To get this out there right off the bat- I don’t have a degree, and I don’t have any real experience as a freelance writer.
Yes- I’m still making money!
As crazy as it sounds, there are a ton of opportunities for entry-level writers to find remote work on the internet without having a fancy resume. I’ll share the five ways I’ve been making substantial money every day as a writer.
The main step is to love writing and to be good at it. That sounds a little obvious, but you need to be very confident in your skills in order to sell them. If you’re interested in blogging, I highly recommend starting one. It’s a great way to get practice and feedback. I try to post every day to every other day, so I’m constantly writing something.
Another thing to note- there are a ton of ways to make money online as a writer, but I am only sharing the ways I’ve personally made money! I’ve read a bunch of these types of articles, and most of them suggested to create a super high-earning blog… well no sh*t.
I realize it’s not that easy to do as a first-time blogger. It takes a ton of time to make money off a new blog, so these methods have nothing to do with a personal website.
1. iWriter and Verblio
This one comes first on the list because it’s been my primary source of income from writing- iWriter especially. They are both websites you have to apply and be accepted to, but it’s not that difficult. You only need basic grammar and writing skills. It does take a few weeks for the application process, so if you’re interested, I recommend you apply immediately.
Both sites work the same way, once you’re approved to write you gain access to their library of content that needs a writer. Basically, companies, blogs, individuals, and anyone else who needs a piece of writing, will place their listing on the website. Us, as the writers, take a stab at writing it based on their given instructions.
They have articles about travel, cars, makeup, medical- literally anything you can think of. You could end up writing somebody’s cover letter, or the “about me” on an entrepreneurs website. The options are endless.
Every morning, I’ll go through the list a find a few well-paying options and work on those for the rest of the day. Once you’ve submitted, it’s time for the waiting game.
Your article will either get approved or denied by the client. In my own experience, all of my articles are usually approved. So far, I haven’t written any that haven’t been. That’s not to say every article ever gets approved; I’m just noting that if you follow instructions and make sure you submit a well-written and edited article, the changes are high.
The article payments that I’ve seen range from 50 cents, to 40 dollars. This is based on the number of words, and the “level” of writer they request. On iWriter, there are four levels: standard, premium, elite, and elite plus. Elite Plus writers make the most money, while standard makes the least.
There is supposedly a system for when you can move up in writer status, but during my first day on the site I got a notification that I was being upgraded from standard writer to elite plus- and I hadn’t even written anything. I think the writer status levels are more of a placeholder as I’ve had access to every type of article since day one.
Verblio is the same concept, although their “levels” system isn’t as easy to get through. Since I’m already a high-level writer on iWriter, I only go to Verblio when I’m bored. I did want to include it in this article because it is another excellent option. I’d recommend checking them both out, applying to both, and then seeing which platform you prefer.
An average day on iWriter can be anything you want it to be. You can write as many articles as you want in a day, except new writers have to wait forty minutes between submissions until they’ve got their first five articles accepted. That isn’t very long at all, and I usually spent that time writing an article, so I had one ready to submit once the time elapsed.
I’ve made as much as $60 in a day on the site, but I don’t use it as much as I could. I have a day job, a personal blog I’m always working on, as well as the other four items on this list- or else I’d just sit on iWriter all day.
Even still, if you can make $30 in a day and do that every day, that’s $210 a week, and $840 a month. That’s with only writing 1-4 articles a day (depending on word count and pay). There are even some articles over 40 dollars, so you could end up writing one and being done for the day depending on your goals.
This is an extremely plausible way for any genre of writer to make money online and remotely. You can work whenever and wherever you want. From my experience, there are really no downsides to this method.
Fiverr is a service you’ve probably already heard of. It’s a service where any type of freelancer can find work. It’s great for writers, but it can also be difficult to be found on there amongst the slew of other people offering the same idea as you.
I recommend making multiple gigs, I have a few of mine listed on my “Let Me Write For You” page you can find in my menu. I’ll later talk about how I secured a repeat customer from Fiverr and wound up redoing his entire website.
This method is a little tricky, but you can definitely find some very reputable and consistent work. I usually search “(location) writing gigs” on Craigslist’s, and hit all the major cities- sometimes even looking outside of America as most of the jobs are remote and you can do them anywhere.
I saved all the big cities to my bookmarks, and I try to check them every morning. Some people are looking to hire a consistent writer, while others just want one article done. There are also a ton of other options like people searching for a virtual assistant or social media manager, so if you have other skills in addition to writing there are multiple opportunities to make money.
Most people’s biggest concern with Craigslist is legitimacy, but I promise you it’s pretty easy to tell the difference between a real ad and a scam ad. A lot of companies just put their ad on Craigslist, and then redirect you to their secure website to actually apply. At the end of the day, I would apply to as many as you can to at least get more information.
I’ve booked a few random jobs through Craigslist, but its not my main source of income by any means. If you’re lucky it can be, like I said a lot of people are looking for writers for an ongoing contract- some even full-time.
4. Guest Post/ Submitting Articles
Guest posting can make some great extra cash, and if you do have a blog of your own it can be the perfect way to advertise. Look up your niche and “paid guest post” on google. You will find lists and lists of websites looking for guests for a paid article.
You can also submit for larger websites like Cosmopolitan, Better Homes and Gardens, and a ton of companies you’ll recognize. It’s an ideal way to get your name out there while also getting paid to write.
This isn’t as consistent of an option, but I highly recommend you pursue this. Guest posts can lead to ongoing work, but even if they don’t, it’s free advertising for you.
5. Repeat Customers
I’ve personally acquired repeat customers from all of the aforementioned methods. If you’re submitting excellent work to clients, they’ll want you to write more for them. It’s actually in their best interest because it can create a more consistent tone on their blog/website/whatever they’re using your writing for.
I had a Fiverr request to do an article for a client purse business’ blog. He really liked the article and asked me to do four more for him. Once we got to emailing, he asked what I thought of the product descriptions on his website. I respectfully told him they could be better, and wrote an example of what I would do.
He liked my description and hired me again to redo every single description on this website. That’s how one five dollar article turned into over a hundred dollars of work. If you do great work, you’ll get great work.
This is also a lesson in never skimping on an article you do for a client, for all you know they could be using this as a tester article for a ton of ongoing work. Make sure you submit work that you’re proud of, no matter what.
That’s just one example of a repeat customer- imagine how much money you can make if you’re consistently getting rehired.
There you have it, the five ways I’ve been making money as a freelance writer. With no degree, no experience, no dazzling resume or cover letter- nada.
If you try any of these out, leave a comment below and let us know how it goes. I know the struggle of trying to find gigs, so I genuinely hope this article can help you make a career out of your passion.