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Making money on freelance writing - is it possible?

Well of course it is possible to make money as a freelance writer but a couple of issues need to be discussed first. How much money do you wish to make? How often do you wish to make money? Do you have the skills, the expertise and the time to be successful as a freelance writer? Now that's more than a couple of issues but you get my drift. Anything is possible but you need to clear a few hurdles first.

  • What are your freelance writing skills like?
  • Do you have experience in any form of writing activity?
  • Do you have the drive or desire to be a success as a freelance writer?
  • What amount of money are you looking at making?
  • Over what period of time?

There is a lot more to being a successful freelance writer than simply being able to write. Of course that's the first step. If you don't have good English writing skills then your chances of making money almost zero. Make that less than zero. Who would want to employ somebody who doesn't have the basic skills? So first of all make sure that you do have good freelance writing skills. This includes the ability to write, the ability to meet deadlines, the ability to write a good job application and the ability to know a fair price for the work you provide.

It can be a relatively easy task to move from being a writer of short stories or poetry or articles for a newsletter or local newspaper to switching to become a freelance writer. You may have even been doing some freelance writing in those previous occupations. The vast majority of work for freelance writers today is available online and you need to understand the world of freelance writing with the various agencies and the type of jobs they offer and the money they pay. Immerse yourself in the world of freelance writing as experienced by online agencies.

But are you enthusiastic?

You might have the skills to make money as a freelance writer but unless you have the drive and enthusiasm you will struggle. The point being that the world is heavily populated with freelance writers all looking for work. It’s one of the things which distinguishes those who make excellent money and those who struggle is the desire to be successful. Without that desire you will struggle.

And before we really answer the question about is it possible to make money as a freelance writer we need to be sure we understand by what we mean in terms of the amount of money. If you are simply out for some pocket money that you might get once in a while then the answer obviously to the question is yes. But if you want a serious part-time income or even more dramatically a full-time income as a freelance writer, then you need to be far more serious in your planning and execution of your goals. You need a business plan and you need to have it tested annually to put it into operation with full enthusiasm.

You will set yourself a goal which might be to last for a year or two years or even five years. You might start small and then build with experience.