I’d love to know what your portfolio includes. I could use some start-up advice. All the best!

        • says

          I am okay with $25 per hour! Although your post is quite old, yet I would like to try! Check out my blog attyguideblog.wordpress.com

          I have an experience of over 6 years in the field of freelance writing.

        • Al Leone says

          Hi Ruth. I am a professional pianist and and an excellent writer. I have written for many companies, mostly in advertising. Sadly, I developed a horrible spine problem and now am bed ridden for months and cannot help my wife income wise which is killing me. If you truly have an opportunity for me, I will work as well and as hard as I can for you. Thank you so much. I hope to hear from you soon. The best e-mail for me is
          pianomn128@aol.com….. My name is Al

        • says

          Reading through this blogg, I ran across yours…I am just starting out…but can write…got a topic and and a focus, I can do it for you. Been writing for a long time, just not for a job…Im a teacher, so I spend a ton of time editing and writing myself. Can we chat to see if I am a viable consideration?

        • Marie Lourdes says

          Hi Ruth
          I have been reading your comments on “leavingworkbehind.com”, and am prepared to work for $25 per hour to build up experience in this domain. I have vast writing experience as I have been writing monthly newsletters for my clients for the last 12 years but am now retired, with a lot of free time. I love writing and researching topics and am quick and accurate. I would love to hear from you.

        • victoria christenson says

          Hello Ruth,
          I have been looking for freelance writing work and came upon this blog with your comments regarding a need for copywriters. I have writing experience as I have been the editor for a neighborhood magazine. In the magazine I have written restaurant reviews. Other experience includes interviewing business owners to glean information, building biographies and writing content, contributing to the building of their websites. I love writing and researching topics. My favorite areas of interest include children, health, travel and business. I am quick and accurate.
          Looking forward to hearing from you,
          Victoria Christenson
          248-345-0253
          C_victoria37@yahoo.com

  5. says

    Hey Tom, thanks for the Tweet message about your post – yeah – super article! Very informative!

    I started my writing career earning 5 bucks per 500 word article. And yeah – used to take me almost an hour for each article because I crafted them “with delicacy”. Probably needless to say that I burned out after about 3 weeks of being chained to my laptop for 14 hours every day of the week just trying to make a living.

    Do you intend to continue with your writing career, Tom? I can see the benefits are substantial – $125 per hour. Hmmm… seems I’m in the wrong job these days then :-)

    Thanks for sharing your experiences Tom!

    Joseph

    • says

      Hey Jo,

      Wow – that sounds like it was a whole lot of work! I wrote this article in part for your past self – people who just don’t realize that there is a better way than just working for content farms.

      I’m certainly going to be continuing with my writing for the foreseeable future – it is a fairly “safe” income, it seems pretty easy to find new work, I can do as little or as much as I want, and it can be fun. The only downside is that it’s not scalable.

      Cheers,

      To

  6. says

    The way things are going right now Tom, I may have to consider getting back into the “safety” of writing for clients all over again. What I thought was going to be safe income, actually turned out to be something otherwise – income from a blog I always thought would be safe and sound, but nope – my blog income got clobbered with the downfall of BMR, along with a few of my money making sites which were rankings nicely in Goog.

    I s’pose you could say that this type of work is scalable in some regards – Ruth Zive who’s commented here – she’s obviously intent on employing you, thus in essence she’s “scaling up”.

    • says

      No business is without risk, and websites are no exception. That’s life!

      I’m not sure about Ruth being “intent” on employing me ;)

      However, it certainly is scalable in theory, but not to the extent of certain internet marketing business models (and it would be highly employee skill dependent too).

  7. says

    I learned the hard way that $20 per hour, even if you can get it for 40 hours a week (which is unlikely,) is in no way comparable to a $40,000 W-2 job. The self-employment taxes are significant. Another secret: $20 per hour jobs are different jobs than $100 per hour jobs, and they do not represent a progression. The client that pays you $20 will never pay you $100. Those two clients are also probably not in the same market and don’t refer to each other.

  8. says

    Hi Tom,

    I noticed in your first email above that you were still employed when you were applying for freelance jobs. My question is, did you have a notice period for your f/t job, and if so did you put the freelance work on hold before you worked your notice period, or start the freelance job in your spare time to begin with?

    Only reason I ask would be that I have one month’s notice at my current place, and when I get to the point where I decide to go freelance, I’m considering whether to start applying for freelance jobs before I hand in my notice to be safe?

    Great article by the way!
    Charlotte

    • says

      Hey Charlotte,

      First of all, thanks :)

      I quit my job at the end of December. I started writing for clients in October. So I was essentially working two jobs at once (although the writing was only about 2-3 hours per day to start). At the time I wasn’t prepared to quit without the foundations of new income in place. That’s how I played it!

      If I were you, I’d start applying for work now – get some clients, and take the short term lengthy hours. It’ll save you some sleepless nights compared to starting with nothing!

      Cheers,

      Tom

  9. says

    Hey Tom,

    I’ve applied for lots of jobs so far at the job board mentioned and have zero replies from anybody. Thanks for giving us the template and more to work with regarding what we want to show.

    ~Brendan

  10. says

    Hey Tom,

    I’m going whole hog at this freelance thing and I’ve finally got a bite. But I’m a little concerned about what they are asking. I wonder if I just have overly sensitive ethics or if I’m right.

    This is the ad: http://jobs.problogger.net/view/6409

    I applied and they responded that they would like me to do a paid trial. I’m cool with that. The two things that concern me are these:

    1. I have to do the legwork to find the sites to guest post on (seems mostly okay, but is that going to be a whole lot more work that I think?)

    2. They want me to write under a pen name. But I’m still supposed to create a “bio” for this pen-person, including links to the client site.

    Is it okay to write under a fake name? These people say they are white hat, but that seems a bit shady to me.

    Am I right or just paranoid?

    Thanks!

    • says

      Hey Bon,

      To be honest I don’t like this at all. They may be legit, but it’s just not the type of client I like working with. Far better to find a real blog to work for (in my opinion).

      One question — what if your post doesn’t get accepted by a site? Will you still get paid?

      Cheers,

      Tom

  11. says

    I think I may be looking in the wrong places. I enjoyed this article.

    I have done some freelance ghostwriting and blogging but don’t seem to be able to find the steady work. I use my writing as a way to maintain my humanitarian work so it is frustrating when I constantly need to look for more work. I keep enough of my earnings to feed myself and cover the basic necessities, the rest goes to those who in crisis.

    How do you find the steady work? An even bigger question for me is how do you weed out the good from the bad?

  12. says

    Tom – Thank you for sharing the templates you used to get blogging jobs. I was worried that I would add too much info or not enough info when applying.

    Thanks for steering me in the right direction and also proving that it is OK to use your own blog posts as examples of work.

    This is what I have done on my site.

  13. Traci Estabrook says

    I have been actively scouring the ‘net searching for freelance jobs and as you can imagine, I have applied to some “content farms” as you mentioned above, unaware that they were indeed referred to as such for a good reason. I to have submitted proposals and applications only to have no one respond to them as well.

    Your words, responses, advice, resources etc is an astounding bit of information available for free and put “out there” to truly help others, which is not often seen in today’s world. Thank You! I am searching for freelance work right now, hoping to supplement my unemployment income and eventually earn even a part-time income from the writing I do.

    I have booked marked this page and starting tomorrow, I am going to be altering the way I look for writing positions.

  14. says

    Really effective way to get first freelance writing jobs and improve it in right way. I will apply same method for my freelancing business improvement. Thanks.

  15. says

    Hey Tom,

    Great guide here, I’ve been blogging now for a year and tend to jump from one shiny object to the next. I’ve had some success with guest blogging and just found your blog today, it was enlightening to see that someone is doing so well with freelance blog writing.

    I tried looking into Elance and ODesk but it seems they are over run with some fierce competition for most gigs. I am going to check out the Pro Blogger job board and see if I can land some gigs to bring in some side income.

  16. Mike Edwards says

    Great article Tom.
    I believe your description of getting started is very honest and accurate. Your bold blog participant that makes 125 dollars an hour sounds bogus. Why would someone so well paid be scanning the getting started articles unless they are looking for newbies who are easy to dupe as subcontractors. If the work pays so well, why invite competition at her party? For a professional, her spelling and editing are not very good.
    Thanks again for your encouragement and insight.

    • says

      Hey Mike,

      If you’re referring to Ruth I can assure you that back when she made that comment she was making $125 per hour minimum. I know she earns a lot more now. She was commenting because she’s a friend of mine :-)

      Cheers,

      Tom

  17. Micheal says

    I am finding it hard to believe any of the rates displayed in the article or the comments. I have been doing some freelance writing for a few months now during the few free periods at work and i get paid $3 for 1000. Forget $50, even $5 per 500 words seems hard to believe.

    • says

      Hey Michael,

      It is of course your prerogative not to believe that it is possible to earn $150+ with freelance blogging, but being more open minded might make it easier for you to boost your rates.

      Cheers,

      Tom

  18. Christopher Cuna says

    Hey Tom,

    This post was extremely helpful for me and made me an big fan of your site. I read this 3 months ago when I decided to finally take freelance writing seriously rather than the usual content mills. To be quite honest, I still come back to it. Because if anyone made an awesome beginners post for freelance writers seeking jobs; It’s this one.

    Thanks,
    Christopher Cuna

  19. Cayleigh Stickler says

    Thank you for the wonderful post, Tom. The resources you’ve included (the job posting board and a sample letter) are invaluable. After reading this article, I feel more confident in embarking on a freelance writing journey.

    I am working on taking my skill set to a new level, trying to learn HTML and other coding. Off the top of your head, do you know any good websites that teach these?

    Thank you, and I am looking forward to reading more of your articles.
    Cayleigh Stickler

  20. Ahmed Khan says

    Hi there,

    I really like your blog and am desperate to leave work. I am a very fast typist and hold a MA degree.

    1) Where can I earn around $150/ hour

    2) Is hiring your services to do job application forms for CEO and Execs a good angle for freelancing, is there a lot of work out there for people hiring freelancers to do their job applications?

    3) I have tried a few things on line and none of it seems to come to fruition, it can be frustrating.

    Your advice and guidance is much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Ahmed

    • says

      1. You can earn $150 per hour by working efficiently for clients who pay good rates. There’s no shortcut I’m afraid.
      2. I have no idea I’m afraid — it’s not something I have any experience in.
      3. Yeah it sucks; all you can do is keep on trying…

  21. Nimra says

    Hi! I really loved the post! I’m currently working for someone who is paying me 1.5$ per article of 500 words. I spend a lot of time on the articles I write but I don’t get paid enough. It is “apparently” because of where I live.
    You look like someone who offers great advice. Do you think I should continue working with her? I don’t want to leave because I might not find some other job. I’m a student and I have to pay for my expenses. I would really appreciate it if you could guide me.

    Thanks for the amazing post! Waiting for your response.

    • says

      Hey Nimra,

      If you need the money then don’t quit. Find a better paying client and quit when you’re in a position to do so.

      A client who tells you that you’re not worth more because of where you’re from is not someone you should be working with. As far as I’m concerned, you’re either good enough or you’re not — regardless of whether you’re from.

      Cheers,

      Tom

  22. DICKSON KATHURI says

    I am grateful of the encouragement. I used to be smart and I feel am not utilizing this talent. I am an agriculturalist and wish to get a place and do writing.
    Thank you
    Dickson

  23. Natalie Willcox says

    I have found the posts interesting to read and great that you are approachable. I am a beginner in all facets of writing and may be taking on more than I can bite as I have no idea about the writing industry.

    Even though I have never wrote a thing in my life, I like the idea of being able to write and get paid. Do you have some start out advice or know of a reliable website for total beginners?

  24. Ramon Ibraheem says

    Hi Tom,i got fascinated with your blog,though i’m a first timer on this site but yet i learned more than i could bargain.I really appreciate you for sharing your experiences of the past with everyone here. Do you have an advice for beginners .my email;ibraheem.adewale@gmail.com

  25. Debbie says

    Hi Tom!

    I have a true passion for writing and decided to look into freelance writing. I’m also considering copywriting. I’m hitting a wall when it comes to getting started. Would you happen to know of anyone that would be interested in working with a “new to the business” writer? I have tons of time on my hands right now as I am not employed full time therefore giving me time to dedicate to writing. I would greatly appreciate your feedback.

    Thanks,
    Deb :-)

  26. Lauren M says

    Tom, this article was beyond helpful.
    I decided recently that I want to work for myself through writing, but I’ve struggled with finding someone to write for! It’s true that I don’t have a portfolio and I imagine that’s the reason for the lackluster response… I think blogging for a while is a great idea…
    Preferably, I want to write in lifestyle, health and entertainment. I’m studying copywriting as well.
    I started a blog and I’d like to create some example posts. But I’m uncertain of what types of blogging styles to avoid. Should I simply emulate articles from publications that I can see myself writing for? Is there anything I should avoid (or strive for) specifically?
    I’d really appreciate your advice. Thank you!

    • says

      Hey Lauren,

      Primarily I’d advise that you simply start writing and see where it takes you!

      Having said that, there’s certainly no harm in emulating the style of publications that you would like to write for. Of course, it’s good to inject your own personality too…

      Cheers,

      Tom

  27. Daniel Doty says

    Hi Tom,

    First I wanted to express my thanks for an awesome article for getting started!

    I am actually just trying to get started in this field, even though I have a Bachelors in Technical writing and wrote a user manual that was nationally published for a video card manufacture.

    I have also done extensive computer hardware reviews, which of course requires a pretty good writing knowledge.

    Until I actually found this article I really had no idea where to start looking for a writing job at.

    Any further tips you can send my way would be dearly appreciated.

  28. Shawn B says

    I would like to thank you for this very informative blog post!

    About a year ago, early December, 2013 to be precise I began freelance writing for my first time. It’s quite funny, because my first gig earned me 1$ per 500 words; the reason I did this was to gain a positive review on a freelancer site that I am registered with. But lo and behold, after a year of freelancing the highest pay per 500 words that I got (after about 70 to 80 projects) was about 35$ to 40$, but it was quite rare.

    Currently my average pay rate is 6.50$ to 10$ per 500 words, but from reading your blog post it encouraged me to open my mind to the possibilities of earning an average of 30-50$+ per 500 words; that’s certainly a livable income for me if it’s a large, ongoing project. Also, now I’m going to consider offering my writing services directly to companies, which was exactly what you had recommended.

    Anyways, after a year of freelance writing, I’m beginning to open my mind to the possibilities.

    Thanks again for sharing this blog post!

    Shawn.

  29. Md Abdul Khaleque says

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