This year one of the things I've decided to try is looking for work as a freelance writer.
Since I've been writing for my own blogs for more than 3 years, and have had guest posts published in a few other places, it seemed like a logical next step to take in looking for ways to earn an income from blogging.
I really got the idea from a blog I found last year called:
The author of the blog - Tom Ewer, has shared his journey as he quit his job to create his own income online. He did this through his own blog and freelance writing.
On his 'About Me' page, he says he's a
"freelance writer and professional blogger"
I like the sound of that!
For a while, he was sharing his monthly income reports on his blog. These were a great source of motivation and encouragement for me, and I'm sure many others, as it showed clearly what can be done if you set your mind to it!
So I bought his e-book 'Successful Freelance Writing Online'
(this has since been expanded and updated - you can see what he has now available here) and read that through a couple of times, exploring all the links and making lots of notes. This isn't an affliate link or anything like that - I just really found his blog and course helpful in motivating me to get started and pointing me in the right direction.
So February this year was my month to focus on finding some freelance writing work, and I'm really pleased with the small successes I've had and the potential I can see to earn lots more money from this.
This was my first stop. I've heard it described as an ebay for jobs. People post all kinds of freelance jobs here and you can send your proposal for the job together with others and the seller will then choose who they feel is best for the job.
There are all sorts of weird and wonderful jobs posted there and initially I found it tricky to find something I felt I was qualified for. Once I realised that many of the jobs you don't need any specific knowledge for, I managed to start putting in my proposals.
The site is free to sign up for and you create your profile then get 15 free job proposal credits per month. So you can apply for 15 jobs for free. So far I've just used these and have just completed my second job.
The first job I got was 'copywriting'. For this I had to write descriptions of printers and inks. Not the most exciting of jobs, but required no specialist knowledge as it involved looking up the information about the printer and inks and expanding it into sentences.
In terms of copywriting experience I'd had previously - well I've written my own product descriptions when selling things in my madeit shop, or on my own website. I've also written product descriptions when writing sponsored posts on my blogs.
Blogger job boards
Another way to find freelance writing work is to look on various blogger job boards. One of these is Problogger.
It was there that I found a couple more jobs.
One - I've already had my first article published and have been paid.
Another I found was a new environmental site where you can submit your articles, and they get paid on the basis of popularity. So the top 2 articles each day receive payment. I have written 3 articles for this site so far and was so happy when my third article hit the front page and was the top post a few days ago, so more money in the bank!!
Overall I'm really happy with the start I've made. I've also been continuing to add articles to my own blogs, which gives me more examples of my writing to show prospective employers.
With an overall profit of $160 for my first month of freelance writing, I'm happy with that and aiming to grow that this month.
Have you ever considered freelance writing as a way of working from home?
If you're interested in giving People Per Hour a try, I'd be happy to send you an 'invite'. You can just go direct to the site and sign up, but there is also a referral system whereby any friends you refer who sign up and get work, you then get a one off referral commission. Every little helps - so if anyone would like me to refer them, and you can then in turn refer someone else, do let me know!!
Onwards to month 3 of this fine year 2014! So far I'm reaching my short term goals, but have to keep on going with them to attain my long term ones too!
How are you going with your goals for this year so far?