I brought up freelance work yesterday and I compared it to starting an online business. It would only make sense if we went into detail today and look at my favorite topic, making money online through freelancing.
Are you looking for a freelance writing gig? Are you ready to start making money by freelancing?
I’ve been freelance writing for almost two years now. When I started Studenomics I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I didn’t know anything about making money online nor did I have any clue that freelance writers would be in such demand. Now I write for multiple sites on top of writing here five days a week.
How can you become a freelance writer? Let’s look at what you need to do to get started in freelance writing…
Check out forums for freelance writing gigs.
Believe it or not but forums aren’t just for chatting and wasting time. You can easily find a freelance writing gig by being active in a forum. You can land a writing job just by keeping in touch with your peers.
How’s this possible? Most bloggers check out forums to shoot the breeze with other bloggers and to chat about what’s relevant to them. This means that if a blogger is considering hiring a freelance writer, they’ll first mention it in the forum. If you’re an active member of this forum with a decent reputation, you can reach out to this blogger and offer your services.
You don’t have to actively be looking for work in forums. It just helps to keep an eye out for “looking to hire a freelance writer” threads that pop up.
Keep track of popular blogs.
What does keeping track of popular blogs have to do with anything? You can find a blogger that needs to a hire a freelance writer but just doesn’t know it yet.
How can you tell if a blogger would want to hire a freelance writer in the near future?
- The website clearly makes money.
- Look for bloggers that seem burned out.
- Find bloggers that haven’t been posting.
- Look for signs in articles.
- The author has received a promotion.
- The blogger has just had a child or gotten married or any other major life event.
If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, I highly recommend that you reach out to the blogger to see if they would be interested in hiring a freelance writer. Obviously not every single person you email will be interested. Some will be interest in a trial basis, some will ask ask for a few guest posts first, and others will flat out turn down your offer. If you don’t ask the answer is always no. I actually ended up hiring a freelance writer for one of my other blogs this way. They reached out to me and asked if I needed another writer.
Search through online job boards.
There are many job boards out there for those that want to find freelance work. I can’t comment much here because I’ve never used any of these resources. I know that ProBlogger has a popular job board and there are many others that you can check out. The problem is that job boards are just like regular job postings. You’re going to be competing with a bunch of other desperate freelancers looking to work for the lowest price and hoping that you get accepted. Job boards are still worth a shot when it comes to finding the best online jobs for college students.
Offer your services on your own blog.
If you happen to have your own blog and want to become a freelance writer as well, then I recommend that you put up a post on your blog offering your services. I’ve seen “hire me” posts going up on many smaller personal finance blogs (and other niches). You never know who reads your blog or who’s in the market to hire a freelance writer. It’s worth a try, especially since it only takes a few minutes to put up one of these posts.
That’s how you can find a freelance writing gig. Are you ready to start looking for online freelance jobs?