Many people are still sceptical about the earning opportunities the Internet can provide. Most people I know generally use the Internet socially. On occasions when they want to find information, they get on their computer or phone and look it up on their favourite search engine. No one else in my circle of friends actually uses the Internet to earn money, even though there are thousands of ways most professionals can earn money on the web. Here are just a few ways freelance writers can earn online.
Find jobs in Facebook and LinkedIn circles
If you’re a freelance writer without a Facebook page (or at least a Facebook profile stating what you do); or a LinkedIn profile you’ve got some major changes to make. Only about half of the freelance writing work is bagged these days by snail mail and telephone calls. All my freelance writing work – and even my book publishing opportunities have come from my interactions on the web. So, pimp up your Facebook profile – and not just with pictures of family and friends on a night out. Make sure you have a good-looking ‘About’ section that tells what you do and that you’re available for work. If you have a Facebook page, this is better still.
Find freelance writing jobs through blogging
The best way for a writer to build a platform is by blogging. You can’t possibly send all the articles you’ve written to each potential client who asks for examples of your work. Blogging gives you a platform: an opportunity to build up a reputation in your niche; the satisfaction of making fans and followers; the security of knowing you can write every day without limitations of word count and style. Blogging, most of all, gives you a place to put all your links of everything you’ve ever written. As soon as potential clients ask for writing samples you have a wealth of links to send to them. You can separate your links to reflect different niches and styles. This way you’re afforded the best possible chance of getting the writing job you want.
Freelance writers can guest post or write reviews for money
These days, ‘guest posting’ is the new flavour of pro bloggers everywhere. Businesses are paying good money to get their reviews and website links on every blog within their niche. These businesses don’t necessarily have their in-house writers. They’re good at what they do, but they don’t specialise in writing. This is where the freelance writer comes in. Your expertise is needed for businesses to get their articles scattered around the Internet. A simple search will show you hundreds of freelance writing jobs within your niche. Having a popular blog (which takes some time to build up) is an extra bonus because you can also publish some of the posts you write on them – making some extra money for yourself.
Are you a freelance writer looking for work? The Internet is where you can find well-paying writing opportunities (as well as terrible ones – so be aware). Get on the net and get active. Don’t miss an opportunity to let people know what you do and that you’re available for work.