Maybe the expert copywriters can take some of the blame for the internet marketing sales letters which promise the earth for hardly any work, or perhaps the latest so called ‘loop hole’ which claims that Google have over looked a simple trick which will mean that you can start from scratch and earn a few thousand dollars before breakfast, again without doing any work!
You and I both know that this is not the case, whilst it is perfectly possible to earn a few thousand before breakfast if you have your own product, or your own list for example, guess what? You have to put the work in to get to that stage in the first place!
If you are prepared to work, and work hard, it is worth considering offering your services as a freelance writer. You may just be looking to earn some money online for the first time or you might be looking to build up a business which you can profit from over the months and years ahead, but one thing is for sure, there is plenty of money to be made and whilst you will have to work, it is straightforward and easy work, and you may be surprised by how quickly you can get started, in fact would it surprise you to learn that you could be earning a couple of hundred dollars a day within a couple of weeks!
Before I go any further let’s get one thing straight, many people are under the impression that writing for a living is nothing more than slave labour, with non English speaking writers charging no more than $1 per 100 words, how an earth is it possible to make money? Well, with no disrespect to these writers, for many of them it is extremely difficult to write English in a flowing and informative way which means that there is even more demand for English speaking writers so, if English is your first language and you are able to write to a basic standard, you will find that there is more work out there than you could possibly handle which will enable you to basically earn as much as you want.
As an example, let’s say that you charge $15 for a basic 500 word article. Many businesses will be happy to pay this amount and let’s say that you decide to write 10 articles per day. Get up nice and early, start at 6am and you will be finished by lunchtime. There won’t be any time for procrastination, no checking your emails every 5 minutes or logging into facebook, just good old fashioned work but at the end of it you will have made $150, not bad for a mornings work. In the afternoon you could simply relax or perhaps spend a couple of hours on a project that will make you even more money, a few pages of your latest ebook for instance, the choice really is yours.
At this stage you may be saying to yourself, ‘that all sounds well and good but where do I find all of this work?’ There are many options open to you but I swear by using the biggest outsourcing website of them all, Elance.com. If you are not familiar with Elance.com, the way it works is that businesses and individuals post a description of the work that they require, and you, as a provider, give a price that you will carry out the work for. The client pays the money into the Elance escrow account and when you have completed the work, the money is released to you.
To start with, you should be looking at winning around 10% of the jobs that you bid on. Place 100 bids and you should be looking at 10 writing jobs, at $200 per job you will earn around $2000. If you are desperate for money you could complete that amount in a week, hard work comes into it again as you will have to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in, but then again, working in a hot, fume filled factory for 12 hour shifts is also hard work, that is what I used to do and I know which method of making money I prefer, do you?
This is a guest post written by Gary Tomlinson, creator of Writing For a Living
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