What is a Freelance Writer? – A Start Up’s Story!
My recent self reinvention as a freelance writer came as quite an accident. As my story unfolds I’ll be revealing all the steps, pitfalls, difficulties, and triumphs I’ve experienced in such a short amount of time. What is a freelance writer, you ask? Enjoy the story as you follow the sudden turn I took down a road called writing.
Looking For Business Opportunity
This is exactly what I was doing. I work a full time job in a field that is sometimes anything but full time. I needed more money, but just as important is the fact that I needed activity. Sitting around feeling useless with no work is for the birds. I highly suggest you escape such life sapping situations as quickly as possible. This is what I did.
Searching The Online Multitude Of Ads
As you might be doing right now, I was searching google for countless ways to get a side business going. I was getting a ton of information while looking for the right fit. It was never in my mind at this point to pursue freelance writing.
I took a look at Uber and other driving/delivery services, but I wasn’t crazy about the hours or the wear on the new car I’d have to buy. Drop shipping came up, but I wasn’t excited about the loss of profit incurred from shipping and handling costs. Neither was I interested in doing my own shipping. Then I stumbled upon affiliate marketing. “What a great industry”, I thought.
Affiliate Marketing – A Hidden Gem!
Affiliate marketing gives companies the power to allow entrepreneurs to sell their product and keep a percentage of the earnings. As an entrepreneur you could keep anywhere from 1 or 2 percent, up to as high as 50 percent or more. I liked the idea of never having to own, touch, see, or feel the product. I could simply promote and sell the product, keeping a percentage of the proceeds.
My first realization was that I would need 3 things just to get started.
- A Website – I needed a place where I could show off the product I wanted to sell. I also needed a place I could show to companies in order to sign up for their affiliate programs.
- Affiliation – It was easy enough to find companies with affiliate programs that had product I was interested in selling. After I put some time into my website I was able to start selling for Amazon among others.
- An Audience – Last but certainly most important would be a way of getting an audience of interested people to my website. This seemed to me to be the tricky part.
At this point I knew the very basics of what I needed to get started, but I wasn’t sure where to get them. A website first for sure, but where? What would be best for affiliate marketing? Then there it was….
There were no guarantees here, just a gigantic amount of positive reviews all over the internet. I read several of them and liked what I heard. They offered a 7 day free trial which I didn’t mind taking advantage of, especially since I was not required to give them any credit card information. Wealthy Affiliate provided the platform I needed, a huge community of members all willing to help, and the vital training that made me good at what I do.
I can’t speak highly enough about the opportunity that is Wealthy Affiliate. Please follow the link in the title above this paragraph to learn more and I’ll continue towards freelance writing.
I Built My
Website – Now What?
I went about following the training provided at Wealthy Affiliate. This is a “work as you learn” kind of training so I was building my website as I progressed. I finished the course and had a website that was by no means finished, but was filled in by quite a few blog posts I’d written.
I made plenty of mistakes being new. Building a blog and an affiliate website is extremely rewarding but it takes hours on the computer learning, working, and writing. I knew a slow phase with my main job was surely coming and I hadn’t started making money yet. I needed an online income now!
Rumors Of Work As A Freelance Writer
Wealthy Affiliate has a member blog forum where people can interact, ask questions, and assist each other. It is used by hundreds of members daily, and I remembered hearing some tell about how they were making money writing blog posts. Upwork.com was suggested as a site where both freelancers and clients could meet. I had already joined by this point, and returned to fill out my profile.
Once my profile was completed 100% I jumped into the job search board. I entered the search term “fishing writers” and up came my first client. I own a fishing niche website and I used examples of the work I’d done there to land my first job with Fishermensangle.com. Shortly thereafter my second client came along and that work can be seen at best-spinningreels.com.
What is a Freelance Writer Going to Earn?
A lot of sites that support freelance writers want you to start out very small, forcing you to work your way up to a decent wage rate. Upwork has tons of clients that don’t want to pay much more than a smidgeon, but they also have clients that pay well. It’s a matter of searching through them. You shouldn’t have to start small if you’ve already built a website and learned how to write quality posts. You have a portfolio already!
During my first month I was able to pick up extra work posting on social media for Fishermensangle.com. I pulled in about $900 dollars that month while also writing over 12,000 words on several different articles. This went way past making up for the money I’d spent building my website.
Is it Worth Becoming a Freelance Writer?
I honestly can’t speak for other freelancers, but I can tell you that some of them are doing quite well financially. The research I put in suggested that a high income from freelance writing is hard to come by. For me, it’s a great way to earn extra income. The writing too can get slow, so I turn back to working on my website. I believe strongly in working for myself instead of making someone else the big bucks. Reality insists that I still write for others, for now. What is a freelance writer to do?